Narsi Mehta was the greatest and perhaps the most significant bhakta-poet of Gujarati. His 100 songs translated here include 40 songs of the Smgara na pado, 30 verses of Smgara Mala and 30 philosophical/devotional songs. The 70 verses from the two Srngara collections treat the theme of Radha-Krsna love play in a manner similar to the Gita-Govinda. A hundred songs, representative of Narsi Mehta`s philosophy, social message and the portrayal of love-play between Radha and Krsna are for the first time translated into simple and direct English verse.
SWAMI MAHADEVANANDA graduated as a fully trained actor from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, came to India to study Indian traditional dance and drama. This led to his interest in Indian philosophy and religion. Recently he has been running a drama school for children, called Kiriyara Nataka Ranga (KINARA) in Mysore.SIVAPRIYANANDA studied Sanskrit and Pali at the Poona University and for the Kavyatirtha of the Bengal Sanskrit Association, Calcutta. He also did his post-graduate studies in archaeology at the London University. At present, he divides his time between writing and farming.