Aligarh : Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) faculty members from the Department of English, Prof Samina Khan and Prof Rashmi Attri spoke on issues related to socio-cultural and literary aspects that synthesize India’s rich cultural heritage in the International Seminar on ‘Social and Cultural Heritage of Ramayana’ of the Faculty of Humanities and Languages, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.
Prof Samina Khan deliberated ‘Ramayana as a Global Text: A Study of its Influence on Urdu Literature and Performance Traditions of North India’, while Prof Rashmi Attri discussed ‘Ecological Study of the Ramcharitmanas’.
Prof Samina talked about how Ramayana transcended all cultural, national and religious boundaries across the world and the influence of Ramayana on Urdu poetry.
“Numerous poetic translations of Ramayana have been done in the Urdu language since the first such translation by Munshi Jagannath Lal Khushtar in 1860”, she said.
Prof Samina also talked about Brij Narayan Chakbast’s ‘Ramayan Ka Ek Scene’ and Allama Iqbal’s poem, ‘Ram’.
Prof Rashmi highlighted Ramcharitmanas as a mark of respect for the nature that human beings have and the epic stresses upon rich biodiversity of those times.