Discussion Meeting with Prof. Velcheru Narayana Rao

Discussion Meeting


Prof. Velcheru Narayana Rao

Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, USA


Chairperson : Prof. S. Settar


Date: Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

Time: 2.00 - 3.30 PM

Venue: Conference Hall-I, NIAS


Prof. Velcheru Narayana Rao, Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, USA, is visiting NIAS on Wednesday, December 16. There will be an informal discussion meeting with him from 2.00 to 3.30 pm in Conference Hall I. The meeting will be chaired by Prof. S. Settar.

All are invited to participate.

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About the Speaker:  Velcheru Narayana Rao has been a pioneer in bringing premodern and modern Telugu literature to the attention of scholars of South Asia studies. He has worked widely in the areas of Telugu folklore and literature, history, anthropology and religion of Andhra Pradesh and the larger Telugu speaking region. Narayana Rao’s scholarship spans many areas of cultural and literary history. Some of his ideas and perspectives, especially those relating to early modernity and oral communities in India, are unique.

Prof. Narayana Rao taught Telugu and Indian literatures for thirty-eight years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also taught at the University of Chicago, and is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University. He has written more than fifteen books including: Textures of Time: Writing History in South India, in collaboration with David Shulman and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (New York: Other Press, 2003), Girls for Sale, Kanyasulkam: A Play from Colonial India (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007) and When God is a Customer: Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others (University of California Press, 1994) along with A.K.Ramanujan and David Shulman.  He also has a rich record of translations, spanning from Sanskrit kāvya-s such as the Vikramorvaśīyam (Clay Sanskrit Library, 2009) to many texts from the classical Telugu canon including those by Dhūrjaṭi, Nannayya and Sūranna. His most recent work is ‘The Story of Manu’, a translation of Allasāni Peddanna’s Manucaritramu (Murty Classical Library, 2015) translated in collaboration with David Shulman.

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For further details, please contact Prof. Carol Upadhya carol.upadhya@gmail.com

For more information please visit:  http://mesas.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/rao.html

Wednesday, December 16, 2015