Professor Mandakranta Bose

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



Professor Mandakranta Bose studied Sanskrit and Hindu religious texts (Smti and Mimāsā) in Calcutta, comparative literature in Vancouver, and holds a doctorate from Oxford in Sanskrit textual studies in the classical performing arts of India. Focussing her research on early Sanskrit texts as well as drawing upon later sources in Bengali, Professor Bose taught religious and gender studies in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Professor Bose is a 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 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain.

Research Interests

Professor Bose’s research interests comprise the Sanskrit textual tradition of the performing arts of India, Sanskrit literature, including the Dharmaśāstras, the Hindu religious tradition, the Rāmāyaa, and gender studies.

Selected Publications

  • The Goddess. Edited volume in the Oxford History of Hinduism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 
  • The Ramayana in Bengali Folk Paintings. New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 2017.
  • A Woman’s Rāmāyaa: Candrāvatī’s Bengali Epic. With Sarika P. Bose. London: Routledge, 2013.
  • Women in the Hindu Tradition. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Sagītanārāyaa: A Critical Edition with translation. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2009.
  • The Ramayana Revisited. Edited. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Speaking of Dance: The Indian Critique. Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2001.
  • Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval and Modern India. Edited. New York: Oxford University Press. 2000.
  • Movement and Mimesis: The Idea of Dance in the Sanskritic Tradition. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1991.
  • Supernatural Intervention in The Tempest and Śakuntalā. Salzburg: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 1980.
  • Classical Indian Dancing: A Glossary. Calcutta: General Printers, 1970.
  • [Forthcoming] Women in Hinduism. Oxford: in press with OCHS.
  • Selected chapters and articles
  • “The Ramayana in the Hindu Tradition: A Bibliography.” Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Theology, Sexuality and Gender in the Hindu Tradition.” Oxford Handbook of Theology, Gender and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • [Forthcoming] “Ahalyā, the Human Face of Sacred Infidelity.” Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, ed. Arvind Sharma. Springer: Dordrecht.
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