Spring 2023 Art History UN3791 section 001

Epic India: The Rama Story in Visual Art

The Rama Story in Visual

Call Number 14778
Day & Time
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
930 Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Subhashini Kaligotla
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

The epic story of Rama (Ramayana) is one of the most influential tales of the Indian subcontinent. It has been told and experienced in a stunning range of media across time and space: from epic verse and lyric poetry to painting, narrative sculpture, film, graphic novels, and puppet theater. While Valmiki’s Sanskrit Ramayana of ca. 500 BCE is acknowledged as the first, writers have recounted the tale in the polyglot array of Indic languages, from Kashmiri to Telugu, and infused it with the values and interests of their own time and place. The story’s flexibility and capaciousness has encouraged social contestation and given voice to the concerns of disenfranchised social groups, including women and Dalits. This seminar will examine a generous array of South Asia’s visual Ramayana traditions from the ancient to the modern, encompassing temple relief sculpture, painted courtly manuscripts, and comic book and film Ramayanas. Reading a selection of primary texts alongside we consider this tale’s immense capacity to represent the gamut of human experience, both private and public, and its continued resonance for artists, writers, performers, and their publics.

Web Site Vergil
Department Art History and Archaeology
Enrollment 7 students (12 max) as of 9:06PM Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Subject Art History
Number UN3791
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
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Section key 20231AHIS3791W001