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Jayadeva

A feature on the 12th century poet Jayadeva, and his work, the Gita Govindam.

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RJ: Srividya

Jayadeva

A feature on the 12th century poet Jayadeva, and his work, the Gita Govindam.

The Gita Govindam is basically a poem on the relationship of Lord krishna and Radha. The entire story takes place during a single night, and only three characters are involved, namely Lord Krishna, Radha, and a sakhi- who plays the role of a messenger between the hero and heroine. GIta Govindam forms an integral part of the most important devotional music, SamkIrtanam, in Gujarat, Orissa, Bengal, and all four southern states in India. Jayadeva composed the Gita Govindam in the 12th century. In the 13th century, it had spread to western India. By the 15th century, the songs were incorporated into the rituals of the Puri Jagannatha temple. In Bengal, the singing of GIta Govindam is mandatory at the spring fair in the village of Kenduli. In Nepal, it is sung during the spring celebration in which worship is offered to Lord Kama and his consort, Rati. Rajput paintings, and Kerala dance forms were inspired by GIta Govindam as early as the sixteenth century. The sopanam music of kathakali dances in Kerala features selected ashtapadis.

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