Saddle (Silence) – A Study of Mylaralinga Epic

Manjunatha Bevinakatti


The article attempts to study the origin and development of the Mylaralinga tradition prevalent in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa. It tries to point out how this tradition has silently subdued the other religious traditions and stayed devoid of caste, community and class overtones. It highlights how this tradition accepts the reality of social philosophy, while stressing on folk music forms as the basis of elite music. By looking at certain ways of worship of Mylaralinga, it indicates a possibility of considering Mylaralinga’s epic on different grounds. It explains also how the poetry leaves an indelible impression on the audience about the exemplary nature of man’s dynamic force and spiritual heroism.

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