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Author & Translator

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Wednesday Wed, 10 Feb 2021


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Audrey Truschke, Supriya Gandhi and Arshia Sattar led by Rana Safvi examine complex implications of the multi-dimensional intersections of language and culture across centuries through their books and writings.

This session will be telecast live on the BIC YouTube page.

A free-ranging conversation among scholars that will examine the intersections of language history and culture, consider the translation and illumination of key texts, touch on the plurality that allowed the fascination with epics and the Upanishads at the Mughal courts, deliberate on our understanding of concepts embedded in the ancient texts as we look back over centuries through their work on Sanskrit writings at the Mughal Court, Hamida Banu Begum’s Ramayana, Dara Shikoh and the translation of the Upanishads, and analyses of epic texts in contemporary readings.

In collaboration with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 


Arshia Sattar

Author & Translator

Arshia Sattar works with the Sanskrit epics and the narrative traditions of the Indian sub-continent. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and teaches classical Indian literatures here and abroad. She also writes frequently about books in various publications in print and online


Audrey Truschke 


Audrey Truschke is Associate Professor of South Asian History at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.

She is the author of two award-winning books: Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court and Aurangzeb. Her third book, The Language of History, will be published in January 2021.

When Audrey isn’t writing about the Mughals, Sanskrit texts, or Hindu-Muslim interactions, she is often calling attention to abuses of history and human rights in contemporary South Asia. Her other frequent activities include condemning sexism and Islamophobia, reading, and spending time with her family.


Rana Safvi


Rana Safvi has a Masters in Medieval History from the prestigious Centre for Advanced Studies, Dept. of History, AMU. She is the the author of Where Stones Speak: Historical Trails in Mehrauli, the First City of Delhi, The Forgotten Cities of Delhi, and Tales from the Quran and Hadith and translator of Syed Ahmad Khan’s Asar us Sanadid and Zahir Dehlvi’s Dastan-e-Ghadar and City of my Heart (4 accounts from the 19th and 20th centuries).

Supriya Gandhi


Supriya Gandhi teaches at Yale University and works on the interface of Islam and Indic traditions in South Asia. She completed her doctorate at Harvard University, and has also studied in Delhi, Tehran, London and Damascus. Before coming to Yale, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College. She is the author of The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India (Harvard University Press, 2020) and is currently writing a book on the role of Persian in the emergence of modern Hinduism.