MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Love and Romance in Ancient India

Shekhar Shastri

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Romantic poetry was considered the supreme form of aesthetics in ancient Indian literature. Strikingly uninhibited in their content and intensity, the works of poets such as Bhartrhari, Kalidasa, and Jayadeva are unparalleled in their sublime expression of love which provide deep insight into ancient Indian society, culture, and relationships in general. In addition, a brief background in Indian aesthetics would be provided to help in understanding the literary works and the sensibilities of the era under study; paintings inspired from the above-mentioned love poetry would be shown and discussed

Students would be encouraged to create original works on their own deriving inspiration from the works studied in the class.  The final session will take place in the Indian Art Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Comments from IAP 2011-12 students:  "...very engaging and dynamic...what a wonderful way to learn Indian culture...drew us in immediately...very stimulating...beautiful...moving"


Shekhar Shastri is an entrepreneur, poet, and filmmaker and is a Director of Meru Education Foundation, which produces educational programs on the arts and culture of India. He writes poetry and plays in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, and English. He has produced four films, one of which was nominated for a National award in India. To register, please email:

Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering
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Jan/08 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 1-135
Jan/10 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM 1-135
Jan/15 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM (CANCELED)
Jan/17 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM 1-135
Jan/24 Thu 05:30PM-07:30PM MFA Boston

Shekhar Shastri

Jan/22 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 1-135, Make-up for canceled session on 1/15

Shekhar Shastri