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South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas, &

The Asian Studies Program, Southern Methodist University

present a one-day conference on

Alternative Rāmāyaṇas:

Variations in an Epic Tradition

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, September 24, 2011

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University



The Rāmāyaṇa in Southeast Asian Performance and Reworking the Rāmāyaṇa in Puppetry in West Java

Dr. Kathy Foley, The University of California, Santa Cruz

A la mode: Medieval Jain Rāmāyaṇas

Dr. Phyllis Granoff, Yale University

Diving into the Lake: On the Necessity, Joy, and Terror of (Re-)translating Tulsidas' Rāmcaritmānas

Dr. Philip Lutgendorf, The University of Iowa

On the Implications of Kulacēkara Āḷvār's Praise of Rāma's Killing of Śambuka

Dr. S. Palaniappan, SARII

When All Is Said and Done, Rāma is Still God

Dr. Velcheru Narayana Rao, Emory University

Classical and Modern Rāmāyaṇa Stories in South India

Dr. Paula Richman, Oberlin College


Chaired by

Dr. Steven Lindquist, Southern Methodist University

Boxed lunch will be provided.

Registration is closed. 

Conference parking is free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on Daniel Avenue. For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see

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