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Painted Words: Kangra Paintings of Matiram’s Rasraj

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Matiram's sonorous poetry embellished by Purkhu's sensuous imagery, transport us into the rarefied realm of the Rasraj, where romance interwoven with poignancy, bring alive the emotion-laden shringara rasa. Both lyrics and imagery have been seemlessly sculpted into visual poetry.

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ISBN 13 9788124606124
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 184
Edition 1st
Release Year 2012
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author Harsha V. Dehejia, Vijay Sharma
Category Arts   Classical   Women Studies   Ever Green Shelf Life  
Weight 900.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80


No celebration of ritikavya can be complete until we have enjoyed the sonorous poetry of Matiram and the sensuous images of Purkhu. With well sculpted words and lyrical rhythms Matiram takes us into the rarefied world of the nayak and the nayika, their amorous exchanges, the sensuality of loving glances, the charged moments of romantic feelings, the heart throb of belonging, the poignancy of longing and above all the fulfilment of desire. Line by line and doha after doha, Matiram leads us into the emotionally charged world of shringararasa and for those of us who are chastened by harishringara we go from one level to another till we hear the flute of Krishna. And when we find that these sonorous words of Matiram have been brought alive by none other than Purkhu and his school of painting under the patronage of Sansar Chand of Kangra our joy is doubled and Matiram's words become visual poetry. In the hands of Purkhu words become lines, emotions take on a colour and desire becomes palpable through the magic of his kalam.