August 07, 2009

Now It's Mahabharat in Twitter


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After the John Adam's diary that was found on Twitter made by Massachusetts Historical Society, Mahabharat is started again with the 100,000 stanzas. It is one of the most important holy scriptures in Hindu religion. Even with the 140 characters tweets, the ocean Mahabharat is being told sentence by sentence. Chindu Sreedharan, a Kerala-born journalist has started this research in England. It is an experiment, in his opinion if it is possible to narrate the long poetry in tweets. The narrative is inspired by the novel titled Bhimsen by Prem Panickar. The tweets will be on the point of view of Bhima.

Here is New India Express's Report:

“Rather than an omniscient narration, using a first-person point of view makes the tale a lot more easy to tell - the reader needs be told only what the protagonist - Bhim - is capable of knowing, seeing,’’ Chindu said in a chat with Express from England.

His biggest challenge was to “see if a complex, lengthy narrative can be adapted to something as ‘pop’ as Twitter, for a different generation.’’ “It is an experiment in utilising a social media tool to present a novel-length narrative,’’ he said.

Epicretold begins with the first visit of the young Pandavas to Hastinapur.

Here is the first tweet, Bhima’s first words on Twitter: “I can’t help staring at the lady with the black cloth over her eyes. I feel disturbed, scared - but I can’t look away.’’

Says Chindu: “The attempt is not to capture the essence in just one tweet (140 characters), but a series of tweets. So we are talking of hundreds of Twitter 'episodes’ before we are done.’’ As a rule, he will avoid SMS language. “Will only use mainstream abbreviations (can’t, won’t - that sort of thing), and not @, & and so on. Just feel that it can be done in ‘proper’ English.’’

There are two reasons why Chindu chose Mahabharat. The obvious one: “Because it is, at its core, the story of a conflict which provides for fantastic dramatic tension. Easy to keep the narrative moving, easy opportunities for cliffhangers, conflict-escalation, partial denouements and so on.’’

The news in BDNews24

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