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Gita Govinda of Jayadeva

Study in Sahitya and Natya by: Dr. Sharda Narayanan , Sujatha Mohan

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ISBN: 9788124610978
Year Of Publication: 2022
Edition: 2nd Revised
Pages : xix, 331
Bibliographic Details : Appendices, Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Shobana
Size: 23
Weight: 835

Overview

Gita Govinda, a drsya-kavya of Jayadeva, a twelfth-century Sanskrit poet, due to its deep foundations in devotion and exquisite intrinsic beauty, is the most desired in the music and dance of India. This erotic poem, through its three characters in Radha, Krsna and the sakhi, portrays physical love as a metaphor for divine longing of the individual soul to have its union with the Supreme.
The volume in hand presents the primacy of the language in linguistic and literary theories as the vehicle of thought, along with the performing arts background and technical aspects of dance that complement Jayadeva’s composition. It also deals with a setting for the Gita Govinda in terms of its historical context, time, cultural influences and relevance in the arts.
It addresses each and every verse of Gita Govinda with translation and literary notes. Also, it showcases the uninterrupted text in Devanagari along with Romanized transliteration. In a nutshell, the book brings to us a magical world of dance and music through the eyes of a Sanskrit scholar and a mature, expressive dancer in Sharda Narayanan and Sujatha Mohan, respectively.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Preface

1.Literary Perspective

Introduction to Language

Vak

The Power of the Word

Vakya and Vrtti

Pratibha: The Flash of Understanding

Features of Poetic Language

Early Poetic Efforts

The Creative Genius

Rasa and the Sahrdaya

Embellishments of Poetry

Styles and Sounds of Verse

Prosody: Chandas

Figures of Speech

Defects That Mar

2.The Tradition of Natya

Introduction

Early References to Natya

The Purpose and Significance of Natya

Temple Worship and Dance

The Grammar of Natya: Music and Dance

Classical Music

Ragas in the Gita Govinda

Classical Dance

Abhinaya in Natyaasastra

Angika Abhinaya in the Natyasastra

Sattvika Abhinaya

Samanya Abhinaya

Citrābhinaya

King of Rasas: Srngara

Nayaka Bheda

Nayika Bheda

3.Jayadeva’s Votive Offering in Verse

The Cultural Context of the Gita Govinda

The Male-Female Principles in Hindu Philosophy

Springtime Rites in the Puranas

The Life and Times of Poet Jayadeva

The Structure of the Poem

Introduction

The Sargas

4.Translation and Notes of the Gita Govinda

Sarga I: Samoda-Damodarah (Exuberant Krsna)

Sarga II: Aklesa-Kesavaḥ (Carefree Krsna)

Sarga III: Mugdha-Madhusudanah (Dismayed Krsna)

Sarga IV: Snigdha-Madhusudanah (Beloved Krsna)

Sarga V: Sakanksa-Pundarikaksaḥ (Anxious Krsna)

Sarga VI: Kuntha-Vaikunthah (Delayed Krsna)

Sarga VII: Nagara-Narayanah (Dashing Krsna)

Sarga VIII: Vilaksya-Laksmipatih (Unseemly Krsna)

Sarga IX: Manda-Mukundah (Subdued Krsna)

Sarga X: Catura-Caturbhujah (Clever Krsna)

Sarga XI: Sananda-Damodarah (Joyous Krsna)

Sarga XII: Suprita-Pitambarah (Delighted Krsna)

5.The Text of the Gita Govinda

Sarga I- Samodadāmodarah

Sarga II- Aklesakesavah

Sarga III- Mugdhamadhusudanah

Sarga IV- Snigdhamadhusudanah

Sarga V- Sakanksapundarikaksah

Sarga VIKunthavaikunthah

Sarga VII- Nagaranarayanah

Sarga VIII- Vilaksyalaksmipatih

Sarga IX- Mandamukundah

Sarga X- Caturacaturbhujah

Sarga XI- Sanandadamodarah

Sarga XII- Supritapitambarah

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Bibliography

Index

Meet the Author
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Sharda Narayanan received a firm foundation in Sanskrit literature, Nyaya and Vedanta from the late Vidwan C. Anantacharya. Academically brilliant right through, she received Master's degrees in Physics and Sanskrit from Bangalore University and later researched Vakyapadiya at JNU, New Delhi. She has taught Physics at Notre Dame Academy, Patna and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore for several years and also taught Sanskrit at the JNU. Fluent in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit and English, as also very active in Sanskrit drama she has a keen interest in travel and English literature. She is most suited to studying and interpreting Sanskrit texts and has already several published research papers to her credit.
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Dr. Sujatha Mohan holds M.A. in Sanskrit from Madras University, M.F.A. (Bharatanatyam) from SASTRA and Doctorate in Sanskrit (Natya) from SC SVMV, Kanchipuram. She has been teaching dance theory and practice for over twenty years and is currently Head of Department of Natya, Dr. MGR Janaki College, Chennai.
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