The Chandimangal of Kavikankan Mukundaram Chakravarti is an exemplary work of epic scale that recounts the story of the Goddess Chandi's constant battle to establish her cult among humans. Through the three books of the kavya-The Book of the Gods, The Book of the Hunter and The Book of the Merchant-we are introduced to Chandi in all her manifestations, from the benevolent to the wrathful, from Abhaya to Chamunda.
Mukundaram's captivating tales and vivid imagery bring together the enchanting world of the gods with the more challenging world of the mortals while critiquing sixteenth-century Bengali society. In his exquisite rendering of the Chandimangal, Edward Yazijian manages to capture not only the performative and humorous but also the reverent aspects of the text.
Kavikankan Mukundaram Chakravarti birth ranged from 1537 to 1547 and the scholars agree that Mukundaram died first few years of the seventeen century.
Edward M. Yazijian (Translator)
Edward M. Yazijian was born in Amityville, New York. As a teen, he left for India for a month-long trip that, in fact, lasted over a decade. While in South Asia, he travelled widely and lived mostly in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It was there that he developed a keen interest in Bengali literature and music. Yazijian received a PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago and currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where he teaches at Furman University. His research interests include premodern Bengali literature, Indian epics and religion, and contemporary music and popular culture of South Asia.