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Valmiki Ramayana

Voices and Visions by: Avadhesh Kumar Singh

This book reconsiders Valmiki Ramayana from different perspectives — literary, aesthetic, ethical, comparative, interdisciplinary, religious, philosophical, social, and archaeological — among others. In the process, it underscores significance of Ramayana from modern perspective, as it unveils its multilayered worlds.

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ISBN: 9788124608968
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xii + 506 p.
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Index
Size: 23
Weight: 900

Overview

Valmiki Ramayana, the first kavya (poetic composition) and the first mahakavya (epic) of the world, is an inexhaustible fountain of culture and knowledge. It has impacted infinite minds and souls in India and abroad, and continues to inspire and engage creative and critical minds, and will remain so for the ages to come.
Ramayana, along with standardizing Ramakatha, transcends history, geography and binaries of mode of thinking. Its appeal may be discerned from the fact that it exists in different versions in various regions and forms. Notwithstanding these versions, Valmiki Ramayana rules human heart and mind for its subject matter and manner of articulation.
The multilayered worlds of Ramayana make it a seedbed of ideas existing at various levels. Traversing generations, and getting interpreted anew in consonance with cultural needs and existential questions, it has earned serious critical consideration of scholars from different perspectives — literary, aesthetic, ethical, comparative, interdisciplinary, religious, philosophical, moral, social, archaeological, and intermedial among many. Hence, it demands its reinterpretation by every generation. The present book is a testimony to it, and a response in this direction.
Consisting of scholarly papers by eminent intellectuals and with a perspicuous introduction, this book reconsiders Valmiki Ramayana from different perspectives, presented in a seminar on Ramayana that was organized with the blessings of Pujya Morari Bapu.

Contents

Preface
Introduction: Ramayana as the Inexhaustible Site of Knowledge and Wisdom
— Avadhesh Kumar Singh
1. Valmiki’s Ramakatha: Origin and Development
— Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra
2. Ramayana: Between Archaeology and Text
— Hemant Dave
3. The Heritage of Valmiki Ramayana
— Ramjee Singh
4. Reinterpreting Ramakatha
— Narendra Kohli
5. Ramayana: The Voice of India
— Indra Nath Choudhuri
6. Appreciation of Ramayana in Literary Tradition
— Radhavallabh Tripathi
7. Ramayana as Literature
— Rajendra Nanavati
8. Ramayana: A Meta-poetics Text
— Rajnish Mishra
9. Tragic Elements in Ramayana
— Nisha Rai
10. Political Sermon and Diplomatic Policies in the Ramayava with Reference to Ayodhyakanda and Kishkindhakanda
— Neelima Saikia
11. Gandharvam in the Ramayanam
— Rajlakshmi Srinivasan
12. Moral Values in Valmiki Ramayana
— Satya Vrata Shastri
13. Spiritual Values in Valmiki Ramayana
— Mithilaprasad Tripathi
14. Divine and Human in the Valmiki Ramayana
— Vijay Pandya
15. Etiquettes and Propriety in the Ramayana
— Brajakishore Swain
16. Hanuman in Ramayana
— S. Revathy
17. Significance of Paduka in Ramayana
— Jayanti Ravi
18. Womanhood in the Ramayana
— Gauri Mahulikar
19. The Family Relations in Valmiki Ramayana
— Nagindas Sanghavi
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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