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Uriel Dana
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Uriel Dana
Oakland , California - United States
Oil Painting - Other/Misc.


The Essence of the Erotic: India
© 2005 Uriel Dana

Shringara is a Sanskrit word that means “erotic”, and rasa refers to the “flavor” or “mood” of an art form. Shringara Rasa refers to the way in which we reach love or ecstasy that is both human and divine.

This art tradition of Hindu miniature painting came out of the 14th century renaissance in Central India and continued to thrive into the early 19th century.

During this period, medieval Hindu kingdoms had been destroyed by the Mughal Empire which in turn allowed the emergence of indigenous literature to enter mainstream of society.

Prior to this renaissance, the priests and nobles that composed the elite Brahmin caste controlled exposure to these great spiritual epics. Brahmin’s were the only ones who understood Sanskrit.

These stories captured the imagination minds and hearts of the ordinary people. The love between the celestial lovers, Krishna and Radha especially captured their hearts.

Radha was...
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Patricia Griffin Brett
2007-09-13 16:14:14
A lot of work went into this one! Very nice.
Tricia
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