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Rare Ramayana Painting Exhibition in British Library London

Starting from May 16, 2008, the British Library in London will be exhibiting more than 100 paintings from the 17th-century Mewar Ramayana manuscripts. The free-entry exhibition is titled 'The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic' and will end on September 14, 2008. About the 17th-century Mewar Ramayana manuscriptsCommissioned by Jagat Singh, this illustrated manuscript of the 'Ramayana' is on the grandest scale, consisting of seven large volumes with over 400 paintings. Four of the original seven volumes are in the British Library, having been given by Maharana Bhim Singh to James Tod, the historian of the Rajputs, in about 1820. The principal artist working in the Udaipur court studio in the 17th century was Sahib Din. His known works span the years 1628 to 1653. By select and inventive borrowings from the type of popular work produced in the Mughal capital, he was able to transform Rajput painting into a sophisticated vehicle for the depiction of Rajp…

Motivational Thoughts from Swami Vivekananda

Anything (reference to fear of God, superstition) that makes you weak, physically, intellectually, spiritually, reject it as poison. It cannot be true. For Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity. If we are serious in our effort to build a strong and integrated India, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that the younger generation understands and appreciates, not only its religious traditions, but also that of the other religions in the country.Give up all that hateful malice, that doglike bickering and barking at one another and take your stand on good purpose, right means, righteous courage, and be brave.I admire the British perseverance and the American spirit of equality. I want you to make a European society, with India’s religion.Be an occidental in your spirit of equality, freedom, work ethics, and energy. But if you give up Indian spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the civilization of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race. Bec…

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