The Illustrated Mahabharata: The Definitive Guide to India’s Greatest Epic


Publisher: DK
(Pp 512, ISBN: 9780241299722, Rs 1999)

There is no dearth of material on the Mahabharata — translations, retellings, adaptations, commentaries, poems, criticisms, plays, children’s versions, TV serial, movies, even satires and parodies. Was there a need for a coffee table book? DK certainly thought so and gives us The Illustrated Mahabharata.

This illustrated edition of Mahabharata from DK brings the world’s longest epic to life. With more than 500 stunning images showcasing India’s varied art forms, the book encapsulates stories from all 18 chapters, the Gita, and the Harivamsa in a uniquely accessible and visually stunning way. With clarity and simplicity, the stories reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, an epic that has shaped Indian thought for more than 3,000 years. An exploratory journey of lost kingdoms and dynasties, with characters that resonate with millions of people, DK brings you this beautiful retelling of India’s greatest epic with a foreword by Mahabharata scholar Bibek Debroy.

Here’s what a satisfied customer in Hyderabad has to say, “I have already sold numerous copies of The Illustrated Mahabharata to individuals of different walks of life. IBD is taking another batch and the branch manager, Sri Gopal is helping me in its promotion. I congratulate the entire DK team for their work on this great Indian Epic. And I am sure you are going to create history in selling this great book. The coming together of fonts, photographs, artistic sketches, narration and presentation have all resulted in a product of par excellence. In my opinion, this book is unrivalled. It is the Bahubali of the written word!!! Every customer who has purchased a copy of The Illustrated Mahabharata from me has expressed their total satisfaction in possessing it.” – M Madhusudan, Bhagyanagar Book House, Hyderabad.

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