The Social Worlds of Indian Aesthetics: Talk & CISAR Annual Reception

Talk and CISAR Annual Reception 

Please come for just the talk, just the reception, or both!

Talk: The Social Worlds of Indian Aesthetics: a View from the Mughal Period by Dr. Allison Busch

Time: 4PM – 5:30PM

Join us for a talk by Professor Allison Busch, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies and Associate Professor, Columbia University.

Professor Busch shares highlights from a book project on “Aesthetic Worlds of the Indian Heroine” that explores Mughal India’s deep engagement with classical aesthetics through paintings and poems about female beauty. Many Mughal-period connoisseurs articulated their vision of the arts using the traditional Sanskrit vocabulary of rasa, or emotion. Evidence suggests how the gatherings where painting and poetry were experienced were a venue for self-cultivation and a means to strengthen bonds of love and friendship. The talk highlights the importance of aesthetics and affect in shaping the social and political worlds of Mughal India’s men and women.

CISAR Annual Reception 

Time: 5:30PM – 7PM || RSVP

Supported by the Varshney Family Fund. 

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