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.

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. 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 2016-2019, one per chapter of the epic.

The Promise
First edition of 1.000 copies
Photographs: Vasantha Yogananthan
Text: Arshia Sattar
Graphic design: Kummer&Herrman
Hardcover
24,5 x 30 cm
63 photographs / 116 pages
French / English
ISBN: 979-10-96383-01-6

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Award
Finalist of The Prix du Livre des Rencontres d'Arles 2017

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