Muni Valmiki: Ramayana (5278 words)

  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (Independent Scholar - Asia)
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The Ramayana, consisting of 24,000 shlokas or couplets and more than 500 sargas or chapters/cantos, is an Indian epic, sacred particularly to the Hindus. The original book Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, attributed to Sage Valmiki, was composed at some point between the fifth and the first century B.C. in Sanskrit, a classical Indian language, matching perfectly the epic’s magnitude, theme, mood and purpose. This adikavya or the “first ornate poem” (Winternitz 1981, 454) is followed by translations and retellings of Rama’s story in many Indian as well as foreign languages, all differently titled. For instance, the version in Tamil by …

Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "Ramayana". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 March 2017
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