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Mahabharata-the Play- Srinivasa School, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu


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This is a slide-show/movie presentation of the MAHABHARATA- the Play. It was dramatized on an outdoor stage on August 26, 2011 by High School Students in Triuvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.

I was asked to be involved because of my decades long study and knowledge of the Mahabharata. I considered and coached the students in the subtler, interconnecting aspects, issues, dilemmas and paradoxes of this vast story. We explored the different characters, together and focused on the particular dilemmas, struggles and interrelationships of they faced.

It was thrilling to see this ancient Purana brought to life, outside, filling a warm South Indian evening, on a small stage, with local artists creating the wonderful costumes and live music. The Play was performed on a stage in front of many appreciative parents and people, most of whom knew the story.

The pictures are full of color and beauty. the story is ancient and full of meaning.It helped me to appreciate again, the saying: 'If it isn't in the Mahabharata, it isn't.'

I hope you enjoy it all.

Music: Hey Krishna Gopala Hari by Jagjjit Singh

-Peter Malakoff

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