Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum has a new exhibition, titled “Tell the Whole Story from Beginning to End: The Ramayana in Indian Painting,” currently on view in the John Howett Works on Paper Gallery.
Curated by Emory students, the paintings in this exhibition date between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries and were mostly created by master painters in the courts of the Rajput kingdoms of Northwest India, according to Emory University.
The exhibition tells the story of the Ramayana, the most celebrated epic poem in South and Southeast Asia, the press release said.
The epic focuses on the journey of prince Rama, from his banishment from the kingdom of Ayodhya to his triumphant return after 14 years of exile. A tale of moral conflict, familial piety, and violent folly, the Ramayana was first written near the beginning of the Common Era.
On Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Emory’s Ackerman Hall, Emory professor Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger will host a lecture discussing cement images of the epic’s antagonist, Ravana, entitled “The Ramayana Anti-Hero.”
Additionally, on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, the museum will host a screening of Nina Paley’s award-winning 2008 film “Sita Sings the Blues,” a deeply personal retelling of the Ramayana.
The exhibition closes on May 20. The museum is located at 571 South Kilgo Circle Atlanta, GA 30322. For museum hours and admission information, click here.