Showing posts with label Bhanita. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bhanita. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is Bhanita?


A signature line in poetry, especially in the vernacular style of the bhakti poets, in which the author is recognized by name. 

This phrase has two purposes: it identifies the author and it summarizes the poem's theme. 

  • The term bhanita originates from a verb that means "to speak," and the poet stamps his or her authorship on the poem by adding a signature line. 
  • Of course, there's nothing stopping others from following suit. 
  • In a performance setting, the poet's name appears at the start of the last line, signaling the audience to pay close attention to that phrase, which often summarizes the whole poem's meaning.

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