Today I saw the play “Revisiting the Epics” at Epicentre, Gurgaon, starring Tom Alter and it was great to see him perform after ages! The play had 3 scenes: 1 from Ramayana and 2 from Mahabharta. After watching the scene from Ramayana on Sita’s kidnap and rescue, I couldn’t help but draw similarities to Iliad. Again I’m mystified of how the stories traveled in BC era as all early mythologies are similar, like the adaptation of Noah’s Ark that appears in all mythologies.
But what actually struck me after revisiting the epics was why Ravana is regarded as evil and Ram as God? Ravana was the most learned man in that era, he knew scriptures well and wrote poems and songs. Even after kidnapping Sita he never violated her. Ram, on the other hand, never accepted Sita back, even though she passed the fire test in flying colors and ultimately he forced to become one with mother earth. Isn’t Ravana’s folly of kidnapping Sita too minuscule as compared to the constant misery that Ram subjected her to for the rest of her life, for no fault of hers.
Thus if we really think objectively, we perhaps need to revisit the whole “good over evil” story and think whether it was actually so. I believe Mani Ratnam through his movie “Raavan” had tried to convey the same message but i guess the meaning was somehow lost in translation. It’s time to rewrite the past!!