Hari Krishnan

The style of narration of the Mahabharata (I mean that of Vaisampayana’s narrative of Vyasa Bharata) and the spectrum of Time that the entire narrative covers are two of the important factors that are to be kept in mind, in order that one may have a...
Drona had proposed to form the army in a half Sakata (wheel) and half lotus array.  Among the leaves of the lotus, at the centre of it, would be formed an array of a needle, with Karna, Bhurisravas, Aswatthaman, Vrishasena, Kripa and Salya standing...
At Upaplavya, the place where Pandavas where staying after completing the term of exile, a place that belonged to King Virata, the question of going in War against Duryodhana and company was discussed threadbare. Remember.  For thirteen full years...
When we get over the problem of the narrative style and the subject of Time in Mahabharata, the next biggest task is to come to grips with names.  No.  I am not talking about the many number of people, exceedingly difficult number of characters and...
In our last post, we saw the words of Kaikeyi, while admonishing Manthara.  Take a closer look at the last two lines of the quartet: mayil muṟaik kulattu urimaiyai, maṉu mutal marapai;ceyir uṟa, pulaic cintaiyāl, eṉ coṉāy? - tīyōy! Sri VVS Aiyar’s...
Asamanja (also known as Asamanjasa) was the eldest son of Emperor Sagara.  When Rama is about to leave for the...
Before we get into the mainstream of discussions, we need to sketch out what falls within our scope and what is out...
We have been describing some scenes containing vital clues to one of the important questions on the Epic, ‘But...
There is a long tradition of belief—it was the convention too—that it is the eldest prince to whom the...
The style of narration of the Mahabharata (I mean that of Vaisampayana’s narrative of Vyasa Bharata) and the...