After 8 years of ups and downs, researching and traveling throughout South East Asia, I have plotted a 50 issue interpretation of the Asian epic, The Ramayana, and I need the help of YOU (Patreon supporters) for me to draw, color and edit this amazing piece of work for the 21st century.
I am an artist, writer and creator looking to bring this timeless story to a global audience and your support, even with as little as $1, will help me achieve this.
With your help, I feel by updating the story into a modern and recognizable setting, I can make The Ramayana as familiar to westerners as Superman, Mickey Mouse and Super Mario, whilst at the same time refreshing the story for millions of readers in Asia.
I intend to produce a completed issue every two weeks, with a short break between books until the Indian Festival of Diwali
My vision is for an entire graphic novel telling the story of Rama’s adventure against the evil Ravana, which will bring the exploits of Rama, Hanuman, Laksman and Sita to as many people as possible around the world.
I aim to produce over 1200 pages of artwork and dialogue, divided into 50 issues (24-32 pages per issue) initially through this platform and my website. At the conclusion of each Book (or Kanda) I will collect the relevant issues into printed volumes and offer them as rewards and for sale in the not so distant future.
The organizers of the Mumbai comic convention (the largest in the world) have described my project as:
“fantastic work….a piece of art”
The Ramayana story, originating in India over 2000 years ago, is ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki and forms an important part of the Hindu oral tradition. It is one of the two great epics of India, the other being the Mahabharata.
The Ramyana is about the duties of relationships and portrays ideal characters, such as the ideal father, ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal King. The Ramayana explores human values and the concept of dharma.
The Ramayana is not just a story, it presents the teachings of ancient Hindu sages in narrative allegory. The characters Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Hanuman and Ravana are all fundamental to the cultural consciousness of India, Nepal, and many South-East Asian countries, such as Thailand and Indonesia. There are over 1000 interpretations of the epic.
My work is an interpretation of the Valmiki text and is called "Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance."
It is a contemporary re-telling of the story, set in a modern metropolis in an Asian country different, but recognizable to today’s rapidly evolving Asian cities.
Along with familiar themes in the original story of Rama’s quest, with the help of his brother and Hanuman, to rescue Sita from Ravana’s clutches, my story mirrors the mass consumerism that is a consequences of rapid globalization as well as celebrates the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Asia.
Using the trajectory of the ancient story, I attempt to apply the concept ofMono-Myths to the Ramayana. The concept was introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), who described the basic narrative pattern as follows:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
This idea was most successfully deployed in George Lucas's 'Star Wars' saga .
Whilst the Ramayana significantly predates the 20th and the 21st centuries, my work does demonstrate the same theory and is in the mould of the contemporary obsession with fantasy world building illustrated in the Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and many other popular franchises. The hero, Rama and his brother, Laksman, are drawn into the adventure after Rama's beloved Sita is captured. Enlisting the help of Hanuman and the Vanara, Rama discovers he has supernatural powers to aid him on his quest. Rama must overcome doubts about his own abilities and great obstacles if he is to free Sita from the clutches of Ravana and in doing so bring freedom to his compatriots.
My story is based on and sticks closely to the authoritative text and will be recognizable to millions of Asians around the world many of whom know it off by heart.
Your support will help me dedicate my time and effort to completing what has become a life time's work: Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance.
The long term goal is to complete the project with your generous support.
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