Goddess of the Nation: Semi-religious Iconography in the Digital Age

K, Unni Krishnan (2017) Goddess of the Nation: Semi-religious Iconography in the Digital Age. Forest Trees RELIGION AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, 15 (2). pp. 45-62.

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Abstract

This research explores the role of visual communication with reference to a semi –religious icon of modern India. Mainly, it illustrates the role of the digital tools and its influence in the making of the semi-religious icon for a linguistic state, a state with its capital referred as the ‘Silicon Valley of India.’ This icon is strongly related to the erection of the south Indian state of Karnataka which reflects the interrelation between politics, culture and religion. The icon is not merely the mother of the region, but referred to as the mother of regional language and the daughter of Mother India. From a socio-cultural perspective, it explores how this icon has contributed in developing the identity of the state of Karnataka in close parallel to the role played by the concept of Bharat Mata, Mother India at the national level. Secondly, it illustrates the cultural influence of the mother representation and the role the goddess played during the linguistic state movement for the formation of the state of Karnataka after Indian Independence

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bharat Mata, goddess, iconography, identity, India, Karnataka, Thayee Bhuvaneshvari, Digital Age, Mother Goddess, Visual Culture, visual communciation
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 11:10
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 11:10
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/151223

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