the Speaker: Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia Physician
and Adjunct Professor of Indian Studies in the College of Humanities
of Carleton University.
has a double doctorate, one in medicine and the other in Ancient
Indian Culture both from the University of Mumbai in India. He is
also a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow and
London and of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, all by
examination. He is a practicing Physician and Adjunct Professor
of Indian Studies in the College of Humanities of Carleton University.
on: October 2, 2006
THE ROMANTIC KRISHNA through Sensuous Images
& Sacred Words"
Listen to Dr. Dehejia's recorded talk "Understanding
the Romantic Krishna through Sensuous Images & Sacred
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of the Talk
shringara rasa of Krishna becomes the dominant theme of the dashama
skanda (tenth chapter) of the Bhagavata Purana (a Hindu
Epic) and then for a thousand years Krishna poetry and painting
resonates in courts and havelis, with the raja and the praja, in
chowks and streets and touches people throughout the country but
especially in north western India. A
proper understanding of the romantic Krishna can only come through
a deep realisation of the twin concepts of shringara and bhakti.
most evocative representation of the shringara bhakti of Krishna
is through the beautiful miniature paintings [see a sample
image] of the Rajput courts in Rajasthan and the hill states
of the Himalayas.
illustrated talk will trace this development over five hundred years
from the 15th to the 19th century.