The play's debut at the Avignon Festival, Avignon, France , 07/1985 ©Pascal Victor/ArtComArt.le « Mahabharata » spectacle de Peter Brook mis en scene dans la carrière de Boulbon, en Avignon en 1985.

Vyasa narrates the Mahabharata to Ganesha. (Still from film)

Peter Brook’s Mahabharata at Théatre de Bouffes du Nord in Paris in 1987 Photograph: Julio Donoso/Corbis Sygma

Bhima and Duryodhana in a final battle with maces. (Still from the film)

The procession of Gandhari's wedding. (Still from film)

Prepared for war. (Still from the film)

Krishna comes to speak with Karna as he lays dying on the battlefield. (Still from film)

Amba comes to meet Bhishma in the night (Still from film)

Shakuni plays the game of dice on behalf of the Kauravas. (Still from film)

The young princes learn archery together (Still from film)

Bhishma lies dying on a bed of arrows (Still from film)

Karna pulls the bow in the archery competition

Peter Brook at rehearsals for the play in 1987. Photograph: Julio Donoso/Corbis Sygma