kiskiKAHANI (the Ramayana Project)

300 Ramayanas and Counting . . .
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People and places: Our journey with the Ramayana

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In November 2011 we began a project called Kiski Kahani: The Ramayana Project at CCDS. The plurality of the Ramayana tradition in India has always been under attack and has been the subject of controversy. We came to the Ramayana to understand and reiterate the diversity of the epic, a diversity that is often forgotten, misrepresented and threatened.

In a year and a half we have conducted workshops on storytelling, film making, shadow theatre, animation and writing, lectures which focused on traditional ways of reading the text and some rather non traditional ways of being around the text, film screenings of our own production, journeys to Ramayana locations, performances of music, dance and theatre. Today, a year and half later, we celebrate this journey and the people we met along the way. People who came to the Ramayana in much the same way we did, with a love for this beautiful story.

Annie Zaidi and the rakshasas Arshia Sattar at DSK, Pune Students at DSK Ipshita Rajesh Shadow Liberation Mask making with Dipalle Parmar The teachers at Pragati Vidya Mandir Shikha Sen Shwetank Powar and the Ram temple, Pune Smriti Wadhwa and the Manganiyars Smrit Wadhwa and the Manganiyars Vayu  Naidu