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From Chant to Script

by: Winand M. Callewaert

This book is an omnibus of eleven thoroughly revised articles on Nirguna Bhakti, published in the 1970s and 1980s. In order to complete the overall view of the author’s research on Nirguna Bhakti, this volume is appended with a summary of nine books published during 1989-2009.



ISBN: 9788124606957
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii, 255p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 550


Callewaert started to publish long before the computer age, in 1974. He sent his PhD dissertation to the press typed on paper and then revised three typeset proofs. In 2009, he sent his most recent publication to the publisher on a memory stick: 2,187 pages. Many of the early articles, especially those of the pre-computer age, may no longer be easily available and for that reason eleven articles were selected and thoroughly revised for this publication (pp. 3-169). The research career of Callewaert was at the beginning strongly inspired by F. Camille Bulcke (Ranchi) and Charlotte Vaudeville (Paris). He followed their advice and worked mainly on manuscripts with Nirguna Bhakti literature, preparing critical editions and English translations. In order to complete the overall view of this research in that area, in this book are further given a summary of nine books published in the period 1989–2009 (pp. 171-216) and a summary of eight articles (1996–2011, pp. 217-44).
During his career he has photographed many manuscripts now threatened with destruction (the result is now digitized in the University of Heidelberg Library); he has prepared critical editions and translations in collaboration with several outstanding colleagues, and he realized how wrong he was in 1971 when defining his research future: to copy as many manuscripts as possible and to reconstruct the archetype, of “the original Kabir” and others, after a stemmatic comparison of the manuscripts. For, scribes committed errors, intentionally or unknowingly, and variant readings, Callewaert thought, should enable a researcher to establish the relationship between the manuscripts. What eventually turned out to be a wrong methodology became a very exciting adventure, when Callewaert started to discover the singers in the manuscripts. This evolution too is discussed in the present volume, From Chant to Script.


Part I
Revised Articles
(from 1973 to 1998)
1. Life and Works of the Dadupanthi Rajab (North-India Sixteenth-Seventeenth Century)
2. The Anabhay-Prabodh of the Dadupanthi Garibdas
3. Dadu and the Dadupanth: The Sources
4. Namdev’s poems in Rajasthan and Punjab
5. Can the Bhagavad Gita Be translated?
6. The “Earliest” Pad of Mira (1503-1546)
7. An Early Hindi Databank in the Computer
8. The “Name” in Nirguna Bhakti Literature
9. The Sarvangi of Gopaldas: A Seventeenth-century Anthology of Bhakti Literature
10. Bhagatmals and Parcais in Rajasthan
11. On the Way to Kailas
Part II
Summaries of Published books
(from 1989 to 2009)
12. The Hindi Biography of Dadudayal
13. The Hindi Songs of Namdev
14. The Life and Works of Raidas
15. Shri Guru Granth Sahib, With Complete Index
16. Ramcaritmanas Word-Index
17. The Hagiographies of Anantadas: The Bhakti Poets of North India
18. The Millennium Kabir Vani: A Collection of Pads
19. Devotional Literature in South Asia: Current Research 1997-2000
20. Dictionary of Bhakti. North-Indian Bhakti Texts into Khari Boli Hindi and English
Part III
Summaries of Published Articles
(from 1996 to 2011)
21. Translating Sant Literature (North India, 1400-1700 ad)
22. Kabir. Scholarly Commentaries on Uncritical Texts
23. The Adigranth of the Sikhs: A Canon?
24. The “Early Hindi” Hagiographies by Anantadas
25. Bhakti Literature: An Oral-Scribal Archetype
26. The Holy Book of the Sikhs (India): Sacred Scripture as a Canon
27. Kabir: Do We Sing His Songs or Someone Else’s?
28. Pads of Guru Nanak in Rajasthani Manuscripts

Meet the Author
Winand M. Callewaert is Prof. emeritus of Sanskrit and Hinduism at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He has been studying and working in India since 1965, holding degrees in Sanskrit and Philosophy from Ranchi, Varanasi and Pune. His PhD. and D.Lit degrees are from the KU Leuven. Besides numerous research articles he has published 18 books in English or Hindi (mainly on Bhakti literature) and 14 books in Dutch. Forthcoming book to be published by D.K. Printworld is Bhakti : From Chant to Script.
Books of Winand M. Callewaert