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Research on India in Finland. Past, Present, Future (University of Helsinki, edited by Xenia Zeiler)

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

Raji: An Ancient Epic Of course, there are also games based on both Hindu mythology in their details and on Indian cultural heritage in general. A recent, complex example (the game has not even been released yet) which in both its narrative and its aesthetics invoke these themes is Raji: An Ancient Epic (forthcoming):

Raji: An Ancient Epic is a video game set in ancient India. Chaos unfolds as demons invade to conquer the human realm with ambitions to overthrow the mighty gods themselves. Amidst this chaos, a girl is chosen, her destiny to face the demon lord Mahabalasura. The demon lord plans to sacrifice Raji's very own younger brother, which will complete a ritual granting him relentless powers. Blessed by the gods, Raji set's on her journey to rescue her younger brother, and to face the treacherous Mahabalasura. An adventure awaits.

(Raji: An Ancient Epic 2017) Apart from storylines that draw heavily on Hindu mythology, game trailers may reveal, even at first glance, that many artistic elements of cultural heritage have been incorporated, for example, Raji: An Ancient Epic - Game Teaser 2017. The music of this game uses tablas and other instruments characteristic of classical Indian music styles. The main character’s ankle bells jingle as she walks, and she is clearly dressed in a way that evokes Indian dress styles. The colors and architectural optics are visibly based on Indian cultural heritage. All of these aspects are consciously meant to rather accurately depict Indian cultural heritage, as the game developers state: “We are an Indie game development company situated in Pune, India. We are working on the game we always wanted to make, a game which reflects lore, myths and stories from our motherland.” (NoddingHeadsGames 2017). Source: link

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