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Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta

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

Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta is a commentary on Narsinh Mehta’s love songs. Narsinh (1408-65), a Vaishnava bhakti poet of medieval India, is considered as the adi-kavi of Gujarat. He is also regarded as a shringara kavi, a poet of romance. The quintessence of his bhakti is prem and his prem has inherent bhakti, and therefore his poetry is regarded as shringara bhakti kavya.

Essentially shringara is the romantic celebration of the other, and when Narsinh's other is none other than Krishna, his shringara kavya becomes Krishna bhakti, where Krishna is both divine and human, at the same time. Singing for Krishna, Narsinh celebrates his swami through amorous verses and divine surrender like Jayadeva.

He sat in a temple and relentlessly sang for his Lord, living through absolute poverty. Nothing made him more jovial than singing the glory of his Krishna. The only man for Narsinh is Krishna, and for the latter Narsinh is a woman at heart. Narsinh, through his songs, brings in the cue of all romantic feelings and moments, recreates the idyllic Vrindavana in one’s mind and he returns that Vrindavana a Vaikuntha with the footfalls of his Krishna.

Through this commentary, the author Harsha V. Dehejia introduces one to the fullness of Narsinh’s poems, thereby making one known to Narsinh in and out.

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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 Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta
Format Softcover
Date published: 08.04.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124608036
length 44p., Illustrations; Colour; 38cm.