TITLE: Patronage and Power: Women Movers and Shakers in the Indian Subcontinent - Panel I: Women and Religion
EVENT DATE: 2007/04/20
RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes
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Women in the Indian subcontinent are often associated with the smiling, singing and dancing actresses who appear in Bollywood films (Indian cinema). However, throughout history women in that region have played a significant role in the political, religious and cultural life of their society.
The contributions of these women are the subject of a symposium titled "Patronage and Power: Women Movers and Shakers in the Indian Subcontinent," which was hosted by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the Library's Asian Division, the Asian Division Friends Society and the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. The symposium explored the role that women have played and continue to play in different sectors of South Asian society.
Leading scholars addressed topics such as women and religion, Begums and Maharanis (female rulers and nobility), women leaders in India's independence struggle, and women and art.
The event is made possible by the generous support of Walter and Mrinalini Andersen, Rama and Arun Deva, David Good of the Tata Group and Ranvir and Adarsh Trehan and the Trehan Foundation.