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Join Professor Vidya Dehejia, one of the world’s leading figures in the public understanding of Indian art, for an exploration of ancient representations of the Yoginis.

In this online event, Professor Vidya Dehejia examines the divine goddesses of Tantra and the visually stunning temple complexes that were built in their honour across India.

Following a 30-minute illustrated presentation, Professor Dehejia will be joined by playwright, critic and former British Museum Trustee, Bonnie Greer OBE, for an exploration of the importance of the Yoginis within South Asian philosophy and belief.

Part of the public programme accompanying the special exhibition Tantra: enlightenment to revolution (24 September 2020 – 24 January 2021).

About the speakers

Vidya Dehejia is Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan (the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India) by the Indian government. She has also been appointed to the Mario Miranda Visiting Research Professorship at Goa University. Her acclaimed works include The Body Adorned: Dissolving Boundaries between Sacred and Profane in India’s Art, (2009) and Devi, The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art (1999).

Bonnie Greer

Bonnie Greer OBE is a playwright, author and critic based in London. She has won the Verity Bargate award for best play and her memoir, Parallel Life, was published by Arcadia Books. She was previously the Deputy Chairman of the British Museum’s Board of Trustees and a former Chancellor of Kingston University. Her new audible book, In Search of Black History, explores how black stories have been marginalised or erased through time.