Posted: February 16, 2007
On Friday, March 2, Mount Holyoke will host an interdisciplinary symposium titled Love and the Erotic in Indian Poetry and Performing Arts. The event will bring together six scholars and artists who are doing new and exciting work on the history and transformations of the themes of love and the erotic in literature and the performing arts in India.
Indira Peterson, David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, organized the symposium. The participants, experts in the fields of South Asian literature, anthropology, dance studies, gender studies, performance, and religion, will explore how the classical ideals of emotion, aesthetic experience, and landscape, as well as the ideal hero and romantic heroine have been represented in literature and the visual and performing arts over the past two millennia. The symposium will conclude with a performance of the devadasidance repertoire by eminent dancer and scholar Hari Krishnan, followed by a question and answer session.
The symposium is sponsored by the Asian studies program, with support from the Gertrude V. Bruyn Lecture Fund, the art and art history department, and Amherst College's religion department (Hamilton Fund) and anthrology department.
The symposium will take place in Willits-Hallowell Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The dance performance will take place in the Studio Theatre at Kendall Sports and Dance Complex at 7:30 pm. All events are free and open to the public.