This painting is from Gita Govinda series of Kangra paintings illustrating verses of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda which is a unique lyrical work of highly literary genius. Its rich imagery, entrancing music, and passionate love pictures have given joy to millions. Krishna is the human soul who engages in amorous sport with village maidens, representing the delights of the illusory world. He ignores Radha, who is the personification of intellectual and moral beauty. When ‘reminded’ by the messenger, he returns to Radha, who weans him away from the pleasures of the world of senses. Ultimately Krishna is freed from sensuous distractions and his union with Radha, the personification of divine love and beauty, takes place.
This painting illustrates following verse of Gita Govinda.
“In the early morning, Radha’s hair was disheveled and her curling locks had fallen loose. Her cheeks had become wet with perspiration and the brightness of her bitten lips had faded. Her pearl necklaces were defeated by the beauty of her pitchers-like breasts, and the luster of the sash on her hips had become hopeless. Radha was thoroughly exhausted. She immediately began to cover her breasts and thighs with her hands. As she looked shyly towards Krishna, she acquainted him with the cause of bliss by her captivating loveliness.