Ramayana in Performance Sept. 15, 2011 Announcements: 1) Indonesian writing contest (American citizens). Deadline Oct. 31 – see the blog 2)Remember your blog assignment. Due Sat. by noon. 3)Your Ramayana project! Working on it? Monkey Business 1) Can you relate what in the last three chapters? Quick overview. 1) What are the key arguments put forth by Vali in the exchange on pps. 102-104? How does Rama counter them? 2) “The perfect man takes a false step” – really? Why does this episode, “the saddest part of our great epic,” so bother Narayan?! 3) Those monkeys! What’ the “teaching” in Chap. 7 When the Rains Cease? What historical comment/connection does Global Asia draw? Next Week: We’ll finish Ramayana and discuss ethical debates. * Please come in Tues. with 2-4 episodes that raise questions for you – *Why? *How does Narayan/Kamban handle them? *What other versions have you found? *What perspective does Global Asia Provide? Ramayana Art Pen and ink drawings Bihar Ramayana Art from the Metropolitan Museum, NYC Hanuman bring the herb 19th c., Rajastan Painted textile 18th c., Coromandel Coast Ramayana embroidery 18th c. Kashmir (Metropolitan Museum) Story Cloths Story cloth – Bengal (in British Museum) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y6yjuUH1zk Ramayana Performances - India Ram Lila (“the play of Ram”) – Northern India Performed throughout India during Sept. – Oct. Ends with Ravanna’s death and Ram’s triumphant return to Ayodha Kathakali Kerala, Southern India http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqrpoHgDJ2s Kerala possesses puppets (string and shadow, other elaborate forms of dance, cloths, embroidery, weavings, temples. Could its geographical location have influenced this florescence of arts? Ramayana Performances Southeast Asia Thai Khon A royal dance-drama, a similar version of which exists in Cambodia. -- what aspects of the video below suggest the courtly nature of this performance form? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr6cjhjKr7k&feature=related Ramayana Performance Indonesia (Java/Bali) Ramayana Ballet, Central Java Ram Modern dance-drama (“sendratari”) based on traditional dance forms. Performed around the full moon outside Prambanan temple Balinese Kecak Modern choral drama based on traditional chants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX1rghsOqu0 Ramayana is actually not a major story in Java or Bali – Mahabharata and other local tales are more frequently performed. So what’s the modern appeal? Ramayana Puppetry - India Tolpava Koothu Kerala, India A Hindu Temple tradition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WISHw1gv74w) See also, in our collection: “Borrowed Fire,” Video about this family of puppeteers. Ramayana Puppetry - Java Wayang Kulit What are the mystical aspects of shadows? How do they communicate with, intervene with the ancestors? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJXxWfWHvBc&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL80B 074E716F712D7 Ramayana in Performance Sept. 15, 2011 Announcements: 1) Indonesian writing contest (American citizens). Deadline Oct. 31 – see the blog 2)Remember your blog assignment. Due Sat. by noon. 3)Your Ramayana project! Working on it?