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♦ Rāmāyaṇa: Reinterpretation in Asia

Rāmāyaṇa: Reinterpretation in Asia

International conference, 17-18 July 2010

Asian civilization Museum
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM Empress Place (Basement)
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555.

This international Rāmāyaṇa conference will examine the retelling and manifestation of the epic in diverse ancient and modern textual traditions, visual and performing arts as well as popular cultures of Asia. The conference also features a section on Rāmāyaṇa in performance theatre such as the Chinese opera and Ramayana in modern Indonesian dance. This two-day conference features eminent scholars and performers, including Robert Goldman from University of California Berkeley, USA as the keynote speaker. Other speakers include: Vidyut Aklujkar from University of British Columbia in Canada; Mandakranta Bose from University of British Columbia in Canada; John and Mary Brockington from University of Edinburgh and Institute of Sanskrit Studies in UK; Chua Soo Pong from the Chinese Opera Institute in Singapore; Marshall Clark from Deakin University in Melbourne in Australia; Sandria Freitag from North Carolina State University in USA; Sally Sutherland Goldman from University of California Berkeley in USA; Mary Heston from College of Charleston in USA; Gauri Krishnan from the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore; Sardono Kusumo from Sardono Dance Theatre in Indonesia; Rachel Loizeau from France; Ratan Parimoo from the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum in India; Siri Ramaswami from Singapore; Paula Richman from Oberlin College in USA; Vittorio Roveda from Thailand; and Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof from International Islamic University in Malaysia.

The following is the available program:

17 July 2010, Saturday

08.30-09.00 Registration

09.00-09.15 Welcome remarks by Director, ACM

09.15-10.15 Keynote Address

Robert Goldman | Professor of Sanskrit, University of California, Berkeley, USA

10.15-10.35 Morning tea break


10.35-11.05 Gods, Kings and Narrators: The Impact of Religion and Sovereignty on the Rāmāyaṇa Tradition

John Brockington|Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh, UK &

Mary Brockington |Research Fellow of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, UK

11.05-11.35 Rāmāyaṇa in Southeast Asian Oral and Literary Tradition

Singaravelu Sachithanantham | Professor Emeritus, University of Malaya, Malaysia

11.35-12.05 Candrāvatī’s Rāmāyaṇa: An Epic Tale of Sītā’s Suffering

Mandakranta Bose | Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia, Canada

12.05-13.30 Q&A | Lunch


13.30-14.00 Visualising and Performing Kingship: The Rāmāyaṇa Murals at Mattanceri Palace, Kerala

Mary Heston | Professor of Asian Art, College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA

14.00-14.30 Yuddhākaṇḍa in Mewar Painting

Ratan Parimoo | Director of Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Ahmedabad, India

14.30-15.00 Ramakien at Wat Bo (Cambodia)

Vittorio Roveda | Independent scholar, Thailand

15.00-15.30 The legend of Rāmā at Baphuon and Angkor Wat Temples

Rachel Loizeau | Independent scholar, France

15.30-16.00 Q&A | Afternoon tea break


16.00-16.45 Rāmāyaṇa Ku (My Rāmāyaṇa)

Sardono W. Kusumo | Founder, Sardono Dance Theatre, Indonesia

1645-1700 Q&A

17.00-18.15 Tour of Rāmāyaṇa Revisited: A Tale of Love and Adventure exhibition at the Peranakan Museum

18 July 2010, Sunday

09.00-09.30 Registration


09.30-10.00 Women at the Margins: Vālmīki, Women, and Religious Anxiety

Sally Sutherland Goldman | Lecturer, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, USA

10.00-10.30 Voices of Rāmāyaṇa Women: The Snare, Old Hag, or Damsel in Distress?

Gauri Krishnan | Deputy Director, Research and Publication Unit & Senior Curator (South Asia), Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

10.30-10.50 Morning tea break

10.50-11.20 Sītā Svayaṃvara in Poetry and Images

Vidyut Aklujkar | Research Associate (Hon), University of British Columbia, Canada

11.20-12.45 Q&A | Lunch


12.45-13.15 Rāmāyaṇa in Southeast Asian Traditional Theatre Performances: Adaptation and Localisation

Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof | Lecturer, International Islamic University, Malaysia

13.15-13.45 Inspiration, Idea and Innovation: Rāmāyaṇa as Chinese Opera

Chua Soo Pong | Founding director, Chinese Opera Institute, Singapore

13.45-14.15 Cross Cultural Choreography of the Rāmāyaṇa in Singapore

Siri Ramaswami | Independent scholar, Singapore

14.15-14.45 Q&A | Afternoon tea break


14.45-15.15 Rāmāyaṇa Stories in Modern South India

Paula Richman | Professor of Religion, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

15.15-15.45 Interacting with Rām

Sandria Freitag | Faculty member and Advisor, Department of History, North Carolina State University, USA

15.45-16.15 Shaping Southeast Asia’s Regional identity: the Rāmāyaṇa as an Ideational Force

Marshall Clark | Lecturer, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University, Australia

16.15-16.45 Q&A | Closing address by Gauri Krishnan, DD/RPU & End of conference.

Here the PDF.

Link: Asian Civilization Museum.

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