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The Kama Sutra: Challenging the Stereotype

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston 1001 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)


Cosponsored by Pondicheri Café


The Kama Sutra — Challenging the Stereotype

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019, 6:30 PM  

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005

Tabor Foundation Curator of the South Asia Collections, The British Museum

Books for sale following lecture:

  • The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra by Vᾱtsyᾱna, edited by Lance Dane Art

  • Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century by Naman P. Ahuja

It’s not what you think! Two thousand years ago, the Kama Sutra, a Sanskrit work on an idealized way of life was written, containing advice ranging from friendship and equality of women to decorating tips as well as…sex.  To cast the Kama Sutra as merely a sex manual is to miss the point of the text–it is one of the world’s best-known but most misunderstood works.  While dispelling misinterpretations, Dr. Jansari will place the Kama Sutra in context and show how it has influenced Indian culture through the centuries.  Specifically, she will explore the role, agency, and representation of women in ancient India by looking at, and decoding, some of the most important and beautiful surviving sculptures and reliquaries discovered by archaeology in South Asia. The truth is far more intriguing than the cliché.


Admission:  $5.00 – Member.  $10 – General. Tickets available by phone at 713-639-7771, online at, or at MFAH box office. Use the code AN5OFF to obtain member pricing.  

Reception, 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm, Just outside Brown Auditorium, the Caroline Wiess Law Bldg

Celebrate South Asia with small bites from Pondicheri.

Earlier Event: June 11
Ancient Encounters - Ancient Rome
Later Event: October 3
Family Tree DNA Workshop - FALL 2019