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Kanan Devi in Vidyapati, 1937

Kanan Devi in Vidyapati, 1937
Previously: Choli pay nazariya jaye
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Now youth advanced, childhood withdrew,
Her eyes have caught the dancing of her feet,
Twin eyes performed the task of messengers,
Her laughter hid, and shame was born.

Continually she sets her hand upon her robe.
Speaks every word with hanging head:
Her hips have gained their full-grown glory -
She leans on her companions when she walks.


~ from Vidyapati: Bangiya Padabali, Songs of the Love of Radha and Krishna.Translated into English by Ananda Coomaraswamy (1915) [openlibrary.org LINK]

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2 comments:

  1. Nice photo. I wonder who the actress on the left is. Chhaya Devi or Leela Desai? I have been thinking of doing a post on this film.

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  2. I was going to write Chhaya Devi but I am not sure.

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