READING RAMAYANA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

5 - 7 October 2018


Everyone in India has some idea of the Ramayana, we all claim to know it, we have strong opinions about it though few of us have actually read it. Moreover, most of us have little or no familiarity with the first Ramayana, the one composed by Valmiki in Sanskrit. This story forms the basis for the Ramayanas that we know, the ones closest to us, usually from our mother tongues and our grandmothers' tales.

The weekend offered a chance to read the Valmiki Ramayana in translation and get to know it in an intimate environment of conversation and guided discussion.