Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Mahābhārat, TV Version

  • Komal AgarwalEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_205-1

The Mahabharata, the timeless Hindu epic, boasts of a dynamic, ever-evolving existence as a cultural-historical text which has been adapted into myriad genres – movies, television serials, and theatrical plays since the 1960s, while also inspiring other art forms like poetry/fiction, music, dance–and painting. However, the most popular and iconic adaptation of the Mahabharata thus far is the Indian television series Mahabharata produced by B. R. Chopra, first aired in the year 1988. The serial followed Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana (1986–1988), overlapping with it in its last weeks. Audience from yesteryears, who had access to television-sets in the 1980s, testify to how streets remained isolated and people left their work to watch Chopra’s Mahabharata and Sagar’s Ramayana, both of which had become inextricable parts of Sunday morning routines of the Indian masses within weeks of their respective launches. Mahabharat Katha(1991), the 45-episode Hindi series, was a spin-off series which...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishShaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia