Sanskrit narrative is the lifeblood of Indian culture, encapsulating and perpetuating insights and values central to Indian thought and practice. Visions and Revisions in Sanskrit Narrative brings together 18 of the foremost scholars across the globe, who, in an unprecedented collaboration, accord these texts the integrity and dignity they deserve. The last time this was attempted, on a much smaller scale, was a generation ago, with Purāṇa Perennis (1993).

The pre-eminent contributors to this landmark collection use novel methods and theory to meaningfully engage Sanskrit narrative texts, showcasing the state of contemporary scholarship on the Sanskrit epics and purāṇas.

Join us for this exclusive pre-launch presentation of Visions and Revisions in Sanskrit Narrative, edited by Dr Raj Balkaran and CHL's very own Associate Professor McComas Taylor, and hear from the contributors on their experiences with this volume and on new ways of reading Sanskrit narrative literature.

Note: Dr Raj Balkaran will be joining the discussion virtually.

Event Speakers

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Associate Professor McComas Taylor

McComas Taylor has led the South Asia Progam in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra. His research lies at the intersection of contemporary critical theory and classical Sanskrit narrative literature. 

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Dr Raj Balkaran

Dr Raj Balkaran is a scholar of Sanskrit narrative texts. Alongside his academic training, he has received extensive spiritual training as part of an oral tradition dedicated to the transmission of Indian wisdom teachings. Integrating his academic and spiritual training, he has founded the online School of Indian Wisdom.

Event details

Event date

Tue, 26 Sep 2023, 10 - 11am



Event speakers

Associate Professor McComas Taylor
Dr Raj Balkaran