Rama & Sita

1,624 pages in 7 volumes

A reference booklet in an illustrated box set

270 X 290 mm / 10 1/2 X 11 3/8 in

ISBN : 978-2-903656-76-8

The Ramayana by Valmiki illustrated with Indian miniatures from the 16th to the 19th century

This unprecedented edition showcases for the first time ever in any country Valmiki’s unabridged sacred text illustrated with 660 Indian miniatures, so far unpublished for most of them.

Ten years of research all over the world were needed to select the finest paintings inspired by this holy text: a dazzling journey into the heart of Indian art, into a dreamlike world filled with colour, delicacy and poetry.

A collaboration with eminent specialists

Valmiki’s unabridged text in the benchmark translation from Sanskrit into English under the editorship of Robert P. Goldman, Sally J. Sutherland Goldman and Sheldon I. Pollock, Princeton University Press.

Extraordinary insights into Indian paintings:

600 iconographic commentaries and an introduction by Amina Taha Hussein-Okada, Curator of Indian Art, Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris.

Remarkable didactic and aesthetic insights into the most illustrated work in Indian culture.

A keystone in Indian civilization and culture: B.N. Goswamy, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the Punjab University, Chandigarh, presents in his preface his personal relationship to the holy text and shows how the Ramayana is a companion and guide at all times.

Reading in depth: a booklet of scientific content.
The Ramayana is a founding epic and a masterpiece of Indian literature that exceeds the borders of India and inspires people all over the world. The characters or Rama, Sita and Laksmana embody universal values such as love, loyalty, courage and faith.

The story

The Ramayana tells the story of the exemplary life of Prince Rama. Forced into exile by his father, Rama leaves his native city of Ayodhya to lead the life of an ascetic in the forest, accompanied by his wife Sita and his brother Laksmana. When Ravana, the demon king abducts Sita and carries her off to the island of Lanka, a bloody war breaks out between the troops of the dreaded Ravana and the hosts of bears and monkeys, Rama’s trusty allies. The prince emerges victorious from this gruesome combat and regains his kingdom, where he is warmly welcomed.

Rama’s profound wisdom, his generosity of heart and his supernatural power have made him a legendary hero hallowed not only in India but throughout south Asia. Avatara of the god Vishnu, endowed with all qualities and the highest virtues, he is the incarnation of the dharma and the protector of the world of the living.