[Reader-list] What Should the Bhakti Movement Be?: Lecture by John Stratton Hawley on 5 January 2016 at CSDS

Praveen Rai praveenrai at csds.in
Mon Dec 28 02:17:11 CST 2015

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

invites you to a lecture

*What Should the Bhakti Movement Be?*

by *John Stratton Hawley*

*Rajeev Bhargava *will Chair

Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 2 pm

CSDS Seminar Room,
                                                                  Tel: 011

29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054
jaya at csds.in

In this lecture the speaker attempts to unearth the historical, political,
and performative contingencies that gave birth to the concept of the bhakti
movement-starting with the Mughals and their Kachvaha allies, and
concluding in a back-and-forth conversation between Hindi and English that
crystallized in the intellectual circle surrounding Rabindranath Tagore in
Bengal. What should we do with the idea of the bhakti movement once we
recognize that this portrait of history is deeply conditioned by a history
of its own?  Throw it away?  Abandon it for something else-say, “the bhakti
network”?  Respect it for the conversational and political work that it
continues to do in Indian society today?  What should the bhakti movement

*John Stratton Hawley* is Professor of Religion at Barnard College,
Columbia University.  He has written or edited eighteen books.  Many of
these concern the religious traditions of north India, *Three Bhakti Voices
*(2005), edited volume, *Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious
Imagination, *with
Kimberley Patton (2005)*.*  Two recent books are *Sur’s Ocean:  Poems from
the Early Tradition *(with Kenneth E. Bryant), one of the initial volumes
in the Murty Classical Library of India, and *A Storm of Songs:  India and
the Idea of the Bhakti Movement.  *

*Rajeev Bhargava *is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing

Praveen Rai
Academic Secretary
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
29, Rajpur Road
Delhi - 110054
Phone: 91-11-23942199

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