- Published: Monday, 13 November 2017 12:59
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But what is the connection between the Philippines and the ancient Indian epic?
Turns out, Hindu influences and folklore arrived in the Philippines around the 9th or 10th century AD, say Indologists Juan R. Francisco and Josephine Acosta Pasricha. The Philippines' famous dance 'Singkil' is based on the Ramayana. It is a folk dance of the Maranao people of the island nation's Lake Lanao.
The Ramayana in the Philippines is called 'Maharadia Lawana' which means 'King Ravana'.
In Manila today, a troupe performed a ballet, 'Rama Hari' based on 'Maharadia Lawana' . In attendance were, US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe among others, in addition to PM Modi.
The PM said the ballet "beautifully highlighted" parts of the Ramayana.
Modi also called the Filipino ballet "stupendous".
(Source: The Times Of India)