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Feb. 25,  2010

Rushdie, Emory Faculty Kick Off Gold Jewelry Exhibition

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View novelist Salman Rushdie's reading of two poems by 13th century Sufi poet Amir Khosrow.

Salman Rushdie joins Emory faculty, and visiting scholars for an evening of readings and Indian dance on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. This event celebrates the arrival of objects from the exhibition titled "When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection," which is on view from March 18 through July 12 and highlights the beauty and technical craftsmanship of Indian jewelry with more than 150 pieces spanning 2,000 years.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, third floor, Reception Hall, 571 South Kilgo Circle.

Renowned Kuchipudi dancer Penumarthi will dance the 16 adornments, the Solah Shringar.  On their wedding days, Indian brides go through 16 steps of adornment known as the Solah Shringar. Readings will include works from the Mahabharata and from the 13th century Sanskrit poet Jayadeva, whose epic poem "Gita Govinda" depicts the divine love of the Hindu deity Krishna and his consort, Radha.


In addition to Rushdie, readers include:



  • Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religion Laurie Patton, who has lived in Pune, Maharashtra, and has scholarly interests in the interpretation of early Indian ritual and narrative, comparative mythology, literary theory in the study of religion, and women and Hinduism in contemporary India.

  • Religion professor Joyce Flueckiger, who grew up in India and has carried out extensive fieldwork in India, working with both Hindu and Muslim popular traditions.


  • Visiting scholar Narayana Rao, who is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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