HUF is pleased to introduce our newest web feature, Kāvyārtha — an interactive guided tour of unique moments in Hindi poetry. In this collection of online articles, HUF director Rupert Snell focuses on poetic structure and aesthetics as a means of approaching the artha (the meanings and ends) of kāvya (poetry) in Hindi. The series begins with a focus on Braj and Awadhi, it will gradually expand to encompass Khari Boli and modern Hindi poetry.
For a taste of Kāvyārtha‘s riches, you can watch (below) renowned Kabir singer Prahlad Singh Tipanya’s rendition of a hitherto unknown dohā. More work by the mysterious poet behind this couplet is presented and discussed in the ‘Anon‘ section of Kāvyārtha.
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