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Author & Translator
Poet - Dance Producer & Curator

Date & Time

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 Sat, 1 Oct 2022
Free to attend

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Day 1 | September 30 | 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Day 2 | October 1 | 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Mahabharata is a 1989 film version of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata directed by the late English director Peter Brook. Brook’s original 1985 stage play in French, based on the script by Jean-Claude Carrière was first staged in a quarry just outside Avignon.

The play, which is nine hours long in performance (eleven with intervals), toured the world for four years. For two years the show was performed both in French and in English (it was translated into English by Brook in 1987). The play is divided into three parts: The Game of Dice, The Exile in the Forest and The War.

In 1989, it was adapted for television as a six hour mini series. Later, it was reduced to about three hours as a film for theatrical and DVD release. The screenplay was the result of eight years’ work by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière and Marie-Hélène Estienne.

This screening is of the six hour version which will be split over two days.

Writer, translator and most recently, recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar for her Mahabharata for Children, Arshia Sattar will introduce, contextualise and lead a post-screening discussion on both days. On day two, Arshia will be joined by poet – dance producer & curator, Karthika Nair.


Arshia Sattar

Author & Translator

Arshia Sattar obtained her PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1990. Her abridged translations of the epic Sanskrit texts, Kathasaritsagara and Valmiki’s Ramayana have both been published by Penguin Books. She has also written books for children and her literary reviews appear regularly in various Indian and international publications.

Karthika Nair

Poet - Dance Producer & Curator

Karthika Naïr is the author of several books, including Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, her reimagining in verse of the Mahabharata which won the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Award for Book of the Year (Fiction), was shortlisted for the 2016 Atta Galatta Prize (Fiction) and highly commended in the 2016 Forward Prizes (UK)Her latest book is the collaborative A Different Distance (Milkweed Editions, December 2021), renga written with American poet Marilyn Hacker through the first year of the pandemic.

She has helmed the scripts of several dance productions, such as the multiple-award-winning DESH (2011), Akram Khan’s dance solo; Carlos Pons Guerra’s Mariposa (2021), a queer tragedy inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly; and Until the Lions (2016), Khan’s trio adapted from the Amba-Shikhandi chapter of her book.   

Also a dance enabler, Naïr worked in prominent Parisian public theatres and museums (musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, CND, Cité de la musque…) before joining forces with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. She is executive producer of works like Three SpellsBabel (Words), Puz/zle and Les Médusés, and co-founder of Cherkaoui’s Antwerp-based dance company, Eastman.