Instructor Bio

Prof. Dr. R. Mahalakshmi is Professor at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include the development of state, society, religion, and art in ancient and medieval India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Her book The Making of the Goddess: Korravai-Durga in the Tamil Traditions (Penguin, 2011) was awarded the prize for the best book by a woman historian by the Indian History Congress in 2013. Her latest work is an edited collection of essays titled Art and History (Bloomsbury, 2020). She has also authored The Book of Lakshmi (Penguin, 2009) and Colonization: A Comparative Study of India and Korea, co-edited with Vyjayanti Raghavan (Academic Foundation Books, 2015), in addition to articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. She has been Co-Investigator in an International Project on ‘India and Korea: A Comparative Study of Colonialism’, funded by the AKS, Korea. She was Visiting Professor in 2018 at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt University. She is the Secretary of the Indian History Congress for the period 2018-21. She has delivered the Presidential addresses of the Historiography Section of the Andhra Pradesh History Congress for 2018-19, and the Ancient Section of the Punjab History Conference (2019-20). She is currently working on two projects related to gender history in early India, and goddess traditions in South Asia. Her book on Dance in Early Tamilakam will be published later this year.

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