Why Ramayana Remix

In a discipline such as art and design, where we are in the constant pursuit for originality, why would a bunch of creative individu...


In a discipline such as art and design, where we are in the constant pursuit for originality, why would a bunch of creative individuals spend their energy unearthing and finding connections with an an epic of centuries ago ?

We’ve studied several art movements in history until the 1900s. The 21st century has seen an exponential growth in technology and freedom of expression but also a crazy speed at which art is reproduced and images flash and disappear. But is there any creation that we recognize in this century that can be called a masterpiece? We have so much art from our past and we carry so much cultural baggage that it is impossible to create something that we can concur with as an epic of our times.

What this point of time allows us is reference and possibilities to refresh the image that an epic holds in the minds of people. So why not work with the Ramayana : something that has been exhaustively studied, has a complex cultural structure, something that has been interpreted from several perspectives and already has world-wide impact. The fact that we have an understanding of both - a story set in the ancient past and the relevance it holds in a society that has completely transformed since it was written - opens infinite possibilities.

Why a remix? The more we read into the Ramayanas we come across, the more they leave for us to desire. A remix allows us to fill in the gaps to strike the balance that we find necessary to make traditional theater and a traditional story something that transcends through a modern time and space to appeal to an audience like ours. Not to mention it gives us room for some unapologetic fun,The Ramayana is a tale that has travelled around the world several times and this could be the time for us to travel with it, with all that we carry with us in terms of knowledge, technology and our varied skills. To see if we can create a remix which is even a fraction of what the Ramayana has done for art, literature, entertainment and social construct.



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