Authored By: Ramakanta Rath
Year of Publication: 2018
|Pages: 128||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
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Ramakanta Rath (b. 1934), who writes in Oriya, is a major poet of India. The poetic persona that emerged in his early poetry expected little from life, but his despair had an undertone of irony and was expressed in an entirely new idiom. In his later poetry, Ramakanta Rath is more intense and more poignant His language, though close to everyday speech, is remarkably expressive and immediately inducts the reader into the poem’s universe.
“I know of no other poet who has achieved so intense and profound a poem of love, a masterpiece of remorseless uncovering of the ever unfulfilled experience of erotic love that aspires to the union with the divine which lies beyond human reach in this life”
SRIRADHA is acknowledged as a modern classic. It has been translated into many languages. In this poem, Radha repudiates the image she had acquired in Vaishnav literature and explores herself through an intense experience of love and separation. She is not the playmate of Krishna; she is herself.
The Radha-Krishna myth has for centuries inspired poets and artists. Ramakanta Rath uses this myth to reinterpret Radha, to liberate her from theology, to introduce her as an exceptional character who combines in herself the tenderest emotions of love with rebellion and fortitude. It is a strange poem – a blend of erotic love and existentialist soul-searching.
SRIRADHA won the Saraswati Samman for 1992.The English translation is by the poet himself. The poem, in the original Oriya, has been immensely popular among readers and faithfully reproduces the landscape of Radha’s feelings.