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Transmitting Mahābhāratas: Another Look At Peter Brook

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This chapter focuses on Peter Brook and his Mahabharata project. It then compares Brook's unquestionably rich imagining of the Mahabharata with an Indian mode of imagining it, which the author have studied in connection with the cult of Draupadi, the epic heroine worshiped as a goddess, in Tamilnadu, south India. Indeed, as we shall see, "imagining" the Mahabharata is acknowledged as a decisive feature of the process of epic transmission in this cult. Finally, the chapter addresses the question of what it means for those who know and perhaps teach about epic and drama that the Brook Mahabharata will in all likelihood be for some time the way Americans first hear about India's "great epic".

Keywords: cult of Draupadi; Mahabharata; Peter Brook



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