The Mahabharata Revisited

The Mahabharata Revisited

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Author: S L Bhyrappa
Several Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): R N Dandekar
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 306
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126028726


“In the realm of religion and ethics (dharma), of material progress and prosperity (artha), of the enjoyment of the pleasures of personal and social life (kama), and of spiritual emancipation (moksa), whatever is embodied in this epic may be found elsewhere; but what is not found is the epic, it will be impossible to find anywhere else.”

This volume contains the papers presented at the International Seminar on the Mahabharata organized by the Sahitya Akademi at New Delhi on 17-20 February, 1987. The themes discussed at the seminar were: (1) The Mahabharata: Structure: Organic growth of the oral tradition: Place of legends; (2) The Mahabharata as an epic of being and becoming - the totality of life; (3) The socio-cultural milieu of the Mahabharata; the Mahabharata as an epic of universality and human concern; (4) The Mahabharata in arts and culture in India and abroad; (5) The impact of the Mahabharata on later writers in India and abroad; and (6) the attitude of modern creative writers towards the Mahabharata.


1. Presidential Address – V.K. Gokak
2. Inaugural Address – R.N. Dandekar
3. Key-note address – Vidya Niwas Misra
4. Text layers in the Mahabharata – Some observations in connection with Mahabharata VLL. – Georg Von Simson
5. Genetic Episode of the Pandavas : Some Remarks – S.G. Kantawala
6. The Mahabharata as an organic growth of the oral literary tradition in ancient India – A.N. Jani
7. Architectonics of the Mahabharata and the place of legends in its structure – K. Kunjunni Raja
8. The Mahabharata – An epic of Santa rasa – Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya
9. Dvaipayana, poet of being and becoming – J.L. Mehta
10. The concept of anrsamsya in the Mahabharata – Mukund Lath
11. The socio-cultural milieu of the Mahabharata : an age of change – G.C. Pande
12. Socio-cultural milieu of the Mahabharata – K. Krishna Moorhty
13. The Mahabharata ideal of a welfare state – Mukunda Madhava Sharma
14. The Mahabharata : epic of universality and human concern – Krishna Chaitanya
15. The Mahabharata : an epic of Universality and deep human concern – K.R. Srinivasa Lyengar
16. The Mahabharata in Performance : forms and tradition – Suresh Awasthi
17. Mahabharata reflected in performance – K.N. Panikkar
18. Depiction of the Mahabharata sense in Indian art – Rai Anand Krishna
19. The Mahabharata in Asian literature and arts – Lokesh Chandra
20. The Impact of the Mahabharata tradition on the Malay literary tradition – S.S. Singaravelu
21. The Mahabharata as the inspiration for living literary tradition – Ramesh Chandra Shah
22. Mahabharata : My Attempt at a re-creation – S.L. Bhyrappa
23. The attitude of Modern creative writers towards the Mahabharata : Oriya scene – Jatindra Mohan Mohanty
24. A Creative writer’s view of the Mahabharata – Umeshankar Josh
25. Valedictory Address – P.Lal
26. Contributors