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Tweeting Mahabharatha…

Posted by G. on August 22, 2009

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1917882,00.html

Chindu Sreedharan, 36, lecturer in Journalism and Communication at the Media School in Bournemouth University, England, says he has always had a soft spot for the epic tale, the narrative of a war between cousins Pandavas and Kauravas. “It’s more cultural than religious,” he says. “Most [Indians] know the storyline. It’s something our grandmothers have told us.” That and his keen interest in social media led Sreedharan to start experimenting with the epic, writing it in short bursts online to see how it would read in that format.

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The format has its creative advantages. Instead of telling the classic story through the eyes of a the main narrator as in the original Mahabharata, Sreedharan takes the point of view of an heretofore one- dimensional character, Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers who defeat their cousins, the Kauravas, in tale’s central battle. “Bhima has been the brawny superman of Mahabharata,” says the Indian-born academic and journalist. “Here he is being presented as someone who is really sensitive and intelligent.

If I read this correctly, Chindu Sreedharan is doing a Randamoozham on Twitter. This is the second instance (that I’m aware of) where MT Vasudevan Nair’s Randamoozham (a novelization of the Mahabharatha from the point of view of Bhima) is being retold online – Prem Panicker posts his version episodically at his blog here.

Update (1 Sep, 09): Here‘s Chindu’s own blog post on the subject.

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