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Alternative Ramayanas

Variations in an epic tradition

Conference at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, September 24, 2011

South Asia Research and Information Institute (SARII) and The Asian Studies Program of Southern Methodist University present an one-day conference entitled "Alternative Ramayanas: Variations in an Epic Tradition" on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

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Scholars will discuss aspects of Ramayana in different versions from North India, Jain, South East Asia, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Andhra.

The abstracts of the conference papers can be seen at

Registration is free. For registration, please email with names of attendees and contact information before September 17, 2011. Free lunch is provided only for those who register.


Alternative Ramayanas: Variations in an Epic Tradition

A One-Day Conference Sponsored by South Asia Research and Information Institute and the Asian Studies Program

When: Saturday, Sept. 24th, 9-5pmWhere: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall


The Ramayana in Southeast Asian Performance and
Reworking the Ramayana in Puppetry in West Java
Kathy Foley (UC Santa Cruz)

A la mode: Medieval Jain Ramayanas
Phyllis Granoff (Yale University)

Diving into the Lake: On the Necessity, Joy, and Terror 
of (Re)Translating Tulsidas' Ramcaritmanas
Philip Lutgendorf (University of Iowa)

On the Implications of Kulacekara Alvar's Praise of 
Rama's Killing of Sambuka
S. Palaniappan (SARII)

When All is Said and Done: Rama is still God
V. Narayana Rao (Emory University)

Classical and Modern Ramayana Stories in S. India
Paula Richman (Oberlin College)

Chaired by: Steven Lindquist (SMU)

Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Sept. 17th.  Please include names and number of people by email

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