Jnanapravaha | think critical. think art.

Upcoming Programmes

JUL Onwards
Theoretical Foundations
Module I. Orientalism
Rohit Goel
Indian Aesthetics
The Jina as King or the Jina as Renounce
John E.Cort

Past Programmes

Community Engagement
JPM Write
Rohit Goel
Criticism & Theory
What could the future of humanity be?
Matthijs Cornelissen
Indian Aesthetics
Bhakti, Beauty and Bloodshed in Indian C
Neeraja Poddar



Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai - 400001. India.
E-mail: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com, info@jp-india.org
Tel      : +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975
Landmark: We are next to Cathedral Middle School, in the lane opposite J.B.Petit School.



When Blindness Makes for Sight: Early Portraits of Surdas from Udaipur

3 Apr '17 6.30 pm

It is quite rare for a Hindi poet to be depicted in manuscript illustrations of the works he or she is believed to have composed, yet this does happen with Surdas. We know of some 150 paintings in which he appears by the early eighteenth century in Udaipur. Why this special treatment? Could his blindness—his reputed blindness—provide the key?

Please note that registrations via email are required for this free lecture. Kindly email us at info@jp-india.org.


John Stratton Hawley

John Stratton Hawley is Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University. He has written or edited some twenty books on Hinduism, India’s bhakti traditions, and the comparative study of religion. These include 'A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement' (Harvard, 2015), 'Sur’s Ocean' (with Kenneth Bryant, Harvard, 2015), and 'Three Bhakti Voices' (Oxford, 2005). A Storm of Songs has just been issued as a paperback in India; it received the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy book prize of the Association for Asian Studies in March.
Jack Hawley has directed Columbia University’s South Asia Institute and has received multiple awards from NEH, the Smithsonian, and the AIIS. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016-17 he is in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow focusing on a project called “The New Vrindavan.”



About Us

Programming Segments
Core Team
International Advisory Council
Resource Persons
Jobs and Internships

Academic Calendar 2018 - 2019
PG Diploma in Indian Aesthetics
PG Diploma in Critical Theory,
Aesthetics, and Practice


PG Diploma in Theoretical Foundations
Yoga and Tantra
Southeast Asian Art and Architecture
Islamic Aesthetics

Indian Aesthetics
Criticism & Theory
Community Engagement
Southeast Asian Aesthetics
Islamic Aesthetics
Creative Processes
Iconic Images
Buddhist Aesthetics

Subscribe to JP Newsletter

Contact Us
Contact Information
Feedback Form


Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg,
Fort, Mumbai - 400001. India.
Tel: +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975.
Fax: +91-22-2207 2976.
Email: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com,

Copyright. Jnanapravaha. All rights reserved.