Surpanakha (or the amorous demoness) : a Kutiyattam dance drama of Kerala State, South India

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  • A Dramatic adaptation of the 2nd act of a 10th century Sanskrit play, the Crest Jewel, in which the sister of Ravana falls in love with Rama. When he rejects her she turns to his brother who also rejects her. Enraged she attacks Rama and his wife, Sita, but Rama's brother intervenes to cut off her nose and ears. She appeals to her brothers for revenge instigating the war between Rama and Ravana.


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