Charans (men or women) were always found with the Rajputs, in several places like Mewar, Gujarat, and Marwar. They were also given huge grants by the kings and the landlords. A Rajputs regard for a person of Charan caste was considered as supreme and uppermost. For instance, in any procession, a Charan man would sit on an elephant and the king used to walk in the crowd. They are regarded as great warriors and at the same time, they were equally respected by the kings for their high literature taste, interest and love for poetry. 'Kaviraj' is the other term that is used to address the members of this caste. The usage of this term started because of their capability to compose poems instantly.
Literature and poems define the true identity of Charans. Charani literature is defined as a whole genre of literature. The Dingal language and Dingal literature exist mostly because of this particular caste. It is also stated that the modern Rajasthani literature actually started with Suryamal Misran's works. He was from the Charan caste. The Charani literature is sub divided into 13 genres and these are as follows -
Some of the other popular classifications of Charani literature or Charani Sahitya include - Khyatas (chronicles), Raso (martial epics), Vartas and Vatas (stories), Doha-Chhand (verses), Veli - Veli Krishan Rukman ri. Another popular form of Charani literature is known as the charaj, which means song of mother's worship. Some other minor forms of Charani Sahitya comprise 'aaraniyu' and 'zilaniyu' that are also called as the songs of worship.
It can be said that the several genres and classifications of Charani literature aptly define the rich taste of the people belonging to Charan caste.
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