Professor Mandakranta Bose

Professor Emeritus, Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia 



Professor Mandakranta Bose studied Sanskrit and Hindu religious texts in Calcutta (Smrti and Mimamsa), comparative literature in Vancouver, and holds a doctorate from Oxford in textual studies in the classical performing arts of India. Focusing her research on the Natya-sastras. Professor Bose taught religion and gender studies in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Professor Mandakranta Bose is the former director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia, and is now an Emeritus Professor there. She is at present teaching as a Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. She is likewise a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and the Royal Society of Canada.

Research Areas

One of her recent research projects focuses on performances of the Ramayana and she continues to work on editing Sanskrit Sangitasastra texts.

Research Interests

Professor Mandakranta Bose’s research interests comprise the textual tradition of performing arts of India, Sanskrit literature, the Rāmāyana, and gender studies.

Selected Publications

  • The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • The Ramayana in Bengali Folk Paintings (Niyogi Books, 2017).
  • A Woman’s Rāmāyan. a: Candrāvatī’s Bengali Epic, with Sarika P. Bose (Routledge, 2013).
  • Women in the Hindu Tradition (Routledge, 2010).
  • Sangitanarayana: a critical  edition with translation (Motilal Banarsidass, 2009).
  • The Ramayana Revisited (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • Speaking of Dance: The Indian Critique (DK Print World, 2001).
  • Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval and Modern India (Oxford University Press, 2000).
  • Movement and Mimesis: The Idea of Dance in the Sanskritic Tradition (Springer Netherlands, 1991).
  • Classical Indian Dancing: A Glossary (General Printers and Publishers, 1970).

Chapters and Articles

  • The Rāmāyan. a in the Hindu Tradition, A Bibliography, (Oxford: OUP, 2016).
  • “Theology, Sexuality and Gender in Hinduism” in The Oxford Book of Theology, Sexuality and Gender. (Oxford: OUP, 2015).