Gita Govinda by Kapila Vatsyayan, National Museum, New Delhi, 1979
A devotional text on Krishna and Radha, originally written by Jaya Deva perhaps in the 12th century. This volume includes eighteen color plates of Indian miniature paintings of Krishna in context. Each color plate includes an explanation of the painting. It will be of interest to artists as well as connoisseurs of Indian music as compositions based on Gita Govinda are sung all over India, not including Kashmir.
“The spring-time dance of Krishna with the gopis makes Radha feel forlorn. She complains to the sakhi of Krishna’s wanton ways.
The painter departs somewhat radically from the verbal descriptions. He eliminates the figure of the sakhi. Instead, he introduces a parrot. Radha sits on a white striped carpet… read more in the picture from the text below.”