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Animation Films Based on Hindu Mythology

Whether it is 2D animation or 3D animation or a combination of both, there is never a dearth of themes in Hindu Mythology. But sadly none of the entertainment houses were interested in exploring this untapped arena, until the huge success of Hanuman. The success of Hanuman has prompted several production houses in India to turn to animation of Hindu Mythologies… or as most adult Indians call it – cartoon for children with Hindu mythology themes. Perhaps animation never made it big in India because of this attitude of the adults. Here is a list of the animation films based on Hindu Mythology. Most of them never had a major theatrical release.The Prince of Light: The Legend of Ramayana directed by Yogo Sako and released in 1992 this was a Japanese production.
Pandavas - The Five Warriors was released in 2000 by Pentamedia Graphics Ltd and was the first 3D animated full length feature from India.
Hanuman released in 2005 was the first indigenous animation success story. This was a major …

Different Versions of the Ramayana around the World

The original Ramayana was written by Sage Valmiki. There are numerous other versions of the Valmiki Ramayana in India and around the world, especially in Southeast Asia. Most of the different versions around the world stick to the main theme but have unique characteristics and a regional flare.Tibetan translation of the Ramayana was made in the 8th or 9th century and this is one of the earliest translations of the Ramayana made in the ancient Tibetan script of Tubo.Chinese Buddhist sutras also contain fragments of the Ramayana. In Indonesia, the Ramayana epic was written in the Old Javanese language around the 8th or 9th century and entitled Ramayana Kakawin.In Laos, the two popular versions of Ramayana are Phra Lak Phra Lam and Gvay Dvorahbi.In Thailand, the popular Thai version of the epic is known as Ramakien which dates back to the 13th century.In Cambodia, the story of Lord Ram is The Reamkher.In Persia, it is the Dastan-e-Ram O Sita and Razmnama.In Nepal, it is the Nepali Sundar…