I was listening to a radio program about the Ramayana, and while I was listening, I sketched this picture. I liked it so much, I refined it and painted it.

Prince Rama has been living in the forest with his wife Sita. He has just learned from Jatayu that his wife has been abducted by the ten-headed demon, Ravana. Even though he was gravely wounded while defending Sita, Jatayu brings the news to Prince Rama and dies in his arms.

Hanuman, the leader of the monkeys—who is deeply devoted to Prince Rama—gathers the animals together who pledge to help him on his quest to find his wife, Sita.

The animals shown are native to India, including the lesser-known luna moth and the raccoon-like red panda.