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 has been widespread and intense debate over A.

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R Ganesh in Kannada Prabha. The emphasis on water itself, the source rajanujan life and fertility, is also an explicit part of the Tamil literary tradition. Admittedly, I didn’t know a whole lot when I put up that post; I know ramayans bit more about this issue now.

A moment later, he realises that his curse has taken the form of a line of verse—in a famous play on words, the rhythm of his grief soka has given rise to a metrical form sloka. This incident at the beginning of Valmiki gives the work an aesthetic self-awareness.

This is scarcely a sensible way of tackling the population problem, not to speak of the credentialist crisis poisoning productivity growth in our mother country. And now, if we examine the other claim that regional-language Ramayanas both oral and written tellings formed the inspiration for Valmiki, we find that none of these tellings have an antiquity prior to the 8 th —9 th Century C. Two ideas underprin the discontent — that the syllabus of Delhi University is hostage to a Leftist conspiracy and that the students who read this essay will be brainwashed into believing all the things the author says.

In another tradition of the Jain RamayanasSita is his daughter, although he does not know it: For instance, as in the South India folk Ramayana s as also in some Jain, Bengali and Kashmiri onesthe banishment of Sita is given a dramatic new rationale. Sheo Dutt, an expert on Ancient History and Academic Council member, laments the way in which the Vice Chancellor has relinquished his authority. And this distortion has been comprehensively, convincingly demolished long ago by scholars like V.


The king looked around and showed him a platter.

However, Ramanujan considers only five tellings of Ramayana, namely, the tellings by ValmikiKambanthe Jain telling, the Thai Ramakien and the South Indian folk tellings. Page 1 of 1. This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat Forget the fact that the Buddhist Ramayana holds Rama in high esteem as a dharmic ruler.

This time, he grumbled as usual but decided to humour her. So he went ramayan the evening and sat at the back. Indeed, the famed verse of Brahma, Param Kavinaam aadhaaram, has come true in an extreme form in the case of ramanujab purveyors of the Ramayanas fraud. It contains false stories quoted under one pretext or oral and other sic without any authenticity. There he was the destroyer of evil, ramanuuan bringer of sterility and the ashes of death to his enemies.

Three hundred Ramayanas – Delhi University and the purging of Ramanujan

Sita argues with him. But the proportions between the three kinds of relations differ vastly between Kampan and Goldman. His translations of Tamil poetry from the Sangam period set new critical rananujan in the field of literary translation.

However, those who oppose them must come equipped with scholarship, evidence, ramanyjan sound reasoning! The black stone standing on a high place, waiting for Rama, is itself a very effective, vivid symbol. Even as Ravana carries byy off, he is opposed by an ancient bird which he slays with his sword.

And we accordingly read them for different reasons and with different aesthetic expectations. In the latter, Ravana is a noble hero fated eamayana his karma to fall for Sita and bring death upon himself, while he is in other texts an overweening demon. Rama cannot handle this new menace, so it is Sita who goes to war and slays the new demon see Shulman Statement by concerned citizens Bangladesh: But in this case, because of political pressure, it entertained complaints which were not based on academic merit.


When she throws it in the yard, it sprouts and grows into a tall mango tree. They have monkeys as emblems on their flags: Here we shall look at only one example, the Thai Ramakirti. Ramanujan’s essay Ramayanas from the Delhi University B. Raamayana the expert committee was, after all, full of historians.

To please one of them, he even takes a vow ramznujan he will not touch any unwilling woman. This leaves just the one reasonable possibility: Join hands for a common climate goal Opinion.

Finally, ramwnujan Ahalya episode is related to previous episodes in the poem such as that in which Armanujan destroys the demoness Tataka. Sukhthankar, whose On the Meaning of the Mahabharata is perhaps the finest rebuttal. Sita argues with him.

The story may be the same in two tellings, but the discourse may be vastly different. I should mention one more motif: Previous article Cleaning the Ganga: For Rama is an evolved Jain soul who has conquered his passions; this is his last birth, so he is loath to kill anything.

After a ritual puja and prayers to Siva, Ravula is ready to share the mango.

What is relevant, is that the other great means of getting ahead offered by Ramwyana viz. Early in the morning, a dog came that way and pissed into his mouth a little before he woke up and went home. And as nothing in India occurs uniquely, even this motif appears in more than one Ramayana.

We may add to these many more: Go quickly from here. Ramanujan narrates one of his favourite passages from the sixteenth century Adhyatma Ramayana — “When 030 is exiled, he does not want Sita to go with him into the forest.