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Abstract of Ramayana Conference, Feb 1&2, 2013

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Invitation to Ramayana Festival

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The Setu and Rameswaram by N. Vanamamalai Pillai

The Sethu & Rameshwaram

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

The Setu and Rameswaram by N. Vanamamalai Pillai was  published in 1921.  It has subsequently been out of print with one rare copy in the private library of Shri. Rajesh Govindarajulu’s great grandfather Setti S.N. Padmanabha Chetty. 

When Shri. Rajesh Govindarajaulu told me about this book I thought it would be a great service to publish it and establish its sanctity in the Hindu context, especially in view of the various efforts to destroy Rama’s bridge.

The Setu is a natural formation between India and Sri Lanka.  Being a divine creation, the Setu is as much a creation of Rama, the incarnation of Vishnu.  It is a part of our heritage and deserves to be protected for all time.

We have reprinted the book exactly as the first publication, i.e. all Indian names and places are bold and in italics.  This is not done any longer, but we wanted to reproduce the book exactly as it had been conceived and published in 1929.

 

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Valmiki Ramayana by N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer

Valmiki Ramayana

PREFACE

 In 1951, Dr. K. M Munshi, founder of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, initiated the Bhavan’s Book University, a “series of books which, if read, would service the purpose of providing higher education,” with emphasis on “such literature as revealed the deeper impulsions of India.”  50 books were taken up initially. The General Editors were Shri. K. M Munshi and Justice
N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer. Each book contained 200 to 250 pages.

Shri. K. M. Munshi and Dr. C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar were very good friends and were closely associated in their desire and efforts to propagate Indian Culture. Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer, the author of this book, was Dr. C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar’s Junior in Law, and went on to become a Judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. 

Eminent jurist, scholar and savant, Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer was born in 1888. His father was a well-known savant and Telugu poet and he was an accomplished scholar in Sanskrit and Telugu as well as English.  After a short but successful career at the Bar, he entered the Judicial Service and rose steadily until he occupied a seat on the High Court Bench in Madras and later became a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. His legal abilities were quickly recognized by the Government of India, who nominated him on several Committees of Enquiry involving high qualities of impartiality and conciliation of competing interests, such as the All-India Industrial Tribunal; Indo-Pakistan Boundary Disputes Tribunal; etc.

His literary pursuits were uninterrupted by official preoccupations and he devoted his leisure to the popularization of our ancient epics and their exposition to a new generation in need of spiritual renovation.

Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer’s greatest contribution was the Valmiki Ramayana, written in English for popular reading. Over the years, so many different authors have written their versions of the Ramayana. Valmiki’s epic and Narada’s story of Rama, which was referred to by Valmiki, have been superseded by later versions that fulfilled local goals. He has narrated the epic using the same division of six books and sub-chapters as used by Valmiki. The Uttara kanda was omitted by him since it was a later interpolation. This book reveals several truths as narrated by Narada and Valmiki: Why did Rama kill Vali? (He had abducted Sugriva’s wife); Did he shoot Vali from the back? (No); Did Lakshmana draw a Lakshman rekha? (No); and so on. Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer has remained faithful to Valmiki’s epic kavya.

The C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation decided to republish the late Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer’s Valmiki Ramayana, which was originally published by Bhavan’s Book University and has been out of print for many years, on the occasion of the Ramayana Festival and Conference, to be held at Chennai in February 2013, by the C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation.

The Ramayana is a great epic which knows no boundaries of religion or nation. It has taught the values of life and behaviour to men and women over centuries, across India and South-East Asia. There is no finer example in the world of a multi-religious, international culture than the Ramayana. Scores of generations of children have watched performances and narrations  of the great epic over 2,000 years, to learn the importance of an ethical life. This has been the cornerstone of life of India and South-East Asia. Many kings in these countries have taken the name of Rama, cities and islands have been named after persons and places in the epic and symbols of Vishnu (whose incarnation was Rama) have been royal emblems across the region.

The story of the Ramayana is enacted more often than any other story in the world. It is performed by Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. It is the most important cultural tradition of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and India. It has also been widely prevalent in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The Ramayana is the great bond of culture which unites India and the countries of South East Asia.

The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation is happy to publish this book to celebrate the role of the great epic in the culture of India and South-East Asia.

 

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THE RAMAYANA IN LITERATURE, SOCIETY AND THE ARTS

THE RAMAYANA IN LITERATURE, SOCIETY AND THE ARTS

A Festival organized by                                                       

The C.P. RAMASWAMI AIYAR FOUNDATION
1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet

Chennai 600 018, India.
www.cprfoundation.org
Tel.: 91-44-2431778, 24337023
e-mail: cprafoundation@gmail.com; ramayanaconference@gmail.com

 

FEBRUARY 2013

 The C.P. RAMASWAMI AIYAR FOUNDATION is celebrating the role of the great epic in the culture of India and South-East Asia.

The Ramayana is a great epic which knows no boundaries of religion or nation. It has taught the values of life and behaviour to men and women over centuries, across India and South-East Asia. There is no finer example in the world of a multi-religious, international culture than the Ramayana. Scores of generations of children have watched performances and narrations of the great epic over 2,000 years, to learn the importance of an ethical life. This has been the cornerstone of the life of India and South-East Asia. Many kings in these countries have taken the name of Rama, cities and islands have been named after persons and places in the epic and symbols of Vishnu (whose incarnation is Rama) have been royal emblems across the region.

 The story of the Ramayana is enacted more often than any other story of the world. It is performed by Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. It is the most important cultural tradition of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and India. It has also been widely prevalent in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The Ramayana is the great bond of culture which unites India and the countries of South East Asia.

INAUGURATION by His Holiness SWAMI DAYANANDA SARASWATHI on FEBRUARY 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. Dr. SUBRAMANIAM SWAMY presides.

VENUE for all programmes – The C.P. RAMASWAMI AIYAR FOUNDATION, 1 ELDAMS ROAD, ALWARPET, CHENNAI 600018.

PROGRAMME

FEBRUARY 1 to 24  –          Exhibition of the RAMAYANA in PAINTING, SCULPTURE and POPULAR CULTURE organised by C.P. ART CENTRE                                                                

The Ramayana as it has been created in early 20th century oleographs, miniature and folk painting, bronzes, terracotta and popular toys will be on display. A map of India with Rama’s  route from Ayodhya to Lanka and scenes of the various events that took place in each site will be depicted by clay toys.

There will be performances of the RAMAYANA in HARIKATHA, MUSIC and DANCE during this period. The final programme will be posted later.

FEBRUARY 1 and 2  –         International Conference on the RAMAYANA in LITERATURE, SOCIETY and the ARTS organised by C. P. R. INSTITUTE OF INDOLOGICAL RESEARCH.

Release of the following publications:

1      VALMIKI RAMAYANA by late Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer.

2     THE SETU AND RAMESHWARAM by late Shri N. Vanamamalai Pillai.

All conference participants should be registered. While there is no participation fee, we are limiting the number of participants, so please register as soon as possible.

FEBRUARY 1 & 2, 2013 – RAMAYANA CONFERENCE

SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order)  –

1.    Tracing the Antiquity of the Ramayana – Through the Inscriptions, literature and 

       Art of the Gupta …..Dr. Ashvini Agarwal

2.    Plant Diversity in the Valmiki Ramayana…..M. Amirthalingam and Dr. P. Sudhakar

3.    The Influence of Ramayana on Kalidasa…..Dr. S. Annapurna

4.    Ethical Values of Ramayana…..Dr. V. Balambal

5.    Time-honored Depictions of Ramayana in Vidarbha (Maharashtra) during Vakatakas…..Kanchana B Bhaisare, B.C. Deotare and P.S. Joshi

6.    Highlights from the Chronology of Ayodhya…..Nicole Elfi and Michel Danino

7.    Temples in and around Thanjavur District, in Tamil Nadu connected with Ramayana…..Dr. S. Gayathri

8.    The Historical Rama…..Dr. D.K. Hari and D.K. Hema Hari

9.    Historicity of Rawana and Trails of Rama – Seetha in Srilanka…..Devmi Jayasinghe

10.  Women in Ramayana – Portrayals, Understandings, Interpretations and Relevance…..Dr. Prema Kasturi

11.  Telling or Showing? Ramayana in Graphic Novels…..Aarttee Kaul Dhar

12.  Historicity of Ramayana on the leads of Plato’s Timaeus and Critias and Valmiki’s Ramayana…..N.C.K. Kiriella

13.  Rama Temples in South India…..Dr. Chithra Madhavan

14.  Epic retold – Ramayana influencing English graphic novels for children in India over the years…..Dr. Lopamudra Maitra

15.  Chudamani – The crest jewel of Sita and its Symbolism in the Ramayana…..Dr. Soumya Manjunath Chavan

16.  Bhratru Bhava in Ramayana – A Critique (Bonding Relationship of Brotherhood in Ramayana)…..Dr. V. Mohan

17.  Ramayana as a source for Yogic concepts…..R. Muthulakshmi

18.  A few important Pahari Ramayana Drawings and Painting from the Seth Kasturbhai Lalbhai
       Collection…..Dr. Indubala J. Nahakpam

19.  Textual and Contextual Dynamism in RamayanaSculptures…..Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal

20.  The depiction of Rani Kaikeyi in the Ramacharitamanasa…..Dr. Haripriya Rangarajan

21.  Dream Motif – Ramayana Inheritance…..Dr. Ramadevi Sekhar

22.  Valmiki and many Ramayanas…..Tilak Shankar

23. Sri Ram Temple at Ayodhya…..Dr. A. K. Sharma

24.  Re – Telling Ramayana: Performing Women in Ramlila of Ramnagar…..Dr. Anita Singh

25.  The Ramayana as the Inexhaustible Site of Cultural Contexts…..Dr. Avadhesh Kumar Singh

26.  Glimpses of Ramayana in the Hymns of Saiva Saints of Tamilnadu…..Dr. Bala Sivakadadcham

27.  Iconographic trends in Rama worship: Insights from techno – cultural studies of  bronzes…..Dr. Sharada Srinivasan

28.  The Art of Administration as depicted in Valmiki Ramayana…..Dr. R. Subasri

29.  The Didactic Representation of the Characters of Ramayana in Sanskrit Literary Tradition…..P.P. Sudarsan

30.  Ramayana and Bhattikavya…..Dr. Sita Sundar Ram

31.  Ramayana and the works of Mahamahopadhyaya Sri Lakshmana Suri…..Dr. Uma Maheshwari

32.  Characterization of Sri Rama in Mandodari Chatusloki……Dr. M. Varadarajan

33.  Plight of Sita in Chudamani Episode – A Study…..S. Kumuda Varadarajan

34.  Ramanayana panel sculptures from Tiruchenampoondi, Pullamangai and other early Chola temples in Tamil Nadu…..Dr. S. Vasanthi

35.  Axioms as idioms and proverbs – Ramayana’s influence on society…..K. Vidyuta

36.  Uttarakhand in Avani: Sita’s life in exile and the Cholas’ religious policy in the aftermath
       of the Govindaraja Controversy (1186 – 1279)…..Dr. Usha R. Vijailakshmi

37.  Ramayana Musical Compositions……Dr. V. Yamuna Devi 

For further information, please write to the above e-mail / postal addresses.
Or call G. Balaji: +91-94441 54939 or Malathy Narasimhan: +91- 97100 49639

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