Lord Hanuman: The Spirit of the Ramayana
A special satsang with world renowned Ramayana scholar Dr.Philip Lutgendorf
Saturday April 14th 2018 — 3:30 pm
Mt. Madonna Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir
Join us for a Lecture followed by a Ram Lila excerpt and a musical presentation by leading bay area actors and musicians.
Philip Lutgendorf is Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies and has taught in the University of Iowa's Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature since 1985. His book on the performance of the Hindi Ramayana, The Life of a Text (University of California Press, 1991) won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002-03 for his research on Hanuman, which has appeared as Hanuman's Tale, The Messages of a Divine Monkey (Oxford University Press, 2007). His interests include epic performance traditions, folklore and popular culture, and mass media. He maintains a website devoted to Indian popular cinema, a.k.a. "Bollywood". His research on the cultural history of tea drinking in India was supported by a Fulbright-Hays Senior Overseas Research Fellowship (2010-11). He is presently translating the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas, in seven dual-language volumes, for the Murty Classical Library of India/ Harvard University Press. He has served, since 2010, as President of the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Actors: Ashoka Upadhya / Sunny Moza / Shrisha Yelluru / Bhagawan Krishnaswamy
Musicians: Karthik Lakshminarayanan / Kaushik Lakshminarayanan / Karthik Gopalaratnam / Lavanya Kothandaraman / Priya Krishnan Parameswaran
Production Design: Mahintha Chandramouli I Produced by Paramesh Gopi
This is a free event, but Mount Madonna Center requires a reservation for visiting.