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Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta

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Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta is a commentary on the love songs of Narsinh, adi-kavi of Gujarat. Narsinh sings the glory of Krishna in total devotion as if Krishna is sitting in front of him. For him, Krishna is divine and human, both at the same time. Being Krishna’s love, he brings in all emotions and cues of devotional love to his poetry.

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ISBN 13 9788124608036
Book Language English
Binding Paperback
Total Pages 44
Edition 1st
Release Year 2015
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author Harsha V. Dehejia
Category Arts   Classical   Women Studies   Ever Green Shelf Life  
Weight 355.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80

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Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta is a commentary on Narsinh Mehta’s love songs. Narsinh (1408-65), a Vaishnava bhakti poet of medieval India, is considered as the adi-kavi of Gujarat. He is also regarded as a shringara kavi, a poet of romance. The quintessence of his bhakti is prem and his prem has inherent bhakti, and therefore his poetry is regarded as shringara bhakti kavya. Essentially shringara is the romantic celebration of the other, and when Narsinh's other is none other than Krishna, his shringara kavya becomes Krishna bhakti, where Krishna is both divine and human, at the same time. Singing for Krishna, Narsinh celebrates his swami through amorous verses and divine surrender like Jayadeva. He sat in a temple and relentlessly sang for his Lord, living through absolute poverty. Nothing made him more jovial than singing the glory of his Krishna. The only man for Narsinh is Krishna, and for the latter Narsinh is a woman at heart. Narsinh, through his songs, brings in the cue of all romantic feelings and moments, recreates the idyllic Vrindavana in one’s mind, and he returns that Vrindavana a Vaikuntha with the footfalls of his Krishna. Through this commentary, the author Harsha V. Dehejia introduces one to the fullness of Narsinh’s poems, thereby making one known to Narsinh in and out.