This summer the Thai ministry of Arts and Culture has taken Thai traditional arts and culture tfor a month-long caravan of festivities, it ends on the streets of the Belgian City of Antwerp according to the English language Bangkok Post.Read More
I've been recently doing a lot of research in regard to developing the project Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance, reading what seems to be articles on media (be that TV, FIlm, Art etc) and it's connection to its audience(s). No single piece of exists in a vacuum but in relation to what has come before, in the present and the future; it literally becomes a part of the very fabric of the culture of the people, communities, and society that consumes it through a variety of traditional art forms such as Muay Thai (Kick Boxing), and if it is considered exemplary becomes iconic of its country lasting many years after the death of its creator(s).Read More
It’s as old as cinema itself: if you want to drive home a bad guy’s nefarious nature, give them a big facial scar. From Darth Vader to The Lion King’s imaginatively named Scar, for as long as films have existed, film-makers have conflated disfigurement with mental instability or malevolence. The trope is still going strong in Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story – physical otherness equals evil.Read More
Some rather random searching on the internet and I've managed to bump into a broad collection of stamp images from around South East Asia that feature images from the Ramayana.
You can see over 25 images from the 1970s up to the present day which you view here.
If anything it demonstrates the continuing relevance of this ancient epic throughout the Aisa - Pacific region.Read More
Is that Hanuman? New Thai drama on Netflix Monkey Twins melds Traditional Thai Dance with Muay Thai - which isn't surprising as Ramakien (the Thai version of the Ramayana ) inspired both these native art forms.
In accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Act) Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance Ltd and ramyan.net is now subject to the new privacy protections that came in force on Friday 25th May 2018 across the EU and the UK.Read More
It’s been an exciting and sometimes painful (more on this later) journey throughout Europe as I’ve taken Ramayana The Thread of Luminance to market, to coin a phrase, at MiPtv 2018 in a very rainy and cold Cannes in the south of France.
Most people will associate the French Rivera with glamour and film stars, but this week it was home to the ‘largest week in television’ as 5000 participants from all corners of the globe descended to sell, promote and sign deals in the international television industry along with networking opportunities. Whilst the strikes and weather in France did dent opportunities to take a break on the beach, I did manage to talk to a variety of co- production companies and distributors about my intentions to create the next big thing from my tireless work over the last decade.Read More
Various New Years in South East Asia; Songkran in Thailand and Khmer New Year in Cambodia at the same time so I felt that I'd get Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance involved in the celebrations. This image was inspired by the late Kak Channthy and her band Cambodia Space Project. See more at /postersRead More
I know that I promised to email every month with updates but in my defence I have been caught up in a lot of work.
Since completing my digital comic and celebrating various holidays and birthdays, I have taken up the task of developing Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance project into a TV series.
Unlike drawing and writing over 1300 pages of comics and artwork, which seems easy in comparison, creating a TV series based on the Indian and Asian Epic is not a walk in the park. I have been researching what goes into creating a modern TV series.Read More
Typically here I am preparing to take Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance to Cannes France, having spend years developing the project as a digital comic that you can still read (starting here) as that meant concentrating on drawing and writing out my interpretation I managed to miss The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe at the Asian Art Musuem in San Francisco in late 2016 and early 2017.Read More
I recently finished via BBC iPlayer to catch up and view all 9 episodes of Civilisation along with articles and radio programs that look at what mean when we used term 'Civilsiation' .
It was amazing stuff - as the presenter and rostrum camera linger on works of art, ancient, modern and in the last episode contemporary.
Over the 9 hours of arts programming the historians and academics; Simon Schama, Mark Beard and David Olusoga, over two years travelled to all corners of the world to discover monuments of civilisations giving their own interpretation of the what makes a civilisations.Read More
Sad news this morning that Kak Channthy; the lead vocalist of Cambodia Space Project has died in a tragic traffic accident in her native city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Along with others of her generation that survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and then Civil War, she along with the rest of CSP rebuilt the cultural identity of the Cambodia that Pol Pot and his murderous regime that tried to extinguish contemporary culture in the South East Asian Country.Read More
Readers of my blog will doubt remember me posting and adding a images of the book Rama the Steadfast: An Early Form of the Rāmāyaṇa (2006) that inspired and help me structure the Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance, and among all the books I've read in preparation and research before and whilst working on my unique interpretation I've always wanted to thank the authors; John and Mary Brockington who produced a new translation from the original Sanskrit.Read More