This reminds me of another exhibition about an important piece of world literature I saw, but never actually blogged. Earlier this year, Antikenmuseum had an exhibition about Homer, which has moved on unfortunately. As a once student of Latin and thus the antiquities, I felt much more comfortable with the object of that exhibition, i.e. there was much less to learn, but a lot of forgotten stuff to resurface. Nevertheless, I was most captivated by a one man show of H.-Dieter Jendreyko, reciting two books from the Iliad in a way that was probably very authentic. One man's unassisted (Homer didn't need Powerpoint) monologue in classical language for about an hour is well beyond today's regular attention span, but Jendreyko's rhapsodic was so lively and passionate that he never lost his audience for even a second. Great art, indeed.
P.S. Two things I've been wondering about: Why is Rama's skin blue? And why would Bharata refuse to become king?
Indian gods are commonly depicted with blue skin. Most common is Krishna. And Bharat thought his brother deserved the throne, even though his mother didn't.
But about this Bharat guy: Could a contemporary Indian still relate to his decision today? This barely motivated abdication seems to be a bit over the top.
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