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Breaking from tradition, all-women panel reads Ramayana

August 04, 2003 13:27 IST

Breaking into the traditionally male-dominated bastion of reading Hindu scriptures, three women created a record when they read the Ramayana for five nights at a function hosted in Port of Spain, Trinadad (a part of the West Indies).

The all-women panel read from the Ramayana at the religious ceremony hosted by the Hindu Prachar Kendra's Ninth Annual Tulsidas Jayanti Festival.

The triad included Mayaanti Maharaj, Gita Ramsingh and  Shakuntala Jangabahadoor, all from Trinidad and Tobago.

Jangabahadoor, a secondary school teacher, is also a well-known singer who has studied classical Indian music at the Gandharva Mahavidyala, New Delhi on a scholarship from the Indian government.

Gita Ramsingh already holds the honour of becoming the first woman to sing the Ramayana in 1990.


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Sub: First woman to read Ramayana?

Check your facts again mister!!! Didn't your Grand Ma or Mom read it? If you are referring to public recital, scores have done it for ...


Posted by Raj





Sub: Women read Ramayana

What is novel in this?. This news is a Himalayan Blunder The Hindu tradition never says that Ramayana should not be read by women. If ...


Posted by anil kumar.G





Sub: ramayana and women

What peace of news, rather the heading, is trying to communicate is misleading. Through out India, wherever there is Akhand Ramayana recitation, more than 80% ...


Posted by neerajgoel





Sub: What Nonsense!

The Ramayana is read by millions of women in the North!


Posted by Ratnakar Tiwari





Sub: reading ranayama

deserves a mention in the guinness book of records?


Posted by eqbal j dr




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