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 and writes about 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 in 2014 she released her debut EP Migration. Its melding of literary motifs, improvisation, and classical South Indian vocal traditions garnered praise from Noisey, Chicago Tribune, and more. Since then her musical practice has grown to encompass expansive multidisciplinary performances that include sound art, installations, performance art, and dance.
Lakshmi was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and will be a resident artist at ACRE in August 2018. She has been invited to speak or perform at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig's Wave-Gotik Treffen, and Yale University. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College and is working on her first book and second album.
Magic Is for Everyone: Meet Some of the Artists Bringing Racial Diversity to Tarot, Catapult, August 2017
Revealing the Unwritten Obstacles Faced by Academics of Color, Literary Hub, May 2017
Brown Girls is the Show About Women, Friendship and Love You've Been Waiting For, Jezebel, Feb. 2017
The Ancients Used Hyena's Foot for Childbirth—And Identified Copper As a Contraceptive, Atlas Obscura, Nov. 2016
'Go and Reclaim Your Tools': Meet the Woman Behind Black Witch University, Broadly, Oct. 2016
Avant-garde Pioneer Pamela Z Brings her Otherworldly Vocal Manipulations to Constellation, Chicago Reader, Sept. 2016
Meet a Master Tarot Card Designer from Milan, Italy, Birthplace of Tarot, Atlas Obscura, December 2015
3.2 - academic lecture: "Intersectionality and the Mobility of Women, Slaves, and Freedpeople in the Roman World." Earlham College, Richmond, IN
4.19 - workshop: "Responsible Witchcraft: Decolonizing Your Magic" with Diana Rose Harper. HausWitch, Salem, MA, 7-9pm. Ticket info.
5.6 - musical performance: opening for "A Half-Light Chorus" with violinist Lucy A. Little. Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL. Free.
5.12 - musical performance: Open Engagement, Knockdown Center. Queens, New York. Ticket info.
7.5 - musical performance: Five Lullabies by Lykanthea. Jefferson Park Library, Chicago, IL, 7pm, Free.
7.8* - musical performance: "Maalai." For Reinterpreting Religions (group show), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL. Free. (*changed from 7.7)
7.22 - musical performance: closing for "A Half-Light Chorus" with a multidisciplinary ensemble. Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL. Free.
8.19 - musical performance: TBA, Madison, WI