Like Shakespeare’s plays, the Mahabharat is what one makes with the ingredients it provides – populist TV lok natya that appeals to the ‘groundlings’, or ‘artistic’ productions that prise open grand philosophies and high aesthetics, which can both be mined from the epic. Brook chose the latter. There have been critics who have decried the playwright’s ‘take’ on the Vyas‘ text, some decrying it as seeping of ‘Orientalism’, while others have accused it of cherry-picking key moments, thereby missing the warp and woof of the epic’s ‘Indianness’. This is being curmudgeonly nitpicky and, ironically, confines the great story of the Kauravs and Pandavs. What Brook did was bring his wonderful, artistically moving vision to string a leela – a play – from a universal tale of mankind for mankind.