Peter Brook's The Mahabharata
Published on Sep 13, 2021
“What is the greatest wonder? Each day death strikes, and we live as though we were immortal. This is the greatest wonder” 2:26:11
The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. Traditionally, the authorship of the Mahabharata is attributed to Vyasa, also known as Krishna Dvaipayana. Without being directly related, the Mahabharata derives many of its philosophical concepts from the Vedas.
The Mahabharata tells of Prince Arjuna and his four brothers Yudhishthira, Bhima and the twins Nakula and Sahadeva, all married to the same woman, Draupadi. They are known as the Pandavas, the sons of Pandu, who was king of Hastinapur in North India and himself the son of Ambalika and Vyasa. After the death of their father, the Pandavas grow up at the court of their uncle, the blind King Dhritarashtra, who has become the new ruler.
There is always great rivalry between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, the one hundred sons of Dhritarashtra. Eventually the old king gives his nephews some land of their own but his eldest son, Duryodhana is jealous of their success. He challenges Yudhisthira, the eldest Pandava, to a game of dice in which he loses everything. The Pandavas are then forced to surrender their land and go into exile for thirteen years.
On their return, the old king is unable to persuade his son Duryodhana to restore their heritage, and in spite of efforts at reconciliation by Sanjaya, Dhritarashtra’s charioteer; by Bheeshma, his wise counselor; and even by Lord Krishna himself, war cannot be averted. The rival hosts face each other on the field of Kurukshetra.
When Prince Arjuna surveys the battlefield, he is overwhelmed with sorrow at the futility of war and it is at this point that the "Bhagavad Gita," or "Song of the Lord," begins. (https://spaceandai.com/project/the-baghavad-gita) The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita are spoken by the divine Lord Krishna, who is acting as the prince’s charioteer. They are overheard by Sanjaya and reported back to King Dhritarashtra.
When Krishna has finished speaking to Arjuna, the two armies engage. The battle lasts eighteen days and by the end of it nearly all of the warriors on both sides are dead save Krishna and the five Pandavas.
Peter Brook's original 1985 stage play "The Mahabharata" was 9 hours long, and toured around the world for four years. In 1989, it was reduced to under 6 hours for television.
(Michel Propper, Peter Brook, Les Productions du 3ème Etage, Channel Four Television, The Brooklyn Academy of Music)
The Mahabharata con subtítulos en Español: https://youtu.be/F3kd0mxzezk
The Mahabharata in English as a PDF e-book: https://holybooks.com/mahabharata-all-volumes-in-12-pdf-files/
The Ancients: Vyasa and The Mahabharata by Wes Cecil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wIQ_SXOELw
Genetics and the Origins of Ancient Indian Civilization https://spaceandai.com/project/genetics-and-the-origin-of-ancient-indian-civilization/
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