Tarun Reflex

September 8, 2008

The Most Beautiful Ramayana

For the first time nearly 120 paintings from the British Library’s lavishly illustrated 17th century Ramayana manuscripts are on  public display in its summer exhibition: The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India’s Great Epic, 16 May – 14 September 2008. The Mewar Ramayana manuscripts were produced between 1649 and 1653 for Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar in his court studio at Udaipur . Illustrated on the grandest scale, with over 400 paintings. Two volumes have been identified as being painted by the studio master Sahib Din, a Muslim painter who spent his life painting Hindu legends like Ramayana and Geet Govinda. The exhibition curator Jerry Losty explains the significane of this Mewar Ramayana.

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  1. After some exhaustive research, I have reached to a conclusion that versions of Ramayana exists in many languages, including Annamese, Balinese, Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, Gujarati, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Khotanese, Laotian, Malaysian, Marathi, Oriya, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, etc. In Sanskrit itself there are 25 different versions. According to A. K. Ramanujam, more than 300 tellings of Ramayana exist.

    Each has newer dimensions, more fascinating than the other.

    Read them in reverse order here- http://souravroy.com/?s=too+many+ramayanas

    Comment by Sourav Roy — June 9, 2010 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

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