Exploring how the tribals interpreted the Mahabharata

Professor Satya Chaitanya, a faculty at XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, will be throwing light on how the tribals interpreted the Mahabharata at a seminar in Delhi on February 5, 2007. The three-day seminar is being organized by the National Manuscript Mission under the Union ministry of culture. Researchers and scholars from India and abroad will be presenting papers on the interpretation of Mahabharata in various languages and cultures.

Professor Chaitanya will be presenting a paper on “Text and variations of Mahabharata: contextual, regional and performative traditions.”

The Telegraph Calcutta reports

Prepared after a thorough research of two years, Chaitanya has studied the Bheel Mahabharata, a tribal folklore on the epic written by the Bheel community residing in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Bheel Bharat is different from the Sanskrit Mahabharata where women and sexuality plays vital roles,” added Chaitanya.

The scholar also plans to create a unique Mahabharata library with the assistance of Mahabharata Study Group, an online group of scholars from across the world, specialising in the epic. “We also plan to make an online library with these works soon,” added Chaitanya.