It is not too late for me to recommend the very fine exhibition still on at the British Library, London (16 May – 14 Sept 2008) on "THE RAMAYANA: Love and Valour in India’s Great Epic". The exhibition showcases over 120 illustrated manuscripts from the 17th century, from the library’s collection, and, around that visual material, traces the ramifying history of the epic, starting out from the classic Sanskrit version by Valmiki but taking in the multiple reinterpretations in different languages and media, all over India and over a large swathe of South-East Asia too. There is as much there for scholars and experts as for newcomers to the marvellous tale of Rama, Sita, Ravana and Hanuman. This is a bath of Indian and Asian culture, not to be forgotten!
More information at: www.bl.uk/ramayana