Madhu Khanna

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Madhu Khanna is an Indian historian of religion and noted Tantric scholar based in Delhi.[1][2] She was Professor of Religious Studies at the Centre for the Study of Comparative Religion and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi,[3] and at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, and served as the 2014 Bina & Haridas Chaudhuri Visiting Fellow in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Education[edit]

She obtained her Ph.D. at Oxford University in 1986 with a dissertation titled "The Concept and Liturgy of the Sri Cakra based on Sivananda's Trilogy."

Career[edit]

Her research has shown that the origins of Sri Vidya as an central doctrine of Shaktism were in Kashmir.[4]

Her books include: The Sricakra: History, Ritual and Symbol of Goddess Tripurasundari; Sakta Pramoda of Deva Nandan Singh in two volumes; The Subtle Body – An Illuminated Tantric Scroll; Rta – The Cosmic Order, Proceedings of an International Seminar (editor); Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity, London 1989 (rep.) with Translation in German and Italian; and The Tantric Way – Art, Science & Ritual (co-author), London, 1979.

She was Associate Professor (Religious/Indic studies) and Project Director and Honorary Advisor, Narivada: Gender, Culture & Civilization Network of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Delhi.[5] She is the President and Founding Member of the Tantra Foundation in New Delhi. She recently initiated an ecological project, “Shri Kunj” – A Rural Centre for Eco Heritage in Bamunara village, Burdwan, West Bengal, to create a herbarium of traditional plants based on ancient Hindu scriptures to promote programmes for ecological sustainability.

She stays in Chattarpur, Delhi.

Awards[edit]

  • Homi Bhabha Fellowship, 1991-1993 [6]
  • Bina & Haridas Chaudhuri Fellowship in Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2014 [7]

Further reading[edit]

Books[edit]

  • The Tantric Way: Art, Science, Ritual. Ajit Mookerjee & Madhu Khanna. Thames and Hudson, 1977 (Reprint). ISBN 0500270880.
  • The Concept and Liturgy of the Sri Cakra based on Sivananda's Trilogy. Dissertation. Oxford University, 1986.
  • Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity. Thames and Hudson, 1994. ISBN 0500272344.
  • Art, the Integral Vision: A Volume of Essays in Felicitation of Kapila Vatsyayan. Kapila Vatsyayan, Baidyanath Saraswati, S C Malik, & Madhu Khanna. DK Printworld. 1995.
  • Rta, The Cosmic Order. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2004. ISBN 8124602522.
  • The Subtle Body: An Illuminated Tantric Scroll. Sarabhai, 2005. ISBN 8186980261.
  • Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions After September 11. Edited by Arvind Sharma & Madhu Khanna. Praeger, 2013. ISBN 0313378967.
  • Saktapramodah of Deva Nandan Singh, DK Printworld. 2013. ISBN 8124606897.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mary McClintock Fulkerson; Sheila Briggs (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology. Oxford University Press. p. 149. ISBN 019927388X. 
  2. ^ Madhu Khanna Women Scholar Network.
  3. ^ Khanna Madhu: Faculty Member Jamia Millia Islamia
  4. ^ Douglas Renfrew Brooks, in K.A. Harper and D. A. Brown (ed.) The Roots of Tantra. SUNY Press, 2002.
  5. ^ NARIVADA: Gender, Culture and Civilization Network Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
  6. ^ Homi Babha Fellowship Council
  7. ^ Renowned Tantra Scholar Madhu Khanna Coming to CIIS April 23-30, April 23, 2014

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