The romantic Krishna finds a textual presence
for the first time in the Bhagavata Purana and
then for a thousand years we celebrate that
Krishna through heart-throbbing poetry.
Krishna is indeed both the kavi and the kavya,
rasa and rasika, the shabda and the artha, He is
Purusha and Prakriti. Krishna dances and
frolics, speaks and sings, and shringara in its
many colours comes alive for us through kavya.
We are the gopis of Vrindavana, the nayikas of
Ritikavya as Krishna comes alive not through
religious rites and rituals but through the joy of
poetry and painting and we acclaim krishna
After we have experienced the aesthetic
pleasure of the love of Krishna we realize that
all love in this world is that of Krishna, the
hushed words of romance between a man and a
woman are those of Krishna and Radha, all
poetry that celebrates romantic love is that of
Krishna, so that we can turn the sentence
around and say kavyam svayam krishna.
We invite you to immerse yourself in the
beautiful poetry of Krishna, through the
melody and lyrics let His madhurya wash over
you like the waves of the Yamuna and his many-
splendoured persona make your mind dance
like the birds and blossoms of Vrindavana.
Harsha V. Dehejia beautifully weaves a
tapestry of Krishna Shringara Kavya enriched
by the colours and textures of paintings by the
noted artist Vijay Sharma.
The book assures the reader both the joy of
poetry and the visual delight of painting.
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