Reimagining the Spatial Context of Ramayana and Mahabharata
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Literature has greatly influenced architecture by extending several avenues to imagine spaces by pushing the envelope and offering unique and impactful spatial experiences. Architecture and literature share a common ground with respect to space. While architecture is its physical manifestation, literature is the verbal expression, that allows the reader to construct their own visual representation of it. Ramayana and Mahabharata are two of the oldest and the most popular epics in India and have been narrated to a wide range of audiences through different mediums, over the generations. The highly evolved and layered storytelling, characters, and instances in these two epics offer an excellent scope to reimagine its spatial context and highlight how spaces can drastically change the course of a narrative. By picking specific instances, events, or moments from these epics, the students will try to reimagine their spatial morphology in the current context, which would offer layered and fresh insights into the idea of space-making through a holistic approach. Layered by powerful narratives, these imagined spaces would possess a dynamic quality, as though they are set in motion.

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