ASIAN PREMIERE- “I AM RAVANA”. Is the Ramayana still relevant in the 21st Century?
“I am Ravana”, an epic Indian story of love, lust, kidnapping and death, will have its Asian Premiere at the upcoming KL International Arts Festival (KLIAF) 2018.
Presented by Australian-based arts and culture organisation Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) in collaboration with The Temple of Fine Arts – Inner Space Dance (TFA’s Performing Arts Wing), the show is a visual feast of dance, drama and music. It presents an alternate take on the Indian epic, Ramayana, and will be staged for just three nights from Sept 6 to 8 at the Shantanand Auditorium, The Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur.
For over 2000 years this saga of love, lust, honor, desire and death has been performed, narrated and chanted across South East Asia and around the globe. However in this day and age, the Ramayana remains pertinent and timeless as its writer, the sage, Valmiki.
According to Dr Sarasa Krishnan, SMV’s vice president and artistic director “I am Ravana” says, “If we examine the Ramayana’s values, philosophies, its ethos, it is a living testament of every conceivable expression and experience possible by a human being. Every possible rationale, moral code, principle disposition and motivation by the human mind is seen within its pages. It is being lived every day within our minds, in our society, and in our relationships.”