GEET GOVINDA & JOYDEV MELA 2014: THE CONTRAST

GEET GOVINDA & JOYDEV MELA 2014: THE CONTRAST

Joydev-Kenduli Mela can be interpreted according to one’s own choices. I have written before on Joydev Mela (link:http://muktodhara.org/?p=515), one may go through the link for a rather comprehensive view. This time, somehow I landed into a particular groove of thought, poignantly real and sublimely sad.

1.jpgAt the beginning of Geet Govinda, the myth of Lord Krishna, apparently a real myth then, is elaborated from time immemorial and interestingly into future as well, as Kalki Avatar. In between the Hindu think tank conveniently denotes Goutama Buddha as an incarnation of Lord Krishna, significantly the only real human being in the long list of avatars.

2.jpgLord Krishna however is alive today in several kinds of interesting manifestations. That, chanting of “Hari, Hari” with a khol and finger-cymbal is considered an effective way to make a living by the hapless souls, vividly portrays the powers of almighty still flowing in the sublime of Hindu psyche.

3.jpgNow, where is the Geet of the Geet Govinda in all this chants of “Hari” or “Krishna” or even “Radhe-Krishna”? Does the eternal love between Radha & Krishna still flow in abundance at the banks of river Ajay? Does such kind of love exist at all in these present days? What do we really aspire for in being submerged in heart of Lord Krishna?

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5.jpgOh yes, maybe someone is still eager to recall Lord Krishna or the ever-flowing consciousness of ‘Hari’.

6.jpgThe text (ofcourse the translated one) of Geet Govinda appears ecstatic by today’s choice. Have we ever tried to define the lover in us so acutely? It is actually a wonder how much space ‘love’ occupied in the psyche of mortals 6-7 centuries back! Well space, yes, we all know that life is getting terribly scarce of meaningful space; ‘love’ maybe one of its numerous casualties.

7.jpgFurthermore at the banks of river Ajay, the fluid love of ‘Geet Govinda’ transforms into weird expressions. One finds plenty of folk pleading love in form of few fistfuls of rice and few coins.

8.jpgPerhaps this is the silent, yet the lovelorn wail of our Radha, now transformed into a beggar, waiting for ages to embrace her beloved ‘Krishna’- a wish to submerge eternally in the bluish hue of the all encompassing heart of Lord Krishna.

9.jpg‘Raga Vasant’ can also be a forlorn melody. Remember the “Rodon-o Bhora E Bosonto, Sakhi Kokhono….” By Rabindranath Tagore? I was trying to locate the Gopinis or Sakhis at around the banks of Ajay. Amazingly, only one such photograph, shot fairly accidentally, somehow reminded me about the Gopinis of Vrindavana, who by now might have turned fairly aged, or so it seems!

10.jpgNo wonder, the ever eager Gopinis might have located their Krishna somewhere around, and might just scamper around Lord Krishna for a great dance of joy around him.

Appears too contrasting a presentation? But, on a sublime and yet much deeper plane, this is perhaps the true assessment of the aftermath of Geet Govinda, some 600 years later, at the banks of Ajay on Makar Sankranti day.

We are now at Joydev Mela 2014AD.

11.jpgThe fluent expressions of love, with rather straight forward descriptions of the vital womanhood, ‘Geet Govinda’ certainly touches the basic chord of the love-life quite naturally. Put into music, this is certainly a classical ballad of unique dimensions. It appears that ‘love’ had been assigned an unique position in the then social strata to make ‘Geet Govinda’ extremely popular and revered all over India.

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13.jpgWell, can he be our poet Joydeva, returning briskly to home to complete the ballad, where as Padmavati waits for his Krishna to return after his customary bath at river Ajay?

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15.jpgSometimes, I really wonder, if I belong to India, the text above appears so unreal. But, we all know, at one point of time India did think along these texts, or rather along such poetry and music, the language was powerful enough to delve deep into the intricacies of love. I wonder how we managed to forget all the expressions in our literature except the bare minimum ‘I love you’!

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18.jpgLooking at the Radhikas at the banks of Ajay I realize like Lord Krishna, Radha was also an imaginary persona, embedded deep into some poetic consciousness. She never materialized; neither did their love at Vrindavana; only the aspiration was kept alive in our minds for centuries. Somewhere someone realized long ago that among so many Hindu god and goddess, love also needs to be kept alive, like as our poet Joydeva did! Perhaps, in time, we may afford to forget Lord Krishna or Radha; but certainly we cannot afford to forget the essence of ‘Geet Govinda’.

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20.jpgI desperately tried to locate the Radha & Krishna at the banks of Ajay this year during the Joydeva Mela 2014AD; and perhaps found them in a most unexpected corner.

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