Indira Viswanathan Peterson

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Indira V. Peterson

Indira Viswanathan Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College, specializes in Indian literature in Sanskrit and Tamil, Hinduism, and South Indian cultural history and performing arts. She also works on European-Indian culture contact and comparative literature. Her publications include several translations and critical studies of major works: Poems to Siva: The Hymns of the Tamil Saints (1989), Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic: The Kiratarjuniya of Bharavi (2003), and Arjuna and the Hunter (2016). She is completing Tanjore Renaissance: King Serfoji II and South Indian Modernity, an intellectual biography of a nineteenth-century polymath. Read more about Indira Peterson


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Felicitation Conference on New Cultural Histories of South India,

A Conference in honor of Professor Indira V. Peterson

Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania, November 9-10, 2019

Conference on New Research on the Performing Arts in South India, Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania, September 9-10, 2022

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