Writing Presence – Reading and Conversation
Lata Mani with Deepa Dhanraj
Speaking of the Sacred
H S Shivaprakash, Lata Mani, Mani Rao and Shabnam Virmani
Lata Mani, Ph.D. is a feminist historian, cultural critic, contemplative writer and filmmaker. She is the author of The Integral Nature of Things: Critical Reflections on the Present (Routledge, 2013), Interleaves: Ruminations on Illness and Spiritual Life (Yoda, 2011), Sacred Secular: Contemplative Cultural Critique, (Routledge, 2009) and Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India (University of California Press, 1998). Her books for children, The Tamarind Tree, The Spider’s Web, The Bee Master (all Tulika) & Laxman’s Questions (Pratham).
Her films include Leela’s Journey (2009); & with Nicolàs Grandi, Here-Now (2012); Nocturne I and Nocturne II (2013); De Sidere 7 (2014; artist book 2015); The Earth on its Axis, We in our Skin: The Tantra of Embodiment (2015) & The Poetics of Fragility (2016) an ongoing transmedia project: film, artist book, audio and video installations & artifacts.