Mahabharata Star Plus We Indians are aware of two very famous texts in Indian mythology namely Mahabharata and Ramayana. Not only in India but these two epic tales are famous all over the world today. Mahabharata was written in Sanskrit by krishna-dvaipayana ( Veda Vyas) around 5000 years ago.
Quick facts about Mahabharata
- Mahabharata is believed to be “ the longest poem ever written”.
- Mahabharata consists of over 100,000 Shlokas.
- Mahabharata is estimated to be about four times the length of Ramayana with 1.8 million words in total.
- Mahabharata has been divided into 18 parvas or sections.
- Mahabharata was actually written by lord Ganesh as dictated by Veda Vyasa.
Mahabharata at a glance
A war was fought between two cousins called Kauravas and Pandavas for the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the kuru clan. Duryodhana, the eldest Kaurava and Yudishthira, the eldest Pandva both of them compete for the throne of Hastinapur. Though the war was fought in kurukshetra (now a part of Haryana) for 18 days but its description covers almost quarter of the book indicating how important this war was. Arjuna was initially hesitant to begin with the war because he realized that he would have to kill his family, his 100 cousins, friends and most importantly his granduncle Bhishma pitamaha and his respected teacher Dronacharya. Confused Arjuna resorted to Krishna who was also his charioteer. Krishna reminded him that this war was not only between Kauravas and Pandavas but between righteousness and unrighteousness (dharma and adharma) also. Krishna told him that it was his obligation to annihilate anyone who committed sins. On the field of dharmakshetra (the “field of dharma”) with the demise of Duryodhana, not only of Pandavas but it was also the victory of righteousness.
Translations and TV shows
- 18th century- Persian translation of Mahabharata was produced at Akbar’s orders.
- 1980- Mahabharata TV series directed by Ravi Chopra was aired on Doordarshan.
- 2013- Mahabharata produced by Swastik Productions Pvt. Was televised on STAR PLUS.
- A 1260 page comic book version of the Mahabharata was published by Amar Chitra Katha.
All about Mahabharat (2013 TV series)
- It aired from 16 September 2013 to 16 August 2014 on star plus.
- It was dubbed in many regional languages like Bengali, oriya, Telegu, Tamil, Marathi etc.
- Star spent ₹100 crore on the making of the series and spent ₹20 crore on its marketing.
- For its promotions, the channel had set up museums at shopping malls in eight cities. Jewelry, costumes, and weapons were displayed that were used during the shoot.
- It’s premiere had a viewership of approximately 8.4 million people.
- As told by producer Siddharth Kumar Tewary, the Draupadi cheer Haran sequence took 20 days to shoot.
- In 2014 this series was not only broadcast on tv in Indonesia but was also enjoyed greatly by their people. The Times of India reported that the show had a great fan following and some of the actors were invited to Indonesia for a special event. The team also held a fan meeting tour at Jakarta and Bali.
- Subtitled in English, this show was aired in Mauritius. It was also dubbed in Thai and Burma and broadcast in Thailand and Myanmar respectively.
- One thing most appreciated about this show was the short appearance of lord Krishna in between each episode delivering wise sayings associated with the ongoing story which is relevant even in today’s world.
- Shri Krishna- Saurabh Raj Jain
- Arjuna- Shaheer Sheikh
- Draupadi- Pooja Sharma
- Karn- Aham Sharma
- Bhishma- Arav Chowdhary
- Duryodhana- Arpit Ranka
No. Of seasons– 1
No. Of episodes– 267
Production location– Umbergaon, Gujarat
- 2013- Star Guild Awards- best mythological series
- 2014- Indian television academy awards-
- best visual effects
- best historical/mythological series
- 2014- Indian telly award
- Best costumes for a TV program
- Best makeup artist
- Best actor in a negative role (Praneet Bhat as Shakuni)
- Best stylist
- Best actor in a supporting role (Aham Sharma as Karn)
- 2015- star Parivar awards
- Favourite Naya sadasya (male)
- Pehel nayi soch ki
- Favourite kutumb
- Scroll of Honour