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Unravelling the Divine with Philip Lutgendorf

As part of our lecture series entitled Unravelling the Divine, Philip Lutgendorf talked about Hanuman, the most beloved god in the Hindu pantheon.

Unravelling the Divine with Ramdas Lamb

Ramdas Lamb’s Rapt in the Name provides an intriguing account of the Ram bhakti tradition in India. Less well-known in the West than the tradition of devotion to Krishna, the Ram tradition is an important component of Hinduism. Ram is the most-worshipped form of the divine in North India today and has long been particularly important to those of the lower castes throughout India. Lamb explores both the evolution of the tradition and the rise of lower caste religious movements devoted to Ram, specifically the Ramnami Samaj, an Untouchable religious movement in Central India. Lamb’s study of the Ramnamis has spanned nearly three decades, first on a personal level as a Hindu monk and later as both a friend and a researcher. He discusses the historical origins, as well as present-day forms and structure of the Samaj, including a description of its distinctive ritual dress and practices. Among the more innovative aspects of the sect is its adaptation of the story of Lord Ram that is uniquely woven into its devotional repetition of his name (Ramnam). In addition, Lamb shares biographical sketches of six Ramnamis, each of which reveals the freedom of individual exploration and expression that is integral to the sect. This is a fascinating account of religious life and adaptation on the periphery of society.

Rakshanama: Theatre Workshop with Dipalle Parmar

Our workshop with the teachers of Pragati Vidya Mandir was held over two weekends. Dipalle Parmar lead the group through a series of exercises. Here is some of what we did!


Our theater workshop with the teachers of Pragati Vidya Mandir, Pune.


Our workshop with the teachers of Pragati Vidya Mandir, Pune.

Itna Bada Rakshas

From our writing workshop with Annie Zaidi.

Ramayana – A Modern Interpretation

In 2004 Trilok Fusion, New York, produced the Ramayana. This is a video of that performance. This particular clip deals with the conversation between Sita and Hanuman in Lanka. Choreographed & Conceived by Sudha Seetharaman, Music & Lyrics by Julian Velard

Chandrasena (1935)

Chandrasena (1935) was a Marathi film directed by V Shantaram and produced by Prabhat Films. The film is based on Indrajit and the war at Lanka.


Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay also known as Hemanta Mukherjee (June 16, 1920 - September 26, 1989) was an Indian singer, composer and producer. He sang in Hindi films under the name Hemant Kumar. This is his celebration of Valmiki’s Ramayana.

Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar

Shri Ram Jai Ram with Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar

Bangla Ramayana

The Ramayana in Bangla

One hundred thoughts of solitude

The emphasis on 'tellings' as opposed to versions does away with the idea of the original, because it does not privilege any single Ramayana. Aakshi Magazine Delhi

This Ram is My Ram

The Right-wing is the final authority on the Ramayana, there's no space for debate or scholarly discussion writes Khalid Akhter Delhi

The Ramayana

The Ramayana cartoon, where Sita's trial by fire is left out and every cloud has a silver lining.

" target="_blank">M S Subbulakshmi sings from the Bala Kantam

M S Subbulakshmi sings from Kamba's Bala Kantam

Chetan Desai’s Ramayana

Chetan Desai's Ramayana - The Epic was released in October 2010 and stars Manoj Bajpai, Juhi Chawla and Ashutosh Rana

Seeta Kalyana Vaibhogane

Seetha Kalyana Vaibhogame is a popular Carnatic Thyagaraja Kriti composed by Tyaagaraaja Swami in Raga Shankaraabharanam (Sankarabharanam). Seetha kalyana vaibogame praises the marriage of Rama and Sita and is usually sung at Indian weddings. Legend has it that when Hanuman saw Sita for the first time, he performed the marriage of Sita and Rama in his heart and sang this song. This song is also known as 'pavanaja stuti patra' with the starting line of the first charanam. To know about the kriti log on to our Facebook site:

M S Subbulakshmi and the Kamba Ramayana

M S Subbulakshmi is a name that is synonymous with the world of Carnatic music. She was the first singer in India to be presented with the Bharat Ratna, the highest award given to any civilian. Born on 16th September, 1916 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, this singer came from a family with a tradition of music.

Lata Mangeshkar’s rendition of the Geet Ramayana.

Lata Mangeshkar’s rendition from the Geet Ramayana. This song was broadcast in 1956 on All India Radio.

Mukesh sings from the Sundarakanda

Mukesh was a playback singer for Hindi cinema between 1950 - 1970. This is his rendition from Tulsidasa's Sundarakanda.