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LISTEN CAREFULLY: THE MAHABHARATA ON FILM

Voice: What for each of us is inevitable?

Yudhishthira: Happpiness.

“OUR YOUTH IS OVER,” declares Yudhishthira, as, with reluctance, he accepts Krishna’s request that he become the King of Kings. And as the eldest of the Pandavas brothers assumes his adult responsibility, Peter Brook’s Mahabharata switches from the calm, legendary tone befitting the childhood of humankind to the chaotic roar of passion, desire, power hunger, and trickery that inevitably accompanies the development of an articulated society. The Mahabharata is a vast cosmogony that pits humans and gods in a worldly conflict between two Indian dynasties, and in a spiritual one between good and evil. In this epic Sanskrit poem we find the source of myths, legends, customs, religious beliefs, and divine figures proper not only to India (historically considered the cradle of humankind, and the root of all Indo-European languages)

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