Free Lunch Talk Series: Lakshmi, The Rebel Goddess of Rice Farmers

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Kaprielian Hall (KAP), 352
3620 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Lakshmi Vrata Katha is recited in contemporary rituals of worship in Odisha, India. This prayer to Lakshmi was written in the sixteenth century by the Bhakti poet Balaram Das. This talk will highlight Lakshmi worship and women’s agency in practice in rural rice-growing areas of India and Southeast Asia. This talk will be presented by Dr. Bidyut Mohanty, Chair, Women’s Studies Unit, Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), New Delhi, India. Visiting Fellow in the Department of Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


India, Anthropology, Southeast Asia, Dornsife



#anthropology, dornsife

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