Lakshmi Ramgopal is a writer, musician, and historian who divides her time between Northampton, MA and Chicago, IL. She received her PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2016, and her writing covers the occult, ancient history, and South Asian experiences for publications like Jezebel, Chicago Reader, and Broadly. Lakshmi performs ambient electronic music under the moniker Lykanthea and released her 2014 debut Migration. The EP incorporates literary motifs, improvisation, and the diasporic power of classical South Indian vocal traditions and received praise from Noisey, the Chicago Tribune, and more.

In addition to speaking and performance engagements at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Leipzig's Wave-Gotik Treffen, and Yale University, Lakshmi has been quoted in The Paris Review and was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and is working on her first book and second album.

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UPcoming events

academic lecture
Department of Archaeology, Yale University
New Haven, CT, 12pm

musical performance
Constellation, Chicago, IL, 9pm

curator: Ace of Cups I
Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL, 8:30pm

curator: Ace of Cups II
Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL, 8:30pm

musical performance
Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL, 8:30pm

academic lecture: Earlham College
Richmond, IN

panelist and performer: Sexing Sound Symposium (Goethe Institute)
Sector 2337, Chicago, IL