Tuesday, 7 June 2011

3rd Year Project Proposal

For my personal project I have decided to illustrate the first part of The Mahabharata, which is considered an 'Indian Epic' due to its length. In its original Sanskrit form, The Mahabharata runs to 100000 stanzas in verse making it the longest piece of writing in the world. It is apparently 8 times longer than The Iliad and The Odyssey put together (Narayan, 1978, p.vii).

I've never actually read all of it, and hadn't read much of it until a couple of months ago when I borrowed a translation of The Mahabharata retold by Shanta Rameshwar Rao, with illustrations by Badri Narayan. However, I did watch some of the televised series of The Mahabharata, when I was young. My mum had it on tapes (I think we still have them) it was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra.

Click on the image to watch the first episode.

The story was narrated by Time who is represented in the image above, an outline of a head over scenes of the universe. I remember whenever he appeared on the screen I felt uncomfortable, I was never sure if he was good or bad.

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