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Is anime culture polluting Indian culture? Shouldn't anime sites be banned in India to protect Hinduism?
There are many things that are polluting Indian culture from time immemorial and if today you are asking that do anime culture belongs to one of those things then you need to go a little back in time , may be two or three decades back.
Many Indians who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s will remember the animated film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama.
Do you Know,it was regularly broadcast on Cartoon Network in India, but wasn’t released in theaters.
You know why?
Yugo Sako, born in Gifu, Japan on February 4, 1928, lost his parents in his very early childhood, and seemingly predestined to enter the Buddhist priesthood.
He was than deeply steeped in the Indian philosophy and ideas as well as in the Zen culture. After his first visit to India in 1970, he has become more fascinated with India and paid more than 40 visits, producing many documentary films on India.
It was a major turning point that he met Dr.
Lal in 1983, who was a noted archaeologist called the reincarnation of Schliemann in India.
While working on "The Ramayana Relics" a documentary film about excavations by Dr.
Lal near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh (India) Yugo Sako came to know about the story of Ramayana.
He liked the story of the Ramayana so much he researched deeper into the topic and went on to read 10 versions of Ramayana in Japanese.
After reading the Ramayana he wanted to adapt it into animation as he didn't think a live-action movie could capture the true essence of Ramayana,"Because Ram is God, I felt it was best to depict him in animation, rather than by an actor" .Yugo Sako wanted to remain true to the original epic so he came to India and met with scholars, archaeologists, historians and started working out on the details, during this he met Ram Mohan (Father Of Indian Animation and Padma Shri Awardee) and collaborated with him on the film. A new production studio Nippon Ramayana Film Co.
was set up and the principal animation of the film began in 1990 with 450 artists on board which blended anime visuals with Indian classical painting.
Indian animators guided their Japanese teammates with Indian customs and traditions depicted in the film like how dhotis are worn and how the children receive blessings from their elders. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (ラーマヤーナ ラーマ王子伝説Rāmayāna: Rāma-Ōji Densetsu) was made in 1992,an Indo-Japanese traditional animation feature film directed by and produced by Yugo Sako.
This film was made as a part of the 40th anniversary of India-Japan diplomatic relations and was worked on by teams from both countries.
It won Best Animation Film of the Year at the 2000 Santa Clarita International Film Festival in the United States. BUT Indian Express,one of the leading national dailies, in its edition of April 25, 1983 carried an article on Sako’s work misinterpreted Yugo Sako's "The Ramayana Relics" documentary and published that he was making a new Ramayana.
Soon thereafter, a protest letter based on the misunderstanding from the Vishva Hindu Parishad was received by the Japanese Embassy in Delhi, which said that no foreigners could arbitrarily cinematize Ramayana because it was the great national heritage of India. After the misconceptions were cleared, Yugo Sako proposed the idea of an animated Ramayana to the VHP and the government.
He told them that animation was a serious art form in Japan and it would help bring the Ramayana to a wider global audience.
The Government agreed initially, but later declined his proposal for a bi-nation collaboration, saying the Ramayana is a very sensitive subject and cannot be portrayed as a cartoon.
Also, the fact that the movie was being made at the height of the Ayodhya dispute , added to the controversy and axed the prospects of producing it in India.
With no choice and support left, the movie was ultimately produced in Japan. The catch was that while animation is an elevated art form that deals with serious themes in Japan, it is still considered a children’s genre in India.The animated film skipped India cinemas but made its way globally under the title The Warrior Prince.
Had it been released as intended, Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama would have been considered a landmark in animation.
The final film, which was made in Japanese, Hindi, and English, cost nearly $13 million. Yugo Sako died on 24 April 2012 at the age of 84 due to aspiration pneumonia in Minato, Tokyo.
At the time of his death, he was working on the story of Lord Krishna, the Celestial Cowherd. Coming back to the question. Is anime culture polluting Indian culture? Not as long as your mind is polluted. Shouldn't anime sites be banned in India to protect Hinduism? Proper Education is needed ,banning will only lead to chaos in future. And I don’t think that anime culture belongs to one of those things that are polluting Indian culture.
Just in case if you think the opposite ,kindly go and watch this movie which is easily available in Hindi as well as in English on youtube Sources:- Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Yugo Sako Ram Mohan Protests by VHP activists meant that this gorgeous animated ‘Ramayana’ never got an Indian release EDIT 1 :- Overwhelmed by the people's response in the comment section and seeing their memories attached with this movie I also want to tell about days of my childhood between 2005–2010 when this movie use to come on DD National on special occasions of Ram Navmi , Dusshera and Diwali.I remember watching this movie with my family with tears sometime coming out.Though I wasn't so lucky to see it many times as I didn't have Cable or DVD player at that time but those few times were really worthy. EDIT 2 :-This is my third answer to cross 1K upvotes and the first answer to cross 1.5k.
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