Posted on: 15 April 2013

Digital Rare Book:
Gita Govinda of Jayadeva
With an English introduction by Dr.M.V. Krishna Rao
Published by Satsangha Seva Samithi, Bangalore - 1900

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An illustration depicting Radha enveloped in Krishna's embrace

Radha and Krishna are pictured in their bedchamber whose adjoining terrace opens out into a lotus pond with distant hills visible in the background.

School of Sajnu
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image 9 5/16 by 6 7/8 in. (23.6 by 17.4 cm.)
circa 1790-1800
India, Kangra

Sajnu was an artist who originally hailed from Kangra, but later migrated to the court of Raja Isvari Sen (r. 1788-1826), the ruler of Mandi. Sajnu was a master of the stylistic conventions of the Kangra Valley. His lyrical works are characterised by their exceptionally delicate treatment of facial features, an extensive use of white and a preoccupation with geometric compositional devices, all seen in the present work.

W. G. Archer comments that in some cases Sajnu's jagged angular rhythms violate realism for geometric drama (W. G. Archer, Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, Vol. 1, 1973, p. 316). This is manifest in the plethora of canted forms cascading through the picture plane and even in the exaggerated crook of Krishna's arm within which Radha rests.


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Thanks...The verses are original.

What a wonderful image this is, the angular distorted perspective somehow feels relaxed with the delicate balance of pastel hues.

Sri Jayadev"s depiction of love by sri Govind & Sri Radha.

Is it a Hookah pipe in the hand of Radha?