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  KṚṢṆAGĪTI OF MĀNADEVA
(KMS No. 20)

 Edited and Translated by C. R. SWAMINATHAN and SUDHA GOPALAKRISHNAN

1997, xv+349pp., col. ills.,ISBN: 81-208-1478-9, Rs 650 (HB)


The kṛṣṇagīti is a lyrical and devotional poem composed in Sanskrit by Mānaveda, Zamorin of Kozhikode during seventeenth century CE. The poem in its eight parts celebrates the life of Kṛśṇa from his incarnation (Avatāra) to his ascent to Heaven (svargārohaṇa). Perhaps modelled on Jayadeva's Gītagovinda and written in the form of a monologue addressed to kṛṣṇa, the poem is suffused with the sentiment of spiritual devotion (bhakti). It enumerates the story of the Lord and eulogizes His līlās on the earth. Moreover, it is the source-text for Kṛṣṇaṭṭam, the votive dance-drama affiliated to the Guruvayur Temple in central Kerala. This edition presents the text of the Kṛṣṇagīti in Devanagari for the first time.


 


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