Sacred Love: The Gitgovinda of Jayadeva

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(Detail) Himachal Pradesh, 18C, Krishna and Radha making love in the forest, showing a very physical expression of the desire for the divine and mortal to merge

Sacred Love: The Gitgovinda of Jayadeva

The 12th century Indian Gitagovinda (Song to God) is an extended poem celebrating the love between Radha and Krishna. It works as an allegory for the love between the human soul and god, a description of the Hindu path of ecstatic devotion (bakti) and has had a profound influence on the diverse arts of India, from miniature painting through to 21st century Bollywood.

Dr Julian Droogan has a PhD in the Study of Religions from the University of Sydney and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, where he works on issues of culture and extremism. His academic background encompasses South Asian studies, the anthropology of religion, and archaeology. He is a regular speaker at the Art Gallery of NSW and leads study tours to South and Central Asia and the Middle East.

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2 August, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
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