The Mahabharata & The World Today

Friday, March 24
Assembly Hall

Join International House as we support Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for The Mahabharata Series. The Mahabharata, the longest and oldest piece of literature, is a story of one family gone to war. One of the most remarkable features of the Mahabharata epic is its ability to question itself and the world of normative values from which it emerged. Beginning at the social and narrative margins of the epic world, this session will move into the heart of the epic story, where the characters find themselves trapped in contradictions, conflicts, and disturbing moral dilemmas, which continue to be relevant to our world today.

Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, the guide for the series, is a multilingual scholar and translator, a journalist, a playwright, a director, a musician and a choreographer.

Dr. Whitney Cox is an Associate Professor in the Division of the Humanities. Dr. Cox’s main interests are in the literary and intellectual history of southern India in the early second millennium CE.

This is open to the public. Limited seats. To register, email

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