The Devi in the Diva

with Dr. Shyaonti Talwar (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st August 2022; 3:00 to 6:00 pm IST _ ONLINE.

YES! registration open till 18th morning 11 am


This is a 4 days – appreciation and analysis course –  tracing the goddess myths as recurring patterns in popular films and web series. 

How have Parvati and Lakshmi’s myths dominated mainstream cinematic plots for over five decades? Why does the Kali figure so often in horror films? Who is the most enduring manifestation of Saraswati in Bollywood? How is the female cop almost always the Durga archetype? How do Claire Underwood of the House of Cards and Olivia Pope of Scandal make such convincing Lakshmis? Shyaonti Talwar, the course director will critically examine cinematic narratives and trace in them the archetypal presence of Indian goddesses and their myths. 

Shyaonti has authored the book by the same name, ‘The Devi in the Diva’. Through the course, as in the book, Shyaonti will radically deconstruct the hegemonic notion of the goddess. She will look at the goddess, not as a divinity or a religious entity but as a socio-political construct and approach it from anthropological and ethnographic perspective. By tracing these archetypes through the myths, Shyaonti will extend this archetypal analysis of the goddess to cinematic texts from popular cinema.

The course also looks at the role of archetypes in creating the brand value of celebrities and defining the trajectory of their success. 

The course could be an exciting exploration for creative directors of films and ads, writers, actors, visual artists, media, communications and branding consultants, fashion designers, image consultants and leadership programmers. It could also interest those in the fields of analytical psychology, anthropology, Indian mythology and gender studies. 

Myths and Archetypes are universal, they cannot be contained within geopolitical confines; and they cut right across time. The course will help participants better decipher the archetypal projections of the feminine; and the media practitioners can create and present more empowering and non-normative projections of women in the media (cinema and advertising).

Watching and analyzing excerpts from selected films, television and web series followed by reflection and discussion. 


Online via Google Meet. Details will be shared with selected participants in time.

(Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st August 2021; 3:00 to 6:00 pm IST

₹ 1000 – for Ex-Participants of Auroville Film Institute.
₹ 1200 – for general participants across India and SAARC countries.
$ 30 – for other international participants.
Voluntary Contribution for Aurovilians.

Dr. Shyaonti Talwar is an academician, researcher and a writer whose areas of interest include popular culture, social inequality, literature, mythology and gender. A poet and a performing artist, she loves creative expressions and feels it is important to voice her critical observations. “Devi in the Diva” is her latest publication (ISBN 13 : 9789390961320)

Digital certificates of participation will be issued.

For queries, if any, please write to:
or call / message +91 9969879319.

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