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Countless Ramayanas: Language and Cosmopolitan Belonging in a South Asian Epic

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Rafadi Hakim

Carleton College, ID
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Class of 2013

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The Kiski Kahani project in Pune, India, is a not-for-profit program that compiles stories of the Ramayana, a South Asian epic, and publishes them in English. Kiski Kahani’s ideology rejects the Hindu nationalist master narrative of the Ramayana, and privileges the fragmentary, improvised stories of the epics. As a socially grounded language practice, Kiski Kahani’s retellings are grounded in pan-Indian, cosmopolitan modalities that index a sense of belonging to a pluri-cultural nation: the use of English rather than Hindi or Marathi, and a curation of stories from diverse Indian regions and languages that develops an emerging genre.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.117
How to Cite: Hakim, R., (2014). Countless Ramayanas: Language and Cosmopolitan Belonging in a South Asian Epic. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 21(2), pp.4–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.117
Published on 30 Jun 2014.
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