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Confessions of an Epic Indian
Ashok Banker

Monday 1 September 2008

Epic Indian fiction

Ashok Banker is one of the most acclaimed names in contemporary Indian literature; reworking the myths and legends of India into a genre best described as Epic Indian fiction. His internationally acclaimed and bestselling Ramayana series which began with Prince of Ayodhya (2003) is a spectacular re-telling of the ancient Sanskrit epic that blends vivid action with beautifully imagined characters, sensitivity and intense drama.

His other work extends to a major three-film adaptation of the books, an animated feature film, a comic book adaptation, and numerous other film, television, graphic novel, documentary, online, and book projects all drawing from the rich vein of Indian culture, in particular the Ramayana. In his first-ever appearance outside India, the author reads from, discusses and presents exclusive glimpses of his work on the Ramayana for various media.

Event time: 18.30 - 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £6 (£4 concessions) (2 - 4 - 1 offer, please call Box Office +44 (0) 1937 546 546 to book)

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Sita - The Voice of Justice in the Ramayana
Mandakranta Bose

Tuesday 2 September 2008

The Ramayana is acclaimed as a celebration of idealism that asserts the triumph of justice and the righteousness of Rama. Yet throughout the epic, Sita is repeatedly humiliated and rejected by her husband and we join her in demanding to know why she endures such undeserved suffering. Is the Ramayana less a victory song and more a tragic lament in which political expediency wins out? This intriguing discussion explores how Sita's challenge makes her the true voice of moral authority in successive versions of the Ramayana.

Mandakranta Bose D.Phil Oxon, is Professor Emerita, Institute of Asian Research University of British Columbia, a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is editor of The Ramayana Revisited (Oxford University Press 2004).

Event time: 18.30 - 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £6 (£4 concessions) (2 - 4 - 1 offer, please call Box Office +44 (0) 1937 546 546 to book)

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Kathakali Dance Performance

Sunday 7 September 2008

Kathakali performance

Solo performance by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, demonstrating the remarkable technique, drama and costume of south Indian Kathakali dance drama. Watch from 14.00 as his distinctive make up is applied.

Event time: 15.30 - 16.15
Location: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: Free (advanced booking not required)


Film: Opera Jawa

Wednesday 10 September 2008

Opera JawaGarin Nugroho, Indonesia/Austria 2006, 120 mins, Javanese with subtitles

A film hailed as 'extraordinary', 'superbly conceived' and 'a masterpiece' in the UK press, this visually sumptuous music drama by Indonesia's leading director is a reworking of The Abduction of Sita. Set to gamelan, electronics and the blues, the climatic episodes of the Ramayana epic blaze with political heat and sensuous imagination.

Event time: 18.30 - 20.45
Location: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £6 (£4 concessions) (2 - 4 - 1 offer, please call Box Office +44 (0) 1937 546 546 to book)

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