The promise

Vasantha Yogananthan
9791096383016 / -
The promise

The promise

Vasantha Yogananthan
9791096383016 / -
Publisher Chose Commune 2017
Edition Hardcover , 116 pages
Genres Documentary photography
Tags A Myth of Two Souls
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The Promise is the second chapter of Vasantha Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls, which offers a contemporary retelling of The Ramayana. A seven-chapter tale first recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC, The Ramayana is one of the founding epics of Hindu mythology.

Since 2013, Yogananthan has been travelling from north to south India, retracing the itinerary of the epic’s heroes. Between fiction and reality, he deliberately blurs the lines through multiple aesthetic approaches: colour, hand-painted and illustrated photographs are interspersed with vernacular images to compose the layers of this timeless story.

This second book celebrates the love between Rama and Sita, the two main characters of the story. Their union, a festive but challenging event, is strongly embedded in the collective imagination in India and Nepal. The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time, and for Yoganathan’s book has been retold by Indian writer Arshia Sattar.

A Myth of Two Souls consists of seven photobooks, published between 2016-2020.
Each book is a chapter of the epic.

  1. Early Times
  2. The Promise
  3. Exile
  4. Dandaka
  5. Howling winds
  6. Afterlife
  7. Amma


Book title The promise
Photographer Vasantha Yogananthan
ISBN 10 - /
ISBN 13 9791096383016 / 979-10-96383-01-6
Publisher Chose Commune
Publish year 2017
Genre Documentary photography
Book format Hardcover
Language French, English
Pages 116 pages
Number of photographs 63 color photographs
Color or b/w photographs col
Dimensions 24,5 x 30 cm / 9.6 x 11.8 inches
Weight 900 g
Book designer underbau

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