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Hindu Studies Lecture-Dr. Susan Wadley

Hindu Studies Lecture

Dr. Susan Wadley

Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2019

Location: McClung Museum Auditorium, 5:30-7:00pm

Title: From Powerful Goddesses to Modern Women: Mithila's Artists Paint for the 21st Century

Description:  Located on the India border with Nepal, the Mithila region is known for its tradition of women painting gods and goddesses and auspicious designs on the mud walls of their homes. But fifty years after beginning to paint on paper, many Mithila painters are using their art to transform traditional religious ideology and designs to express new ideas of what it means to be female.  Instead of the Goddess Durga, slaying demons while riding her tiger, we find Shakti, a celebration of female energy that the modern woman should use in her fight for female justice. Using paintings from several women, but primarily from one 34 year old painter, Shalinee Kumari, Dr. Wadley explore how Mithila’s current female painters use their paintings to express their views on womanhood and marriage.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Auditorium
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996

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General Public, Current Students, Faculty & Staff


Religious Studies

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Karen Windham

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