The Department of Comparative Literature of the Central University of Kerala will host Katha 1: Ramayana and other stories, a spectacular celebration of the art of storytelling, using the Ramayana as a backdrop. This is the first in a series of public events based on the theme of Narrative and the one-day programme on 22 January 2010 will feature Paula Richman of Oberlin College, Ohio.
The story, or katha has been vital in moulding societies and cultures. In order to stress the comparative orientation of the programme, they bring together various narratives – oratory, poetry, photography, documentaries, and puppetry – into the single frame of Katha 1!
In addition to Paula Richman who will speak on “The Unique Ramayana Traditions of South India”, there will be Vellikkeel Raghavan talking on “Literary Traditions of North Malabar”, Readings from Mappila Ramayanam, a unique Muslim Ramayana, documentaries (on the cockfight pastime of the coastal region) and more.