Bharat Ek Khoj

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Mahabharata Part ll
(Episode 6)

An enchating Kathakali dance unfolds stylistically Bhima's drinking blood from the killed Dusshasana's entrails and tying Draupadi's hair. As the Pandava Kaurava battle revealed battle revealed, the post-vedic fights were not over animals, but over land-holdings. The end of the Mahabharta war sees a battle royal between Bhima and Duryodhana as depicted graphically in the rare tragedy Urubhangam (The Shattered Thigh) by the classic Sanskrit poet playwright Bhasa.

The king Duryodhana is fallen in the blood-soaked battlefields and his guru Balarama (Krishna's Brother) is visibly incensed at the palpable unfairness of 'striking below the belt' by Bhima at Krishna's instance. Duryodhana bemoans his lot and regrets his past misdeeds. Visited by the parents and son Durjaya, duryodhana consoles them and urgs them to view Kunti and Dropti as there kith an kin. The battle scarred Ashwatthama the son of Guru Drona Turms of looking for a vanish glory in war without the accolade of victory, taunting Durodhana that Bhima has trust his pride and spirit, along with his thise, when he struck him with the mace and seized him by the hair, Ashwatthama vanishes into the night, weapons in hand to slay the Pandove Sons were sleeping.

Drawing from another classic play, andhayug, by Dharamveer Bharti we see the Kaurva king Dhritarashtra, wife Gandhari and there messenger Sanjay- with divine eyesight- confabulating and Ashwathama defing the saga-viyas, who wants him against unleashing Brahmashatra 'the war had of ultimate distruction' and curses him with eternal perdition of leprosy. The war is virtually over and Gandhari dilever his crushing corse Krishna- 'just as he did not prevent the war save her progeny of one hundred sons from getting slain, Krishna would bear entirely war and himself dying and ignominious death by and ordinary hunter's involuntari'. The doomed destiney is excepted magnanimously by Krishna.

The curtain also arrises on Bhishma, the Kaurav grate grandfather, wating on his battled, induced arrow-bed to breath his last and Youdhishtira seeking his valuable counsel for conducting governance time to come. The veteran warrior delivers many gems and Nehru thought his special emphasis on social well fair was not worthy, since it was against the prevailing tenets of individual perfection. Nehru quoted approvingly aphorisms like : 'truth, self control, asceticism, generosity, non-violence, constancy in virtue, these are the means of the success, not cast or family'. Virtue is batter than immortality and life, true joy entails surfing a dig against avarice. The silk warm dies of its wealth and an injunction to the advancing people, 'Discontent is these spur of progress'. what a treasure -trove of thoughts.