Padmavati

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Padmavati medieval Bangla romantic poem adapted by alaol, poet the court poet of Arakan's king, from the original Hindi poem Padumavat in 1652 and presented in the royal court.

This long poem blends folklore and history. It narrates how Raja Ratnasen of Chitor marries Padmavati, a Sri Lankan princess, who is also coveted by Alauddin Khilji, Sultan of Delhi, who leads a futile military invasion to win her. The original Hindi poem has a touch of mysticism and sufism, but the Bangla version is a poem of secular human love. [Wakil Ahmed]