Epics
Kattaikuttu is a form of theatre practiced in rural districts in northern Tamil Nadu. It uses song, music, dance and costumes and drama and ritual to engage and entertain the audience. The performances go through  the night and are usually powerful, high-energy, intense events that temporarily recreate the mythical world
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Here is an interesting story, about how authors had to seek approvals from different sections of the audience for whom the story has been written. According to a tale, when Kamban had composed his Ramayana, he wanted it to be accepted publicly in the temple of Lord Vishnu at Srirangam.
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  While Uttara, Abhimanyu’s wife, has a limited role in the Sanskrit version of Mahabharata, she plays a significant role in the Bhil version of the epic, where she is known as Antra. Subhadra is worried that since her son Abhimanyu has decided to participate in the war, he could
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Once in the city of Saurashtra, there lived a Brahmin and his wife, whose name was Kalaha. She would never listen to her husband, no matter what he asked her to do. Her husband was tired of this insubordination and spoke to a friend about his dilemma. His friend suggested
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  The Ramayana has many versions, narrated by multiple authors in multiple voices. The multiple versions are evidence of the richness of the Ramayana narrative and the strong literary traditions that flourished in the country that allowed writers/poets to unfetter the imagination without fear. The story begins with King Sagara
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  While traditional Ramayanas have shown Sita to be the daughter of Janaka, who found her while he was tilling the land, there is an interesting and an unusual birth story that we find in Chandrabati’s Ramayana, written in Sita’s voice. Unlike other Ramayanas, Chandrabati’s epic even begins with the
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Hanuman, in all versions of Ramayan has been depicted as a celibate. However there is one telling which puts him down as a married man. Not quite popularly told today, but according to Parashar Samhita he was married to a woman by the name of Suvarchala, and often referred to
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We are all familiar with Draupadi as the heroine of the epic Mahabharata but, there is another Draupadi, a raging and fierce goddess, who lives in folk tales and myths in parts of south India and in Rajasthan. Alf Hiletbeitel who has studied the cult of Draupadi in great detail
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Parikshit Sushobhana
Love stories are quite an integral part of the Mahabharat, although not all of them are popular, some lie buried in the deep recesses of the epic, like this one. The story of Parikshit and Sushobhana has many versions, with different interpretations. It is referred to as a story where
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The story is a familiar one; many know it without ever having read it in a book or having been told it in its entirety. Yet, no matter how many times it is retold, the story never fails to sweep up the listener into its swell. A young girl, an
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