Posted on: 2 June 2013

Mahabharata - Myth or Truth? A critical analysis

The Mahabharata (Sanskrit Mahābhārata महाभारत) is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.

Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kauravas and the Pandava princes, the Mahabharata contains much philosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life" or purusharthas (12.161). Among the principal works and stories that are a part of the Mahabharata are the Bhagavad Gita, the story of Damayanti, an abbreviated version of the Ramayana, and the Rishyasringa, often considered as works in their own right.

Traditionally, the authorship of the Mahabharata is attributed to Vyasa. There have been many attempts to unravel its historical growth and compositional layers. The oldest preserved parts of the text are not thought to be appreciably older than around 400 BCE, though the origins of the story probably fall between the 8th and 9th centuries BCE.[2] The text probably reached its final form by the early Gupta period (ca. fourth century CE). The title may be translated as "the great tale of the Bhārata dynasty". According to the Mahabharata itself, the tale is extended from a shorter version of 24,000 verses called simply Bhārata.

The Mahabharata is the longest Sanskrit epic. Its longest version consists of over 100,000 shloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines (each shloka is a couplet), and long prose passages. About 1.8 million words in total, the Mahabharata is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey combined, or about four times the length of the Ramayana. W. J. Johnson has compared the importance of the Mahabharata to world civilization to that of the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, the works of Homer, Greek drama, or the Qur'an.

Watch this video that borrows extensively from Peter Brooks' 9 hour-long 'magnum opus' - Mahabharata:

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Peter Brooks MahaBharata video in Play format is a must watch. Mallika Sarabhai, who plays Draupadi is the only Indian actor in this epic.

please could you post the xact name of the play?

this sounds interesting

Mahabharat by Peter Brooks. DVDs r available.

Please note that Sharmila Roypommot (one of the great exponents of Tagore music, from India, living in Paris...) provided the singing voice in Brooks play.

Wld be nice if the Bollywood cld concentrate n focus to produce more movies like this ...instead of running around trees n now sexy bodies shaking at a drop of a hat.... no wonder rape is at its height in India!

plz see that play