Dancer/choreographer Chandralekha’s original essay on the iconography of the female, its deep subconscious power and its potential feminist charge.

Why are they called ‘mothers’ instead of women or females, I asked the late Professor H.D. Sankalia – who was then [1981] Director, Institute of Archaeology, Pune – while we were looking at the newfound terracotta ‘mothers’ on a bull, from a chalcolithic site in the Deccan plateau.

My question, I told him, was at a visual, sensual, personal level – as a woman, as an artist… > Read full article