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Monday, May 26, 2008

One incident, 2 questions

The two photos given below are depictions of an incident in Indian mythology.

In pic 1, A is killing B, while C looks on.

C is not present in pic 2.

Give me what is being depicted and identify A, B and C.

Also give me the dance form in pic 2.

It is believed that the this incident, specially the actions of B, are the inspiration behind a popular Hindi saying that is used till date. What?







Answers:

The depiction is, as rightly answered, of Bhima (A) slaying Kichaka(B) with Draupadi(C) looking on.

The dance form is Koodiyattam, not Kathakali. An important clue was that the character of Bhima is not wearing elaborate make-up, as would be in Kathakali.

The Hindi saying I was looking for was "Buri nazar waale tera mooh kaala". Though there are no verified sources for this, it is understood that the proverb talks of Kichaka's lust for Draupadi which led to his end. The small devil face painted alongside the proverb on the backs of trucks is understood to be Kichaka.

13 comments:

An said...

2. kathakali. dance form from kerala

Sharat said...

Its not kathakali.

Anonymous said...

ghar ka bhedi lanka dahaye

prez said...

Mohiniattam?? or yakshgana

Abhinav gandhi said...

"peeth mein chura ghopna"
too cliched and bollywood masala type!!!

Kuttappan said...

It is Bhima (as Valala) killing Kichak, with Draupadi (Sairandhri) the onlooker.

2 does look like Kathakali.

I know almost no Hindi, but in Malayalam we have a saying 'if it is Kichaka who died, the killer must be Bhima' - something to the effect that, if a certain event happened in a certain way, it must be X's doing - which apparently was what Bhishma and the other seniors said when they heard of the death of Kichak (Pandavas were then in hiding).

Kuttappan said...

Since you have rejected Kathakali, I'll go for Koodiyattam.

an said...

oh yes! its koodiyattam. shit.. should've got that

an said...

oh yes! its koodiyattam. shit.. should've got that

Sharat said...

@kuttappan:

yes- but that saying is in malayalam

"chattathu kichakan engil konnathu bheeman tanne"

but I am looking for the Hindi proverb.

I have posted the answers now.

Kuttappan said...

Dammit ! You know Malayalam ?!

Sharat said...

wherever you go, malayali quizzers are never too far away.

:)

prez said...

nice...
in punjabi/hindi that devil face is called a 'nazabhattu',never really extracted its mythological etymology.

Monday, May 26, 2008

One incident, 2 questions

The two photos given below are depictions of an incident in Indian mythology.

In pic 1, A is killing B, while C looks on.

C is not present in pic 2.

Give me what is being depicted and identify A, B and C.

Also give me the dance form in pic 2.

It is believed that the this incident, specially the actions of B, are the inspiration behind a popular Hindi saying that is used till date. What?







Answers:

The depiction is, as rightly answered, of Bhima (A) slaying Kichaka(B) with Draupadi(C) looking on.

The dance form is Koodiyattam, not Kathakali. An important clue was that the character of Bhima is not wearing elaborate make-up, as would be in Kathakali.

The Hindi saying I was looking for was "Buri nazar waale tera mooh kaala". Though there are no verified sources for this, it is understood that the proverb talks of Kichaka's lust for Draupadi which led to his end. The small devil face painted alongside the proverb on the backs of trucks is understood to be Kichaka.

13 comments:

An said...

2. kathakali. dance form from kerala

Sharat said...

Its not kathakali.

Anonymous said...

ghar ka bhedi lanka dahaye

prez said...

Mohiniattam?? or yakshgana

Abhinav gandhi said...

"peeth mein chura ghopna"
too cliched and bollywood masala type!!!

Kuttappan said...

It is Bhima (as Valala) killing Kichak, with Draupadi (Sairandhri) the onlooker.

2 does look like Kathakali.

I know almost no Hindi, but in Malayalam we have a saying 'if it is Kichaka who died, the killer must be Bhima' - something to the effect that, if a certain event happened in a certain way, it must be X's doing - which apparently was what Bhishma and the other seniors said when they heard of the death of Kichak (Pandavas were then in hiding).

Kuttappan said...

Since you have rejected Kathakali, I'll go for Koodiyattam.

an said...

oh yes! its koodiyattam. shit.. should've got that

an said...

oh yes! its koodiyattam. shit.. should've got that

Sharat said...

@kuttappan:

yes- but that saying is in malayalam

"chattathu kichakan engil konnathu bheeman tanne"

but I am looking for the Hindi proverb.

I have posted the answers now.

Kuttappan said...

Dammit ! You know Malayalam ?!

Sharat said...

wherever you go, malayali quizzers are never too far away.

:)

prez said...

nice...
in punjabi/hindi that devil face is called a 'nazabhattu',never really extracted its mythological etymology.