Learning Hindu Epics Through Shadow Plays

PUBLISHED ON: September 14, 2016 | Duration: 21 min, 11 sec

   
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Shadow puppet theatre is one of the most fascinating and spellbinding forms of story telling. 'Divine Shadows' explores Wayang or the shadow puppet theatre of South-East Asia that tell stories from Hindu epics. The Hindu Ramayana is the primary source of text for the plays. Indian culture and literature such as the Vedas, Ramayana and the Mahabharata were introduced in Indonesia through this art form. And it was through these performances that audiences acquired knowledge of administration, military and other disciplines. Even in the new millennium, these puppet stories continue to captivate audiences.
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