Non-Divine Female Figures in Medieval Temples - By Rekha Rao - July 6, 2024


The sculptures of non-divine females in Indian temples reflect women's rich and diverse roles over the ages, highlighting their presence in the cultural, spiritual, and secular realms. Celebrated as models of beauty and fertility, these female figures were an integral part of Indian temple architecture. In her Talk "Representation of Non Divine Female Figures in Medieval Temples", Rekha Rao showcases some stunning images of such female figures in medieval temples, emphasizing not only aspects of their social status but also the artistic excellence of their depiction. About The Speaker: Rekha Rao, holds a master’s degree in Indology from the University of Mysore. In 2000, she took up independent research work in Indology under Dr. S.R. Rao, former Deputy Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India. Her interest in temple sculptures has led her to study various temples in India and abroad, focusing on sculptures of Apsarases. Her other interests are Buddhist architecture, and deciphering Indus Seals symbols. Ms Rao has authored 16 books and numerous journal articles. Her works, published in renowned international publications as well on online sites, have not only enriched academic discourse but also made her expertise accessible to a wider audience, reflecting her commitment to sharing knowledge. She has also delivered lectures at various universities and institutions. Rekha Rao is also an accomplished classical dancer.