– Painting ‘Draupadi’ by Ruby Jagrut | Part of the series Pratidhwani – an echo
Reading Indian Epics together
Why is it that characters from epics loom so large in our cultural imaginations? They become figures of speech, cultural metaphors, linguistic short-hand. Why do we tell these stories over and over again? Is it to understand them better, or to see ourselves in them or because we want to “correct” the ways in which they portray women and the relationships between men and women?
Together, we will think about these and other related questions when we read two contemporary retellings of Sita and Draupadi, women we have become familiar with through reading the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In both ‘new’ stories, the original story is present as a shadow, a felt presence, a ghost.
Explore and deepen your knowledge of Indian Epics
Explore the question of how we think about ourselves in the world
Consider how we think about love, about memory and how we seek to fill the gaps in our cultures
Explore how we look for justice and redemption in the stories we re-tell.
Who is it for?
For open minds eager to explore, ask questions and share their reflections
Please read the following texts to prepare for the event.