Collaborative Storytelling: Resurrecting Jatayu
Friday, February 12, 2:00pm

Anuj Vaidya will be guiding HIVES collaborators in a storytelling exercise as we reimagine the story of Jatayu from the Ramayana. In Hinduism's ledger of good against evil, the vulture Jatayu occupies an exalted position. Known for his courage and loyalty, Jatayu plays a significant role in the Indian epic, the Ramayana. When Ravana abducts Sita and whisks her away to Lanka in his flying chariot, it is the fearless Jatayu who tries to stop him. An aerial battle ensues. Ravana eventually prevails, chopping off Jatayu's wing, disabling him from fight and flight, and eventually life itself. Deeply moved by Jatayu’s act of self-sacrifice, Rama performs last rites for the vulture, making kin across species. This workshop will be focused on creating stories that breathe, move, and twist with the motion of Jatayu’s speculative prosthetic wing.

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