Embracing the Goddess

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Photographic Portrait of a female DJ in a small Dj booth at a radio station. Behind the woman is radio equipment and a clock on the yellow sound absorbing wall.
DJ Ritu at Resonance FM, Benjamin Gilbert. © Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

In most early medical texts and anatomical illustrations, the male voice is predominant. This absence of women is particularly compelling in the context of South Asian socio-religious life and its complex history of goddess worship. Reflect on what this means for health issues today during this lively evening.




Thursday 5 April 2018

  • Workshop
Creative activities

Reading Room

Experience a selection of different creative activities by dropping in on the night.

  • Discussion
Shakti and Seva: Gender and health in South Asia

The Studio

Listen to a discussion about the contemporary issues surrounding sex, gender and sexuality inspired by our Ayurvedic Man exhibition.

  • Performance
Music from Club Kali

The Forum

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About your curator

Sharmila Chauhan

Sharmila co-developed the Embracing the Goddess event. She is a screenwriter, playwright and prose writer. Her work is often a transgressive meditation on love, sex and an exploration of the diasporic experience. She is particularly interested in the intersection of sex, power and gender.