Sacred Love: The Gitagovinda of Jayadeva

Sacred Love: The Gitagovinda of Jayadeva
INDIA, Himachal Pradesh, 18th Century, Krishna and Radha making love in the forest,showing a very physical expression of the desire for the divine and mortal to merge


This 12th century Indian love poem has had a profound influence on the diverse arts of India.

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.

When: Monday 3 August 6 - 8pm. This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney

Cost: Members $20; Non-members $30 for individual lectures.  Drinks and refreshments served.

How to Book: Bookings and payments in advance are essential. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( or call Chris on 0412 686 025.

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BSB: 012 003     Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name:   The Asian Arts Society of Australia

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Monday, 3rd August, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm