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Celebrating Krishna: Sacred Words and Sensuous Images

Harsha V Dehejia (Author)
Synopsis Srimad Bhagvatam or the Bhagvata Purana has occupied an uninterrupted position of centrality in the religious life of Vaishanavas for over a millennium and is considered their principal religious text. It is in the tenth chapter of this Purana that the life and cosmic deeds of Krishna unfold. In particular it recounts the amorous adventures of Krishna with the gopis in the enchanted forest of Vrindavana. Besides its theological importance the Bhagavata has inspired countless artistic representations especially in miniature paintings in the Rajput courts of Rajasthan and the Pahari region. Celebrating Krishna, produced in the traditional pothi format, brings together for the first time a selection of paintings from the last five hundred years from museums and private collections around the world along an English translation of select verses in calligraphy. The Bhagavata in Celebrating Krishna truly comes alive in its many colours and nuances.
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About the author

Harsha V Dehejia

Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in Medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from Mumbai University. He is also a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, all by examination. He is a practising Physician in Ottawa and also Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities of Carleton University in Ottawa. His special interest is in Indian Aesthetics. His publications include: Advaita of Art, Parvatidarpana, Despair and Modernity, Gods Beyond Temples and Leaves of a Pipal Tree (all by Motilal Banarasidass, Delhi); Parvati: Goddess of Love, The Flute and The Lotus: Romantic Moments in Poetry and Painting and Celebrating Krishna: Sensuous Images, Sacred Words (all by Mapin, Ahmedabad); A Celebration of Love: The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts and A Festival of Krishna (both by Roli, Delhi).

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Bibliographic information

Title Celebrating Krishna: Sacred Words and Sensuous Images
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.03.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188204382
length 192p., Plates; 29cm.