This volume brings together a number of seminal studies presented at the International Conference on Great Indian Epics held in February 2019 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi by scholars from various parts of the world. Each article adds a new dimension to the subject with historical scholarship and critical interpretation, reflecting comprehensiveness, unity, clarity and rightness of perception. This definitive work adds to our knowledge of the epics and their infinite influence.
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Table of Contents
1. The Tradition of the Mahābhārata in Eastern India: Similarities and Variations 2. Peace or War?: Remarks on the Pre-war Deliberations in the Sāraḷā Mahābhārata 3. Why the Common Roots of Homer and Vyāsa? 4. On the Palm-leaf Manuscript of the Sāraḷā Mahābhārata Discovered in Japan 5. The Rebirth of an Epic: Siddheswar’s Bichitra Rāmāyaṇa 6. The Sāraḷā Mahābhārata in the Cultural Context of Odisha 7. The Relevance of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa for Transforming Leaders and Leadership 8. Representation in Medieval Epic Narrative: Locating Narrative Theory and Praxis in Sāraḷā Mahābhārata 9. Vernacularization of Indian Epics: A Silent Subaltern Awakening 10. Biardeau’s Rendering of the Mahābhārata in the French Indological Traditions 11. Epics as Pandora’s Box to Seek Answers of the Present in the Past for the Future 12. Relevance of the Mahābhārata in Contemporary Political Thought
Udayanath Sahoo is Adikabi Sarala Das Chair Professor for Odia Studies at Centre for Indian Languages, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. An international researcher of epic narrative, he has done extensive comparative research on the tradition of Mahabharata and Bhagvata in eastern India. His research area also includes linguistic analysis, machine translation and textual criticism of palm-leaf manuscripts.
Shobha Rani Dash is at the Department of Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Kyoto, Japan. Her research area is textual criticism of palm-leaf manuscripts.