Saturday, Oct. 15

07-04 Exalting the Folk at the Feet of Himalaya: Representations of Folklore in Himachal Pradesh, India [hybrid]

Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Promenade B

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section


Chair: Christian Morgan James (Indiana University)

8:30 am
Painted Words: Investigating Mythological and Folk Narratives in Pahari Miniatures [virtual]
Smriti  Dutt ()

9:00 am
Representations of an Exiled Nation: The Tibet Museum in India [virtual]
Addie McKnight ()

9:30 am
Speaking Mountains: Critical Regionalism in the Kangri-language Poetry of Naveen Haldoonvi
Christian Morgan James (Indiana University)

9:45 am
discussant
Hannah Carlan (Rollins College)

This panel discusses artists, authors, and museum professionals in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India, who portray local people and their traditional practices in representational spaces that confer aesthetic and class status. Our topics include miniature paintings illustrating women characters from local folk narratives, a museum representing Tibetans and Tibetan culture as autonomous from Chinese occupation, and a book of serial poetry describing the land and people of Himachal Pradesh. The panel concludes with a discussion that connects these representational practices with our own and others’ approaches to studying and representing folklore and folklife in the Himalayan region.