Director, CISAR
Professor Emerita

Mandakranta Bose, MA (Cal et UBC), MLitt, DPhil (Oxon), is Professor Emerita and Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr. Bose is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and the Royal Society of Canada. Her research interests comprise the textual tradition of performing arts of India, Sanskrit literature, the Rāmāyana, and gender studies. Her recent publications include a critical edition of a musicological text, Sangitanarayana (Delhi: IGNCA, 2009), Women in the Hindu Tradition (London & New York: Routledge, 2010), A Woman’s Rāmāyaṇa: Candrāvatī’s Bengali Epic, with Sarika P. Bose (London & New York: Routledge, 2013), and many articles including several on Tagore and on Hindu cultural and religious traditions. Her most recent articles available on line are The Rāmāyaṇa in the Hindu Tradition, A Bibliography, (Oxford: OUP, 2016) and “Theology, Sexuality and Gender in Hinduism” in The Oxford Book of Theology, Sexuality and Gender. (Oxford: OUP, 2015). She has also coedited a book, The Other Women in The Rāmāyaṇa with John and Mary Brockington which has just been published (London & New York: Routledge, 2016). The Rāmāyaṇa through Folk Paintings of Bengal is scheduled to be published later in 2016 from New Delhi: Neogi Books. She is currently editing and contributing to a volume on Hindu goddesses for Oxford University Press, Oxford. Dr. Bose has been a visiting professor at many universities, including Calcutta and Oxford.


  • The Ramayana in Bengali Folk Paintings. New Delhi: Niyogi Books, expected date of publication in 2016. (Solicited)
  • History of Hindu Goddesses, an edited volume, part of the History of Hindu Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Solicited)
  • Nartanam, A Quarterly Journal of Indian Dance, Special issue on Mandakranta Bose’s work on Dance Literature in the Sanskritic tradition. Vol. XLV, No. 4, ed, Madhavi Puranam, Kuchipudi  Kala Kendra, Mumbai, In press.

Entries marked * indicate peer reviewed publications.

On dramatic art in the Sanskrit tradition:

  • *Sangitanarayana: A Critical Edition. Kalamulasastra series, vols. 53 & 54, pp. lii, 972. Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2009. Hardback.
  • Speaking of Dance: The Indian Critique. Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2001. (Solicited)
  • *Movement and Mimesis: The Idea of Dance in the Sanskritic Tradition. [Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991]. 2nd ed. Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2007. Hardback.
  • The Dance Vocabulary of Classical India. Delhi: Indian Books Centre, 1995. Second (revised) edition of Classical Indian Dancing: A Glossary. Calcutta: General Printers, 1970. (Solicited)
  • Nartananirnaya by Pundarika Vitthala: A Critical Edition. Calcutta: General Printers, 1991.
  • Supernatural Intervention in The Tempest and Sakuntala. Universitat Salzburg: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 1980; Reprinted by Mellon Press
  • Classical Indian Dancing: A Glossary. Calcutta: General Printers, 1970.

Studies on the Rāmāyaṇa:

  • The Other Ramayana Women: Regional Rejection and Response. Eds. John and Mary Brockington, Associate ed., Mandakranta Bose. London: Routledge. 2016.
  • *A Woman's Rāmāyaṇa: Candrāvatī's Bengali Epic. Eds. Mandakranta Bose & Sarika Priyadarshini Bose. Translated with introduction and annotations. London & New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • *The Ramayana Revisited. Edited by Mandakranta Bose. Oxford University Press, New York, 2004.
  • The Ramayana Culture: Performance, Gender and Iconography. Revised 2nd edition of A Varied Optic: Contemporary Studies in the Ramayana. [Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, 2000.] Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2003. (Solicited)
  • A Varied Optic: Contemporary Studies in the Ramayana. Edited by Mandakranta Bose. Vancouver: Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, 2000.

Women’s Studies:

  • *Women in the Hindu Tradition: Rules, Roles and Exceptions. London & New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • *Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval and Modern India. Edited by Mandakranta Bose. New York: Oxford University Press. 2000. Hardback.
  • The World My Mother Gave Me: Asian Women's Perspectives and Perceptions in Literature. Edited by Mandakranta Bose. Vancouver: Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, 1998.

  • “Ahalyā, the Human Face of Sacred Infidelity.” Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, ed. Arvind Sharma. Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands. (Solicited)
  • “Women and Ethics in Hindu Thought and Practice.” Gender, Ecology & Justice in Indian Ethics vol II, ed. Purushottam Billimoria: Springer: Sophia Studies Series, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. (Solicited)
  • "Uparupaka  and the Evolution of the Performing Arts of India." Proceedings of the Twelfth World Sanskrit Conference, Helsinki. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. In press.

  • Designing Women: Felicitous Malice in A Bengali Ramayana." In The Other Ramayana Women: Regional Rejection and Response. Eds. John and Mary Brockington, Associate ed., Mandakranta Bose. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • "Afterword." In The Other Ramayana Women: Regional Rejection and Response. Eds. John and Mary Brockington, Associate ed., Mandakranta Bose. London: Routledge. 2016.
  • “The Ramayana in the Hindu Tradition.” Oxford Bibliography on Hinduism. Online publication. (Solicited), 2016.
  • “Theme and Form in the Vaiṣṇava Idiom in Rabindranath.” in Rabindranath Tagore, A Mind Staring into Infinity. Edited by Cchanda Chatterjee. Delhi: Primus Books, 2016. (Solicited)
  • “Gender and the Spiritual Quest in Tagore’s Poetry.” In Tagore and Woman, ed. Chandrava Chakravarty. Kolkata: Stree Samya. 2016. (Solicited)
  • *“Theology, Sexuality and Gender in the Hindu Tradition.” Oxford Handbook of Theology, Gender and Sexuality, ed. Adrian Thatcher. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. (Solicited)
  • * “The Killing of Sindhu in the Painted Scrolls of Bengal” in Ramkatha in Narrative, Performance and Pictorial Traditions, eds. Molly Kaushal & Alok Bhalla, Delhi: Aryan International Books, 2015. (Solicited)
  • *"Poetry in Motion: The Classical Dances of India." Outlines of Art: Architecture, Painting Sculpture, Dance and Drama. Ed. R.N. Mishra. Shimla, India: Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. 2014. (Solicited)
  • * "'Where he lies, I lie": Tagore meets Kabir." Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, vol. 4, no. 2, 2011.
  • * “From Craft to Art: The Aesthetic Ends of Technique in Sanskrit Texts of Classical Indian Dance.” Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, vol. 4, no. 1, 2011.
  • “Staging Abhijnanasakuntalam.” In Revisiting Kalidas’s Abhijnanasakuntalam—Land, Love, Languages: Forms of Exchange in Ancient India , eds. Saswati Sengupta and Sharmila Purakayastha, Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2011. (Solicited)
  • “New Horizons of Dance and Drama in Rabindranath Tagore‘s Creative Practice.” In Rabindranath Tagore: A Timeless Mind, ed. Amelendu Biswas, Christine Marsh, Kalyan Kundu. London: Tagore Centre, 2011. (Solicited)
  • “Sanskrit Ramayanas, Puranas and Rama Kavyas: A Study in Evolution and Impact.” In Ramayana in Focus, pp. 18-27, ed. Gauri Parimoo Krishnan. Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, 2010.  (Solicited)
  • “Nrtyanatya, Rabindranath o Bangasamskritir Nutan Diganta” (“Dance-drama, Rabindranath and Fresh Horizons of Bengali Culture”). Article in Bengali. Balaka, a Bengali literary magazine, vol. 19, no. 29, November 2010. (Solicited)
  • * “The Ownership of Indian Classical Dancing and Its Performance on the Global Stage.” In Dance Matters, pp. 73-88, eds. Pallabi Chakravorty and Nilanjana Gupta. New Delhi: Routledge, 2010. (Solicited)
  • * "The Portrayal of Sita in Two Bengali Ramayanas." In In Search of Sita, Revisiting Mythology, pp. 141-46, eds. Malashri Lal and Namita Gokhale. New Delhi: Penguin, 2009. (Solicited)
  • * “Indian Modernity and Tagore’s Dance.” In Rabindranath Tagore: Reclaiming A Culutural Icon, pp. 193-203, eds. Joseph O’Connell and Kathleen O’Connell. Kolkata: Visva-Bharati, 2009. First published in a University of Toronto Quarterly special issue, vol. 77, no. 4: Rabindranath Tagore, Facets of A Cultural Icon. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2008. (Solicited)
  • * "Miraculous Maternity: A Gender Paradox in the Ramayana." Traditional South Asian Medicine, vol 8. Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, Germany. 2008. (Solicited)
  • * “The Political Aesthetic of Nation and Gender in Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali.” Recasting Classics: Indian Literature and Popular Cinema, ed. Heidi R. M. Pauwels. London & New York: Routledge, 2007. (Solicited)
  • "Kohala: The Lost Dramaturge of Ancient India." Kalakalpa, vol. 1, no. 2. Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2006, pp. 83-91. (Solicited)
  • "Re-forming the Ramayana: The Source-text and its Cultural Transformation." Translation Today, vol. 2, no. 2, October 2005, pp. 1-11. (Solicited)
  • "Reading Dance: a Tale of Texts." PULSE: South Asian Dance in the UK. Bedford, UK: Kadam Asian Dance and Music Ltd., 2005 (Spring), pp. 13-18. (Solicited)
  • "Aharyabhinaya." PULSE: South Asian Dance in the UK. Bedford, UK: Kadam Asian Dance and Music Ltd., 2005 (Summer), pp. 20-22. (Solicited)
  • "In Sita's footsteps: Growing up Female in the Asian Diaspora." Journal of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, Calcutta University. 2004, pp. 37-44. (Solicited)
  • *"Confrontation,Transgression and Submission: Ideals of Womanhood in the Manasamangala." Playing for Real: Hindu Role Models, Religion and Gender, eds. Jacqueline Suthren Hirst and Lynn Thomas. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.102-16. (Solicited)
  • * "Uparupaka: A hybrid genre in the Sanskritic Tradition." The International Journal of Hindu Studies (special issue on performance studies). Guest editor, Bruce Sullivan, vol. 4, issue 3, 2003, pp. 289-312. (Solicited)
  • "Beyond the Body: The Idea and Production of Saundarya in Classical Indian Dancing." Saundarya: The Perception and Practice of Beauty in India. (Proceedings of a conference organized by Carleton University & India International Centre, Delhi). Delhi: Samvad India Foundation, 2003, pp. 54-61. (Solicited)
  • "Wem gehort der klassische indische Tanz? Die Frage nach den Besitzverhaltnissen und die Auffuhrung auf der globalen Buhne," [German translation of a paper entitled: "The Ownership of Indian Classical Dancing and Its Performance on the Global Stage"]. Singulaitaten-Allianzen. Interventionen 11. Zurich, Wien: Instituts fur Theorie der Gestaltung und Kunst (ith), Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst Zurich (HGKZ), 2002, pp.109-28. (Solicited)
  • "Dancing to the master's tune: Gender and Performance in the South Asian Tradition." Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 3, nos. 1 & 2. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 2002. pp. 1-15. (Solicited)
  • "Beginnings: Legends of Origin in the Krittivasi Ramayana." In Devotional Literature in South Asia: Current Research 1997-2000, eds. Winand Calewart and Dieter Taillieu. Leuven & Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2002, pp. 23-28.
  • "Traditional Life Writing/Life Story Forms: India." [On women's writing in India] Encyclopedia of Life Writing. London: Fitzroy Publishers, 2001. (Solicited)
  • "Textual Confrontations with Female Transgression in the Behula Legend." In The Banyan Tree, ed. Mariola Offredi. Venice & Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2000.
  • "The Lost Natyavidhi of the Jaina Tradition." In Approaches to Jaina Studies: Philosophy, Logic, Rituals and Symbols, eds. N. K. Wagle and Olle Qvarnstrom. Toronto: Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto. 1999. (Solicited)
  • "Dance at the Crossroads: An Early Source of Kathak." In Studies in Hindu and Buddhist Art, ed. Dr. P.K. Mishra, Delhi: Abhinav Publications, 1999. (Solicited)
  • "Rabindranath and the Poetic Heritage of Bhakti." Studies in Early Modern Indo-Aryan Languages, Literature and Culture, eds. Alan W. Entwistle and Carol Salomon. Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 1999. (Solicited)
  • "Sastra and Prayoga: The Use of Abhinayadarpana." Festschrift in honour of Dr. S.S. Janaki. Madras: Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, 1998. (Solicited)
  • "Gender and Performance: Classical Indian Dancing." In the Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance, eds. L. Goodman and S. J. de Gay. London: Routledge, 1998. (Solicited)
  • "Defining Dance: A New Approach in Sarngadeva." Proceedings of the Sarngadeva Festival, India (under the auspices of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi). 1998. (Solicited)
  • "The Rhetoric of Seduction in Damodaragupta's Kuttanimata" (a comparative study of the Sanskrit work with Ovid's Ars Amatoria). Journal of the Institut für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, Hamburg, 1997. (Solicited)
  • "Taslima Nasrin: Tales of Shame." Hecate, vol. 21, no. 2. 1995. (Solicited)
  • "The Gupta Dynasty." Chapter co-authored with Tirthankar Bose. In World Civilizations. Toronto: Gage Educational Publishing, 1993 Commissioned.
  • "Categories of Dance: Bandha and Anibandha." In The Traditional Indian Theory and Practice of Music and Dance. Vol. 11 of the Panels of the VIIth World Sanskrit Conference, ed. Jonathan Katz. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992.
  • "Nartananirnaya: A Landmark in the Literature of Dance." Berliner Indologische Studien, Berlin, vol. 6, 1991. (Solicited)
  • "Lasya: Dance or Drama?" In Sanskrit and Related Studies, ed. B. K. Matilal and P. Bilimoria. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1990. (Solicited)
  • "Identity through Rebellion: A Study of Women in Balzac, Dickens, and Saratchandra." In Modern Studies and Other Essays in Honour of Dr. R. K. Sinha, eds. R. C. Prasad and A. K. Sharma. New Delhi: Vikas, 1987. (Solicited)