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Epics on Stage

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Date(s) - 13 Mar 2010
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Open Space

Arshia Sattar

Facilitated by Arshia Sattar

For centuries, the Indian epics and mythology have provided a rich well of inspiriation to writers, poets, painters, dancers, sculptors, and dramatists.

Spread over five days, the workshop explored how the Indian imagination has, for centuries, reconfigured the basic stories of the Ramayana and the Mahahbharata for the stage. From early classical responses like Bhasa’s Urubhangam to more contemporary plays like Dharamvir Bharti’s Andha Yug and Sreekantan Nair’s Kanchana Seeta, the epics have provided an enourmous canvas upon which the concerns, anxieties and aspirations of an age have been painted by poets and storytellers.

The workshop began with a screening of Peter Brook’s Mahabhatra, before it moved into a more detailed study of Indian theater, from Bhasa to Karnad, locating these narratives within the larger framework of the Indian epics.