Also known as the Ramavataram, the Kamba Ramayana Ramayanam narrates the story of king Rama of Ayodhya in roughly 12, verses. The story of Rama has been dominating the Indian religious scene from the time immemorial. The complete story of the Ramayapa was hardly popular with the masses in complete form till it was composed by the sage Valmiki in a book form. The Ramayana which is known as the Adikavya or the first ornate poem according to the indigenous estimation is ascribed to the sage Valmiki, the Adikavi or the first author of the ornate poetry.
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Kamba Ramayana. P S Sundaram. A masterly translation of the Tamil version of Ramayana The epic story of Rama, which is part of the Indian collective consciousness, has been retold in many regional languages. Pre-eminent among the many vernacular retellings of the Ramayana is the twelfth-century Tamil version by Kamban. The son of a temple drummer, Kamban is reputed to have had an impressive mastery of Tamil and Sanskrit classics. Fascinated by the lore of Ramayana, he immersed himself totally in it.
Though Kamban acknowledges his indebtedness to the Sanskrit version of the Ramayana by Valmiki, his is an independent work, enriched by various religious, philosophical and literary influences. Kamban, on the other hand, never allows the reader to forget the godhood of Rama. His Ravana too, though flawed, is a heroic figure. Translated into English by the late P. Sundaram, this edition has been abridged and edited by his long-time friend N.
Though pared down from the original six volumes to a single one, this translation retains the magic and poetry of the original.
A Note on Translation. Kishkinda Kandam. Notes and References. About the Author. Ayodhya Kandam. Aranya Kandam. Sundara Kandam. Yuddha Kandam. Kamba Ramayana Penguin classics.
Sri Rama is both God and man. Kavicakravarti Kamban's Ramavataram, Rama's story in six books, is both a landmark in the history of Tamil literature and an exemplary literary masterpiece. There are few lovers of Tamil who have not been entranced by its beauty of expression, richness of imagery and ethical grandeur. Shri V V Slyer, the great revolutionary patriot, would claim for Kamban's Ramavataram an 'individuality' distinct from Valmeeki's. He confidently asserts that Kamban's Ramavataram will stand favourable comparison with the Mahabharata, too. Dr H V Hande, by providing us with this superb English prose rendering of Kamban's Tamil classic, has done the nation a great service.
Kamba-Ramayana (in two volumes)
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Verse by Verse Transltion. Kishkinda Kandam 1. Kishkinda Kandam 5. Sundara Kandam 5.
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