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  • Screening: Kanchana Sita (the Golden Sita)

    Film & Video, and part of The Rama Epic Programs

    Oct 22

    Free with museum admission

    2—4 PM

    Samsung Hall

    G. Aravindan's adaptation of the “Ramayana” begins where the tale approaches its end – in the “Uttarakanda.”  Following the contours of C. N. Sreekantan Nair's feminist play, Aravindan makes Sita the protagonist of this retelling, casting her as Nature itself – the rising sun, the wind in the trees. With a cast of non-professional actors, drawn largely from the Rama Chenchu tribe (who claim to be direct descendants of Rama), Aravindan's adaptation is poetry itself, uncompromising in its cinematic vision and unflinching in its indictment of patriarchy, caste and superstition. In 1977, the film won a national award for Best Direction and a state award for Best Cinematography. The screening of this digitally restored version of the film is made possible by the National Film Archive of India.  

    This screening and panel is organized and presented in collaboration with 3rd i Films

Lead Sponsor

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of Helen and Rajnikant Desai, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Martha Sam Hertelendy, Vijay and Ram Shriram, Society for Asian Art, and Meena Vashee. Media sponsor: India West.

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