Sant Banka

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Sant Banka (Marathi: संत बंका) also known as Wanka[1] was a poet in 14th century Maharashtra, India.[2] He was husband to Nirmala and brother-in-law to Chokhamela. Born in Mehenpuri, Banka was a member of the Mahar caste of Untouchables.[3] In most of his abhangs he praised Vitthal in happiness and peace. Infrequently, he described his lower caste birth.[4]

As a bhakti poet saint from the Mahar caste of untouchables, Banka raised a voice against untouchability which is very relevant to current Dalit literature.[2]


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  3. ^ Zelliot, Eleanor (2000). "Sant Sahitya and its Effect on Dalit Movements". In Kosambi, Meera. Intersections: Socio-cultural Trends in Maharashtra. New Delhi: Orient Longman. p. 190. ISBN 8125018786. 
  4. ^ Zelliot, Eleanor (2008). "Chokhamela, His Family and the Marathi Tradition". In Aktor, Mikael; Deliège, Robert. From Stigma to Assertion: Untouchability, Identity and Politics in Early and Modern India. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press. pp. 76–86. ISBN 8763507757.