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Monday, September 21

Interpreting the Mahabharata: A Conversation with Laurie Patton and Abhishek Singh

Moderated Discussion
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Concert Hall

Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury and scholar of Indian religion, and Abhishek Singh, comic book artist and author of Krishna: A Journey Within


The Mahabharata, one of India’s most ancient texts, describes a war between family members embroiled in a succession dispute. At its heart is a conversation about the ethics of war between the warrior Arjuna, who is conflicted about fighting his own kin, and his charioteer and confidant Krishna, a manifestation of the god Vishnu. Professor of History of Art and Architecture Cynthia Packert will moderate a discussion about textual and visual interpretations of this important work with Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury and scholar of Indian religion, and Abhishek Singh, comic book artist and author of Krishna: A Journey Within. A reception will follow in the Lower Lobby of the MCA.

Presented in conjunction with The Art of Storytelling: Five Tales from Asia, Then and Now, on view in the Overbrook Gallery of the Middlebury College Museum of Art from September 8 to December 13. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Friends of the Art Museum, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Program in Studio Art, the Department of Religion, the Director of the Arts, the Program in Literary Studies, and the Program in South Asian Studies.