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Indian, Shiva Nataraja, 13th century, bronze, the MFAH, gift of Carol and Robert Straus.

Manifestations of Shiva: Hinduism’s Great God in Myth, Art & Poetry

Saturday, Dec 01, 2012
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Law Building
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This day-long seminar, featuring five eminent scholars from the United States and India, has been organized by Indira Peterson, the David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College. The event will be inaugurated by the Consul General of India in Houston, the Honorable Harish Parvathaneni; and Nandita Harish, who will light the traditional lamp.

The program includes a dance demonstration by Rathna Kumar in the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery, and a reception.

Keynote Address: Shiva and the Goddess in Myth and Poetry
Speaker: Indira Peterson, the David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Telling Tales: Shiva and His Stories at the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipuram
Speaker: Padma Kaimal, professor, art and art history department, Colgate University

Chola Bronzes: Connoisseurship and Archival Research
Speaker: Vidya Dehejia, the Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian Art, Columbia University

Singing of Shiva and His Sacred Places: The Poems of the Tamil Saints
Speaker: Indira Peterson, the David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Tracing the Dance of Shiva in Sculpture
Speaker: R. Nagaswamy, former director of archaeology, Tamil Nadu State; former vice-chancellor, Kanchipuram University

Overwhelming the Heart: Experiencing Shiva's Presence in Manikkavachakar's "Tiruvachakam"
Speaker: Gardner Harris, visiting assistant professor, department of religion, Bucknell University

Related Performance
Later in the evening, the Anjali Dance Company presents SHIVOHAM, Dances on Shiva, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.

Admission
Tickets to the seminar and the dance performance are available online (click the icon above) and by phone at 832.275.9656. Visit www.samskritihouston.org for more information.