Reflections of “Draupadi” from the Mahabharata to Mahasweta Devi and Manipur
Draupadi, Mahasweta Devi, Resistance and Manipur
The image of Draupadi has inspired generations of writers and readers across cultures and geographies in Pan Indian context. From the epic Mahabharata to Mahasweta Devi’s and to add further in Manipur Draupadi has shaken the Indian ethos with her unconventional narrative, action and experiments yet, she does not lose her essence and importance. In Mahasweta Devi, “Draupadi” is one of the stories from the “breast trilogy” in the Breast Stories, that first appeared in Agnigarbha (Womb of Fire) a collection of loosely connected short political narratives. The story is an audacious and bitter comment on state sponsored violence. Both the story and the character are inspired from myth, but greatly displaced from the original location – unlike Draupadi, the mythological princess and queen of the Pandavas, who has the protection of the male patriarch against the ‘vastraharan’ this Dopdi, is a subaltern where the state patriarch is instrumental in her ‘vastraharan and in dishonouring her.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 10

Page(s): 324 - 327
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