The Mahabharata

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata. Part Two

Film and Archaeology
From the documentary:
"Children in School, for example: if there is one child who is very strong or very fat they will say he is exactly like Bhima. And that is the kind of total liveability and contemporariness of the Mahabharata today." Mallika Sarabhai, as Draupadi in Peter Brook's miniseries, The Mahabharata.

But a Bhima played by an actor from Africa?

Director Peter Brook staged the Mahabharata with actors from around the world, making the Mahabharata accessible to people everywhere.

"In all my conversations with Peter I have often asked him why he works with an international group and one of the things he has said is that if in a small group of mixed races and countries we can create something that is harmonious, then the world has a chance. The Mahabharata cuts across everything. It cuts across time, race, colour. It’s the same issues that have continue to face human beings over millennia." -- Mallika Sarabhai
From: Myths of India: The Mahabharata. Part Two

From the documentary:
Our ignorance of the vast age of India’s civilisation was due.. to a tendency to view Europe, our world, as the heart of life on earth, an expedient that was self serving during the heady days of empire.
"We still think that all other civilisations were of minor quality, and that is why we still have difficulties accepting that in the Indian subcontinent something developed that was even more important than the other civilisations. " -- Michael Jansen, architectural history.

Myths of India: The Mahabharata. Part Two

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