In his article on ‘Three hundred Ramayanas’ in Paula Richman’s Many Ramayanas, Ramanujan observes that while many texts are ‘popularly called Ramayana, few texts actually bear the title Ramayana.’ Ramanujan goes on to distinguish katha and the kavya, the distinction between the story and discourse.Dahyabhai says, ‘The story maybe the same in two tellings, but the discourse may be vastly different.’Ramanujan’s metaphor of how every author dips in the sea of Ramayanas and brings out a unique crystallization can be aptly applied to the KunknaRamayan as well.
Maya Krishna Rao lends a new dimension to contemporary Indian theatre – both on and off stage.She engages school children and teachers in the use of drama as a teaching device in the classroom.Maya is professor in the Department of Arts, Design and Theatre at the Shiv Nadar University where she is currently designing an Applied Theatre graduate programme to start in 2015.Maya was given the SangeetNatakAkademi Award for Acting in 2010.
Actress Asima Bhatt, who is famous for her inclination towards art cinema, says that she would love to venture into commercial cinema if good roles come her way.She also expresses her wish of working in a ShyamBenegal film in the future, as she has idolized the famed director all through her life. Bhatt, who presently lives in Mumbai, was born and brought up in Nawada, Bihar.
Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian state, Odisha.In the Sanskritlanguage, “Patta” literally means “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture”. Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities.