The Ramayana in Literature, Society, and the Arts

 

A Festival organized by

 

The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation                           

 

February 2013

The Ramayana is a great epic which knows no boundaries of religion or nation. It has taught the values of life and behaviour to men and women over centuries, across India and South-East Asia. There is no finer example in the world of a multi-religious, international culture than the Ramayana. Scores of generations of children have watched performances and narrations of the great epic over 2,000 years, to learn the importance of an ethical life. This has been the cornerstone of the life of India and South-East Asia. Many kings in these countries have taken the name of Rama, cities and islands have been named after persons and places in the epic and symbols of Vishnu (whose incarnation is Rama) have been royal emblems across the region.

 

The story of the Ramayana is enacted more often than any other story of the world. It is performed by Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. It is the most important cultural tradition of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and India. It has also been widely prevalent in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The Ramayana is the great bond of culture which unites India and the countries of South East Asia.

 

The C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Foundation is celebrating the role of the great epic in the culture of India and South-East Asia.

 

February 1 to 24        

Exhibition of the

RAMAYANA in ART

at  C.P. ART CENTRE

 

February 1 to 24

RAMAYANA in HARIKATHA, MUSIC and DANCE

at  The C.P. RAMASWAMI AIYAR FOUNDATION

 

February 1 and 2       

International Conference on

RAMAYANA in LITERATURE, SOCIETY and the ARTS

at C. P. R. INSTITUTE OF INDOLOGICAL RESEARCH

 

 

An international conference to research the impact of the Ramayana in Literature, Society and the Arts will be held on February 1 & 2, 2013 at CPR Institute of Indological Research (CPRIIR), No.1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018, as a part of the RAMAYANA FESTIVAL.

 

All conference participants should be registered on or before October 30, 2012. While there is no participation fee, we are limiting the number of participants, so please register as soon as possible.

 

For further information, please write to the e-mail / postal addresses below.

 

Or call G. Balaji: +91-94441 54939 or Malathy Narasimhan: +91- 97100 49639

 

The C.P. RAMASWAMI AIYAR FOUNDATION                           

1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet

Chennai 600 018, India.

www.cprfoundation.org

Tel.: 91-44-2431778, 24337023

e-mail: cprafoundation@gmail.com; ramayanaconference@gmail.com

 

Photo:  Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain / Hanuman, Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana