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Draupadi in the Bhārata & Cultural Memory

Draupadi in the Bhārata & Cultural Memory

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Draupadi provokes thought and wonder even today, as evident from how she is remembered and interpreted every now and then in different cultural references, allusions and art genres. The author takes the rational-spiritual and comparative-analytical approach to understand how Vyāsa depicts her, how as Krşņā she qualifies as Väsudeva-Krşņa's sakhi, the mystery of her birth-myth, the purpose of her exceptional and unconventional polyandrous marriage, her proactive role in the life of the Pandavas and particularly in the Dice-Game episode, and how her powerful impact leads to the Kurukşetra War. The author understands the Mahabharata as an itihāsa- narrative on gender war as much the perceived male-male war, and Draupadī as the Vac- Sarasvati of the Mahabharata connecting the Vedān Panchaman with the Vedas. With such understanding, the author traces the depiction of Draupadi in cultural memory, in classical Sanskrit literature, in Buddhist and Jain literature, in puraņas, in temple sculptures and bas-reliefs.

Draupadi in the Bhārata & Cultural Memory

Author : Indrajit Bandyopadhyay

Publisher : Panchalika Prakashani

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