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Ramayana Revisited

4 February 2011 No Comment

Hanoman statue - Ramayana Revisited

On our last visit to the Peranakan Museum, we had a chance to catch a glimpse of Ramayana Revisited, a featured exhibition on adaptations of the Ramayana legend in South-east Asian cultures. Along with the spread of Hinduism from India to the region, many Indian folklore stories made their way to South East Asia. Ramayana, being one of the most famous Sanskrit epics, is a fine example of this phenomenon; it is said to have spread to almost all ASEAN member nations, many of which have adapted the epic in their own customs.

Ramayana Revisited

Ramayana Revisited

Adaptation of Ramayana in South East Asia

Although we are no strangers to the storyline of Ramayana, our visit to the Ramayana Revisited exhibition was far from uninteresting. There we learnt so much about the different adaptations of the same story, told through the contrasting forms of painting, dance, and sculpture of South East Asia.

Ramayana Revisited

A stone relief depicting a scene from Ramayana

Ramayana Revisited

Thai-style Masks of Ramayana Characters

Ramayana Revisited

A Balinese painting depicting a scene from Ramayana

The Ramayana Revisited exhibition will close at the end of February 2011. With less than a month to go, time is running out, so hurry down to see the exhibition before it ends.

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