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Reading Syed Abdul Malik’s Dhanya Nara Tanu Bhaland Rudrani Sarma’s Lauhitya Tirar Amrit Gathain the light of Assamese Vaishnavite Hagiography


As part of the pan-Indian Bhakti movement, the Neo-Vaishnavite movement sought to reform the decadent modes of worship practiced in medieval Assam and, in the process, moved beyond the religious confines of the sectarian domain to influence the socio-cultural life of the milieu to which it addressed itself. An important document which enables a reading pertaining to the stated framework is the hagiography. In a hagiographic tradition, the biographical account of the saint is continually juxtaposed with the socio-cultural ethos of the contemporary spatio-temporal frameworks.


Hagiography, Neo-Vaishnavism, Sankardeva, Social Energy, Self-Fashioning, Dhanya Nara Tanu Bhal, Lauhitya Tirar Amrit Gatha, Assam, India


Author Biography

Dhurjjati Sarma

Assistant Professor of Comparative Indian Literature, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, Gauhati University, Assam


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