An image of Circular dance of Krishna and the 'gopis'

Unknown Artist

Circular dance of Krishna and the 'gopis'

Other titles:
Rasalila, Circular dance of Krishna and the milkmaids
Not on display
Further information

This painting hums with the joyous melodies and rhythms of ‘bhakti’, total surrender to Lord Krishna. Depicted is the circular dance, the ‘rasalila’, in which each ‘gopi’ imagines that Krishna dances with her alone. In the central orb Krishna and Radha dance in bliss surrounded by peacocks, each flanked by adoring peahens. In an outer ring Krishna dances simultaneously with all the other ‘gopis’, each dressed in their finest robes. Their dance is presented as a glowing mandala within a forest clearing, watched by musicians, holy men and devotees, and blessed with flower petals dispersed from heaven.

‘Goddess: divine energy’, AGNSW 2006, pg.55.

Place of origin
Bundi, Rajasthan, India
India: Rajput circa 1500–1947
circa 1850
Painting, Watercolour
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
61.0 x 80.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1995
Accession number
Art of the Past, pre Jun 1995, United States of America