The Promise by Vasantha Yogananthan. First edition (2017). 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.
Chapter 2 of Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls is presented here, this chapter is The Promise. The Promise 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 traveled 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, this second book celebrates the love between Rama and Sita, the two main characters of the story. Telling the story of their union. This is a festive but challenging event and is strongly embedded in the collective imagination in India and Nepal. As a result, the Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time. Therefore for Yoganathan’s book has been retold by Indian writer Arshia Sattar.
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