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Remaking Rama For The Modern Sightseer: It's A Small Hindu World After All.

Title:Remaking Rama For The Modern Sightseer: It's A Small Hindu World After All.
Author:Herman, Phyllis K
Publication:South Asian Popular Culture / Indian Council on World Affairs
Enumeration:Vol. 1 Issue 2, p125-141, Oct 2003
Abstract:This essay focuses on how Hindu-inflected popular culture--in this case an amazing amalgam of political rhetoric, religio-historical mythography, a modern Hindi novel, Bollywood aesthetics, and Disney-esque staging--frames a new entry in the 'Ramakatha'. Ram Darshan, a tourist/pilgrimage site recently completed in Chitrakut, Uttar Pradesh, India, re -presents the story of Rama. Ram Darshan is not touted as a 'mandir' (temple) but rather as a place for the sightseer to not only have a 'glimpse of Lord Shri Ram' but also gain 'deep insight into his exemplary life and character'. This essay thus considers how and why the backers of this entertaining and educative venue chose to elaborate Rama's role as the defender of helpless women against the demonic Other. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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