Whose RAMAYANA is it anyway? Mapin Publishing

Whose RAMAYANA is it anyway?

Natasha Sarkar

If there is one grand tale that has impacted Asia, it has to be the Ramayana, the great Indian epic.

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If there is one grand tale that has impacted Asia, it has to be the Ramayana, the great Indian epic.
If there is one grand tale that has impacted Asia, it has to be the Ramayana, the great Indian epic. In this sumptuously illustrated volume, the author highlights the various South and Southeast Asian traditions and variations of the tale with nearly a hundred superb watercolour paintings.

That this ancient narrative has adapted itself to multiple art forms is not surprising, given the diversity of its retellings in both literary and non-literary forms—oral narratives, dance dramas, plays, and more. From India, the Rama tale is presumed to have travelled along three routes: by land, the northern route took the story from Punjab and Kashmir into China, Tibet, and East Turkestan; by sea, the southern route carried the story from Gujarat and South India into Java, Sumatra, and Malaya; and again by land, the eastern route delivered the story from Bengal into Burma, Thailand, Laos, and to some extent, Cambodia and Vietnam. In Indonesia and Malaysia, the epic has been incorporated into the Islamic tradition; Theravada Buddhism in Thailand and Cambodia adopted Hindu divinities from the Rama story into its fold.

With stunning original art, this volume celebrates this all-inclusive tradition of the epic, foregrounding it as a cultural phenomenon across time and space.

Natasha Sarkar is a commissioning editor, artist, and an independent researcher, having earned her PhD in History from the National University of Singapore. A recipient of The People’s Choice Award at Brisbane Art Prize 2017 and a finalist for The Social Art Award 2017 instituted by the Institute for Art and Innovation e.V., Berlin, her works have been exhibited at events both nationally and internationally. Sarkar had a solo show, ‘Ram Katha Unlimited’, at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, in December 2016.

• Introduction
• The Rama Story
• Key Characters
• The Ideal Hero
• Soaring High Pluralistic Trends
• The Anti-Hero
• The Villain
• The Heroine
• The Real Hero
• New Meanings
• From the Margins Attendant Stories
• One Saga, Many A Hand
ISBN 9789385360541
Pages 144
Size 8 x 10.25” (203 x 260 mm)
Date of Publishing 2024
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin Publising
Rights Available World rights

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