Friday May 20
13:30 Doors Open
14:00 Start (Chapter of Desire)
Saturday May 21
13:30 Doors Open
14:00 Start (Chapter of Tempest)
*Running time approximately 180 minutes
*Director’s Talk to follow screening
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Limited number of seats available - reservations are first come first serve
Place: 2-2-11 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
In the summer of 2021, 14 dancers, actors and musicians from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan came together in Tokyo to create the great Hindu epic of Mahabharata as a theatrical performance. The production was directed by Japanese director, Hiroshi Koike. The entire multilingual show was 6 hours and was performed in August 2021 as part of the cultural program of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now, the performance is being edited as a film and will be screened to the public at the Embassy of India in Tokyo on May 20th and 21st.
Since 2013, the production’s director, Hiroshi Koike has worked with many different artists from all around Asia to blend various traditional performing arts, theater forms, fine art, music and media to present the entire Mahabharata as a world where many elements blend together in time and space. The production was produced in various sections in over 9 countries, including India, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand, and has been staged 40 times.
The film version is edited by Kazuhiro Shirao, a film director, who has produced full length films and documentaries. The atmosphere in the theater will be shown in film as a rhythmical show of various speeds and will be a new style of experience performing arts.
The screening of the film of The Mahabharata will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence ＆ 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and India. The Mahabharata ~Chapter of Desire / ~Chapter of Tempest makes us think of the question, can we move towards love and peace instead of destruction?
Learn more about the Mahabharata Project:
Presented by SAI Inc., Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project in association with the Embassy of India
Thank you for the invitation Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Japan and Happy Dussehra Milan 2021! During the celebrations, Hiroshi Koike received an award for contributing to India – Japan cultural exchange for directing a theatrical adaptation of the entire Mahabharata epic.The Mahabharata was a project that started in 2013 and was completed as a 6 hour production in August 2021. Creating a stage version of the world’s longest epic has brought together people from all around Asia.The awards ceremony was followed by a delicious meal at Govinda’s Tokyo – the energy of the Indian community in Japan is vibrant and welcoming. We look forward to more cultural exchanges between India and Japan towards the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations.