Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Art and Architecture > Painting > Basohli Paintings of the Rasamanjari
Displaying 138 of 1648         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Basohli Paintings of the Rasamanjari
Pages from the book
Basohli Paintings of the Rasamanjari
Look Inside the Book
Description

From the Jacket:

 

This book presents a complete translation of Bhanudatta's Rasamanjari The text is illustrated with 80 paintings of the Basoli and Nurpur Schools, which are characterized by vibrant colours and passionate expression.

About the Author:

Dr. M.S. Randhawa was Advisor to the Planning Commission from 1960 to 1964. As a Special Secretary to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India, he piloted the schemes of intensive agriculture, which resulted in the Green Revolution. As Chief Commissioner of the Union Territory of Chandigarh he founded the Art Museum. His last official assignment was as Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural university in Asia. He is an authority on Pahari Painting and has a number of books on this subject to his credit. His co-author, Shri S.D. Bhambri, is a senior I.A.S. officer who is at present Chief Secretary to the Haryana Government. He is a renowned scholar who has command over English as well as Sanskrit. Apart from the Rasamanjari, he has also translated the Rasikapriya of Keshav Das.

 

Preface

Shringara literature in Sanskrit and Hindi classics has a unique place in world literature. Shringara refers to love as represented in literature. Nayaka is the hero or lover. Nayika is the heroine or woman who is loved. Nayikas are classified according to their age or experience, their physique and talent.

Shringara literature has its roots in Bharata’s Natyashastra, a treatise on dramaturgy, which dates back to 100 B.G. to second century A.D. It deals with the doctrine of rasa or flavour, and bhavas or emotions. Then follows a subtle classification of women, according to mood, sentiment and situation called Nayika-bheda. The eight-fold classification of heroines is given, and female messengers, their qualities and functions are described.

Jayadeva, the court poet of Lakshmanasena (A.D. 1179-1205), wrote the Sanskrit poem, the Gita Govinda, in which he described the love of Radha and Krishna in all its stages. Here Radha is the Nayika, and Krishna is the Nayaka.

Eastern India became an important centre of Radha and Krishna cult in the fifteenth century. Vidyapati (fl A.D. 1400-1470) the poet of Bihar wrote in the sweet Maithili dialect on the loves of Radha and Krishna. A contemporary of Vidyapati was Chandi Das (fl A.D. 1420) who lived at Nannura in Birbhum district of West Bengal. In his Krishna Kirtana, Chandi Das describes the love of Radha and Krishna in different phases.

Following the same tradition Bhanudatta, who belonged to Tirhut in Bihar, wrote his Rasamanjari, or Bouquet of Delight, in the fifteenth century. In Rasamanjari, the subject of Nayika-bheda is treated for its own sake for the first time in Indian literature. Rasamanjari has a unique place in Sanskrit love poetry. In the close of the sixteenth century, it provided the base for the Rasikapriya of the Hindi poet, Keshav Das of Orchha, which contains a more elaborate classification of Nayikas and Nayakas, and their moods and feelings.

It is surprising how the Rasamanjari did not attract the attention of the British orientalists, who assiduously translated so many Sanskrit classics. It is the studies of Indian miniature paintings and their texts, which drew the attention of scholars to this delightful poem in the current century. The pioneer of studies in Indian miniature paintings, Dr Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, recorded eight paintings of the Rasamanjari in Basohli style (or Jammu, as he called it) in 1926. However, he could not relate them to the Rasamanjari. Hirananda Shastri in 1936 read the colophon of series of paintings and discovered that the text of these paintings relates to Bhanudatta’s Rasamanjari.

As a translation of the Rasamanjari in English was not available, scholars of Indian miniature paintings gave imaginary interpretation of the scenes shown in the paintings. In a painting, a cat and a rat are shown on roof-top below which the Nayika is sitting along with her Sakhi. The cat was interpreted as Krishna, chasing the rat, who was Radha. It is for the first time, a complete translation of the Rasamanjari has been provided, and it leaves no room for fanciful interpretation of animals or human beings depicted in paintings.

The Rasamanjari is a long poem. It is only for convenience of the reader that the text has been split up into nineteen chapters. In this book we relate 87 paintings to the text.

Collection of photographs of paintings which were scattered in collections of private collectors and museums was an arduous task. We are grateful to late Dr W.G. Archer, Keeper Emeritus, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Keeper, Indian Section, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for providing photographs of the Rasamanjari paintings in their collections. We also acknowledge the help given by the Curator, Dogra Art Gallery, Jammu; Partap Museum, Srinagar; Chandigarh Museum; National Museum, New Delhi; Bharat Kala Bhavan, Banaras; Seth Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Ahmedabad; and Professor J.K. Galbraith in allowing the reproduction of photographs of paintings of the Rasamanjari in their collections. We further record our gratitude to Mr. F.S. Aijazuddin for providing photographs of the paintings of the Rasamanjari in the collection of Lahore Museum and Pakistan Museum, Karachi.

The Bouquet of Delight of Bhanudatta illustrated with delightful paintings in Basohli and Nurpur styles of Pahari paintings will provide joy to many persons who will savour the sensuous beauty of Bhanudatta’s poem and its rendering in painting by the artists of the Punjab Hill States.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Preface vii
  List of Illustrations xi
Chapter  
I. Bhanudatta's Rasamanjari

 

1
II. Classification of Nayikas
The Artless, the Adolescent and the Mature

 

9
III. Parakiya Nayika
Nayika who is in love with another man

 

28
IV. Love in Separation
Pride and Obduracy, Garva and Mana

 

42
V. Proshita Bhartrika Nayika
Nayika whose lover or husband is away

 

48
VI. Khandita Nayika
Nayika who has been wronged

 

54
VII. The Nayika Estranged by a Quarrel
Kalahantarita

 

59
VIII. The Neglected Nayika
Vipralabdha

 

65
IX. The Yearning Nayika
Utka

 

70
X. Nayika Waiting for Her Lover with Bed Prepared
The Vasakasajja

 

76
XI. The Loyally Loved
Svadhina-patika

 

83
XII. Nayika Who Goes Out to Seek Her Lover
Abhisarika

 

89
XIII. Nayika Anticipating Separation
Pravatsyat-patika Nayika

 

97
XIV. Another Classification of Nayikas
Uttama, Madhyama, Adhama

 

103
XV. Sakhis - Female Friends of the Nayika and Their Functions

 

107
XVI. Nayaka

 

114
XVII. Sakhas - Nayaka's Friends

 

129
XVIII. Love in Separation

 

133
XIX. Seeing the Lover
Darshana

 

144
  References

 

149

 

Sample Pages









Basohli Paintings of the Rasamanjari

Item Code:
IDE079
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1981
ISBN:
8170171423
Language:
English
Size:
9.8" X 7.8"
Pages:
165 (Color Illus: 3, B & W Illus: 83)
Other Details:
weight of book 729 gms
Price:
$27.50   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Basohli Paintings of the Rasamanjari

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 13439 times since 10th Jun, 2017

From the Jacket:

 

This book presents a complete translation of Bhanudatta's Rasamanjari The text is illustrated with 80 paintings of the Basoli and Nurpur Schools, which are characterized by vibrant colours and passionate expression.

About the Author:

Dr. M.S. Randhawa was Advisor to the Planning Commission from 1960 to 1964. As a Special Secretary to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India, he piloted the schemes of intensive agriculture, which resulted in the Green Revolution. As Chief Commissioner of the Union Territory of Chandigarh he founded the Art Museum. His last official assignment was as Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural university in Asia. He is an authority on Pahari Painting and has a number of books on this subject to his credit. His co-author, Shri S.D. Bhambri, is a senior I.A.S. officer who is at present Chief Secretary to the Haryana Government. He is a renowned scholar who has command over English as well as Sanskrit. Apart from the Rasamanjari, he has also translated the Rasikapriya of Keshav Das.

 

Preface

Shringara literature in Sanskrit and Hindi classics has a unique place in world literature. Shringara refers to love as represented in literature. Nayaka is the hero or lover. Nayika is the heroine or woman who is loved. Nayikas are classified according to their age or experience, their physique and talent.

Shringara literature has its roots in Bharata’s Natyashastra, a treatise on dramaturgy, which dates back to 100 B.G. to second century A.D. It deals with the doctrine of rasa or flavour, and bhavas or emotions. Then follows a subtle classification of women, according to mood, sentiment and situation called Nayika-bheda. The eight-fold classification of heroines is given, and female messengers, their qualities and functions are described.

Jayadeva, the court poet of Lakshmanasena (A.D. 1179-1205), wrote the Sanskrit poem, the Gita Govinda, in which he described the love of Radha and Krishna in all its stages. Here Radha is the Nayika, and Krishna is the Nayaka.

Eastern India became an important centre of Radha and Krishna cult in the fifteenth century. Vidyapati (fl A.D. 1400-1470) the poet of Bihar wrote in the sweet Maithili dialect on the loves of Radha and Krishna. A contemporary of Vidyapati was Chandi Das (fl A.D. 1420) who lived at Nannura in Birbhum district of West Bengal. In his Krishna Kirtana, Chandi Das describes the love of Radha and Krishna in different phases.

Following the same tradition Bhanudatta, who belonged to Tirhut in Bihar, wrote his Rasamanjari, or Bouquet of Delight, in the fifteenth century. In Rasamanjari, the subject of Nayika-bheda is treated for its own sake for the first time in Indian literature. Rasamanjari has a unique place in Sanskrit love poetry. In the close of the sixteenth century, it provided the base for the Rasikapriya of the Hindi poet, Keshav Das of Orchha, which contains a more elaborate classification of Nayikas and Nayakas, and their moods and feelings.

It is surprising how the Rasamanjari did not attract the attention of the British orientalists, who assiduously translated so many Sanskrit classics. It is the studies of Indian miniature paintings and their texts, which drew the attention of scholars to this delightful poem in the current century. The pioneer of studies in Indian miniature paintings, Dr Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, recorded eight paintings of the Rasamanjari in Basohli style (or Jammu, as he called it) in 1926. However, he could not relate them to the Rasamanjari. Hirananda Shastri in 1936 read the colophon of series of paintings and discovered that the text of these paintings relates to Bhanudatta’s Rasamanjari.

As a translation of the Rasamanjari in English was not available, scholars of Indian miniature paintings gave imaginary interpretation of the scenes shown in the paintings. In a painting, a cat and a rat are shown on roof-top below which the Nayika is sitting along with her Sakhi. The cat was interpreted as Krishna, chasing the rat, who was Radha. It is for the first time, a complete translation of the Rasamanjari has been provided, and it leaves no room for fanciful interpretation of animals or human beings depicted in paintings.

The Rasamanjari is a long poem. It is only for convenience of the reader that the text has been split up into nineteen chapters. In this book we relate 87 paintings to the text.

Collection of photographs of paintings which were scattered in collections of private collectors and museums was an arduous task. We are grateful to late Dr W.G. Archer, Keeper Emeritus, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Keeper, Indian Section, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for providing photographs of the Rasamanjari paintings in their collections. We also acknowledge the help given by the Curator, Dogra Art Gallery, Jammu; Partap Museum, Srinagar; Chandigarh Museum; National Museum, New Delhi; Bharat Kala Bhavan, Banaras; Seth Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Ahmedabad; and Professor J.K. Galbraith in allowing the reproduction of photographs of paintings of the Rasamanjari in their collections. We further record our gratitude to Mr. F.S. Aijazuddin for providing photographs of the paintings of the Rasamanjari in the collection of Lahore Museum and Pakistan Museum, Karachi.

The Bouquet of Delight of Bhanudatta illustrated with delightful paintings in Basohli and Nurpur styles of Pahari paintings will provide joy to many persons who will savour the sensuous beauty of Bhanudatta’s poem and its rendering in painting by the artists of the Punjab Hill States.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Preface vii
  List of Illustrations xi
Chapter  
I. Bhanudatta's Rasamanjari

 

1
II. Classification of Nayikas
The Artless, the Adolescent and the Mature

 

9
III. Parakiya Nayika
Nayika who is in love with another man

 

28
IV. Love in Separation
Pride and Obduracy, Garva and Mana

 

42
V. Proshita Bhartrika Nayika
Nayika whose lover or husband is away

 

48
VI. Khandita Nayika
Nayika who has been wronged

 

54
VII. The Nayika Estranged by a Quarrel
Kalahantarita

 

59
VIII. The Neglected Nayika
Vipralabdha

 

65
IX. The Yearning Nayika
Utka

 

70
X. Nayika Waiting for Her Lover with Bed Prepared
The Vasakasajja

 

76
XI. The Loyally Loved
Svadhina-patika

 

83
XII. Nayika Who Goes Out to Seek Her Lover
Abhisarika

 

89
XIII. Nayika Anticipating Separation
Pravatsyat-patika Nayika

 

97
XIV. Another Classification of Nayikas
Uttama, Madhyama, Adhama

 

103
XV. Sakhis - Female Friends of the Nayika and Their Functions

 

107
XVI. Nayaka

 

114
XVII. Sakhas - Nayaka's Friends

 

129
XVIII. Love in Separation

 

133
XIX. Seeing the Lover
Darshana

 

144
  References

 

149

 

Sample Pages









Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

Goddess Bhadrakali: Tantric Devi Series
Water Color Painting on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
8.5 inch X 7.0 inch
Item Code: HL39
$225.00
 With Frame (Add $90.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tantric Devi Series
Water Color Painting on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
7.0 inch X 7.5 inch
Item Code: HL40
$195.00
 With Frame (Add $70.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tantric Devi Series
Water Color Painting on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
6.6 inch X 6.6 inch
Item Code: HL41
$155.00
 With Frame (Add $70.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Krishna Pursuing Heroine (A Folio from Nayika-Bheda )
Water Color Painting On Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
8.0 inches X 5.8 inches
Item Code: HK55
$175.00
 With Frame (Add $70.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Krishna Asks for Butter
Water Color Painting on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
5.2 inches X 6.8 inches
Item Code: HK62
$135.00
 With Frame (Add $70.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Indra Pray to Adi Devi (Tantric Devi Series)
Watercolor on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
8.5 inches X 7.5 inches
Item Code: HI90
$225.00
 With Frame (Add $90.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash
Water Color Painting On Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
7.2 inch x 10.0 inch
Item Code: HN61
$295.00
 With Frame (Add $90.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
SAMANYA NAYIKA – COURTESAN 

(A folio from the Rasa-manjari by Bhanudatta)
Watercolor on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj
8.6 inches X 6.5 inches
Item Code: HK17
$195.00
 With Frame (Add $90.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Basohli Painting
Item Code: NAK761
$55.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Basohli Painting
Item Code: NAB106
$65.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Jammu Ragamala Paintings
Item Code: IDK002
$45.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Centres of Pahari Painting
Item Code: IDF974
$50.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A History of Indian Painting: Pahari Traditions
by Krishna Chaitanya
Hardcover (Edition: 1984)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: IDE598
$39.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Pahari Paintings of The Nala-Damayanti Theme
by Dr. Karan Singh
Hardcover (Edition: 1995)
National Museum
Item Code: NAF987
$40.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Nala and Damayanti (A Great Series of Paintings of An Old Indian Romance)
by B.N. Goswamy
Hardcover (Edition: 2015)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAK661
$105.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Kangra Paintings of The Gita Govinda
by M.S. Randhawa
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
National Museum
Item Code: NAF994
$45.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

I am overwhelmed with the amount of hard-to-find Hindu scriptural texts that I have been able to locate on the Exotic India website as well as other authentic cultural items from India. I am impressed with your fast and reliable shipping methods.
Lee Scott, USA
Your service is excellent.
Shambhu, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist statues at the best prices and best shipping that I know of.I have bought many statues from them.I am thankful for their online presence.
Michael, USA
Thanks for sharpening our skills with wisdom and sense of humor.The torchbearers of the ancient deity religion are spread around the world and the books of wisdom from India bridges the gap between east and west.
Kaushiki, USA
Thank you for this wonderful New Year sale!
Michael, USA
Many Thanks for all Your superb quality Artworks at unbeatable prices. We have been recommending EI to friends & family for over 5 yrs & will continue to do so fervently. Cheers
Dara, Canada
Thank you for your wonderful selection of books and art work. I am a regular customer and always appreciate the excellent items you offer and your great service.
Lars, USA
Colis bien reçu, emballage excellent et statue conforme aux attentes. Du bon travail, je reviendrai sur votre site !
Alain, France
GREAT SITE. SANSKRIT AND HINDI LINGUISTICS IS MY PASSION. AND I THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE.
Madhu, USA
I love your site and although today is my first order, I have been seeing your site for the past several years. Thank you for providing such great art and books to people around the World who can't make it to India as often as we would like.
Rupesh
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India