Gita Govinda composed by poet Jayadeva in the 12th century is considered one of the classics in Indian literature, and a source of religious inspiration. The poem celebrates Krishna’s love with cowherdess Radha. Till date Gita Govinda continues to play a big part in the cultural landscape of Odisha. Several rituals involving the Gita Govinda are followed in the Puri Jagannath temple. Gita Govinda also spread to other parts of India – mostly Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and has inspired art forms such as music, dance, painting etc.
In this talk, Kishore introduced Gita Govinda and its importance, discussed its legend and history, and spoke about its literary richness.
A summary of Kishore’s talk is also available on his personal blog site : https://kishoremahadevan.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/gita-govinda/