The Ashtapadi is a work by Jayadeva, a great devotee of Krishna. It is replete with elements conducive to bhakti rasa—music and dance. It was composed by Jayadeva at the Jagannatha Kshetra of Puri, while his wife, Padmavati, danced to its music. Both music and dance are among the sixty-four kinds of offerings made to god at the time of pooja or worship.
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Last Update: 7 th Jul Ashtapadi eight verses : Jagannath Asthaka is the name given to the poetry by Jayadeva in Gita Govindam consisting of 26 Ashtapadis. Ashtapadi hymns are regular compositions of music in India. Each song of Ashtapadi is set in a special raga and tala.
It is a rhyme of eternal love and supreme devotion. It is in Sanskrit language. Gitagovindam is a lyrical poetry in tweleve chapters, sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandha. The songs in Gitagovindam symbolize the the eternal love of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.
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Bid to stage Gita Govinda through ashtapadi attam courts controversy
The ashtapadis , which describe the beauty of Lord Krishna and the love between Krishna and the gopis , are considered a masterpiece in esoteric spirituality and the theme of 'Divine romance'. The literal meaning of ashtapathi , 'eight-steps', refers to the fact that each hymn is made of eight couplets eight sets of two lines. Although the original tunes of the ashtapadis were lost in history, they remain popular and are widely sung in a variety of tunes, and used in classical dance performances, across India. The lyrical poetry of the Gita Govinda is divided into twelve chapters, each of which is sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandha.
Gita Govinda or Ashtapadi
Welcome to the Gita Govinda blog. His Gita Govinda is a work of Sanskrit love poetry and song, centered around its most famous components, 24 Ashtapadis songs with 8 couplets. There is, naturally, also a possible spiritual interpretation to all this, with Radha as the jivatma and Krishna as the paramatma. Political and geographical fragmentation seems to have been a trivial barrier for this cultural unity to envelop the whole of the subcontinent! The real beauty of the Gita Govinda is in its music.
His wife Padmavati, was an accomplished temple dancer. He was very much influenced by the culture and devotion of Vaishnava Brahmanas. It is believed that Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu also visited him. Poet Jayadeva's magnum opus "Gita Govinda' is one of the most popular compositions in Sanskrit language, describing the divine love of Radha and Krishna. It is lyrical poetry divided into 'Prabandhas' which contain couplets grouped into eights called 'Ashtapadis'. The poems describe the attraction between Radha and Krishna,their separation, their yearning and union with the assistance of Radha's Sakhee confidante are very engrossing.
Gita Govinda is a work composed by the 12th century poet Jayadeva describing the relation between Lord Krishna and the Gopikas of Vrindavan. Experts in the field are crying foul over the decision to portray the work as an attempt to revive and re-launch the ashtapadi attam. But what catapulted its presentation through ashtapadi attam by the Sree Guruvayurappan Dharma Kala Samuchayam Trust at Guruvayur - a newly formed trust with temple priest Chennas Dineshan Namboothiripad and Metroman E Sreedhran as members - as an attempt to revive the art form in Kerala? But experts in the field have come out against the move, saying ashtapadi attam was first revived and staged in the s by Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, who redefined and repositioned the place of the chenda in Kathakali. Later, his son Rajan Poduval had re-launched the work in and he had even got a fellowship for it.