This is what Indians would call a true tamashaa – an extravagant spectacle of music, dance and theatre. The production tells the main story of the Mahabharata through a series of visual, audio, and physical flourishes: billowing silks of Rajasthani-turban colours, a script which intersperses English and Hindi with Sanskrit chanting, and a veritable jugalbandi of dance and music drawn from various Western and Indian traditions. Nitin Sawhney, a British Asian musician and DJ, famous for his fusion music composed the score for this, which used a full-blown orchestra to produce operatic drama with a distinct oriental flavour.
The show had a UK tour last year and wowed the critics with its aesthetic impact, but failed to impress in other aspects. Many complained of a Lloyd-Webber feel to it, perhaps not entirely unjustifiably. For reviews see: The Times http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article1710006.ece
and the Guardian:
I saw it at Sadlers Wells and although I enjoyed it hugely (except for a rather crude representation of the 11th Book of the Bhagavad Gita), it was perhaps a little over the top for the more staid English members of the audience. Certainly not for the purists.
I very much hope it will be performed again, perhaps on a more global tour. I’m quite sure it would be sensationally popular in India.