SOURCE: Dr. Stephen Huyler

February 16, 2009 00:10 ET

Renowned Author, Dr. Stephen Huyler Dispels Stereotypes of Indian Women in New Book

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 16, 2009) - American author and acclaimed photographer, Dr. Stephen Huyler, kicks off the British launch of his latest book, "Daughters of India: Art and Identity" with a lecture and slide show at Asia House in London on Wednesday. Two additional launch events will take place later in the week in Liverpool and Leicester.

In his tribute to Indian women, Dr. Huyler dispels the stereotypical images of Indian women, of being submissive and subservient, and focuses on the positive i.e. on the strength and fortitude they demonstrate to overcome challenges in the face of adversity in 21st century India.

He narrates the stories of women from diverse backgrounds who have forged new identities through their creativity. Traditionally, in a patriarchal society, Indian women are raised to fulfill their 'dharma' or obligation as obedient daughters, dutiful wives and self-sacrificing mothers. Their roles are perceived in relation to men. The women in "Daughters of India" have risen above it and while fulfilling their duties, have established their individual identities through their art.

Dr. Huyler, who is also a cultural anthropologist and curator, will discuss the remarkable women featured in his book at all three events, followed by a book signing.

Dr. Huyler has dedicated thirty-seven years of his life to researching Indian art and culture and "Daughters of India" is a celebration of 'shakti', the supreme feminine power in India.

Three launch events scheduled:

Wednesday Feb 18
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1

Friday Feb 20
World Museum, Brown Street, Liverpool L3

Sunday Feb 22
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester

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