The Mendicant Mystics and their Songs of Being Human (poems and poets -2)

I am talking about the Bauls of Bengal and the Mahima people of Odisha. For the members of these spiritual sects 'Being Human' is not a mere slogan to be displayed on T-shirts to redeem past sins. Their whole being radiates human values when they sing and dance while travelling from place to place. The …

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part 3: The Japanese sense of Aesthetics

The concept of mono no aware that I discussed in part 2 finds expression in Japanese art and literature including in the works of the latest Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Even though the concept originated in the Heian Era (8th-12th century), it started gaining prominence in Japanese culture with the works of the 18th century …

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