By Jean-Claude Carriere
A play according to the Indian vintage Epic by means of Jean-Claude Carrière that exhibits old relations feuds among prosperous households.
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Extra resources for The Mahabharata: A Play based upon the Indian Classic Epic
ARJUNA: VYASA: To the boy Watch closely. Vyasa puts out the light. Arjuna continues his meal in the dark. Suddenly be stops and says: ARJUNA: The wind has put out my lamp. I see nothing. But nonetheless my hand• finds its way to my mouth. Why not aim my arrows the same way, why not shoot in the dark? Arjuna puts down his bowl and starts to shoot in the dark. The light returns. Arjuna has not stopped shooting. The place has changed. The court is gathered for a tournament and Arjuna is performing an extraordinary series of feats.
He has not even wanted me. Salva, I'm a virgin and my eyes know only you. SALVA: Please leave. AMBA: I can't. Where could I go? SALVA: I repeat, I don't want you anymore. Bhishma scares me and you are his prize. You no longer exist. Go away. Amba calls wildly: AMBA: Bhishma! Bhishma is there. BHISHMA: What now? AMBA: Save me. I've been rejected by the man I love and you are the cause of my misery. You can't abandon me now. You won me. I'm your wife. Marry me. BHISHMA: You know I can't marry you, Amba.
SERVANT: I asked an old guard. Dhritarashtra is blind. His eyes are dead. GANDHARI: And they've hidden it from me? My wedding's prepared, it's announced. My hollow-eyed husband taps his way toward me in the dark, someone leads him by the hand. . No, it's not possible, they lied to you. If he's blind he could only reign over the night, over monsters that thrive on darkness, amidst the desperate cries of a diseased people, people who are no longer people. . SERVANT: He's blind. I've seen him.
The Mahabharata: A Play based upon the Indian Classic Epic by Jean-Claude Carriere