The story of Ramayana were first recorded in 24,000 stanzas by the Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC. It is constantly rewritten and reinterpreted, continuing to evolve today. In 1987 the Ramayana TV-series became the most-watched mythological series ever.
The first expedition was in February 2013 and the last is planned for January 2018. Vasantha is able to geographically follow the characters’ journey in the poem, for the mythical-sounding place names – Ayodha, Hampi, Chitrakoot – still exist today.
In his artist statement, Vasantha writes: “It will be a personal allegory of the Ramayana. The goal is to create an online community – both in India and Europe – to share and exchange personal stories along with various interpretations of theRamayana.
“Seven photobooks – one per chapter – will be published from 2016 to 2019. They will be available in both French and English editions. Two travelling exhibitions will be produced for India and Europe. A special photobook will also be published in Hindi in 2019 in a format and production allowing a low price to make it available to the widest possible audience in India.”