India's sacred epic found its way to French publisher Diane de Selliers a decade back who has now brought out an anthology of Ramayana which promises to be a stunning representation of the Indian masterpiece. It includes 48,000 verses divided over seven books illustrated by 660 Indian miniature paintings. Titled Ramayana by Valmiki, illustrated with Indian Miniatures from the 16th to 19th century, the book has been compiled from major works preserved in over 70 museums in India, Europe, USA, Pakistan, etc including private collections.
Imagine Ravana announcing, 'Je vais porter Sita çà dans mon char' ('I will bring Sita hither in my chariot').
Check out www.ramayanabook.com
Spouting poetry in four languages
If you think you have a way with words and thrive on expressing every event and emotion, don't miss the monthly meeting of poetry group, Poetree, this week. Founder Amit Dahiya insists that a 'poet resides in every one of us'. "People come together from all walks of life, to pour out their hearts through their words," he says. Reciting in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English, these monthly meetings are haven for even closet poets. Even if the word 'recitation' reminds you of kindergarten jitters, give it a shot. Oct 28, 6.45pm. American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Call 23472114.
Meet you at Jazz corner
Jump4Joy, a four-member Swedish jazz band brings its unique sound and special humour to a show celebrating the fifth edition of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week. The band is consistently experimental in their performances, and they have often played at clubs, concerts, festivals and even at burlesque shows and with gospel choirs. Band member Ulf Sandstrom with his magnetic voice is skilled in piano and the organ while Bo Gustafsson plays jazz and ska, a type of Jamaican pop music, on the saxophone. Oct 23, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, call 9810543207 / 9711217079 for details.