The Ramayana: The Greatest Epic

Sat Dec 3
Asian Art Museum
$20 - $25
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A Benoy K Behl Film - free with Museum entrance ticket

For the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India

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, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and India. It has also been widely prevalent in Bhutan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The Ramayana is a great epic story which knows no boundaries of religions or countries. It is a great epic of ethics which teaches the values of life to men and women across South 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 these performances over 1,500 years, to learn the importance of an ethical life. This has been a cornerstone of the life of South 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 film is on 4K Video. It presents performances of the Ramayana from India, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Java and Bali. The film is scripted, photographed and directed by eminent Asian Culture Historian Benoy K Behl.


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