Filmmaker and lyricist Gulzar made a strong pitch for Indian epics like Mahabharat to be made part of the education system during his visit to Ahmedabad on Friday. “Mahabharat is one epic that ties all of us together, be it culturally and by way of philosophy,” Gulzar said. He added, “Gujarat is rich in culture and it is the right of Hindustan to share it. Gujarat is not limited only to the state. It is spread across India and now outside India also.”
Talking about the play Paansa, written by him, he said, “The play is the dramatisation of an excerpt from Mahabharat.” Based on Pavan Varma’s poem Yudhishtar and Draupadi, Paansa was staged at the ongoing five-day Sabarmati Festival on Friday.
Giving his take on the epic and English which he called a “link language”, he said, “We have read Paradise Lost by Milton and Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, then why not Kalidasa. These books should be known among youth. These should be made part of our education.”