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Krishna Bandish Mala

 
Harsha V. Dehejia (Author) Vijay Sharma (Author)
Synopsis

Krishna shringara is a perennial legacy from the dasham skandha of the Bhagavata Purana, where the romance of Krishna in terms of his lilas and kridas is presented, to the tracks of Jayadeva, Narsinh Mehta, Vallabhacharya, the ashtachhaap kavis of Haveli Sangeet, Chaitanya, Bengal Vaishnava tradition, and the glorious period of Ritikavya. All these poetic streams flow into the river of khayal tradition, which in turn has significantly influenced the growth of khayal bandishes.

Krishna shringara has a unique place in khayal bandishes, where words and music, raga and tala make the bandishes come alive. The paintings of khayal bandishes (Bandishmala) make one feel reminiscent of Ragamala paintings. Khayal bandish travelled orally across centuries from village to temple and palace to proscenium.

The paintings make a sahridaya travel to the supreme realms of Krishna shringara, which ends in shringara bhakti.

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About the authors

Harsha V. Dehejia

Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in Medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from the University of Mumbai. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Glasgow and Canada, all by examination. He is Professor of Religion at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where he teaches Indian Aesthetics. He has published three books, The Advaita of Art, Parvatidarpana (both by Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi) and Parvati, Goddess of Love (by Mapin, Ahmedabad). He is Curatorial Advisor to the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Dr. Dehejia is a practicing physician and lives in Ottawa.

Vijay Sharma

Born in 1962 Vijay Sharma is an award winning Pahari miniaturist and works as an artist in the Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. He has studied major collections of Indian painting across the world and has lecture-demonstrations in leading museums and institutions in India and abroad. He has written several scholarly articles on Pahari miniature painting. He paints in various styles of Indian painting, chiefly Basohli and Kangra schools of Pahari painting. Howerer, the work included here in Chaurapanchashika style reveals the fertile imagination of artist.

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Bibliographic information

Title Krishna Bandish Mala
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2016
Edition 1st.ed.
Publisher D.K. Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124608555
length 167p.