Mahabharata

The Stories of Mahabharata

Mahabharata - Vyasa and Ganesha

Mahabharata - Vyasa the story teller and Ganesha the scribe

Mahabharata is one of the major epics of the World. It tells the story of mankind in a way which is unparalleled in world literature. Although considered by many as a Mythology, it is, in fact, the cultural history of the people of the Bharata land (India). The characters of the Mahabharata might be fictitious, but their dreams, ambitions, and flaws are very real and still exists in us. The great sage Maharishi Krishna Dwaipayan Vyasa composed the epic in Sanskrit. Later many others have contributed to the storyline. Storytellers over the ages have told the stories of Mahabharata in different

Pandu Hunts the Deer Couple.

Pandu Hunts the Deer Couple.

languages. Over the ages, the epic has inspired many artists, poets, writers, filmmakers, theater directors and playwrights to create new works of art. Peter Brook directed the nine-hours long play “The Mahabharata” in 1985 with an international cast. The play was staged at many venues around the World. Later, it was made into a film in 1989. The TV series Mahabharata made by B.R. Chopra is still regarded as a landmark in Indian television.

Now we make another attempt to tell the stories of Mahabharata in English for EBC radio

Mahabharata Podcast

Mahabharata Podcast

of New Jersey. The show is broadcast on first, third and fifth (if any) Saturday of each month at 12:30pm. They are also available as podcasts and on this page. Keep coming back to this page every 15 days for a new episode. To subscribe to the podcast click on the podcast logo on the right.

The stories are told by Sudipta Bhawmik, and the audio engineering and sound design done by Avi Ziv. Creative Commons Attribution for other materials used in this podcast is given below.

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Episode 50: Karna and Krishna

Episode 49: The Diplomacy Fails

Episode 48: Krishna, the Emissary

Episode 47: The Diplomacy Continues

Episode 46: The Preparation

Episode 45: The Pandavas Emerge from Hiding

Episode 44: The Battle for the Cattle

Episode 43: The Revelation

Episode 42: Bheem Kills Keechak

Episode 41: The Pandavas Go Incognito

Episode 40: Yudhistir and the Crane

Episode 39: Karna’s Gift

Episode 38: The Story of Savitri and Satyavan

Episode 37: The Abduction of Draupadi

Episode 36: The Story of Mudgal and Durvasa

Episode 35: Duryodhan’s Malaise and Recovery

Episode 34: The Rescue of Duryodhan

Episode 33: The Virtuous Butcher And Draupadi’s Advice

Episode 32: Markandeya’s Visit

Episode 31: Arjuna Returns and Nahusha’s Curse

Episode 30: The Story of Bheema and Hanuman

Episode 29: The Story of Ashtavakra

Episode 28: The Tales of Rishi Chyavan and King Ushinara

Episode 27: The Story of Parashurama

Episode 26: The Tales of Bhagiratha and Rishwasringa

Episode 25: The Pilgrimage

Episode 24: Arjuna and Urvasi

Episode 23: Arjua’s Quest for Divine Weapons

Episode 22: Draupadi’s Argument

Episode 21: The Exile

Episode 20: One Last Game

Episode 19: Draupadi’s Insult

Episode 18: The Game of Dice

Episode 17: The Game Plan

Episode 16: The Death of Sishupala

Episode 15: The Killing of Jarasandha and the Rajasuya Sacrifice

Episode 14: The Burning of the Khandava Forest

Episode 13: Arjuna Abducts Subhadra

Episode 12: The Kingdom of the Pandavas and Arjuna’s Exile

Episode 11: Dhritarashtra’s Dilemma

Episode 10: Draupadi’s Marriage

Episode 9: Draupadi’s Swayamvara

Episode 8: The Flaming House of Varanabata

Episode 7: Drona’s Revenge

Episode 6: A Show of Arms

Episode 5: The Guru Arrives

Episode 4: The Conflict Begins

Episode 3: Birth of the Kuru Princes

Episode 2: Amba’s Plight

Episode 1: Beginnings

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The Story of Parashurama

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  1. I’ve been listening to parts, drawn by the mention of one of my sounds (I believe I found a short piece of it used in Episode 5 or so). This is a very listenable, high-quality production. Kudos. And a nod to Avi Ziv for resourcefulness and creativity — its a fine balance to add interest and atmosphere with sound effects without overwhelming or burdening the story, especially when you don’t have the resources or budget for a full foley team. I know it’s a lot of work. Some of the sounds may not do the best job of conjuring up the mental image desired, but you could search for many hours and never find just the right thing. My only suggestion would be that a very low-level ambient background track suited to each setting might have been a worthwhile edition, but then, perhaps that would distract too much from those sections where no such suitable background track could be found (and it had to be left without). And besides, I do not do this for a living, so who am I to give advice? :-) Anyway, just thought I would say thanks for making this freely available.

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