Exhibition on Ramayana tradition ‘Leela’ in Delhi extended till December 28

An exhibition on the Ramayana tradition titled “Leela” being held here, has been extended till December 28.
The exhibition at the Twin Art Gallery, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) presents the Ramayana with a difference. It is not merely a retelling of the story of Dasharathi Rama but explores some fundamental categories of Indian thoughts such as Brahman, Shabda, Dhwani, Nama, Rupa and so on.
It then moves on to explore the multiplicity of Katha traditions and the Ram Lila leading into bhakti and finally merging with the great silent cosmic void, the Maha Mauna.
More than 21 museums all across the country are participating in the exhibition by loaning precious and rare exhibits from their collections. The exhibition has specifically designed installations to explain abstract philosophical concepts.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the items from the collection of Kashi Naresh of Banaras and original Ram Leela paraphernalia from the world acclaimed Ramnagar Ram Leela.
Private collectors, individual artists and scholars have also loaned their objects and art creations for the exhibition.
Rare handwritten manuscripts, stone and bronze sculptures, terracotta panels, rare miniature paintings, folk and tribal traditions, textiles, audio-visual projections and multi-media presentations are on display.
More than 50 versions of Ram Katha and Ram Leela can be viewed in the audio-visual projection room. Manuscripts can be flipped through in the form of E-books.
Audio-visual projections of ‘Nakkataiya’ of Banaras, ‘Agra Barat’, ‘Nati Imli Bharat Milap’ are other highlights of the exhibition.
South East Asian traditions are explored through masks and puppets. Rare Chitrakathi paintings, wooden and clay dolls of Mysore and Andhra Pradesh, Kalamkaris, Patachitra of Odisha, Patua scrolls of West Bengal, Kavad, the wooden storytelling boxes of Rajasthan to explore the multiplicity of Ramayana traditions.
Folk and tribal musical instruments fill the dhwani section. In the Shabda section, you can listen to hymns of Rig Veda in the enchanting voice of Subhadra Desai.
Miniature paintings, oleographs and rare stone sculptures, terracotta panels explore the aesthetic form, Rupa.
Ramnama data bank copies, calligraphy, Mandalas, Mantras, Yantras, Ramnamavatis are on display in the Akara and Nama section. Specifically created music, sound and light make the exhibition an experiential journey.


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