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Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni and Moyna Chitrakar

sita's ramayana.jpgThe Ramayana is one of the greatest ancient Indian epics and a sacred story cherished by millions throughout the world. It is the story of Prince Ram's quest to save his beautiful wife Princess Sita. The epic has been told and retold for thousands of years, the story changing as it is translated into one of the many languages of South Asia. In one of the most popular versions, Princess Sita, representing the pinnacle of womanly virtue, is abducted by Prince Ram's rival, the demon-king Ravana. Princess Sita is held captive in Ravana's kingdom Lanka, but refuses to give into Ravana's advances. Meanwhile Prince Ram makes a harrowing journey to save his wife. After gathering a force great enough to defeat Ravana's demons, he rescues his wife and they return to their kingdom.

Sita_Ramayana_Spread.jpgAll is not well however, as Sita's virtue is questioned and disparaged. After a series of tests to prove her innocence, Sita is still thrown out of the kingdom. Pregnant at the time, she raises her twin sons in the great forest and ever the devoted wife, laments her separation Prince Ram. The story continues but Sita's virtue is still doubted. Enter Samhita Arni's graphic novel adaptation of the story: Sita's Ramayana. This is a Ramayana told through Sita's eyes, where understanding the pain of her journey and the full extent of her courage is primary. Told in the vibrant and dynamic art of traditional Patua scroll paintings, Sita's Ramayana is a radical new telling of an ancient tale.

Interested in more female retellings of The Ramayana? Then check out Sita Sings the Blues, an animated version of The Ramayana written, animated, produced and directed by artist Nina Paley and featuring tracks by Annette Hanshaw.

Submitted by Kristina @ MPL Central


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