Geet Govind is a poetic composition written by the Indian poet Shri. Jayadeva. As the name suggests, it is a work composed on Lord Krishna, describing his relationship with the Gopis (female cow herders) of Vrindavana, and in particular with one gopi, Radha.
The work portrays the love of Krishna for Radha, his faithlessness and subsequently upsetting her, but eventual return to her; the ultimate, eternal and indestructible bond of love shared between them. The text especially elaborates the moods of Radha, the heroine, ‘Nayika,’ which has been an inspiration for many compositions and choreographic works in Indian classical dance forms.
Guru Sau. Sandhya crafts an interesting attempt to make this poetic composition more intriguing and appealing in the form of an innovative dance ballet. The Geet Govind is organized into twelve chapters and the choreography is divided into twelve parts accompanied by extremely emotional and moving twelve songs.
A two-hour performance, it throws light on the celestial love between Radha and Lord Krishna and explores the many parts of passion, love, experiencing joys in the experience, its playfulness adding light hearted tones for the audience.
A lyrical dance-drama, an epical poetry with characters of Radha, a typical classical heroine, muse of Sanskrit poetry, is proud of her beauty, is completely in love with Krishna, playful, sulking, jealous, tempestuous and despairing and Krishna, the eternal male figure with elegance, is urgent charming and uncommitted.
Starting with promise of a meeting, Radha finds Krishna with other women, engaging in ’rasaleela,’ involving dancing, singing, frolicking, merry-making to his ever melodious and enchanting fluting. Upset, jealous with his infidelity, Radha is in grave despair and her friends try to placate her. They remind her of their eternal bond, that Krishna too is in grieving at their separation and plead her to end hers and Krishna’s misery.
Radha submits to their entreaties but feels abandoned on again finding him with another gopi. Now, she is extremely disappointed and angry and asks Krishna to go away. Alone and separated, they long for each other. Krishna returns to her, apologises and makes her realise and understand how much he loves her.
This performance draws an insight into, a picture of their relationship - Krishna repents, longs for Radha, commiserates with her distress, waits for her, makes her jealous, importunes and praises her, enjoys and reassures her of his love. Radha sulks and despairs, wastes away, flies into tempers, rails at Krishna, consents and finds joy and contentment in their ultimate union.
Close towards ending, there is a celebration of love and the beauty in their love and passion. The performance ends with a portrayal of the description of their togetherness and their union.
Reception by Audience:
Performed in past, it has been widely appreciated and appraised by the audience and the renowned and acclaimed classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj. The performance has left the audience in throes of joy and experiencing a connection to their roots of rich classical heritage.
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