Rupa Gosvamin was a Sanskrit poet and rhetorician
Rupa Gosvamin was a Sanskrit rhetorician. He and his brother Sanatana were prime ministers of Hosen Sahara, a ruler of Gauda in modern Bengal. He was born in 1490. He was attracted to the teachings of Vaishnavareformist philosopher Chaitanya, and renounced worldly life to become an ascetic. His poetic genius, suffused with bhakti for Krishna, manifested itself in his literary works as well as aesthetic writings. His seven-act dramas namely Vidagdha-Madhava i.e. "Clever Madhava" and Lalita-Madhava i.e. "Playful Madhava" depict Krishna in artful, wise, and sharp, as well as charming and dallying aspects. They describe the love of Lord Krishna and Radha as related in the Bhagavata Purana, representing the glorious tradition of Sanskrit theatre on the theme of Krishna and reminding us of the popular form of Raslila. Rupa's other play, Danakeli kaumudi or 'Full-moon Amusement of Gift-granting' is a bhana, also with Krishna as hero.
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