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Rāmprasād Sen
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The 18th-century poet Rāmprasād Sen is most well known for his songs to the goddess Kālī. His poems and songs mixed imagery from kuṇḍalinīyoga (see yoga) and esoteric tantric meditation with devotion to the goddess, and he created a new style of goddess worship in India, which is often called Śākta bhakti. He also mixed classical melodies, Bāul personalism, Vaiṣṇava kīrtan, and local folk styles of music together in his songs, which came to be called Rāmprasādī Saṅg…

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McDaniel, June, “Rāmprasād Sen”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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