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6-part series "The Story of India" on PBS (USA) starts Jan 5, 2009

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    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
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      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:
      http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

      Here is a direct link to the PBS schedule for the series:
      http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/airdates.html
      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 civilizations—Greece or Egypt, for example—over 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 which—Buddhism—had 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 greatest—and least understood—artistic traditions and
      to an extraordinary spectrum of music, dance and literature. India was
      also, and still is, a great center for technology and science,
      inventing—for example—the 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".
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