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A compilation of papers presented at a seminar comprising evaluations of the Ramayana recensions, versions or traditions in various languages as also in inscriptions, sculptures, paintings and the performing arts.
The 'Sundara Kanda'--the seed-book or bija-kanda as it has been called, of the Ramayana of Valmiki--is here presented as an autonomous epic by itself, arranged under Seven Books. The verse form used is a 4-line unit in lieu of the Sanskrit anushtup sloka. I have attempted, however, neither a word-for-word translation, nor always a sloka-stanza correspondence. The span of thought often overflows the quatrain mould, thereby softening the metrical monotony.
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