Sanskrit Manuscripts : Pirativiṟali

Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> As indicated by the title and by the typical formula found at the end (<i>viṟalī</i> [[i.e. <i>viṟali</i>]] <i>nī tutu</i>), this text appears to be an example of the subgenre of poetry, popular between the 15th and the 19th centuries, known as <i>viṟaliviṭutūtu</i>, in which a dancing girl (<i>viṟali</i>) acts as a messenger. The overarching genre of <i>viṭutūtu</i> is the Tamil adaptation of the Sanskrit <i>sandeśakāvya</i>. The date and authorship of the present text are unknown. The manuscript is apparently an autograph by Percy McQueen , who donated it to the Library. The title indicated on the front cover and on the top of the recto of first folio simply states that the text is a <i>viṟali</i> copied from an old palm-leaf manuscript. </p>

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