Tale of love, death and desire

A TWO thousand year old tale will hit Heath Ledger Theatre with Indian epic The Ramayana, a story of love, honour, death and desire.

The ancient tale has been performed through narration and chants countless times throughout South East Asia from Angkor Wat to Bali, telling the story of the divine prince Rama and his wife Sita who is kidnapped by King Ravana, a great warrior, ruler and scholar brought low by his desire for Sita.

Put on by local Indian arts troupe Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, their dance and music-filled version called I am Ravana, has a cast of more than a hundred performers in a story that the Indian diaspora has brought with them across the world.  It runs July 7 to 10, tickets $30 through bookings@smv.org.au, or http://www.smv.org.au for more info.

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