Compiled by Purnaprajna Dasa, Illustrated by Parama Dasa.
India's immortal tale of adventure, love, and wisdom is captured in this amazing new book featuring the artwork of Parama Dasa, a reputed Italian artist whose innovative techniques are winning him praise among Florence's top art critics.
The Ramayana, the world's oldest epic, is simultaneously an exhilarating account of adventure and romance and a literature revered for millennia by hundreds of millions of people for its depth of moral and spiritual wisdom.
This new, abridged edition of the Ramayana, produced by the Mediterranean division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, features 50 new images by Parama Dasa, whose mastery of state-of-the-art computer software is evident in his extraordinary illustrations. The text of this edition of the Valmiki Ramayana was complied by Purnaprajna Dasa and was based on the Gita Press edition.
These beautiful pictures, together with the easy-to-read text, bring an imaginative harmony to this classic tale that will captivate a new generation of readers and delight those reading it again. This high-quality production is a masterpiece.
Large format art book, 240 pages, silk cover with a real gold-leaf impression, 50 color plates, 15.5" x 12.4".
Through the eye of Parama's mind, we can glimpse the Ramayana's wonderfully mysterious ancient world of exciting adventures, unimaginable monsters and glorious gods and goddesses. His beautifully illumined visions of the Ramayana allow us to visualize Valmiki's colossal narrative. Lord Ramachandra's glorious pastimes have been recited and depicted for thousands of years, reaffirming with impressive longevity the importance of their moral lessons. The Ramayana captivates audiences of all ages with its many layers of exciting supernatural action, grave social commentary, and profound wisdom.
This beautifully illustrated edition of the Ramayana represents a progression in bringing to light the wonderfully mysterious events and characters in the Ramayana. Although many centuries of depictions of the Ramayana are still with us, the history of art and illustration has often changed. Time causes such changes, but so also do the many cultures in which the Ramayana has spread. And along with these changes, various materials and techniques develop, which allow for vastly diverse styles and moods of expression. Art itself has changed. It has gone from having a illustrative, storytelling purpose to "art for art's sake".
. . . Parama's artwork returns, full circle, to the use of classic imagery and composition. Aided by state-of-the-art graphics, Parama thus opens a new door in the world of art. With his vibrant use of digital color and delicate layering of complex patterns, he brings a beautiful vitality to Lord Rama's pastimes as never before. Parama's contemporary approach has given the book a consistent quality that weaves together the different parts of the narrative. In this way, he has given this ancient Vedic scripture new life in a new light, and the narrative has liberated him from the limits of earthly materials.
--Rama dasa Abhirama Dasa and Dhrti Devi Dasi