Can we agree that of all Indian deities, Krishna is the one who offers the greatest delight? He has been a powerful muse for artists and writers for centuries. But we most love the 14th century poet Vidyapati’s compositions—because the Krishna-Radha love story is narrated from Radha’s perspective! (The image above is titled “Krishna Kisses Radha’ taken from a page from the Rasikapriya (Lover’s Breviary), 1610, Rajasthan).
He left me saying he would be back tomorrow.
I’ve covered the floor of my home
When dawn came, they all enquired:
Tell us, friend,
When will tomorrow come?
Tomorrow. Tomorrow, I gave up my hopes,
My beloved never returned.
Says Vidyapati, listen, beautiful one,
Other women held him back.”