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Unravelling the Divine: The Ramayana in art

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Date(s) - 25 Aug 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Open Space

Continuing our lecture series, Unravelling the Divine: Conversations on the Ramayana, we have M V Bhaskar with us on 25 August, 2012.

Bhaskar will talk about his multi-level engagement and how the different approaches coalesce into a new whole, dwelling in particular on the 7 different versions of the Ramayana murals now extant in Tamilnadu, and on how they compare with each other. He will also explore the idea that each version of the Ramayana is in itself many Ramayanas, assimilating, as it has, a range of textual and oral sources, highlighting this conjecture in the context of the Sri Ranganatha Ramayana (Telugu, 16th Century), the Ramayana narrative painted in two of the temples of Tamilnadu by the Telugu rulers of the state in the pre-modern era.

Bhaskar has also been involved in an exhaustive documentation of Tamil Brahmi stone inscriptions from all the known 33 sites on behalf of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil and has produced and directed a documentary on the origin and history of Tamil language entitled uur. He is an imaging specialist in scientific publishing.

M V Bhaskar is an IFA grantee and works with alternative forms of reconstruction and restoration of the Ramayana mural paintings on the ceiling of the Venugopla Parthasarathy temple at Chengam, Tamilnadu, ( He began his involvement with mural paintings in 2003 as part of a project to document and archive the mural paintings of Tamilnadu. Since then Bhaskar has been continuously working with this subject in the many roles that the subject and his own experience and skills permit – as a writer, illustrator, archivist, film maker, and inevitably, a researcher.

Venue: Open Space,B 301, Kanchanjunga Building, Kanchan Lane, Pune

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This lecture series is free and open to everyone.