The Indian Heroine in History, Art & Performance

Project summary

This is a collaborative project that explores textual, material and visual representations of the archetypal heroine, an idea found in South Asian dramaturgical treatises as well as other classical disciplines and scholarship. Drawing on items in the Bodleian and University collections, it examines how the notion of archetypal femininity was created and is now reproduced, particularly in respect of fashion and textiles, performing arts and food. Culminating in a conference and keynote event, it also reimagines physical spaces, particularly the university space, to depict the world of the heroine and engage the public through performance and installation.

Lead investigator

Nisha Somasundaram, Faculty of History, Faculty of Oriental Studies and Balliol College, University of Oxford

Research team

Tanvi Bhatia, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Saba Halepota, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Contact details for enquiries

Please email the lead investigator,  Nisha Somasundaram, for any queries regarding this project.