India's great epics Mahabharata and Ramayana will soon be taught in Harvard University.

The course has been named, Indian Religions Through Their Narrative Literatures and will be taught this year onwards.

Furthermore, the course will be taught by Anne E. Monius, the Professor of South Asian Religions at the University.


Course description:

  • As reported by NDTV, the course will examine the religious traditions and communities of South Asia through the stories told
  • As said by Professor Anne E. Monius, the course will teach students about Indian religions from the poetic visions of Vyasa and Valmiki and to modern performances of the epics in urban street theatres and television serials
  • The course will also look into dance performances, shadow puppet plays, modern fictional retelling, and televised renditions of the stories.

Here's what Anne E. Monius said:

While talking about the universality of the two epics, Anne E. Monius in a recent NDTV report said, "The Indian epics are long and complex narratives that speak to virtually every aspect of human experience. While the Mahabharata is a sobering tale of cataclysmic war and loss, the Ramayana is one of India's great love stories."

Once the course is over, her students would be able to appreciate the richness of the texts and develop varied lenses with which to examine the different practices and traditions that make up what scholars have called Hinduism," said Anne E. Monius to NDTV