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Ramayana through the Ages

Rama-Gatha in Different Versions by: Avadhesh Kumar Singh

The tradition of Rama-Katha existed in many folk and oral forms before Adikavi Valmiki wrote the Sanskrit Ramayana. The subsequent centuries witnessed composition of Ramayana in Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Kashmiri, Gujarati, Marathi, etc. This volume shares their many similarities and dissimilarites.

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ISBN: 9788124604168
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : x, 374 p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 700

Overview

The long and continuous tradition of Rama-Katha existed in many folk and oral forms before Adikavi Valmiki composed it in Sanskrit in written form as the Ramayana, “a book of divine harmony . . . a bottomless and shoreless ocean of love, piety and clemency.” The subsequent centuries witnessed composition of Ramayana in many Indian languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Kashmiri, Gujarati and Marathi among others. These versions share many similarities and some dissimilarities among them, though their epicentral concerns remain the same.
The present volume comprising more than a dozen articles by distinguished scholars discuss Ramayana in different Indian languages. The volume, it is hoped, would lead to mutual illumination of Rama-Katha in different Indian languages and facilitate greater understanding of its timeless appeal and journey through ages.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
1. Rama, his Carita, Manasa and Katha
— Avadhesh Kumar Singh
2. Valmiki Ramayana: The Sanskrit Epic
— Nagindas Sanghavi
3. Valmiki, the Sage and Kamban, the Artist
— D. Gnanasundaram
4. The Ramavatara and the Valmiki Ramayana: A Comparative Study
— Subhash Chander Sachdeva
5. Ranganatha Ramayanam : Telugu Ramayana
— K. Malayavasini
6. The Bengali Ramayana of Krittivasa
— Indra Nath Choudhuri
7. Madhava Kandali’s Ramayana and Contemporary Society
–Indira Goswami
8. Jagamohana Ramayana of Balarama Dasa: Inheritance and Innovation
— Sitakant Mahapatra
9. Ezhuthaccan’s Adhyatma Ramayana and the Ramayana Tradition
— K. Satchidanandan
10. Eknath’s Bhavarth Ramayana
— Aruna Dhere
11. Rom-Sitma ni Varta: The Ramayana of the Bhils
— Bhagvandas Patel
12. The Girdhara Ramayana: A Critical Study
— Upendra N. Dave
13. Tulsidasa’s Rama-carita-manasa: An Overview
— Ambashankar Nagar
14. Rama and His Kathas: The Endless Saga
–Poojya Shri Morari Bapuji
The Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Avadhesh Kumar Singh (1960- ) is Professor and Head, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Saurashtra University, Rajkot. His areas of publications include Indian and western literary theories, comparative literature, Indian literature and translation studies. He is the Coordinator of UGC SAP/DRS Programme on “Indian Renaissance with special reference to English, Gujarati and Hindi.” He is the Editor of Critical Practice, a journal of critical and literary studies since 1994.
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