THE PROMISE . Vasantha Yogananthan


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The Promise is the second chapter of Vasantha Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls, which offers a contemporary retelling of The Ramayana. A seven-chapter tale first recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC, The Ramayana is one of the founding epics of Hindu mythology.

Since 2013, Yogananthan has been travelling from north to south India, retracing the itinerary of the epic’s heroes. Between fiction and reality, he deliberately blurs the lines through multiple aesthetic approaches: colour, hand-painted and illustrated photographs are interspersed with vernacular images to compose the layers of this timeless story.

This second book celebrates the love between Rama and Sita, the two main characters of the story. Their union, a festive but challenging event, is strongly embedded in the collective imagination in India and Nepal. The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time, and for Yoganathan’s book has been retold by Indian writer Arshia Sattar.

A Myth of Two Souls will be published in seven photobooks between 2016-2020, one per chapter of the epic.


Vasantha Yogananthan

First edition of 1.000 copies

Photographs: Vasantha Yogananthan 

Text: Arshia Sattar

Graphic design: Kummer&Herrman 


24,5 x 30 cm 

63 photographs

116 pages 

French / English 

Publication date: 18 April 2017 

ISBN: 979-10-96383-01-6


Shortlisted for Arles Author Book Award 2017

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