Jaur Gita Govinda, Part 6


Sep 12, 2011 — CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a 2005 month-long series on the illustrious Jaur Gita-Govinda.

Text Folios No. 13

Bhavas part 14 and 15

Bhava 14 continues with the sakhi's description of Radha and her weakened physical state. She is like the setting sun, her gait is unsteady and she has forgotten to care for herself. The sakhi scolds Krsna for his cruelty towards his beloved and again repeats her pleadings.

Illustration Folio 12

Illustration folio 12 is

In the second panel, Radha is seen lying on a couch in a despondent state. While none of the intensity of the many similies and metaphors from the verbal descriptions are pictorially captured, there is enough in sections one and two of the folio to convey the feeling of intense yearning and pining. In the text, the sakhis have been describing Radha's state. In this folio we see her directly, lying bereft on a couch at night. The red bhutis on her sari and the red of the bed provide the only relief in an otherwise despondent picture.

The third panel depicts a domestic scene, with the sakhi using her grinding stone in an effort to soothe Radha by the use of sandle paste. Here the colors are soft and delicate, indicative of the service mood.


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