watch the Mahābhārata - the longest poem ever written televised in 1990s in UK

  • June 8, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. This is a British production from 1989 with an international cast which is on youtube. It looks interesting and is around 5 hrs in length (see links below for a glimpse of it). Here is the documentary about it if you would like a preview (documentary is only 1 hr long)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxNvquJLBM

More info from wikipedia: Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes, the Mahabharata contains philosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life" or purusharthas. Among the principal works and stories in 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 thought to be not much older than around 400 BCE, though the origins of the epic probably fall between the 8th and 9th centuries BC. The text probably reached its final form by the early Gupta period (c. 4th century). 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 known epic poem and has been described as "the longest poem ever written". 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 the 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.

The other notable version of Mahabarath is Andhra mahabharatam, a Telugu language manuscript written by Kavitrayam in between 11-14th century AD.

The full length production is on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EENh1hxkD6E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVgBkfNu7k0

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  • Asif

    I might not make it this time as I am on mission Apt hunt and have few showing to attend. You guys have good time.

    June 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good luck Asif find a nice place

      1 · June 7, 2014

    • Asif

      Thanks!

      June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks, I have work stuff to attend to over the weekend plus must start packing to move out of FL soon. So can't make it. Enjoy the show.

    June 6, 2014

    • Ashok S.

      go to a liquor store. their boxes are also a more manageable size

      1 · June 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Target had good boxes.

      June 7, 2014

  • Jasmine N.

    Where's the best parking around you Anil? I believe I've used Poe garage before for jury duty. Also was there any preference on food? I saw a living social coupon for Pizza Fusion downstairs, I was thinking of getting it and grabbing something shareable...

    June 6, 2014

    • Anil P.

      Jasmine, The meter parking is free on weekends. There is also a parking lot for the museums, right across the building.

      June 7, 2014

  • Ashok S.

    I am still in NJ and my stuff all got delayed so I am not going to make it..... sigh!!!

    June 5, 2014

  • Caitlin

    Sorry I can't be there (family reunion weekend), but hope y'all enjoy. :)

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alright! June 8 it is at 1pm at Anil's. I just don't know how to change the date and time inside this meetup page. :)

    2 · May 4, 2014

    • Asif

      besides your "My Profile" you should be able to see if you are an organizer.

      May 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's ok. Caitlin fixed it. :)

      May 7, 2014

  • Jasmine N.

    Just watched the documentary posted before, really looking forward to this meetup now :)

    May 6, 2014

  • Asif

    May 31st still good for first part ???

    May 3, 2014

    • Anil P.

      June 7th or 8th will work for me

      May 4, 2014

    • Anil P.

      Everyone can come to my place on either one of those days.

      2 · May 4, 2014

  • Anil P.

    June 7th would be perfect for me for the event.

    May 4, 2014

  • Asif

    Wow!! thats a lot of details already :) are we planning for whole 5 hours ?

    April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately it is not a tv set. Just a Acer large monitor.

      April 26, 2014

    • Ashok S.

      It is even easier to fix a monitor with that setup.

      May 4, 2014

  • Jennifer

    I have plans for both the 24th and the 7th. My only free weekend was the 31st.
    But if if works for everyone - else - don't wait up for me.

    May 4, 2014

  • Anil P.

    I have a trip planed the weekend of 31st. I have some friends coming in town on Memorial weekend and won't be available either. Any other weekend everyone is welcome to my place for the event.

    May 3, 2014

  • Anil P.

    oops! I just noticed the date for the event. I thought the event was planned for this weekend.

    May 3, 2014

  • Anil P.

    I'll be home all day, just let me know when everyone would like to meetup

    May 3, 2014

  • Anil P.

    If you guys are interested in coming to my place. Please email me and I will forward my address and cell.

    May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, got it!

      May 3, 2014

  • Anil P.

    You guys can come to my place. I have a about 42" TV and access to WiFi. I know there is a way you can connect computer to TV screen. I have to go pick my friend at the airport and drop her off in Clear water at 10 something but I can leave my unit key with the concierge.

    1 · May 2, 2014

    • Asif

      that sounds great, Thanks Anil.

      May 3, 2014

  • Ashok S.

    I saw it when it was first aired. It was interesting.

    April 25, 2014

  • Jennifer

    My dad saw this production live when it was originally produced. It was performed over two nights. He said it was REALLY good and just raved about it. I've wanted to see a production of it ever since then.

    April 25, 2014

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