Author: Barbara Stoler MillerTranslator(s): Barbara Stoler MillerPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 1984Language: EnglishPages: 225ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120803663
Gitagovinda is a unique work in Indian literature and a source of inspiration in both medieval and contemporary vaisnavism. The poem is dedicated in devotion to the god Krishna. Jayadeva's dramatic lyrical poem Gitagovinda is a unique work in India literature and a source of inspiration in both medieval and contemporary vaisnavism. It concentrates on Krsna's love with the cowherdess Radha. Intense earthly passion is the example Jayadeva uses to express the complexities of divine and human loveIt describes the loves of Krsna and Radha in twelve cantos containing twenty-four songs. The songs are sung by Krsna or Radha or by Radha's maid and are connected by brief narrative or descriptive passages. The appropriate musical mode and rhythm for each song are noted in the text. This poem is really a kind of drama, of the ragakavya type, since it is usually acted.Critical acclaim of the poem has been high, but its frank eroticism has led many Indian commentators to interpret the love between Radha and Krsna as an allegory of the human soul's love for God. Learned and popular audiences in India and elsewhere have continued to appreciate the emotional lyricism the poem expresses in its variations on the theme of separated lover's passion.ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:BARBARA STOLER MILLER was Professor of Oriental Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She was a student of the late Professor W Norman Brown. She had traveled widely throughout the Indian subcontinent and lived here to study Sanskrit and Indian music and art.
INTRODUCTION1. Jayadeva : The Wandering Poet2. The Lyrical Structure of Jayadeva's Poem3. Jayadeva's Language for Love4. Krishna : Cosmic Cowherd Lover5. Radha : Consort of Krishna's Springtime PassionNotesGITAGOVINDA : TRANSLATIONGITAGOVINGA : SANSKRIT TEXTTEXTUAL CRITICISM OF THE GITAGOVINDA1. Collection of the Textual Evidence2. Dated Manuscripts of the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries : Basic Evidence of the Shorter Recension3. Selected Commentaries on the Gitagovinda4. Previous Editions of the Gitagovinda5. Secondary Evidence6. The Significance of the Critical Edition7. Variant ReadingA GLOSSARY OF SANSKRIT WORDS