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Talk on Rama and Sita in South Indian Theatrical Traditions

December 19, 2016

Talk on Rama and Sita in South Indian Theatrical Traditions
Prof. Paula Richman
William H. Danforth Professor of South Asian Religions
Department of Religion
Oberlin College, Oberlin.

Chair and Moderator
Ms. Samhita Arni
Well-known Writer and Author

Organized by
Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)

rama-and-sita-in-south-indian-theatrical-traditions-talk-by-prof-paula-richman-moderator-samhita-arni-at-bangalore-international-centreAbout the Topic
The story of Rama and Sita is deeply embedded in South Indian Theatrical traditions. It is a fascinating study as to how certain Ramayana characters are depicted in Kathakali, Yakshagana and Terukkuttu (also called Kataikuttu). Prof. Paula Richman takes a look at this study.

About Prof. Paula Richman
Paula Richman, Emeritus William H Danforth Professor of South Asian Religions at Oberlin College, specializes in study of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, and Tamil. In addition to publishing two books on Tamil poetry, she recently completed a book on 20th century retellings of the Ramayana in Tamil. She is most widely known in India for three edited volumes: Many Ramayanas: Questioning Ramayanas; and Ramayana Stories in Modern South Asia. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of India Studies.

About Ms. Samhita Arni
When she was eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata – A Child’s View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell 50,000 copies worldwide, winning the Elsa Morante Literary Award, and receiving commendations from the German Academy for Youth Literature and Media and The Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Samhita’s second book, Sita’s Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels. Elle Magazine named Arni as one of twenty young upcoming South Asian writers to watch out for.

Her latest book, The Missing Queen, is a speculative-fiction mythological thriller and has been published by Penguin (Viking) and Zubaan.

Samhita is an alumnus of the United World College in Italy and has a double-major in Religion and Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College (USA). She has lived in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Italy and the USA.

Samhita spent six months in 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan working as head scriptwriter at Tolo TV. In 2014 Samhita was the writer-in-residence at FIND, the Foundation for India-Europe dialogues in Zagorolo, Italy and has been selected for the Charles Wallace India Trust Writing Fellowship at the University of Kent for 2015.

Talk on Wednesday | 21st December 2016 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

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