Rediscovering the Cultural Heritage of India
The Book
This book titled ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’ in Odia, provides a critical edition of authentic text of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda with variant readings, anvaya, word by word meanings and a prose translation along with a comprehensive introduction and includes complete musical notations of all songs and slokas of Jayadeva’s Sanskrit classic

Sampoorna Geetagovinda, the Book

The vision and mission of the Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana, Puducherry include preparation of authentic text, interpretations in literary forms, music, dance, other performing arts and plastic arts. It has already brought out a set of Audio CDs and presented new choreography of all the songs of Geetagovinda in Odissi dance in Ashtapadi, a Festival of Dance.

Sampoorna Geetagovinda project

In the third phase the Trust is bringing out a comprehensive publication on Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda. This book in Odia with the title ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’, provides a critical edition of authentic text of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda with variant readings, anvaya, word by word meanings and a prose translation along with a comprehensive introduction and includes complete musical notations of all songs and slokas of Jayadeva’s Sanskrit classic as interpreted in the new music composition of the same name. The book has four parts.

In the first part the book provides a comprehensive introduction dealing with the following seven topics.

A Summary of the Discussions

In the second part, the book provides the authentic Text of the twelfth century Sanskrit classic and lyrical masterpiece, Geetagovinda. This is based on Dr Subas Pani’s comprehensive independent research and studies spanning more than two decades. All published Tikas or commentaries and some unpublished manuscripts of the text has been consulted along with several translations and other secondary sources. In this study in continuation of his work for his Ph D thesis, he has focused on the Odishan tradition and identified the seventy-two slokas likely to have been included in the original. In addition, he has provided a brief discussion on previous studies on the text and included variant readings along with sources for the same in detailed endnotes.

In the third part the book presents the authentic text each stanza of the twenty-four songs and all the seventy-two slokas along with syntactical analysis or anvaya, meaning of each word and a short prose translation. Additional notes are provided wherever required.

The fourth and last part of the book provides the entire musical notations of Sampoorna Geetagovinda, the Audio CD set. This includes all the notations for all the slokas, in addition to each stanza of each song. Unlike other music compositions of Geetagovinda with a single tune for the refrain and a common tune for the stanzas, the music of Sampoorna Geetagovinda has variations among the different stanzas of each song with multiple tunes for the antara within the same song. The notations are therefore provided for each stanza to help appreciate the original musical score.

The result of dedicated study and research spanning over several decades, the specific project of the book has taken nearly four years.