The Ramayana


A number of movies and television serials have been produced based upon the Ramayana.


Starting in 1978, and under the supervision of Baba Hari Dass, the Ramayana has been performed every year by Mount Madonna School in Watsonville,[74] California. Currently, it is the largest yearly, Western version of the epic being performed. It takes the form of a colorful musical with custom costumes, sung and spoken dialog, jazz-rock orchestration and dance. This performance takes place in a large audience theater setting usually in June, in San Jose, CA.[75] Baba Hari Dass has taught acting arts, costume-attire design, mask making, and choreography to bring alive characters of Sri Ram, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana, Shiva, Parvati, Vibhishan, Jatayu, Sugriva, Surpanakha, Ravana and his rakshasa court, Meghnaad, Kumbhakarna, and the army of monkeys and demons.


  • Sampoorna Ramayanam – A 1958 Telugu movie starring N. T. Rama Rao
  • Sampoorna Ramayana,1961 Hindi film directed by Babubhai Mistry
  • Lava Kusha – A 1963 uttara kandam based Telugu movie starring N. T. Rama Rao
  • Kanchana Sita - A 1977 Malayalam film by G. Aravindan
  • Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama – A Japanese animated film released in Hindi, Japanese and English languages.
  • A Little Princess – A 1995 drama film where the main character tells the story
  • Sita Sings the Blues – An independent animated film (2008).
  • Lava Kusa: The Warrior Twins – Animated film based on uttara kandam (2010).
  • Ramayana: The Epic – A Warner Bros. Indian animated film (2010).
  • Sri Rama Rajyam – Movie based on Uttara (2011)telugu language starring Nandamuri Balakrishna.
  • Mumbai Musical - DreamWorks Animation (2016).


  • Kanchana Sita, Saketham and Lankalakshmi – award winning trilogy by Malayalam playwright C. N. Sreekantan Nair
  • Lankeswaran play by award winning Tamil actor R. S. Manohar[76]

Serials (TV series)

  • Ramayan (1987) – Originally broadcast on Doordarshan.
  • Ramayan (2008) – Originally broadcast on NDTV Imagine.
  • Ramayan (2012) – A remake of the 1987 series.
  • Antariksh (2004) – A sci-fi version of Ramayan. Originally broadcast on Star Plus.

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