A 6-part series for PBS and BBC entitled "The Story of India" begins
showing on US television on January 5, 2009.
Here is the PBS website describing the series:
Here is a direct link to the PBS schedule for the series:
At the bottom of the page is another link where you can enter your zip
code to find the exact schedule for your area.
Synopsis of the series from PBS:
The world's largest democracy and a rising economic giant, India is
now as well known across the globe for its mastery of computer
technology as it is for its many-armed gods and its famous spiritual
traditions. But India is also the world's most ancient surviving
civilization, with unbroken continuity back into prehistory.
Like other great civilizationsGreece or Egypt, for exampleover the
millennia it has enjoyed not just one but several brilliant golden
ages in art and culture. Its great thinkers and religious leaders have
permanently changed the face of the globe. But while the glories of
Rome, Egypt, and Greece, have all been the subject of TV portraits, as
yet there has been no television story of India on our screens. This
series sets out for the first time to do that: to show a world
audience the wonders of India; the incredible richness and diversity
of its peoples, cultures and landscapes; and the intense drama of its
past, including some of the most momentous, exciting and moving events
in world history.
India's history is a five thousand year epic. For half of that time,
over two millennia, India has been at the center of world history. It
has seen successive invasions from Alexander the Great and Genghis
Khan to Tamburlaine and the British, all of whom left their mark but
all of whom succumbed, in the end, to India herself. For all that time
India has been famous for its spiritual traditions; it gave birth to
two world religions, one of whichBuddhismhad a profound impact on
all of East Asia, China, Japan and Korea, and in modern times has
found root even in the US and Europe. The subcontinent is home to one
of the world's greatestand least understoodartistic traditions and
to an extraordinary spectrum of music, dance and literature. India was
also, and still is, a great center for technology and science,
inventingfor examplethe decimal system with zero, which is the basis
of all modern science, mathematics and economics. India gave birth to
some of the most remarkable characters in world history, including the
Buddha, the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, and the Moghul emperor Akbar the
Great, not to mention the likes of Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.
Michael Wood at Holi Festival
Now, in the era of globalization, India has once again become a
leading player in the world. Home to more than one billion people it
is a land of amazing contrasts: it contains both the high tech
brilliance of Bangalore's Silicon Valley and the archaic splendour of
the Kumbh Mela festival, where 25 million pilgrims come to bathe in
the sacred river Ganges on a single night. While moving at high speed
into the 3rd millennium, India alone, of all the civilizations on the
face of the earth, is still in touch with her ancient past.
In this landmark six-part series for PBS and the BBC, Michael Wood
will embark on a dazzling and exciting journey through today's India,
"seeking in the present for clues to her past, and in the past for
clues to her future".