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Living Traditions

Ramayana Miniatures from the National Museum of New Delhi


21.11.2013 > 18.05.2014

Cinquantenaire Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
B-1000 Brussels

Info / Tickets 

8€ > 4€

Guided tours T 02 741 72 15 (FR) / 02 741 72 14 (NL/GB)

80€ > 65€

Apart from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana is one of the two most important classic hindu epics in India. It is one of the apogees of the world literature. The original version of the story was composed over two thousand years ago, by the legendary poet Valmiki. The Ramayana tells about the fortunes of hero Rama and his wife Sita. It is a story about courage, loyalty, friendship, love and justice and has a deeply religious inspiration. In India, Rama is considered as a god and is still worshipped as one of the ten incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu. Throughout the centuries, the Ramayana has been a great source of inspiration for many artists, not only in India but also in its neighboring countries Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.

The exhibition comprises about one hundred miniatures from the collection of the National Museum of New Delhi. These treasures illustrate the progression of the Ramayana story and give an overview of the most important miniature schools which treated the Ramayana between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Curators: Miriam Lambrecht & National Museum New Delhi 

Organisation: Indian Ministry of Culture, National Museum New Delhi, Cinquantenaire Museum in collaboration with Europalia International