SOAS Radio: Ramayana - The Living Legend

Ramayana: The Living Legend sees distinguished storyteller Dr Vayu Naidu share the magical epic that lies behind Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, which will be marked by more than 1 billion Hindus, Sikhs and Jains on Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Vayu brings to life an unscripted telling of the Ramayana drawn from India’s four corners and in touching on themes including honour, and the battle between might and right, highlights how the epic inhabits everyday, contemporary India in religious, cultural and political contexts.

Dr Vayu Naidu has a Ph.D in Performance Oral Traditions (University Of Leeds) and has performed the Ramayana everywhere from the Barbican to London’s hip Bombay-style café Dishoom.

She is the author of the Ramayana-inspired novel Sita's Ascent (Penguin)

Produced by Rahul Verma

Edited by Daniel Avis

Photo: Bhaskar Peddhapati

Music: Sona Rupa label