Mumbiram has completed another ambitious project that he had undertaken after his first visit to Vrindavan in 1987.
He has rendered four great Rasa Classics in graceful English and contemporary idiom.Those were Sanskrit Literature of Vyasa’s “Rasa Panchadhyayi“, Jayadeva’s “Gita Govinda” and Vishvanath Chakravarty’s “Prema Samput” as well as a juicy folk version in Vraja Bhasha of Rupa Gosvami’s “LalitMadhava“. As English renderings of great eastern classics these are in the same league as Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Richard Francis Burton’s “Arabian Nights” or Edwin Arnold’s “Light of Asia”.
The fifth is Mumbiram’s original work “Deluges of Ecstasy” in the lofty Prema Vivarta mood of Love in Separation that he had composed in America.
All five of them are embellished with his masterpieces of Rasa Art.
These are published as a five volume ensemble “High Five of Love” by Distant Drummer Publishing of Germany. As literary classics illustrated by the author himself they are reminiscent of works of William Blake and Khalil Gibran.
These five Art Quality Books are flagships of Rasa Renaissance.
Here Mumbiram has introduced for the first time the noble ideals of Rasa Renaissance. Here we have the prime proponent of an artistic movement matching his painterly virtuosity with his literary flourish.
It is a fusion of great Rasa Art and great Rasa Literature that brings the enduring wisdom of ancient India to contemporary international readership in a highly aesthetic popular new avatar.
These books take us to a brave new world of a brave new idiom and brave new images.
Mumbiram’s Art of Rasa Renaissance thus ensconced in Classics of Rasa Literature rekindles our hopes for an Aesthetic Renaissance.
These books bring us the good-tidings that the barren void in Art and Spirituality will once again resound with the passionate calls of cuckoos maddened by mango blossoms and hordes of bumblebees lusting after honey.
They are a great solace to the souls thirsting for Rasa or juicy climax of emotional fulfillment that we are all seeking from love, relationships, art and literature.
As an ensemble they are a festival.