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Conflated Myths and Iconographies of Indian Goddesses

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

with Reference to Mahisamardini, Ambika and Kali from the Canonical and Sub-Canonical Sources

7th Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Lecture

About the Lecture
The main thrust of the talk is to articulate a composite model to examine specific iconographies within the expanded fields of classical and vernacular myths and rituals to reconstruct configurative pictures of the motifs of Mahishamardini, Ambika and Kali, rather than formulating a singular pan-Indian construct.

Prof. Jyotindra Jain, formerly Director of the National Crafts Museum; Professor of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU); and Member Secretary of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, USA, at Humboldt University, Berlin, and a Getty Distinguished Professor at JNU. An eminent scholar of Indian arts, Prof. Jain has extensively published in the areas of his specialization, and curated exhibitions shown in some of the most respected institutions in India and abroad. Prof. Jain is a Fellow of the Asiatic Society of Bombay.

Image 1: Mahishasuramardini, c. 11th century CE, Thane, Maharashtra, CSMVS 65.25

Image 2: Ambika, c. 10th century CE, Deograh (Lalitpur), image courtesy: Jyotindra Jain

Please join us for tea at 5.30 pm


April 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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