Sign In
   
  Forgot your username ? Click here !
--------------------OR--------------------

Please submit the details below to send us your details to help us track your username.



CAPTCHA Image
[Different Image]

Exotic India takes your privacy very seriously. The information you provide above will not be shared with anybody.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6

Displaying 1 of 291      Next

Poet Jaideva Paying Homage to Radha and Krishna

Poet Jaideva Paying Homage to Radha and Krishna
Enlarge Image
See details and other views

Specifications

Item Code: HJ05

Watercolor on Paper

9.0 inches X 6.4 inches
Price: $205.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
SOLD
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 6 to 8 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $41.00


 With Frame (Add$90.00)
Viewed times since 23rd Mar, 2010

Description

A rare theme but of unique significance to both, those interested in literature or in history, the painting portrays the legendary poet Jaideva, the singer of the timeless Sanskrit poem Gita Govinda, as paying homage to Radha and Krishna, his inspiration and patron. Standing on one leg, a posture of devotion, Jaideva is singing on his ‘vina’ – a lyre or string-instrument. The artist has carved for Jaideva a white rectangular patch as his place in the entire existence which Radha and Krishna pervade, denoting perhaps that in the infinity he is a model of finiteness, one with counted days and measured space, and that too, delusive which the white colour of his space symbolises.

In the first Canto of the Gita Govinda Jaideva invokes Krishna as Jagannatha, and other nine incarnations of Lord Vishnu as his incarnations. Thus, Jaideva equates Lord Krishna, the Lord of the World, with Vishnu. The painter has used exceptional insight into his theme. With peacock-feather crest and normal two hands the portrayed image is essentially one of Lord Krishna. However, a dark formless ocean-like deep background hardly suits him who was used to colourful meadows, forests, trees, river-banks, birds, animals, friends, milky moonlit nights and bright days. Such background is more close to the iconography of Lord Vishnu who reclined upon ocean, though again the female figure seated along him could not be that of Lakshmi, his consort, who in iconographic perception is invariably conceived as seated around his feet and massaging them. This equal status could only be of Radha. Thus, the artist, while portraying Krishna has portrayed him also as Vishnu, the essence of Jaideva’s invocation and vision of Lord Krishna, and of course of Radha along with him.

Not much is known of Jaideva except that he was one of the five jewels of king Lakshmanasena, the last Hindu ruler of Bengal who ruled from around 1175 to 1200 A.D. It was around then that the Gita Govinda was composed. Lakshmanasena’s five jewels were his five court poets, Jaideva, Govardhana, Dhoi, Sharana and Umapatidhara. In the opening section of the Gita Govinda, Jaideva expresses his gratitude towards them all and towards Shrutidhara, his other colleague. The National Museum, New Delhi, has a painting in Sultanate style of around 1500 A.D., portraying Jaideva and these five poets seated around him, which suggests that Jayadeva and his poem had gained considerable popularity and had emerged as the painter’s theme by around 1500 itself.

Little is known of Jaideva’s personal life. Kenduli, a village in Orissa, sometimes contended to be in Birbhumi, Bengal, has been identified as his birthplace. Now there is complete unanimity in regard to his Oriya origin. He mentions, in his poem, the names of his father and mother as Bhojadeva and Ramadevi and of his wife as Padmavati and commemorates them. However, what has immortalized him is his poem Gita Govinda which has been as much instrumental in growth of Vaishnava Bhakti movement as the Bhagavata. Gita Govinda has been the theme of paintings for over five hundred years and gave to Indian art many of its all times masterpieces.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.


Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Displaying 1 of 291      Next

Customer Comments

Post a Comment
 
 

Post Review
My Gallery
You can keep adding items you like to this gallery as a Wish List. If you Sign In we will remember your Gallery for your future reuse.
Delete | Add to Cart
Sign In | Register to save to My Gallery
Related Links
Related Items

ssl certificates
TRUSTe online privacy certification
We accept PayPal  VISA  MasterCard  Discover  American Express
Site Powered by www.unlimitedfx.com