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1 Harsha V. Dehejia (ed.)
A Celebration of Love- The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts
Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8174363025 / 9788174363022; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
A Celebration of Love celebrates the romantic heroine in the Indian arts. It is a visually rich journey which takes us to opulent havelis and bucolic groves, temples and courtyards, where we meet kings and nobility and also artists and artisans, as we hear whispers of gopis and the footfalls of Krishna. We encounter the nayika in miniature paintings and temple sculptures, pothis and calendars, dance and music but above all hear resonances of her heart throbbing longingly in our own selves for ultimately the nayika in the Indian tradition is a paradigm of the perennial quest of mankind for a divine and transcendent love. At the heart of the many and varied artistic expressions of the romantic sentiment is the nayika or the heroine. Her various adornments and trysts, the many moods of her love realized through amorous moments of longing or belonging, her strong presence in the Krishna lore and equally in the Sufi narratives, her portrayals in the Ragamala and the Barahmasa traditions of poetry and painting, through the beautiful depictions in miniature paintings as well as popular arts, have captivated our attention through the many centuries of Indian artistic representations. Her footfalls have been heard in courts and temples, she has been celebrated by the raja and the praja, she has a presence in homes and mansions and her persona resonates in enchanted forests and groves. She is all this and more, but above all she is the epitome of perfect beauty and the paradigm of the seeker of ultimate reality. In these essays, she comes alive in all her splendour and radiance, she captures our attention through her sheer sensuality as she looks into the mirror and prepares for that special moment. She delights in the many romantic situations and brings alive the concept of bhakti shringara or a certain spirituality that can only arise from indulging in love, but above all she stands self-assured and dignified, whispering that not only is there truth in love but that love is truth. Harsha V. Dehejia, who has a double doctorate, one in Medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from the University of Mumbai, India has a deep and abiding interest in Indian Aesthetics and especially in the artistic expressions of the romantic emotion. He is a practising physician, and Professor of Religion at Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa, Canada. Printed Pages: 304. 021797

Price: 37.95 USD
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2 Harsha V. Dehejia
A Festival of Krishna: Featuring Under the Kadamba Tree. Paintings of a Divine Love and Ateliers of Love: A Film on DVD. A Journey of Poets, Painters and Patrons
Lustre Press/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8174365125 / 9788174365125; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 416 with numerous colour illustrations. 022738

Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Harsha V. Dehejia
Akriti to Sanskriti: The Journey of Indian Forms
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8189738534 / 9788189738532; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 248 with numerous colour illustrations. 032707

Price: 61.00 USD
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4 Harsha V. Dehejia
Celebrating Krishna: Sacred Words and Sensuous Images
Mapin Publishing; Ahmedabad, India; 2005; 8188204382 / 9788188204380; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 191 with numerous colour illustrations. Packed in a box. 018667

Price: 26.00 USD
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5 Harsha V. Dehejia with Prem Shankar Jha and Ranjit Hoskote; Foreword By Ashis Nandy
Despair and Modernity: Reflections from Modern Indian Painting
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2000; 8120817559 / 9788120817555; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 141. 023850

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6 Harsha V.Dehejia
Gods Beyond Temples
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; Delhi, India; 2006; 8120829638 / 9788120829633; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 271. 016176

Price: 59.00 USD
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7 Harsha V. Dehejia (Ed.)
Gods Beyond Temples
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2006; 8120829638 / 9788120829633; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The sacred in the Indian tradition is more an experience than a concept and goes much beyond the narrow confines of an organised temple or even a shrine. The gods of this tradition, as well as those who hold them sacred, are simple and unpretentious yet dignified and self-assured. Whether it is a tree that is held sacred or a naturally occurring stone that is reverred, a river that is the embodiment of divinity itself, an ancestor that is the embodiment of divinity itself, an ancestor that is worshipped, a fabric that is simply draped, a road side shrine on a busy street or a votive terracota horse that is lovingly made and offered, a narrative scroll that holds its audience spell-bound; here is religion at work that is as spontaneous as it is intense, charged with faith, fervor and commitment; now private and now shared, that forms an integral part of the lived lives of these common people, be they rural or urban, tribal or traditional. The rituals and practices for these deities are neither scripted nor canonized, but what they may lack in grandeur, erudition and ceremony, they more than make up in the faith and feeling that they generate. In a civilisation which has encountered majestic truths and erected grand temples, these sacred manifestations and expressions of the ordinary people tend to be sidelined or dismissed by scholars as well as the world at large, as minor or lesser gods worthy of curiosity but not of serious study, but it is important to remember that they have a beauty and presence of their own in the pluralistic Indian tradition.Printed Pages: 102064

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8 Harsha V. Dehejia and Vijay Sharma
Kanha Priya: Romantic Moments in Poetry and Painting
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8173053537 / 9788173053535; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 40 with colour illustrations throughout. 031812

Price: 34.50 USD
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9 Harsha V. Dehejia and Ramanand Sharma, in Association with Vijay Sharma
Krishna's Forgotten Poets
Lustre Press/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 2010; 817436742X / 9788174367426; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 368 with numerous colour illustrations. 031062

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10 Harsha V. Dehejia
Leaves of a Pipal Tree: Aesthetic Reflections on Some Hindu Myths and Symbols
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2005; 8120827600 / 9788120827608; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 186 with numerous colour illustrations. 017804

Price: 54.00 USD
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11 Harsha V. Dehejia & Vijay Sharma
Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8124608032 / 9788124608036; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Love Songs of Narsinh Mehta is a commentary on Narsinh Mehta’s love songs. Narsinh (1408-65), a Vaishnava bhakti poet of medieval India, is considered as the adi-kavi of Gujarat. He is also regarded as a shringara kavi, a poet of romance. The quintessence of his bhakti is prem and his prem has inherent bhakti, and therefore his poetry is regarded as shringara bhakti kavya. Essentially shringara is the romantic celebration of the other, and when Narsinh's other is none other than Krishna, his shringara kavya becomes Krishna bhakti, where Krishna is both divine and human, at the same time. Singing for Krishna, Narsinh celebrates his swami through amorous verses and divine surrender like Jayadeva. He sat in a temple and relentlessly sang for his Lord, living through absolute poverty. Nothing made him more jovial than singing the glory of his Krishna. The only man for Narsinh is Krishna, and for the latter Narsinh is a woman at heart. Narsinh, through his songs, brings in the cue of all romantic feelings and moments, recreates the idyllic Vrindavana in one’s mind, and he returns that Vrindavana a Vaikuntha with the footfalls of his Krishna. Through this commentary, the author Harsha V. Dehejia introduces one to the fullness of Narsinh’s poems, thereby making one known to Narsinh in and out. Printed Pages: 44 with 47 colour illustrations. 100303

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12 Harsha V. Dehejia
Megha Meets Vishwakarma: The Story of Indian Crafts
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 2014; 9789383098361; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 

Price: 19.25 USD
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13 Harsha V. Dehejia and Vijay Sharma
Pahari Paintings of an Ancient Romance: The Love Story of Usha-Aniruddha
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8124605610 / 9788124605615; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 168 with numerous colour illustrations. 036331

Price: 79.25 USD
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14 Harsha V. Dehejia and Vijay Sharma
Painted Words: Kangra Paintings of Matiram's Rasraj
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8124606129 / 9788124606124; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
No celebration of ritikavya can be complete until we have enjoyed the sonorous poetry of Matiram and the sensuous images of Purkhu. With well sculpted words and lyrical rhythms Matiram takes us into the rarefied world of the nayak and the nayika, their amorous exchanges, the sensuality of loving glances, the charged moments of romantic feelings, the heart throb of belonging, the poignancy of longing and above all the fulfilment of desire. Line by line and doha after doha, Matiram leads us into the emotionally charged world of shringararasa and for those of us who are chastened by harishringara we go from one level to another till we hear the flute of Krishna. And when we find that these sonorous words of Matiram have been brought alive by none other than Purkhu and his school of painting under the patronage of Sansar Chand of Kangra our joy is doubled and Matiram's words become visual poetry. In the hands of Purkhu words become lines, emotions take on a colour and desire becomes palpable through the magic of his kalam. Printed Pages: 176 with numerous illustrations. 036916

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15 Harsha V. Dehejia
Parijata Haran: Kusna Steals the Parijata
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8124608040 / 9788124608043; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Krishna Steals the Parijata (Parijataharana) is a collection of a few accounts, edited by Harsha V. Dehejia, on Krishna forcibly taking away Parijata from Indra, which finds expression through the paintings of different kalams. Christopher R. Austin relates this event to the citations and narrations in Mahabharata and Harivamsha, wherein the focus is on Krishna’s effort to appease his perturbed wife Satyabhama, by fulfilling her desire to have Parijata from Indra’s abode. Mahendra Kumar Mishra approaches this incident from Sarala Mahabharata angle. Here the narrative and episode are little different though the centre theme and characters remain the same. The third narrative is in Hindi by Narmada Prasad Upadyaya. He approaches this story from a different viewpoint that by forcibly taking away the Parijata tree from Indraloka, Krishna broke Indra’s Himalayan pride. The main characters in the episode are same here too: Krishna, Indra and Satyabhama. In the final article, Harsha V. Dehejia provides a visual narrative account of the event. The story looks almost similar to that of Austin with little more narration and a few additional characters. The sequentially given paintings tell the story faster than the literature. In a nutshell the book is an exemplar attempt to visually covey a well-known, well-rooted story where Krishna is the central character. Printed Pages: 52 with 54 coloure illustrations. 100302

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16 Harsha V. Dehejia
Parul: A Love Story
Lotus/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 8174369597 / 9788174369598; Hardcover; New; New; 
Praful is a Professor, a dyed-in-the-wool academic who is shaped by the life-denying philosophy of Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta. Parul, on the other hand, is a sensual, earthy woman who believes in the veracity of love and the reality of the many beautiful things that life offers. A chance meeting between the two leads not only to a romantic relationship spread over eleven purnimas, but becomes a dialogue between two philosophical systems, the Advaita of Shankara and the Madhurya of the Bhagvata Purana. As romantic moments between the two unfold, intellectuality interacts with sensuality, questioning the validity of each, and as Chaitra moves to Magh, a transformation takes place. As Harsha Dehejia weaves this romantic story, where meetings by the Parijataka and conversations underneath the Champa, are not only moments of shringara but introspections on the meaning of life, we hear and feel the sensuality of love as it merges seamlessly with the intellectuality of a philosophic discourse. In this heart-throbbing romantic relationship, there is the spiritual quest of ultimate reality along with the pleasures of the sound of the wind and the song of a bird. Metaphysical thoughts and tender feelings, evocative colours and resonant sounds, intoxicating aromas and patterned textures, myths and metaphors, intermingle in the hushed conversations of two people in love. Printed Pages: 170. 108558

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17 Harsha V. Dehejia
Parvatidarpana: An Exposition of Kasmir Saivism Through the Images of Siva and Parvati
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1997; 8120814843 / 9788120814844; First Indian Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 131. 030427

Price: 5.75 USD
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18 Harsha V. Dehejia
Parvatidarpana: An Exposition of Kasmir Saivism Through the Images of Siva and Parvati
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1997; 8120814835 / 9788120814837; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; Very Good; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 131. 023912

Price: 8.95 USD
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19 Harsha V. Dehejia
Radha: From Gopi to Goddess
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 2014; 9789383098064; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
In tracing the evolution of Radha from that of a gopi to a goddess one traverses not only a span of several centuries, but travels through cultural divides, political dynasties and philosophical debates. She occupies a space which moves from the aesthetics of shringara rasa to the theology of shringara bhakti, from the madhurya of Pushtimarg Vaishnavism to the prema of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, taking in its stride the philosophies of Advaita and Dvaita, the traditions of Shakti and Shakta, she takes us from the devotional poetry of Bhaktikal to the courtly poetry of Ritikal and even beyond to the modern poetry of Adhunikkal. Radha is both kamini and ramani, desirable and beautiful and through her persona we understand the role of kama or desire in the workings of the human mind and especially in the aesthetics of shringara, she is both a gopi and a nayika and through her we feel the presence of Krishna in Vrindavana and the opulence of the Vaishnava Rajput courts, she is a devi in the temples of the Gaudiyas and through her we are able to worship Krishna, and finally she is even a kalankini or the defiled one and through her we are privy to the folk literature of Bengal and modern middle class psychology of the bhadralok. Radha: From Gopi to Goddess portrays in poetry and painting, dance and drama, sculpture and icon, songs and stories how Radha occupies a special place in sociology and psychology, aesthetics and theology. Printed Pages: 260. 037728

Price: 74.25 USD
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20 Harsha V. Dehejia
Rasikpriya: Ritikavya of Keshavdas in Ateliers of Love
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8124606889 / 9788124606889; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 328 with over 470 miniature paintings. 038625

Price: 119.95 USD
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