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International Journal of History

2022, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part B

Sarala mahabharata: A synthesis of literature, history and geography

Author(s): Rajata Kanta Dash

Abstract: In the history of mankind many great men have come and left their imprints in the sands of time but as a pioneer of Odia literature, story writer, social reformer Sarala Das was unique. Sarala Das has created literature based on a rich linguistic tradition, which is evident from the reading of the Mahabharata. So, there is no doubt that Sarala Das’s literature is based on a solid foundation. By the time Sarala Das composed the Mahabharata, the Odia language had become well known. Writers and researchers in the history of Odia literature have stated that Sarala Das’s Mahabharata is a synthesis of literature, history, and geography. Through intense reading we can trace the synthesis. But Sarala Mahabharata never considered a pure historical source by academic historians instead they said it’s mythological literature. Colonial, national and Marxist historians rejected its historical importance, while subaltern historians recognized its importance and pointed that it has the potentiality to give a clear picture of 15th century Odisha’s Socio-cultural, economic and political life.

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Rajata Kanta Dash. Sarala mahabharata: A synthesis of literature, history and geography. Int J Hist 2022;4(2):66-72.
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