BiographyDr. Lakshmi Bandlamudi grew up in Chennai in South India, which was a great cultural center and hence concert halls and theater were in integral part of her formative years. She has had a life long fascination with epic tales, instilled by her grandmother who was a master story-teller and this experiential knowledge eventually developed into scholarly inquiry that became a book - DIALOGICS OF SELF, THE MAHABHARATA and CULTURE: THE HISTORY OF UNDERSTANDING AND UNDERSTANDING OF HISTORY.
The most significant and transformative moment in her academic life occurred when she encountered the works of Mikhail Bakhtin as a graduate student and for more than 25 years, principles of dialogism have guided her scholarly work, be it inter-cultural or inter-disciplinary, and beyond in promoting intra-psychic and inter-faith dialogues.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
1. Dialogic Consciousness. 2. Cultural Psychology. 3. Human Development. 4. Bakhtin Studies.
5. Socio-Historical Epistemology (Lev Vygotsky) 6. The Mahabharata - the life of the epic text in cultural and literary history and its significance in human consciousness.
Dr. Lakshmi Bandlamudi enjoys adventure travel and has trekked in the Himalayas (in Tibet, Nepal and India) and her spiritual journey to Mount Kailash was recorded in the book - Movements With the Cosmic Dancer: On Pilgrimage to Kailash - Manasarovar. Foreword by H.H. The Dalai Lama and In Praise of the book by Dr. Karan Singh. New Age Books. New Delhi.
She has also trekked the Inca Trail leading up to Machu Pichu in Peru.
She enjoys classical music and has training in Carnatic music (South Indian Classical music)