Carnival of Parting The Tales of King Bharthari and King Copi Chand As Sung and Told by Madhu Natisar Nath of Ghatiyali, Rajasthan

ISBN-10: 0520075358
ISBN-13: 9780520075351
Edition: 1992
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Description: Madhu Natisar Nath is a Rajasthani farmer with no formal schooling. He is also a singer, a musician, and a storyteller. At the center ofA Carnival of Partingare Madhu Nath's oral performances of two linked tales about the legendary Indian kings,  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/19/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Madhu Natisar Nath is a Rajasthani farmer with no formal schooling. He is also a singer, a musician, and a storyteller. At the center ofA Carnival of Partingare Madhu Nath's oral performances of two linked tales about the legendary Indian kings, Bharthari of Ujjain and Gopi Chand of Bengal. Both characters, while still in their prime, leave thrones and families to be initiated as yogis--a process rich in adventure and melodrama, one that offers unique insights into popular Hinduism's view of world renunciation. Ann Grodzins Gold presents these living oral epic traditions as flowing narratives, transmitting to Western readers the pleasures, moods, and interactive dimensions of a village bard's performance. Three introductory chapters and an interpretive afterword, together with an appendix on the bard's language by linguist David Magier, supplyA Carnival of Partingwith a full range of ethnographic, historical, and cultural backgrounds. Gold gives a frank and engaging portrayal of the bard Madhu Nath and her work with him. The tales are most profoundly concerned, Gold argues, with human rather than divine realities. In a compelling afterword, she highlights their thematic emphases on politics, love, and death. Madhu Nath's vital colloquial telling of Gopi Chand and Bharthari's stories depicts renunciation as inevitable and interpersonal attachments as doomed, yet celebrates human existence as a "carnival of parting."

Ann Grodzins Gold is Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Syracuse University.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Note on Transcription and Transliteration
Introduction: The Tales in Their Contexts
Madhu Nath and His Performance
First Encounters
Madhu Nath's Performance
Madhu Nath's Stories in Synopsis
Madhu Nath's Performances for Me
Translation in Practice and Theory
Pottery Lessons
Naths or Jogis in North India
Nath Renunciatory Traditions in Story and History
Nath Jatis
Naths in Folklore and the Folklore of the Naths
Bharthari and Gopi Chand
Uncoupling
The Tale of King Bharthari
Bharthari's Birth Story
Bharthari's Detachment
The Guru's Lesson
The Tale of King Gopi Chand
Gopi Chand's Birth Story
Gopi Chand Begs from Queen Patam De
Gopi Chand's Journey to Bengal
Instruction from Gorakh Nath
Afterword: Politics, Love, Death, and Destiny
Demographic Surges through Landscapes of Meaning
Unmaking Love
Mortality
Oral Performance and the Thick Writing of Fate
Appendix 1: The Language of the Bard
Appendix 2: Proper Nouns Transliterated
References
Index

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