Radha From Gopi to Goddess

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Item Code: NAJ919
Author: Harsha V. Dehejia
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9789383098064
Pages: 260 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 12.0 inch x 8.5 inch
Weight 1.30 kg
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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 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.




Prathama: As We Begin


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Looking for Her in Vrindavana


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Meeting Her in Narsinh Mehta's Poetry


Jawahar Baxi


Chitravali From Gujarat: An Early Gita Govinda


Ratan Parimoo


Her Footsteps in the Gita Govinda


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As Mirror to My Hand: The Poems of Vidyapati


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An Absent Presence: In Vrindavana


Cynthia Packert


Her Presence in Mewar Paintings of Sursagar


Rita Sodha


The Nathadwara Kalam


Sonika Soni


The Courtly Nayika of Ritikavya


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Enjoying God: The Divine Paramour


Makarand R. Paranjape


The Doe-eyed Nayika of Kishangarh


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Echoes in the Mountains


Vijay Sharma


Come to the Forest Where the Flowers Are Fragrant


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What Truths Are Hidden in This Dream


H.S. Shiva Prakash


Gavlan: Footprints in Marathi Literature


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Her Voice in Medieval Odiya Songs


Sunil Kothari


Her Resonance in Tantra


Rebecca J. Manring


Impressions in Terracotta Rasamandala in Bishnupur


Pika Ghosh


Tagore's Bhanusingher Padavali


Reba Som


Even Today the Same Flute Plays in Vrindavana


Sumanta Banerjee


The Heartthrob of Chaitanya


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Sensuously Southern


Stephen Inglis


Her Footprints in Tamil Nadu


Nanditha Krishna


From Vrindavana to Bollywood


Heidi Pauioels


Hearing Her in Khayal Bandish


Snehal N. Muzoomdar


Celebrating Her in Thumri


Vidya Rao


Her Fragrance in Hindi Poetry


Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya


The Pot Bearer Panghat Lila


Bandeep Singh


In Homes and Havelis


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Ityadi Etc.


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