Krishna Shringara is a perennial legacy from the dasham skandha of the Bhagavata Puruna, where the romance of Krishna in terms of his lilas and kridas is presented, to the tracks of Jayadeva, Narsinh Mehta, Vallabhacharya, the ashtachhaap kavis of Haveli Sangeet, Chaitanya, Bengal Vaishnava tradition, and the glorious period of Ritikavya. All these poetic streams flow into the river of khayal tradition, which in turn has significantly influenced the growth of khayal bandishes.
The paintings make a sahridaya travel to the supreme realms of Krishna shringara, which ends in shringara bhakti.
Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in medicine and other in ancient Indian culture, both from Mumbai University. He is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Glasgow and Canada all by examination. He is practicing Physician and Professor of Indian studies at Carleton University in Ottawa,Canada. His main interest is in Indian aesthetics. He has published twenty-five title till date.
Vijay Sharma, a recipient of the National Award of Master Craftsman in Basohli painting in 1990 and bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2012, works as a Senior Artist in the Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. He has travelled extensively in India and abroad, giving lecture- demonstrations on the techniques of Pahari painting and has studied major collections of Indian paintings across the world. He has written and edited several books and has several research articles to his credit. Besides a prolific writer and art critic he paints in various styles of Indian painting, chiefly Basholi and Kangra schools of Pahari painting. He is honoured with Himachal Gaurav award and a honorary doctorate from Himachal Pradesh University.
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