by Vasantha yogananthan




Dandaka by Vasantha Yogananthan. First edition (2018). First impression in new condition. Flat signed by Vasantha Yogananthan to the title page. No markings, this is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About Dandaka

Dandaka is Chapter 4 of Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls. A Myth of Two Souls offers a contemporary retelling of The Ramayana. A seven-chapter tale first recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC. The Ramayana is one of the founding epics of Hindu mythology. However, it has been reshaped and rewritten many times over the centuries. Yogananthan has travelled all over India since 2013 trying to retracing the itinerary of the epic’s heroes. Balanced somewhere between fiction and reality. As a result, he deliberately blurs the lines in different aesthetic approaches.

Weaving together different elements such as colour, hand-painted and illustrated photographs, that are interspersed with vernacular images to compose the layers of this timeless story. So, at the end of chapter three Lakshmana cut Surpanakha’s nose off. As a result, seeing his sister disfigured, Ravana begins to plot his revenge. However, Rama and Lakshmana have no idea that their barbaric act, the mutilation of a woman, has sealed Sita’s fate. Consequently, the fourth chapter tells the tale of Sita’s kidnapping by Ravana.

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