of Basohli miniature painting blossoms best when paired with lyrical verses of
Gita Govinda, the 12th-century work of Jayadeva, which was taken by the
Vaishnavas, whose Bhakti (devotion), inspired the strokes of the miniature
artists. As mentioned by Jayadeva in the context of Gita Govinda, these
Krishna-Radha paintings are for the “Rasikas”- the seeker of Rasa (juice),
sweet emotion that is felt upon the Smarana (remembrance) of Krishna. In this
manner, the Krishna-Radha miniatures of Basohli are a celebration of the
devotional love of the followers of Krishna.
Krishna in the painting are shown as a youthful couple, immersed in each other
completely. They have put on exquisite attire and ornaments, highlighting
everything beautiful about them, on the occasion of the union of their souls.
Sri Radha, the primary companion of Krishna embodies the mesmeric beauty of a
yet to blossom lotus, and Krishna, dark-skinned, wearing his distinctive yellow
garment and a garland of flowers complements the exquisiteness of his beloved.
Another female figure in the miniature is Lalita Devi, one of the gopis who is
famous for her intense love for Krishna and Radha to an extent that she is
always accompanying them, even in the warmest moments the duo shares. Except
for the tree on the right and the thin blue waves on the bottom, this Basohli
miniature has left the canvas blank, which to us viewers, appears to be filled
with the nectar of the love of Radha and Krishna.
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