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Radha From Gopi to Goddess

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About the Book   In tracing the evolution of Radha from that of a gopi to a goddess one traverses not only a span of several centuries, but travels through cultural divides, political dynastics and philosophical debates. She occupies a space which moves from the aesthetics of shringara Bhakti, from the madhurya of Pushtimarg Vaishnavism to the prema of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, taking in its stride the philosophies of Advaita and Dvaita, the traditions of Sha...

About the Book

 

In tracing the evolution of Radha from that of a gopi to a goddess one traverses not only a span of several centuries, but travels through cultural divides, political dynastics and philosophical debates. She occupies a space which moves from the aesthetics of shringara Bhakti, from the madhurya of Pushtimarg Vaishnavism to the prema of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, taking in its stride the philosophies of Advaita and Dvaita, the traditions of Shakti and Shakta, she takes us from the devotional poetry of Bhaktikal to the courtly poetry of Ritikal and even beyond to the modern poetry of Adhunikkal.

 

Radha is both kamini and ramani, desirable and beautiful and through her persona we understand the role of kama or desire in the working of the human mind and especially in the aesthetics of shringara, she is both a gopi and a nayika and through her we feel the presence of Krishna in Vrindavana and the opulence of the vaishnava Rajput courts, she is a even a kalankini or the defiled one and through her we are privy to the folk literature of Bengal and modern middle class psychology of the bhadralok.

 

Radha: From Gopi to Goddess portrays in poetry and painting, dance and drama, sculpture and icon, strong and stories how Radha occupies a special place in sociology and psychology, aesthetics and theology.

 

About the Author

 

Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from Mumbai University. He is a practising Physician and professor of Indian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, Canada. His main interest is in Indian Aesthetics.

 

A widely respected aesthete and art collector, he has written extensively on Indian art and culture and has seventeen publications to his name including Akriti to Sanskriti: The Journey of Indian Form (Niyogi Books, 2009).

 

Harsha V. Dehejia leads a group of scholars who present a heart worming picture of Radha in her myriad manifestations.

 

Contents

 

Prathama: As We Begin

 

Harsha V Dehejia

9

Looking for Her in Vrindavana

 

Harsba V Dehejia

15

Meeting Her in Narsinh Mehta's Poetry

 

Jawahar Baxi

23

Chitravali From Gujarat: An Early Gita Govinda

 

Ratan Parimoo

27

Her Footsteps in the Gita Govinda

 

Harsha V Dehejia

37

As Mirror to My Hand: The Poems of Vidyapati

 

Harsba V Dehejia

45

An Absent Presence: In Vrindavana

 

Cynthia Packert

51

Her Presence in Mewar Paintings of Sursagar

 

Rita Sodha

59

The Nathadwara Kalam

 

Sonika Soni

69

The Courtly Nayika of Ritikavya

 

Harsha V Dehejia

75

Enjoying God: The Divine Paramour

 

Makarand R. Paranjape

 

The Doe-eyed Nayika of Kishangarh

 

Harsha V Dehejia

105

Echoes in the Mountains

 

Vijay Sharma

111

Come to the Forest Where the Flowers Are Fragrant

 

Harsha V Dehejia

117

What Truths Are Hidden in This Dream

 

H.S. Shiva Prakash

123

Gavlan: Footprints in Marathi Literature

 

Harsha V Dehejia

129

Her Voice in Medieval Odiya Songs

 

Sunil Kothari

135

Her Resonance in Tantra

 

Rebecca J. Manring

141

Impressions in Terracotta Rasamandala in Bishnupur

 

Pika Ghosh

149

Tagore's Bhanusingher Padavali

 

Reba Som

157

Even Today the Same Flute Plays in Vrindavana

 

Sumanta Banerjee

163

The Heartthrob of Chaitanya

 

Harsha V Dehejia

171

Sensuously Southern

 

Stephen Inglis

177

Her Footprints in Tamil Nadu

 

Nanditha Krishna

181

From Vrindavana to Bollywood

 

Heidi Pauioels

189

Hearing Her in Khayal Bandish

 

Snehal N. Muzoomdar

199

Celebrating Her in Thumri

 

Vidya Rao

205

Her Fragrance in Hindi Poetry

 

Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya

211

The Pot Bearer Panghat Lila

 

Bandeep Singh

217

In Homes and Havelis

 

Harsha V Dehejia

221

Ityadi Etc.

 

Harsha V Dehejia

233

Vidai

 

Harsha V Dehejia

245

Our Authors

249

Index

257

 

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Item Code: NAJ919 Author: Harsha V. Dehejia Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2014 Publisher: Niyogi Books ISBN: 9789383098064 Language: English Size: 12.0 inch x 8.5 inch Pages: 260 (Throughout Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 1.3 kg
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