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Mahabharata: The Woman's Life-Story By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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Draupadi is a wonder woman in the history of literature. She is undoubtedly the central character in Mahabharata. Other than the Draupadi we find in Vyasa’s Mahabharata – in all Folk... More > Mahabharatas –Draupadi is a powerful woman with powerful sexuality. In the Buddhist Jataka, Draupadi has illicit sexual relation with a hump-backed servant; in some Folk Mahabharata of South India, Draupadi has secret sexual desire for Krishna and Karna; in Bheel Bharata – a Folk Mahabharata of the Bheel (or, Bhil) tribes of Rajasthan – she has sexual relation with Vasuka Naga, a ‘snake’ king and is Vasuki’s willing sexual partner for sometime; and in Devi Bhagavata Puraana, Kichaka, the brother-in-law of King Virata of Matsya Kingdom, rapes her. In the present story, my attempt to reconcile ‘classical’ and Folk Draupadi, is by infusing the Greek mythical elements in Draupadi’s sexual relations outside her polyandrous marriage. Draupadi – to me – is the superior example of woman’s Evolutionary Psychology in full splendour.< Less
Draupadi: Two Stories By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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The first story "Draupadi Satyabhama Samvada" is based on an episode in Mahabharata. Satyabhama, Krishna's wife, meets Draupadi, the wife of five Pandavas, and ask her how she manages her... More > five husbands. Actually, Satyabhama is insecure in her married life that she cannot 'control' Krishna, and wants to know from Draupadi how she can 'tame' Krishna. The conversation that follows reveal much about Draupadi's character, her powerful sexuality, her 'inner secrets' etc. The story written in humourous style is a brilliant interpretative exposition of Mahabharata. The second story "Draupadi's Last Trek" is another interpretative humour on Draupadi and Pandavas' character. As they set out for their last journey, the inner dimensions of their characters are revealed to each other. And now, Yudhishthira falls first ... and Draupadi survives them all. Finally, Draupadi reaches Heaven. Indra comes to take her. What happens then?< Less
Peter Brook's Woman in Mahabharata By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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The book analyses in details how Peter Brook portrays the major woman characters of Mahabharata in his theatre and screen-play 'The Mahabharata.' The author compares Brook's portrayal with the... More > Mahabharata Text and finds that it is not so easy to depict the rich ambiguity of woman characters on stage, and this, despite the fact that the Text bears much affinity with Theatre. Despite his laudable attempt to capture Mahabharata and its Woman on stage, Brook's theatre falls short of the glorious ambiguity and complexity of the Woman of Mahabharata.< Less
Rape of Draupadi By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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Draupadi is a wonder woman in the history of literature. She is undoubtedly the central character in Mahabharata. Other than the Draupadi we find in Vyasa’s Mahabharata – in all Folk... More > Mahabharatas –Draupadi is a powerful woman with powerful sexuality. In the Buddhist Jataka, Draupadi has illicit sexual relation with a hump-backed servant; in some Folk Mahabharata of South India, Draupadi has secret sexual desire for Krishna and Karna; in Bheel Bharata – a Folk Mahabharata of the Bheel (or, Bhil) tribes of Rajasthan – she has sexual relation with Vasuka Naga, a ‘snake’ king and is Vasuki’s willing sexual partner for sometime; and in Devi Bhagavata Puraana, Kichaka, the brother-in-law of King Virata of Matsya Kingdom, rapes her. In the present story, my attempt to reconcile ‘classical’ and Folk Draupadi, is by infusing the Greek mythical elements in Draupadi’s sexual relations outside her polyandrous marriage. Draupadi – to me – is the superior example of woman’s Evolutionary Psychology in full splendour.< Less
Duryodhana: The Father King By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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If both Duryodhana and Draupadi are Shiva’s creation; if both Duryodhana and Pandavas share Darpa, why did Krishna oppose him? Why, even Vyasa, at times, seems partial against him? Why was... More > Duryodhana’s downfall and death necessary for establishing Krishna-conceived Dharma-Raajya? Why couldn’t Krishna’s Dharma-Raajya include Duryodhana? Actually, Krishna red-carded Dhritarashtra-Duryodhana for the same reasons we all, at times (perhaps, too often), want to oust our Rulers. Duryodhana is our most familiar contemporary Ruler; the one who gives us Security by keeping us Insecure Within; the Ruler, with whom some of us are Content with in unique Self-Deception of being Content; the Ruler, who poses to speak for Woman but creates a patriarchal society; the Ruler whom we elect to power being duped by promises of a Static future of Contentment, and soon seek his downfall once the Myth starts waning.< Less
Mahabharata: Law of Fishes By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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"Matsyanyaya" is an ancient Indian word that connotes roughly "Law of Fishes." "Law of Fishes" means a System of Fishes in which Big-Fishes kill Small-Fishes at will for... More > Food or for Pleasure. It is a Struggle for Existence for the Small Fish which is less in Power to the Big Fish. It has to survive with Policy. Then there is the Fisherman who is apparently 'outside' the System, but in fact, very much part of it. The Matsyanyaya Imagery is actually an Imagery of Power and is a part of our Existential Reality. In this book I will show how Mahabharata exemplifies that System through the Kuru-Pandava political war. The Pandavas are the Small Fish, and it is Krishna who take their side to suggest and implement Policy that ultimate enable the Pandavas to defeat the Big Fish Kauravas. However, there is more to the Imagery. It is also a Spiritual Imagery. Krishna shows how one needs to be "Fisherman" in both Internal-External Reality to win in the battle of Survival. That is Vyasa's central message in Mahabharata.< Less
Mahabharata Folk Variations By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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This book consists of two essays - (a) Variations in Indonesian Mahabharata, and (b) How Balarama Became Abhimanyu’s Father-In-Law. Mahabharata is a living tradition in Indonesia like in India.... More > However, the folk tradition of Indonesia narrates a Mahabharata that despite retaining the basic frame of Indian Mahabharata, is still much different. In the first essay, the author points out the major variations in Indonesian Mahabharata that would help researchers in comparative study to find ready reference. The second essay deals with Folk variation in Mahabharata as found in South India. The second essay focuses on a particular narrative that brings out the marginalized characters of classical Mahabharata in rich glory.< Less
Mahabharata: A Tribute of Four Essays By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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The Book contains four essays on Mahabharata titled "Yudhishthira and Krishna: Indra & Vishnu on One Chariot," "Vidura: the Eldest of the Trio," "Fall Of Draupadi And The... More > Pandavas: Upanishadic Significance," and "Yudhishthira’s Svargarohana: Why He Insists On Taking The Dog To Svarga." The Essays attempt to view Mahabharata in new light and perspective, and extract new interpretations based on new reading of the Text.< Less
Mahabharata: Matsyanyaya Game of Power By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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"Matsyanyaya" is an ancient Indian word that connotes roughly "Law of Fishes." "Law of Fishes" means a System of Fishes in which Big-Fishes kill Small-Fishes at will for... More > Food or for Pleasure. It is a Struggle for Existence for the Small Fish which is less in Power to the Big Fish. It has to survive with Policy. Then there is the Fisherman who is apparently 'outside' the System, but in fact, very much part of it. The Matsyanyaya Imagery is actually an Imagery of Power and is a part of our Existential Reality. In this book I will show how Mahabharata exemplifies that System through the Kuru-Pandava political war. The Pandavas are the Small Fish, and it is Krishna who take their side to suggest and implement Policy that ultimate enable the Pandavas to defeat the Big Fish Kauravas. However, there is more to the Imagery. It is also a Spiritual Imagery. Krishna shows how one needs to be "Fisherman" in both Internal-External Reality to win in the battle of Survival. That is Vyasa's central message in Mahabharata.< Less
Mystery of Birth and Death in Mahabharata By Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
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This book consists of three essays on Mahabharata titled "Mystery of Pandava God-Fathers," "Karna’s Father Found," and "Mystery of Death of Bhisma., Drona, Karna and... More > Duryodhana." The author believes that behind every myth there is fact, and myth hides as much as reveals. The first essay attempts to search the mystery of Pandava God-fathers. Pandavas are hailed as Indras or sons of Dharma, Vayu, Indra and Asvins. Behind the myth who are their actual fathers? Why was the myth created? The second essay attempts to search Karna's father. Who is the man behind the myth of Surya? The third essay attempts to find the poetic truth behind the myth that all Pandava opponents were killed in unfair war.< Less

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