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  • Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Devdutt Pattanaik
    • Narrated By Devdutt Pattanaik, Dramanon Theater
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

    Gene says: "A Must Read For Everyone"
    "Mahabharata nicely retold"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jaya to be better than the print version?

    Wish I had both, sadly not yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mix of story narration and summary analysis was excellent. Excellent directing of the varied voices telling the stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of them. Best summary of the Bhagavad Gita I have experienced. (I have read a few translations as well.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The deeper story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked especially the references to different tellings and translations of the stories and their meanings from varying points of view and Indian cultures. The story maintained its entertaining and deeper spiritual aspects. The readings were excellent and the whole program was very compelling. Thank you. I hope to see more by the author and the team. Would love to hear their version of the Ramayana. Devdutt Pattanaik also gives an excellent telling of Shiva. Also would like to hear him give a more detailed telling/analysis of the Bhagavad Gita. I will continue to look for this author as well as Dramanon Theater.

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