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Champavati and Bilhna fall in love
Romancing the Teacher
14th Century Painting

King Vikramaditya ( 1076 A.D. - 1127  A.D.)  A king in  Central India wanted his daughter  Champavati to be educated by scholar Billana, but thought it was not appropriate to let the two youngsters be alone. The princess was told to keep her eyes closed, lest she may contact a horrible disease from the teacher. The teacher was told that his student was blind ! The painting illustrates Champavati opening her eyes out of curiosity and instantly falling in love with the teacher.

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  • Old-timey Education -- Dr. Jyotsna Kamat hosts an amusing online exhibition of historical artifacts on education in India through the centuries

 


Picture of the Week Selection from Kamat
February 08, 1999

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