Listen free for 30 days

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection - including bestsellers and new releases.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, celeb exclusives, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
The Mahabharata and The Ramayana cover art

The Mahabharata and The Ramayana

By: Jatinder Verma,Claudia Mayer,Amber Lone
Narrated by: Paul Bhattacharjee,Sasha Behar,Raad Rawi,Paul Bazely,Nitin Ganatra,Manjinder Virk,Lloyd Thomas,Adeel Akhtar,Kulvinder Ghir,full cast
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £12.99

Buy Now for £12.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Listeners also enjoyed...

Myths Reimagined: Troy Trilogy, Dionysos & More cover art
The Angela Carter BBC Radio Drama Collection cover art
Masters' India Saga cover art
The God of Small Things cover art
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete BBC Collection cover art
Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice cover art
Goethe: A BBC Radio Drama Collection cover art
The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Early Years cover art
Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness & More cover art
The Figaro Plays: The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother cover art
The Duchess of Malfi & The White Devil cover art
The Christopher Marlowe BBC Radio Drama Collection cover art
Prelude, The Complete Series (BBC Radio 4 Classical Serial) cover art
The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki cover art
DS Manson cover art
Ben Hur cover art


Full-cast dramatised retellings of the two most important epic Sanskrit poems of ancient India

The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are literary classics, the longest epic poems in world literature, as significant as the Bible, the Qu'ran and the works of Shakespeare. Estimated to have been composed over a period of time around the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, they encompass some of the greatest stories ever told - tales of the deeds of gods and men, and the eternal battle between good and evil. Included here are full-cast BBC Radio adaptations of both, directed by award-winning producer Claire Grove and with original music by acclaimed composer Niraj Chag.

Viewed from the perspective of one of the central characters, Yudhishtra, The Mahabharata recounts the struggles of a divided family as they fight over their inheritance and destroy the very thing they seek most - a peaceful and harmonious land. Exiled for 13 years, Yudhishtra knows his cousin will never give up the throne. War is inevitable - but which side will Krishna be on? Paul Battacharjee, Nitin Ganatra and Raad Rawi star in this intimate, accessible reimagining by Jatinder Verma and Claudia Mayer.

One of the world's most popular love stories, The Ramayana centres around the separation and reunion of Rama and Sita. When Sita first glimpses the beautiful Prince Rama, she determines to marry him or die. She wins his heart - but his stepmother's plot sees him banished from his position as heir to the throne. Exiled, he retreats to the forest, where Sita is abducted by a ruthless warlord. Rama enlists the help of an army of monkeys to get her back - but has she betrayed him with the evil ruler of Lanka? Manjinder Virk stars as Sita, with Lloyd Thomas as Rama in Amber Lone's distinctive modern version of the ancient legend.

Also included is the 5-part series Let's Talk About Rama and Sita, in which award-winning poet and broadcaster Daljit Nagra takes stories from The Ramayana into his community and finds the ancient tales alive with contemporary Asian dilemmas. Are Rama and Sita useful role models for men and women nowadays? How is the duo's relationship relevant to marriage today? And what lessons can the Indian epic teach us about loyalty and betrayal?

Produced and directed by Claire Grove

Music composed by Niraj Chag

The Mahabharata
Yudhishtra - Paul Bhattacharjee
Krishna - Nitln Ganatra
Bhishma - Raad Rawi
Dhirtrashtra - Sam Dale
Duryodhana - Zubln Varla
Arjuna - Paul Bazely
Bhima - Danny Sapani
Draupadi - Sasha Behar
Gandhari - Sudha Buchar
Kunti - Indira Joshi
Shakuni - Jude Akuwudike
Uttara - Saikat Ahamed
Dramatised by Jatinder Verma and Claudia Mayer
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4-18 February 2007

The Ramayana
Sita - Manjinder Virk
Rama - Lloyd Thomas
Lakshman - Adeel Aktar
Ravan - Paul Bhattacharjee
Surparnaka - Sasha Behar
Dasarath/Sugreeva - Jude Akuwudike
Sister/Mandodari - Deeivya Meir
Bharat - Saikat Ahamed
Hanuman - Kulvinder Ghir
Kush - Omar Kent
Lava - Neil Reynolds
Dramatised by Amber Lone
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31 October-7 November 2010

Let's Talk About Rama and Sita
Presented by Daljit Nagra
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24-28 February 2014

©2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

What listeners say about The Mahabharata and The Ramayana

Average customer ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.