The asta-chhap (eight poets) tradition has contributed significantly to Indian Classical Music. Consider the following statements with this reference:
1. Asta-chhap tradition flourished during 16th century, particularly the period of Akbar
2. Surdas was one of the asta-chhap poets
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

Eight Disciples of Vallabhacharya are called the Ashta-chhaap, meaning, eight reprints (of the Master). Surdas is considered to be the foremost among them. In the 16th century devotional renaissance in India, poems were sung when recited, and the great mystic poets of those times were often great musicians. Therefore, the poetry composed by the eight Ashta Chhap poets is meant to be sung to music. Its essence is rhythmic invocation, and its real meaning is best expressed when performed as part of devotional service.

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