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The Relevance of an Epic: Reeling the Ramayana in South India and Southeast Asia

Parul Pandya Dhar (Author)

The Ramaya?a traditions of South India and Southeast Asia are examined at multiple levels in this volume. The research presented here offers in-depth investigations of chosen moments in the development of the epic tradition together with broader trends that help in understanding the epic’s multivalence. The journey and localization of the Ramaya?a is explored in its manifold expressions – from classical to folk, from temples and palaces to theatres and by-lanes in cities and villages, and from ancient to modern times. Regional Ramaya?as from different parts of South India and Southeast Asia are placed in deliberate juxtaposition to enable a historically informed discussion of their connected pasts across land and seas. The three parts of this volume, organized as visual, literary, and performance cultures, discuss the sculpted, painted, inscribed, written, recited, and performed Ramaya?as. A related emphasis is on the way boundaries of medium and genre have been crossed in the visua

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About the author

Parul Pandya Dhar

Parul Pandya Dhar, presently Assistant Professor, History of Art, at National Museum Institute, New Delhi, is also a noted Indian classical dance exponent. Well acquainted with classical Indian languages and literature, her core research interests center on Indian temple art & architecture. Recipient of prestigious fellowships and grants, she is currently working on Toranas in Indian Architecture: with comparative reference to southeast Asia. Her lecture-performing arts of India as also her work on the interpretation and adaptation of Sanskrit poetry to the language of dance have been well received by artists and art historians within India and abroad.

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Title The Relevance of an Epic: Reeling the Ramayana in South India and Southeast Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.11.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788195279715
length xvi+354p., Index, 26cm.