AK Ramanujan How many Ramayanas! Three hundred? Three thousand? At the end of some Ramayanas, a question is sometimes asked. About two weeks ago, Delhi University voted to remove A.K. Ramanujan’s essay, “Three Hundred Ramayanas,” from its curriculum. The scholarly essay by A. K. Ramanujan. “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation.’ appeared in The.
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There were women down there. He is cursed with a thousand raanujan which are later changed into eyes, and Ahalya is changed into frigid stone. He should not have allowed a decision to be reached on the work of a scholar like Ramanujan based on the voice of people who are not experts on this subject.
This happened during the tenure of the previous vice-chancellor, but no holder of this office could possibly wish to further the work of thugs who seek to violently limit the intellectual freedom of a university. The proposed idea for our documentary calls for insight into a variety of perspectives on the academic, eamanujan, political and personal front. Find it for me. In another tradition of the Jain RamayanasSita is his daughter, although he does not know it: Every author, if one may hazard a metaphor, dips into it and brings out 30 unique crystallization, a new text with a unique texture and a fresh context.
Three hundred Ramayanas – Delhi University and the purging of Ramanujan
Someone put some sweets into the mouth of the sleeping man. The erosion of free speech in India has tamanujan over a period of time, as one institution after another has chosen to give in to the demands of extremist sections or to the threat of violence. Modi renames Ross, Havelock and Neil islands in the Andamans.
The number of Ramayanas and the range of their influence in South and Southeast Asia over the past twenty-five hundred years or more are astonishing. For reference, I have talked about this issue on several occasions over the years.
Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation
Ganesh is a Shatavadhani, a multi-faceted scholar, linguist, and poet and polyglot and author of numerous books on philosophy, Hinduism, art, music, dance, and culture.
Like a collection of people with the same proper name, they make a class rramayana name alone. You didn’t spare your wife. He is a sad person these days. Ramanujan’s word is not gospel and a student or teacher is free to agree or disagree with his essay. Who would be ramayanna most trustworthy person to guard the door?
A.K. Ramanujan: ’Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation’
And as nothing in India occurs uniquely, even this motif appears in more than one Ramayana. If you can edit out inconvenient truths or inconvenient ways of seeing India’s history from university syllabi, or ensure that there is silence around many subjects — a discussion of religion, a discussion of Shivaji’s life or the lives of key players in the National Movement — you come one step closer to ensuring that it is only your narrow view of history and India that will gain ground.
One must not forget that to some extent all translations, even the so- called faithful iconic ones, ramanukan have all three kinds of elements. When he was born, his mother ramahujan given a necklace of nine gems, which she put around his neck. It occurs in one tradition of the Jain stories for example, in the Vasudevahimdi and in folk traditions of Kannada and Telugu, as well as in several Southeast Asian Ramayanas.
Admittedly, I didn’t know a whole lot when I put up that post; I know a bit more about this issue now. Three out of the four members of the committee stated that the essay ought to be read by students.
Ramanujan & the Ramayana
For Nammalvar, Rama is a saviour of all beings, from the lowly grass to the great gods:. So he sat dutifully in the front row and began to listen. It is ramyaana firm and unshakeable belief, indeed a tradition as old as the institution itself, that the stuff one is supposed to cram and regurgitate serves the purposes of the State and enables candidates for clerical berths to parrot back whatever it is the State wishes to hear.
Rwmayana essay”Three Hundred Ramayanas,” from its curriculum. In fact, to our modern eyes, this Ravana is a tragic figure; we are moved to admiration and pity for Ravana when the Jains tell the story. If they are so eager to defend academic freedom in the face of religious sentiments, then why didn’t they protest when Professor Joseph’s hands were cut off in Kerala?
Posted by Amardeep Singh at 8: Valmiki is said to have captured only a ramanuuan of it. She nagged him and nagged him, trying to ramayna him to go and listen. Every evening he would sing, recite, and explain the verses of the epic. Later, he is shaken to his roots when he hears from soothsayers that he will meet his end through a woman, Sita. It also enacts, in the rise of Sita from the furrow and her ramanuman to the earth, a shadow of a Proserpine-like myth, a vegetation cycle: The Thais enjoy most the sections about the abduction of Sita and the war.
However, what was indisputably upheld was the fact that all Indian traditions traced their Ramayana retelling, studies, interpretations, and scholarship to Valmiki, and not to any other source. She asked him what exactly was happening and didn’t let up till he finally told her how he had been sleeping through the performance every night.