Fellow: Awarded 2011
Field of Study: South Asian Studies
Competition: US & Canada
Heidi Pauwels is Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches Sanskrit and Modern and Old Hindi language and literature, and courses on Hinduism. She studied in Europe (in Belgium with Winand Callewaert and in Germany with Monika Horstmann), India (at the Vrindaban Research Institute), and the USA (in Seattle with Alan Entwistle) and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (1994–96).
Her publications include various articles in scholarly journals and conference proceedings as well as two monographs on sixteenth-century bhakti: Krsna's round dance reconsidered (London: Curzon Press 1996) and In praise of holy men (Groningen: Egbert Forsten 2002), and one comparing classical, medieval and contemporary film and television retellings of the stories of Krishna and Rama: The Goddess as Role Model: Sita and Radha in Scripture and on Screen (New York: Oxford UP, 2008). She is editor of Indian Literature and Popular Cinema (Routledge, 2007) and Patronage and Popularisation, Pilgrimage and Procession (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009).
Prof. Pauwels is currently working on a Guggenheim project on the circulation of ideas, poetic genres, and painting styles in eighteenth-century North India, focusing on the small Rajasthani principality of Kishangarh.
Follow this link to view Ishq Caman by Nagridas alias Sawant Singh of Kishangarh. The reproduction is provided, courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.