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Ramayana with Arshia Sattar

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Arshia Sattar talks about reading the Ramayana in the 21st century at the Azim Premji University Colloquium Series, in Bangalore on January 12, 2012 Continue reading

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Ten years later

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Arshia Sattar talks about her relationship with the Ramayana, her translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana in 1996 and the flowering of “three hundred Ramayanas”: My abridged translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana was published at the very end of 1996. When I got the first copies, I was awed by the gravitas the work had acquired by being transformed into a heavy, black-jacketed hardback book. I put it away in my bookshelf and never really opened it until seven years later, in 2003, when I had to teach the Ramayana as part of a classical Indian literature course. Since then, in some way or other, I’ve been teaching from the text and around it on several occasions each year. And I’ve had to confront what I translated: what I put in and what I left out, what I chose to say and how I chose to say it. I have also had to consider what I might have done differently were I to do the same translation now. In many ways, my own ‘denial’ of the Ramayana for all those years, between 1997 and 2003, was a reflection of what happened to many of us across the country and the world who love and work with Ramayana materials. Those were the years when the then Hindu right was firmly entrenched in the national consciousness as well as in political power. This constellation of political parties, scholars, local politicians and men-on-the-street had appropriated Rama … Continue reading

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Rama Redux

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The story of Rama cannot be ignored, not because of its hero’s implied perfection, but precisely because of its opposite, his inexplicable and apparently remorseless transgressions from the code that he was born to uphold. Arshia Sattar explains Continue reading

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