Mystic weaver, radical reformer, loved and hated equally in his time ... the simple wisdom of his pithy couplets, the famous dohas, makes him one of the most frequently quoted poets even today. Yet Kabir the person remains an enigma.
Threading fact, legend and poetry into a superbly structured narrative around just one day in Kabir's life, the novels is set against the backdrop of fifteenth century Banaras, a period that mirrors quite remarkably our own troubled times. Spare visuals before each section continue Kabir's own favourite metaphore of waving, a delicate tapestry of the city unravelling as the day progresses. Kabir the Weaver-Poet is a landmark in contemporary writing thrilling yet gently emotive, blending high drama with the mesmerising calm of Kabir's beliefs.
Poet and children's writer Jaya Madhavan began her writing career as a copywriter and a columnist. An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she uses storytelling, theatre, songs and Carnatic music to create learning modules for children. Kabir the Weaver-Poet has been a labour of love.
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