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By common consent, the poet regarded as the epitome of literary artistry in Brajbhasha is Sūrdās. His name means literally “Servant (dās) of the Sun (sūr),” but in Braj, the region south of Delhi from which this language takes its name, Sūrdās is seen as the sun itself. Indeed, his name is often shortened to Sūr. Some literary critics have favored riv…

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John Stratton Hawley, “Sūrdās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000128>
First published online: 2012

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