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The Ramayana Chorus for the Classroom
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Useful Websites

>>The Ancient Indian Homepage
Provides a table of contents which includes Mahabharata, Ramayana, Krishna and Radha, Durga, Ganesha, Hunuman, Shiva, Rama and Lakshman and Sita, Vishnu, and other links to related sites (including an amazing one to "the Hindu universe"). Each entry provides a general overview of the text or god and an image.

>>The Ramayana Story
Ten images which tell the story (each is clickable to see a full screen image) with links to 2 lesson plans, "Rama and the Ramayana: Lessons in Dharma" (includes a 10 item summary with images) and "Understanding Karma, Dharma, and Samsara."

>>Ramayan Stories from Amar Chitra Katha
Amar Chitra Katha is a comic book company that publishes stories about Indian culture, History, epics, mythology, political figures etc. They have published whole comic books on line. Check out their site for Ramayana.

>>Exploring Ancient World Cultures - Ancient India Homepage
Links to essays, resources, maps/images, www sites, chronology, and quizzes.

>>Ramayana
Story told through beautiful images and pictures (3 pages). Links to a gallery of related images. Images are rather small.

>>Inroduction to the Study of Ramayana
A brief synopsis of the genesis of the Spotlight on the Ramayana project.

>>Patas (Scroll Paintings) by patuas (folk artist) of Medinipur, West Bengal, India
at SUNY Oswego
The patuas of Medinipur have for many generations painted scrolls designed to be unrolled while the story accompanying the pictures is sung.

>>Singing Painters of Bengal
Article by Emily K. Bloch, University of Chicago
Fantastic creatures, snake goddesses and unorthodox narratives have been portrayed in bright colored Bengali scroll paintings (pats or chitras) since the second century BC...

>>Meeting God: Elements of Devotion in India
This new online exhibit from the Huntington Archive showcases a selection of photos featured in two museum exhibits and a book of the same name. The site consists of approximately seventy-five images arranged in eight sections. These include Morning Prayers, Household Worship, Processional Images, and Vows and Healing, among others. The images themselves are offered as large thumbnails in a left-hand frame which produce a full-sized image accompanied by a brief description in the main frame.

>>Cooking for the Gods
Homepage for an exhibition entitled "Cooking for the Gods: The Art of Home Ritual in Bengal" organized for the Newark Museum. Links to images of Shrines, Deities, Implements, Utensils, Architecture and Ornament, Votive Objects and Toys.

>>The Ramakien in Thai Art
General article about the Ramakien (the Thai telling of the story of Rama) with some great images and lots of links.

>>Wayang Golek
Summary and image of the wooden puppet plays of West Java.

>>Mithila
A short summary of the Rama story adapted from an excerpt by Carolyn H. Brown. The site also includes an image of the snake goddess.

>>Madhubani Paintings
This site includes an extensive collection of images of Madhubani paintings, the famous art made by women in the North Indian state of Bihar, with descriptions of each of the paintings, and explanations of their significance. The links to Mithila paintings above refer to the same kind of paintings as Madhubani. Mithila and Madhubani are two different names to refer to the same region in Bihar, India.

>>Artists of Nathdwara
This site is intended for use by K-12 students and their teachers, as well as by anyone who is interested in learning about the traditions of this artist community in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Here you will learn about the town of Nathadwara, the artists who live there, the deity to whom they dedicate their work, how they create their art, and what role squirrels play in this creation. You will also have an opportunity to make some of your own drawings in the Nathadwara style.

>>The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh
This website is dedicated to celebrating one of Bangladesh's unique popular arts, the paintings and decorations on the three-wheeled cycle ricksha -- or "rickshaw", as spelled in English dictionaries. This is a popular art form as opposed to "fine" arts. It appropriates multiple forms which include folklore, classical art elements, and commercial forms. It also reflects the economic globalization process, which is occurring all over the world today.

>>Social Studies School Service
Social Studies School Service is an educational supply house located in the L.A. area. Much of their material is catalogued on-line, and they often have on-line lessons and resources posted. They have fairly extensive resources on India for sale. Their site provides search capabilities within their own materials and links to searching the rest of the web. Various other on-line resources on India can be accessed directly through their web site as well.

>>The Hindi Lessons Web Page
Learn to read and write Hindi language by visiting this site and trying out the lessons presented here.

>>Story of King Harishchandra
The story of King Harishchandra is a famous one in India. On this page, it is narrated, in brief, with the help of folkpainting scrolls from Bengal.

>>The Story of Pabuji
An oral epic from Rajasthan

>>Digital Himalaya
Digital Himalaya is a pilot project [est. Dec 2000] to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region. The Digital Himalaya ethnographic archive includes photographs, films, sound recordings, fieldnotes, and texts from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Indian Himalayas (including Sikkim). These materials date from the early 20th century to the present. The work of many anthropologists and travellers is represented, including Christoph von Fuerer-Haimendorf and Frederick Williamson. Digital Himalaya intends to make portions of these archives available on DVD and/or over Broadband Internet within the next two years. A major goal of the project is to make these historic ethnographic materials accessible to the communities from which they originated.

>>Harappa: The Indus Valley and the Raj in India and Pakistan
Glimpses of India and Pakistan before 1947 and the story of the ancient Indus Valley. Old photographs, rare film footage and long unseen media from before independence in India and Pakistan.

>>How to Wrap a Sari
If you have ever wondered how do Indian women wrap the saree around them, here is your chance to find out!

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