The papers here range from textual to oral, performance
and pictorial renderings of Rama theme both in traditional and
contemporary contexts, covering a large geographic area and diverse
communities. For example, Bhil Ram Sitama ni Varta, Kunkana Ramkatha,
Gond Ramayani, Rama traditions among the Ramnamis of Chhattisgrah,
Ramman of Garhwal, Bundeli Ramkatha, Mewati Ramkatha and Ramkatha
traditions among the Khasis, to name a few. The volume also contains
essays on traditional and modern presentations of Rama theme in
volume is broadly organised under four themes : sacred geography;
narrative; performances; and pictorial traditions. However, several of
them overlap and flow into one another. The book is further divided
into two sections : the first contains papers in English and the
second in Hindi.
book is a significant addition to the existing literature on Ramayana
and Ramkatha traditions and of great value to scholars of Indian
culture, folklorists, anthropologists and Indologists.