Ranna Gadayuddham: The Duel of the Maces

Author:

Akkamahadevi

,

R.V.S. Sundaram

,

Ammel Sharon

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2019
ISBN-13

9788193779491

ISBN-10 8193779495
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 340 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14.5x2.5
Weight (grms) 552

The Gadāyuddham (The Duel of the Maces) is a kāvya composed in classical Kannada literary style at the turn of the eleventh century CE. It is written in campū, a genre that developed in the tenth century as a mixture of poetry and prose. Ranna’s poem is remarkably dramatic in nature and is a meditation on the cost of war. Crisp dialogue, body gestures and imagery fill the poem. It is as if the poet were giving us directions for a play.


Ranna employs ‘flashbacks’, a technique called simhāvalōkana, that is, a lion turning casually to glance behind him. Ranna builds up to the duel through characters recalling episodes of injury or through lamentation. The duel occupies only a short space in the eighth canto, but Ranna takes this time to fill in past episodes and reflect on the impact of war. This thousand-year-old poem will interest scholars as well as lay readers.


Purushothama Bilimale is Professor, Kannada Language Chair, Centre of Indian Languages, SLL&CS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Akkamahadevi

Akkamahadevi was Assistant Professor of Kannada at the University of Mysore.

R.V.S. Sundaram

R.V.S. Sundaram was Professor and Director of the Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies at the University of Mysore.

Ammel Sharon

Ammel Sharon holds an M.Phil. degree from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata.
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