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Geet Govinda

Paintings in Kanheri Style
Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya

Geet Govinda—a superb lyrical Sanskrit poem of the 12th century composed by Jaideva—has stirred the minds of the readers, artists, dancers and musicians to such frenzy that they themselves become the geet or song while reading, dancing, painting, acting or playing on their instruments. Praise: "[The text] moves smoothly and is informative for those not acquainted with previous scholarship on the poem."—Kapila Vatsyayan in Marg

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[The text] moves smoothly and is informative for those not acquainted with previous scholarship on the poem. —Kapila Vatsyayan in Marg

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Geet Govinda—a superb lyrical Sanskrit poem of the 12th century composed by Jaideva—has stirred the minds of the readers, artists, dancers and musicians to such frenzy that they themselves become the geet or song while reading, dancing, painting, acting or playing on their instruments. Praise: "[The text] moves smoothly and is informative for those not acquainted with previous scholarship on the poem."—Kapila Vatsyayan in Marg
It manifested in almost all the disciplines of Indian fine arts. Geet Govinda contains twelve cantos that have twenty-four eight-stanza songs or ashtapadis which deal with the love plays of the Dark Lord Krishna and his fair beloved Radha. The Indian artists painted these verses through their brushes in almost all the pioneer styles of Indian miniature painting between the 16th to 18th century including the styles that flourished in the remote areas of India. In Khandesh (Maharashtra), Geet Govinda was painted in 1765 in a new style—Kanheri. This is a fine blending of folk and royal styles. The colours are indigenous and the lines are delicate. We find Krishna and Radha wearing Khandeshi clothes and ornaments. This discovery has added a new chapter to the history of Indian art.

Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya is currently Additional Commissioner, Commercial Tax, Madhya Pradesh. He is a Hindi essayist and an art critic and has published twelve books. He was awarded with the fellowship of British Council and visited different museums in England, Australia and Switzerland. His area of research and study is the late styles of miniature and wall paintings that flourished in Malwa, Bundelkhand, Vidarbha and Khandesh. He also writes on the dimensions of Indian aesthetics. He is presently working on the Gayer-Anderson collection of Indian miniatures preserved in V&A Museum, London; British Library, and National Gallery of Art, Canberra.

• Acknowledgements
• Map of Khandes
• Preface
• Jaideva and Geet Govinda
• The Kanheri Geet Govinda
• Album Section
• Bibliography
• Glossary
ISBN 9788188204182
Pages 90
Number of illustrations 45
Size 11 x 8.5" (280 x 216 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2006
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Shri Beni Madhava Prakashan Graha, Madhya Pradesh
Rights Available World rights
"[The text] moves smoothly and is informative for those not acquainted with previous scholarship on the poem."
—Kapila Vatsyayan in Marg

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