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Radha Folk Heroine or Divine Playmate Sanujit Ghose

Radha Folk Heroine or Divine Playmate

Sanujit Ghose

Published August 24th 2007
ISBN :
Kindle Edition
194 pages
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The book for the first time draws upon a wide sweep of more than two thousand years of Radha in varied roles in art and literature. She is the nubile heroine in Prakrit poetry and folklore during the first century AD, as one reads in Halas GathaMoreThe book for the first time draws upon a wide sweep of more than two thousand years of Radha in varied roles in art and literature. She is the nubile heroine in Prakrit poetry and folklore during the first century AD, as one reads in Halas Gatha Saptasati. Since 450 AD, Tamil epic Cilappatikaram, Harivamsa etc hint at Pinnai, the earliest consort of Krishna. In the fourth century AD, classic erotic treatise Kamasutra of Vatsayana describes in colorful details the social life of the time.Next phase shows Radha as the epitome of angelic beauty and supreme devotion among the Hindus, facing the marauding Muslims coming across the northwestern border of India. Vaishnava savants especially in Bengal begin to worship Radha as a divine being in the sixteenth century AD. With the rising nationalist sentiments during the nineteenth century, the literature, art and paintings put Radha as the mirror image of humdrum love to the utter relish and amusement of the royalty and noblemen of the day. The miniature paintings in the hill states in Punjab, Rajasthan begin to portray the local lady companions of the royalty as Radha. New generation of romantic poets in India in 1920s and 30s mock at Radha image, bringing down the cult of devotion in religion.