Kavi Kalash

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Kavi Kalash (died March 1689 CE, Tulapur) was an Indian Brahmin from Kanauj, a poet, and friend and personal advisor to Maratha king Sambhaji (reigned 1680-1689). Though liked by his king, Kavi Kalash was widely disliked by the Maratha aristocracy, who called him Kalusha - "instigator of strife".[1]

Kavi Kalash was captured, along with Sambhaji, by the enemy Mughal army in Sangmeshwar. Kavi Kalash was heavily chained to prevent his using "sorcery", and the two high-ranking captives were paraded through the Mughal camp attired as clowns, and tied to camels.[2]