16 February 2013: The Mahabharata
16 February 2013, 15:00
Venue: Forest Row Village Hall (see Locations and Tickets for further details)
Programme category: Transition Forest Row
Director: Peter Brook, UK/France 1989, 318 min, U
The Mahābhārata is the greatest of the Indian epics, and this film version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook is an astonishing, compelling rendering, based as it is on their earlier theatre production.
There will be two breaks: one at about 4.45 for half an hour for tea; and a second at about 7pm for food.
Tickets will be £15/12 (concs) including food (vegetarian supper from Khan’s), and you are strongly advised to book in advance (not least since it is cheaper). Tickets available from Eventbrite and you can buy them in person from Bramble Corner in Forest Row.
It is prudent to read the basic story before you come, though we will be providing an outline as well:
- Encyclopedia Britannica article
- Wikipedia article on the Mahabharata text
- Useful outline from the School of Oriental and African Studies
- The Mahabharata, Brown University
- Samhita Arni. “The Mahabharata of Our Times“. 1 August 2010. The Caravan
- S.M. Rana. “Peter Brook’s Mahabharata“. 4 August 2010. Onlyne
- Benjamin Norris. “An essay on Peter Brook’s adaptation of ‘The Mahabharata’“. 24 July 2008. A View from a Car Park
- Stephen Holden. “The Mahabharata (1989)“. 28 September 1989. New York Times
In addition to those above, there have also been some critical views of the project from India, which are also worth reading:
- Pradip Bhattacharya. “Peter Brook’s Mahabharata: The Film“. 14 November 2004. Boloji
- Rustom Barucha. “Peter Brook’s Mahabharata: A View from India“. 6 August 1988. Economic and Political Weekly