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Love Songs of Rasakhan

by: Harsha V. Dehejia

Love Songs of Rasakhan is one among the numerous works of medieval Muslim Vaishnava poets. His original name was Said Ibrahim. On seeing a picture of Shrinathji, Said Ibrahim instantly fell in love with Krishna. His love for Krishna made him yearn for a vision of Krishna.

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ISBN: 9788124609446
Year Of Publication: 2018
Edition: 1st
Pages : 72
Bibliographic Details : Imdex
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29
Weight: 700

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Love Songs of Rasakhan is one among the numerous works of medieval Muslim Vaishnava poets. A sixteenth-century poet, Rasakhan was born in a Pathan Muslim family at Pihani in Uttar Pradesh. His original name was Said Ibrahim. On seeing a picture of Shrinathji, Said Ibrahim instantly fell in love with Krishna. His love for Krishna made him yearn for a vision of Krishna. He stayed with Krishna devotees in Braj, but could not get a vision of Krishna. He unsuccessfully tried his luck at the Gopalpura Shrinathji Temple and finally went to Govindkund and lay there three days without food and water. Pleased, Shrinathji gave him darshan and this made him to move on the Pushtimarg with the guidance of Gosain Vittalnath.
He spent his entire life in Brij composing songs of the many lilas of Radha and Krishna with the pen-name, Rasakhan. Touched by the sensuality of the love of Radha and Krishna, he produced many mellifluous and melodic songs, celebrating their love.
Other than his poetic genuis, this bilingual illustrated volume contains the stories of 252 Vaishnavas, articles on “Rasakhan: A Poet and His Poetry”; “Medieval Muslim Vaishnava Poets”; “Rasakhan and the Fluidity of Identity”; “The Mind of Rasakhan”; “Muslim Vaishnavas of Bengal”; and “Poets, Painters & Patrons”, being Krishnalal Sharma; Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya; Vidya Rao; Harsha V. Dehejia; Sumanta Banerji; and Harsha V. Dehejia as respective authors.

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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. His publications include: 1.The Advaita of Art. (Motilal Banarasidass, Delhi, 1996) 2. Parvatidarpana (The Mirror of Parvati), (Motilal Banarasidass. Delhi,.1998) 3. Parvati, Goddess of Love (Mapin, Ahmedabad, 1999) 4. Despair and Modernity, Reflections on Modern Indian Paintings. (Motilal Banarasidass, 2000) 5. The Lotus and the Flute: Romantic Moments in Indian Poetry and Painting. (Mapin, Ahmedabad, 2002) 6. A Celebration of Love: The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts (Roli Books, 2004) 7. Saundarya: The Theory and Praxis of Beauty (Samvad 2004) 7. Celebrating Krishna: Sensuous Images and Sacred Words (Mapin, 2005) 8. Leaves of the Pipal Tree: Aesthetic Reflections on Some Hindu Myths and Symbols (Motilal Banarasidass, 2005) 9. Gods Beyond Temples (Motilal Banarasidass, 2006) 10. A Festival of Krishna (Roli, 2008) 11. Mumbai Footpaths: Paths of Courage, Journeys of Hope (Vira Books, 2009) 12. Akriti to Sanskriti, The Journey of Indian Forms (Niyogi Books 2009) 13. Krishna’s Forgotten Poets (Roli).
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