Select Page

David Dean Shulman, Hebrew University

CHAIRS: Parmil G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University; Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This lecture will offer readings from one extraordinary section of the Tamil text, Kampaṉ’s twelfth-century Irāmāvatāram, the Cittirakūṭap paṭalam, when the heroes enter into their new home in the wilderness. The question to be addressed is: what is the poet telling us about this tensile moment, and, above all, what has he left unsaid?