The dark night of love in the Indian tradition

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Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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India-Canada Association Lecture


This talk focuses on the dark nights of desire, on the difficulties and ordeals lovers have to face and overcome in the pursuit of fulfilment, and also on the tricks that their ingenuity manages to invent in order to escape detection, which sometimes can lead to disgrace or even death. Indian literature covers both illicit and marital love with great nuance. It ranges from problems to do with secrecy to problems of marital privacy in a crowded extended family situation. The differences between literary representations and visual representations of love stories will also be dealt with.

Dr. Fabrizia Baldissera teaches Sanskrit Language and Literature at University of Florence. She lectures abroad extensively. Her interests are kāvya, satire, Goddess worship, dance, Indian alchemy and Arthaśāstra. Her books include The Narmamālā of Kṣemendra; Śāradātilakabhāṇa; L’universo di Kāma; King and Devī and Emotions in Indian Dramas and Dances.


Fabrizia Baldissera
Sanskrit Language and Literature, University of Florence

Christoph Emmrich
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Centre for South Asian Studies


Instituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

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