Sasirekha Parinayam

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Sasirekha Parinayam is a folk tale based on oral traditions, popular in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is based on the Mahabharata, but is not present in it.[1]

The plot concerns the marriage of Sasirekha, the daughter of Balarama, to Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna. It echoes the marriage of Arjuna to Subhadra in the Mahabharata.

The story is popular in performances, including shadow-puppets,[2] Yakshagana and Kuchipudi.[3][4]

It was the basis for several Telugu films, including the 1936 film Mayabazar (also known as Sasirekha Parinayam),[5] and the popular 1957 film Mayabazar.[6] The 2008 film Sasirekha Parinayam was also named after it.


  1. ^ Indrajit Bandyopadhyay (29 October 2008), "A Study In Folk "Mahabharata": How Balarama Became Abhimanyu's Father-in-law", Epic India: A New Arts & Culture Magazine
  2. ^ Sampa Ghosh; Utpal Kumar Banerjee (2006), Indian puppets, Abhinav Publications, p. 59, ISBN 978-81-7017-435-6
  3. ^ "In Memory of a pioneer". The Hindu. 2007-09-21.
  4. ^ Sunil Kothari; Avinash Pasricha (2001), Kuchipudi, Abhinav Publications, ISBN 978-81-7017-359-5
  5. ^ Sasirekha Parinayam (1936) on IMDb
  6. ^ "`Maya Bazaar' forever!". The Hindu. 21 April 2006.