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Gita Govinda

One of the most popular of all the lyrics in Sanskrit is the Gita-Govinda of Jayadeva (12th cent A.D.). The work comprises 12 sargas or sections, each containing 24 stanzas set to music. He poet himself has fixed the ragas (tunes) and talas (time-beats) so that they can be sung by musicians and also adopted by dancers.

The main theme is the love of Radha for Krishna and his response.

The work is considered as a masterpiece in Sanskrit poetry and a model for many a later writer. Perfection of metrical form and a wonderful display of human feelings and sentiments mark it out as an extraordinary piece of Sanskrit literature. It also shows to what heights the Sanskrit language can rise as regards beauty, elegance and even sublimity.