Dakhnī Poetry: Of Identity and Patriotism

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Early Dakhnī poets conveyed a sense of 17th-century patriotism through verse - imbibing the spirit of the Deccan people.

For our second part in a series about Dakhnī poetry (you can read the first part here), we have a selection of poems that look at Deccan patriotism in the 16th century.

Dakhnī poetry is refreshingly aam aadmi, and makes use of a rich treasure of idioms spoken on the streets of the Mughal Empire. The transliterations are courtesy of historian and scholar Sajjad Shahid, who annotes each with an explanation of their context.

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