On January 8th at the India International Centre in Delhi, Jack Hawley launched his new book Krishna’s Playground: Vrindavan in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press). The celebrated Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal opened the occasion by singing odes to Vrindavan composed in the sixteenth century, when Vrindavan was built. Purushottam Agrawal, Professor of Hindi Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University and a well-known commentator on current Indian affairs, officiated.
Matthew Engelke, Professor or Religion and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, is offering a six-week seminar on Magic at the School of Criticism and Theory, at Cornell University this summer. For more information, visit the School of Criticism and Theory.
Congratulations to Jay Ramesh for successfully defending his dissertation. Jay's dissertation, "Abodes of Śiva," examines the history of the talapurāṇam (literally, "place-lore"), a type of medieval and early modern poem written in the Tamil language which describes the legends associated with Hindu shrines as well as the manner in which rituals at the temple must be conducted.