Sunday, 1 November 2009

Keeping myths alive

India has adopted a narrative mechanism of the West to keep the story of ancient and sacred texts, like the Ramayana, alive amongst a younger generation: the comic book. Julie Romain, the curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, organized Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India's Comics. It's interesting to see archetypes like Durga and Krishna depicted in X-Men style fashion. But what better medium than the graphic novel to bring Devi, Vishnu and Hanuman to life? It's a interesting fusion of East/West and pop/fine art. See Scott Timberg's piece here.

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