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November 5, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Narmada @ Stein Auditorium
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi, Delhi 110003 India
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Mahabharata: Anurupa Roy & Katkatha Team

5 November 2016 | 7:30 PM onwards

“Human beings are born for peace; they like to grow up in peace. They like to raise their children in peace, and they like to say goodbye to this beautiful life in peace. Then why are we always preparing for war?”


This seems to be the central dilemma of the Mahabharata. When we blocks ourselves to other points of view, narrowing down our worlds to our own version of justice, are we headed for war?  When each person traps himself within one motive and their version of status quo, are we primed to kill and die? When the characters of the Mahabharata begin to wage their personal wars, closing themselves to the consequences of their actions, things snowball into an apocalypse.

Our Mahabharata explores the inner dilemmas of fifteen characters in the play through a stream of consciousness narrative of their past and present motives. Does each character’s single minded and unquestioning loyalty to one belief system lead to the inevitable conflict? Was there ever a moment when each of these characters could have averted war by choosing differently? Or are we doomed to make the same choices eternally?