Mahabharata 44: The Battle for the Cattle

Uttara and Arjuna discovering the arms

Uttara and Arjuna discovering the arms

Uttar takes Arjun (disguised as Brihannala) to fight the Kauravas and win back the cattle of King Virat. But witnessing the might of the Kauravas, Uttar panics. Brihannala takes Uttar to the Sami tree and fetches the Pandiva weapons hanging up in the high branches. Arjun then reveals his true identity and asks Uttar to drive the chariot and allow him to fight the Kauravas. What happens next is a fierce battle and the Kaurava titans get to taste the might of Arjun.

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Mahabharata 43: The Revelation

Bheem punishes Susharma for attacking Virat's kingdom.

Bheem punishes Susharma for attacking Virat's kingdom.

Emboldened by Keechak’s death the King of Trigartha, Susharma, with support from Duryodhan, attacks the Matsya Kingdom to steal Virat’s cattle. Yudhistir, Bheem, Nakul and Sahadev help Virat fight the Trigarta army.

While Virat is busy fighting Susharma,  the Kaurava army attack Virat’s Kingdom from the other end to rob his cows. No one is left in the palace to defend the Kingdom, except the young and inexperienced prince Uttar. Sairindhri advises the prince to take Brihannala as his charioteer.  Uttar has no other option but to use the eunuch’s help to fight the mighty Kaurava army led by the great warriors like Bhishma, Dron, Karna, Kripa and others.

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Mahabharata 42: Bheem Kills Keechak

The Killing of Keechak

Bhim Killing Keechak

In the kingdom of Virat, the Panadvas have been spending their thirteenth year in exile. As per the contract, they had to live in disguise such that nobody could recognize them as the rulers of Indraprastha. Draupadi served the queen of Virat, Sudeshna, as her personal maid Sairindhri. But she couldn’t keep her beauty hidden from the lustful eyes of men in the palace. When Keechak, the arrogant and powerful brother of queen Sudeshna and the general of King Virat’s army, laid his eyes on Sairindhri, he couldn’t control himself.  He made an indecent proposal to Draupadi and when refused he reacted in the most brutal manner. Insulted and humiliated, Draupadi complained to Bheem, and Keechak had to pay for his insolent behavior with his life.

Mahabharata Episode 41: The Pandavas Go Incognito

Pandavas in Virat Kingdom

Pandavas in Virat Kingdom

The Pandavas complete their twelve years in exile. Now, as per the agreement, they have to go into hiding for the thirteenth year. It is quite a challenge since the entire Bharata knows the five gallant brothers and their beautiful wife Draupadi.  So they decide to disguise and take refuge in Matsya, the Kingdom of Virat. But how would they keep their identity a secret? Listen to this fascinating episode by clicking the player below.

Mahabharata Episode 40: Yudhistir and the Crane

Yudhistira and Yaksha

Yudhistira and Yaksha

The  four Pandava brothers, Bheem, Arjun, Nakul and Sahadev die while trying to fetch water from a lake. When Yudhistir finds the lake, he meets a mysterious crane who claims to have killed his brothers. The crane challenges Yudhistir to answer his questions. If Yudhistir can give him satisfactory answers, his brothers live. Else they all die. Was Yudhistir able to revive his brothers? Listen to this exciting new episode of the Stories of Mahabharata.

Mahabharata 39: Karna’s Gift

Karna gives Indra his gift.

Karna gives Indra his gift.

Karna was born with an armor that made him invincible to any weapons. Indra, to help his son Arjuna, wanted to strip Karna of his natural defense. Indra exploited Karna’s magnanimity and asked for the armor as a gift. Karna agreed, but not without a trade. Listen to this exciting episode by clicking the player below. Your comments and feedbacks are always welcome.

Mahabharata 38: The Story of Savitri and Satyavan

Savitri, Satyavan and Yama

Savitri, Satyavan and Yama

The story of Savitri and Satyavan is one of the most popular tales of the Mahabharata. Savitri, a princess, marries Satyavan knowing that her husband had a short lifespan. As per Narada’s prediction, Satyavan dies one year after their marriage. But Savitri brings back Satyavan to life using her charm and erudition. Since then Savitri has become the epitome of an ideal and loving wife.

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Mahabharata 37: The Abduction of Draupadi

Draupadi Jayadratha

Draupadi Jayadratha

Jayadratha, the husband of Duryodhan’s sister Duhshala, sees Draupadi in the Kamyaka forest and is enamoured by her divine beauty.  Unable to control his lust, Jayadratha tries to abduct her against her will. When the Pandavas come to know of this, they chase Jayadratha to teach him a lesson that he could never forget.

A New Collection of Plays

Rajar Chithi O Anyanyo

Rajar Chithi O Anyanyo

Plays find their life on stage. They also die on stage, just when the curtains come down. Still plays live on the pages of text. That’s how it gets transported to different parts of the world, to different readers and theater enthusiasts, to find another life on stage somewhere in front of a new set of audience. With this hope, to reach out to theater and drama enthusiasts around the world, a new collection of my plays have been published – “Rajar Chithi O Anyanya” by Pratibhas a well-known publisher of Kolkata.  The book is now available in USA from Amazon (click here) and in India from books stores where Bengali books are sold.

The book consists of seven of my plays, some new, some not so new. The play “Rajar Chithi”, which I wrote on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, is about an incident which stayed hidden in the pages of history  until I stumbled upon it by accident. Although the story depicted in the play is fictional, it is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to San Francisco in 1916 and the failed attempt to assassinate him by the Indian nationalists. The play was staged in New Jersey and now it is in production in India. Continue reading

Mahabharata 36: The Story of Mudgal and Durvasa

Lord Krishna saves the Pandavas from Durvasa

Lord Krishna saves the Pandavas from Durvasa

In this episode, we hear two enchanting stories from the Mahabharata. In the first story, Rishi Durvasa grants Mudgal an eternal life in heaven. But Mudgal declines the offer in search of eternal truth.

The second story is more exciting. Pleased with Duryodhan’s hospitality, Durvasa offers him a favor. Duryodhan asks Durvasa to pay the Pandavas a visit to embarrass them. But Lord Krishna comes to the rescue and saves the Pandavas from the wrath of Durvasa. Listen to these stories by clicking the player below or download them on your smart device from iTunes.