Ramayana on the Stage: Its Many Faces in Southeast Asia by Dr. Chua Soo Png
04 May 2010
Tuesday | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | @ The Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum
The Ramayana originated from the north eastern part of India about 2,500 years ago and after a long period of oral transmission it was put to writing by the poet, Valmiki, in the 1st century BC. He developed it into a romantic epic which eventually travelled to Southeast Asia.
By the 9th century AD, the Ramayana had become famous throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Artists in Cambodia and Thailand also expressed their interpretations of the story. In Indonesia, the performing art forms express the same story differently. For example, while both are court dance derived, the Jogjakarta style of Javanese classical dance is more solemn than the expressive Solo style. In Thailand, the staging of Ramayana is held with great importance. It is performed at virtually every significant ceremony.
Learn more about how this great Indian epic has been adapted and performed in Southeast Asia at this lecture.
About the Speaker
Dr. Chua is the Founding Director of the Chinese Opera Institute. He is one of the founders of the ASEAN Puppetry Association (APA) and the Vice President since its inception in 2006.
He taught anthropology at the National University of Singapore from 1980 to 1988. Dr. Chua obtained his Ph.D from the Queen’s University in Belfast, U.K. in 1979. He obtained his B.A. (Hons) from Nanyang University in 1972 and M.Sc. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1976.
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