Dom Tidey, EuRA C.O.O.
The Indian poet Jayadeva, in the 12th century, wrote the epic Gita Govinda intending for it to be learnt and sung at night while dancers evoked the passion of the story as a performance. The poem tells the tale of love between the goatherd Govinda (an incarnation of the god Krishna and the cowherdess Radha. It is a story of love and loss and is an excellent example of a feeling in Sanskrit, viraha. Viraha is an interpretation of a feeling of loss, abandonment, especially in the romantic sense of love lost, the incompleteness one feels when a loved one leaves. It recalls the erotic feelings of love and the sense of desolation of heartbreak.