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The Rama Epic

Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
Oct 21, 2016 —
Jan 15, 2017

Bloody battles, daring rescues, passionate romance and a shape-shifting monkey warrior.
One of the world’s greatest works of literature, the Rama epic — the 2,500-year-old classic and its many versions — teems with excitement. The story of Prince Rama’s quest to defeat a powerful demonic king, rescue his abducted wife and re-establish order in the world is also, for many, a sacred tradition. For centuries, this beloved tale has been told again and again through visual and performing arts, literature and religious teachings in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and beyond.  

This exhibition invites you to explore the personalities and perspectives of four main characters: Rama; his wife Sita; Rama’s faithful monkey lieutenant Hanuman; and the 10-headed demon king Ravana. Spanning the ancient to the contemporary, this major international survey of 135 artworks captures the epic in a new light. Coursing beneath the drama and fantasy of the thrilling tale, discover timeless human struggles and poignant moments that will resonate with your own story.

Watch Stories from the Rama Epic

For centuries, the Rama epic has been presented by actors, dancers, puppeteers, and storytellers from Delhi to Bangkok and beyond. In more recent times, filmmakers and TV producers have joined in. 

View some of these performing traditions...