The Gita Vali, a Collection of Songs, is a Braja rendering of the Ramayana in song or verse. All the verses are set to Ragas of classical music and are suitable for singing. It consists of 328 songs divided into seven Kands or books. Many episodes of the Ramayana are elaborated while many others are abridged. The author, Tulsidas, also known as a Hindu Vaishnava saint and poet, renowned for his devotion to the deity Rama. This rendition from 1893 is commented on by the great devotee Bhativinoda Thakur.