The series of lectures examines the Indian goddess from the representation of the female in art of ancient India, and representations in fiction and film of contemporary Indian woman. Each evening of lectures begins with storytelling by renowned storyteller Dr Vayu Naidu.
06-10: The Indian Goddess: Sacred and Seductive
By Partha Mitter and Parul Dave-Mukherji
Mitter examines the presentation of feminine beauty in ancient Indian art through a range of female forms from diverse parts of India while Dave-Mukherji journeys from high art to popular imagery.
13-10: Sex, Death and the Goddess
By Lakshmi Holmström and Beeban Kidron
Holmström addresses the representation of women and goddesses in modern Indian Tamil fiction. Kidron discusses her BBC Four film Sex, Death and the Gods.
20-10: Warrior Women and Androgynous Goddesses
By Rosie Thomas and Patricia Uberoi
Thomas explores gender ambivalence and nationalist politics in the films of the Indian actress Nadia. Uberoi addresses the intersection of sacred and secular feminine iconography in calendar art.
31-10: Domestic Goddess: Private to Public
By Madhu Kishwar and Dr Mukulika Banerjee
Kishwar addresses a goddess who took avatar in a Delhi hawker market and helped Manushi’s campaign to protect street hawkers from human rights abuses. Banerjee presents intimate portraits of women in contemporary India and their relationship to the sari.