Ramayana is a world-famous epic that celebrates the Hindu god Ram and his life. In North India, Ramayana is the basis for Diwali, the festival of lights, where everyone celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Ramayana always features Sita, wife of Lord Rama, and explores her beauty, chastity and pious devotion to her husband. However, there are many other women dotted around the epic who have made small but significant contributions. This four-part podcast series seeks to explore four such women.
Join Supriya Nagarajan as she narrates and sings about Ahalya, Tara, Mandodari and Shoorpanakha. Experience engaging storytelling, framed by Sanskrit lyrics written by Arjun Bharadwaj and music mixed by Duncan Chapman.
Do not miss this series of fascinating podcasts catering to an inquiring mind that wants to read between the pages of one of the greatest epics in the world.
Originally commissioned by Greater Mcr Diwali in association with Walk the Plank
Producer - Nick Clarke
The podcasts will go live on 11, 14, 17 and 19 June at 7 pm.
Image copyright: © Supriya Nagarajan
About the performer
Supriya Nagarajan is a UK based vocalist/composer who creates cross-cultural, cross-genre concept driven immersive music work. She has toured the globe and created work for festivals like the hcmf//, Ultima Oslo and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She is a Performing Rights Society/Jerwood composer and an alumni of New voices 2018 Sound and Music. She is the Artistic Director of Manasamitra, a UK based arts charity, and a passionate advocate for fair access in the music sector. Apart from Dusk Notes, recent releases were on the Come Play with me and Cafe Oto’s Takuroku labels. Supriya also hosts a radio show on Worldwide FM.
Manasamitra is a Yorkshire based arts organisation that specialises in bringing interesting cultural blends together through music and storytelling. Artistic director Supriya Nagarajan is an adept composer/vocalist who has repurposed the work of the company to embrace the new digital avatar of the sector. Podcasting is a new outing for the company and a series of podcasts on the occasion of Diwali in 2020 has led to the new musical work involving ancient Indian mythology. Manasamitra has worked with the Festival and Festival partners Jaipur Literature Festival for the past few years.
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