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KALARIPAYATTUThe traditional martial art of
Kerala is an amazing combination of grace and agility.
Perhaps one of the oldest living martial arts, Kalaripayattu
is learnt in a special gymnasium with due reverence for the
guru and the presiding deity. DR. L.
SUBRAMANIAMThe famous violin maestro and composer,
shares subtle details of his technique and mastery over the
violin. Includes glimpses of his performance at the New York
Philharmonic and playing with Yehudi Menuhin.
POTTERY IN AMBALA, GUJARATUsing simple time
tested techniques and local material, the Rathwa tribals
make lacquered earthen vessels, in the Chhota Udaipur
district in North Gujarat. PALACE IN LEH (SHEY)
Restoration work in a palace that carries the rich
legacy of Buddhist spiritual art in the valley of Jammu and
Kashmir, a land truly blessed by the Gods. JANTAR
MANTARThe remarkable astronomical observatory in Jaipur.
This is the largest and best preserved of the five
observatories built by King Sawai Jai Singh II, in different
parts of the country.
PUPPETRY CONVENTIONAn international puppetry
convention in Delhi showcases the contrasts between Indian
and foreign forms of puppetry. POTTERY IN
MANIPURNilmanidevi creates fabulous earthenware pots
without a potter's wheel. TANPURA MAKING
Traditional Indian musical instruments like the sitar /
tanpura are made from vegetable gourds at a well-known
centre at Miraj. SUN TEMPLE, KONARKThe
remarkable sculptural splendour of the Sun temple in Orissa,
which was created in the form of the chariot of the sun god.
SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR The unique and striking
features of the architecture of this temple in Ahmedabad.
MANDIR MODELS IN MAMALLAPURAM Five stone Raths
or chariots stand in one complex. Sculpted from a single
granite formation, each of them represents a different style
EPISODE 3 NINASAM
OF HEGGODUA report on the organisation that has been
cultivating aesthetic and cultural sensibilities in remote
areas of Karnataka. ASTAD DEBOO A leading
exponent of contemporary dance, Astad Deboo shares the
contributions of various dance forms to his style. Includes
excerpts from his modern experimental dance performance.
METAL MIRRORS, KERALAMaster craftsman,
Subramanium Achari, creates before us a mirror made entirely
out of metal. But the proportions of the key components of
the alloy are a family secret. GANVAI HAAT A
weekly bazaar in Chhota Udaipur, Gujarat, as an integral
feature of the Indian village life and its economy. The
products on sale range from vegetables and spices to cattle.
JHULTE MINARThe twin towers linked at the base
speak of the genius of the architect Siddi Bashir who built
this swinging monument in Ahmedabad 500 years ago. Why one
minar swings when the other is shaken remains a riddle.
BAWRI (STEPWELL)In Gujarat, the Dada Harir Vav
is much more than a subterranean architectural achievement.
It is a specimen of the traditional Indian wisdom of water
harvesting and management
EPISODE 4 KAVI
BHARATIA report on the poet's convention held at Bharat
Bhavan, Bhopal. PATTACHITRAIn Raghurajpur,
Orissa, crafts are a way of life and creation of artistic
objects is the occupation in most households of the village.
KRISHEN KHANNAAn international artist and a
member of the Progressive Artists Group. Among his favourite
subjects are trucks and bandwalas. UTENSILS MUSEUM,
AHMEDABADA collection of 3,500 household vessels and 850
sarota or betelnut crackers display the role of aesthetics
in everyday life in Gujarat. TEA MAKING, LADAKH
Teatime in Leh is a different experience. Learn to make
the Gurgur Chai with butter and salt. IRULAS, THE
SNAKE CATCHERS OF TAMIL NADUThe tribal techniques and
modern medicine - a unique conjunction in action.
ARTISTS AGAINST COMMUNALISMOn January 1st, 1991,
Sahmat organized performances by prominent artistes on a
common platform, as a form of protest against communalism.
AMATEUR THEATREWhat draws people to perform on
stage without pay? Interviews with members of Group theatre,
Calcutta. GANJIFA PLAYING CARDSIndia?s unique
playing cards are still made in Sawantwadi, Maharashtra. An
enactment of how the game of cards was played is also
presented. TUNES FROM A BAMBOO STICKIn Bastar, a
hollow bamboo stick is moved through air to create musical
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY, DURG, M.P.Excavation
of megalithic burial sites reveals signs of an ancient
culture. METAL CASTING (FOLK LOST WAX
PROCESS)Using a 5,000-year-old Indian technique, master
craftsman Jaydev Bhagel at work in Bastar, M.P.
ASIATIC SOCIETY LIBRARY, MUMBAIA collection of
over three lakh books, including rare manuscripts, poses
problems of preservation. A report on the institution's
efforts to find support for its upkeep. SURABHI, THE
VEDIC MYTHThe myth about the cow as a mother goddess is
graphically presented. VANASHREE, TREES IN INDIAN
MYTHOLOGYA pictorial narration of the reverence for
nature in Indian tradition.
EPISODE 7 G.
ARAVINDANHomage to the noted filmmaker and excerpts from
his films. LAJJA GAURI, GOADiscovery of a
2,500-year-old mother goddess figure in laterite.
ELEPHANTA FESTIVAL, MAHARASHTRAA festival of
dance and music against the backdrop of the Elephanta caves.
TERRACOTTA, GUJARATShantibhai, master craftsman,
at work on traditional terracotta motifs which are given as
votive offerings to gods. NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF INDIA
(DELHI)A profile of the institution, which has completed
100 years and a glimpse of the rare manuscripts and books
EPISODE 8THE 7TH
TRIENNALE A report on India's premier international art
exhibition and the views of prominent artists and critics.
WOOD CARVING Adivasis of Bastar have their own
tradition of woodcarving. OPERA HOUSE, MUMBAIThe
prominent theatre where once Prithviraj and Lata Mangeshkar
gave their memorable performances, today lies neglected and
in danger of being pulled down. MANIPURI MARTIAL
ARTHow training is imparted in a traditional form.
REMO FERNANDESSings a song expressing rage at
the contemporary situation. RAVI SHANKARConducts
an orchestra with a message for harmony - One India.
EPISODE 9RANN OF
KUTCHArtefacts of Indus valley civilization and the
signs of an ancient language. KISHORI AMONKARAn
accomplished vocalist who does not confine herself to any
particular style. SARASWATI MAHAL LIBRARY,
THANJAVURNoted for its collection of ancient manuscripts
and scholars who work on translation. INDIAN
MUSEUMThe museum houses some unique collections like the
Bharhut gate. MOGHUL GARDENS, RASHTRAPATI
BHAVANThe sprawling gardens outside the Indian
President's residence in New Delhi are thrown open to
visitors in February each year.
ACADEMY Profile of the institution in Ahmedabad,
Gujarat, that imparts training in Bharata Natyam, puppetry
and dance-drama forms. Features Mrinalini and Mallika
Sarabhai. METAL CASTING, TAMIL NADU In
Swamimalai Village, near Thanjavur, Sri. Karunanithi
Sthapathy's workshop executes major idol casting works.
LEH PALACE The palace has remarkable
architectural features though it was built with only locally
available material. The Leh palace is in urgent need of
restoration. NATIONAL MUSEUM RESTORATION SECTION
The National Museum, Delhi, has an exclusive restoration
section that takes care of rare books and records.
NAUCHANDI MELA, MEERUTThe tradition of this
festival goes back hundreds of years. It is held every year
in March/April, near a temple in Meerut.
EPISODE 11THE NEK
RAKSHAK GROUP, TIRUMALA Dr. Anand's group uses folk
theatre to communicate health messages in rural areas.
DHONDUTAI KULKARNIClassical vocalist and Sangeet
Natak Academy award winner. COMPUTER
ARTWell-known Indian painters experiment with this new
technology. HYDERABAD A tribute to the city on
its 400th anniversary. TRADITIONAL WRESTLING IN
BENARASMen in action in akhadas or traditional
EPISODE 12SPIC -
MACAY Interviews with members of this voluntary group.
Includes a musical program with the sarod player, Buddhadev
Dasgupta. T.S NAGARAJAN, PHOTOGRAPHER A series
of photographs of Chettinad houses, the grand old mansions
which are the favourite subject of
T.S.Nagarajan.ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM (OPEN
AIR)Near Bhopal, spread over 250 acres, are typical
tribal homes from remote areas transplanted and
reconstructed with traditional decorations. SAND
SCULPTUREManmohan Mahapatra and Benno Kaiser of Germany
at work on the beach. TRADITIONAL
MEDICINEFeaturing an Ojha, the traditional herbal cure
practitioner. Also a look at the recent revival of interest
in Ayurvedic medicine.
THEATRE DAY On 12th April, prominent artists communicate
ideas about freedom and secularism. MANIPURI FOLK
THEATRE An all women's group enacts a folk story in
graceful dance-like movements. CARTOON
EXHIBITIONAn all-India competition with a distinguished
jury. THANGKA PAINTINGThe meticulous spiritual
painting of the Buddhist lamas of Ladakh. COMPUTER
CALLIGRAPHY, MUMBAIProf. R. K. Joshi speaks about using
computer techniques to achieve calligraphic effects.
14NATIONAL FILM AWARDS (FEATURES SECTION)Star
winners and participants as well as excerpts from films.
RITU VARMA, MADHYA PRADESH A 14-year-old
Pandavani singer from Chhattisgarh in a dazzling performance
of folk theatre BUDDHIST STUPA AT SANCHI The
historical legacy of this ancient monument. ANCIENT
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTSBalkumar Dave has researched,
collected and reproduced musical instruments from the
earliest stringed bow to the many stringed Yazi.
15NATIONAL FILM AWARDS (NON-FEATURE
SECTION)Filmmakers speak on the difficulties of
documentary filmmaking. Excerpts from award wining films.
ANCIENT FORT NEAR GOAA recent discovery of parts
of the wall of a prominent ancient port along Zuari river,
dated to pre-Kadamba period of history. TIE AND DYE
The traditional fabric colouring technique from Gujarat.
CHHATTISGARH SCULPTURESErotic sculpture in this
town echo Khajuraho and raise questions about its origins.
16ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY IN ADAM Archaeologist
Dr. Amarendranath speaks about the recent discovery of a
buried inhabitation in interior Maharashtra. BADRI
NARAYANA well-known painter who also works with
children. HANDMADE PAPERThe method of its
manufacture in a workshop in Sanganer, near Jaipur.
CAVE PAINTINGPrehistoric cave paintings
discovered in Bhimbetka, near Bhopal. Dr. Wakankar, the
discoverer, features in a rare film excerpt.
ELECTRONIC PERCUSSION ACCOMPANIMENTComputer
engineer, Raj Narain, designed two programmable percussion
accompaniments: Talmala for North Indian and Talometer for
South Indian (Carnatic) classical music.
Homage to the film actress. Interviews with her mother,
Shobhana Samarth and director Bimal Dutt. Selected excerpts
showing Nutan in varied roles. POTTERY IN KARAGIRI,
VELLORE Only two craftsmen today practice a dying
tradition in pottery. LOHARS OF RAJASTHAN Brief
sketch of this community, which once made iron weapons in
Chittor and now ekes out a nomadic existence making
household implements. FOLK TOYSSudharshan Khanna
of NID, Ahmedabad explains the science behind the
traditional toys and their usefulness as teaching aids
THE SOVA BAZAAR PALACE, CALCUTTAHow a historical
mansion is being restored to its original appearance.
EPISODE 18 GOA'S
CHOIRA profile of this amateur group that is to perform
in Rome. CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OF ART An enquiry
into this modern development, interviews of prominent
persons from the arts and media.PARI MAHAL,
KASHMIRIt was built in idyllic surroundings by Shah
Jahan?s son Dara Shikoh, as a meeting place for spiritual
seekers. TYPEWRITER ART The incredibly detailed
and meticulous work of creating pictures with a typewriter,
as mastered by G.Vanalkar.MIRROR OF INDIA: AN
AUDIO-VISUALTwo French photographers juxtapose subjects
in contemporary photographs with their renderings in earlier
traditional forms of paintings and sculpture.
19CHOLAMANDALAM, CHENNAIFounded by K.C.S
Panikkar 25 years ago, this community of artists practicing
in different media continues to be a vigorous centre of
artistic activity in the country. JAGJIT SINGH
Almost singly responsible for the rise in the popularity
of Ghazals, Jagjit Singh explains the nuances of
Ghazal?singing. KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRAThe renowned
Odissi guru takes a ?master class? with his disciples.
INDIAN VERSES AND METEOROLOGY Some traditional
sayings and couplets as examples of how they were
codifications of weather predictions. EMBROIDERY IN
KUTCH A small village in Kutch has become famous for its
embroidery and patch-work. It now receives visitors from all
over the world.
KANGRA VALLEYAbout 350 years ago, Raja Jagat
Singh built a temple in the valley with detailed miniatures
of Krishna motifs. Restoration work is now revealing their
beautiful forms. ALARMEL VALLI The Padmashri
award winner speaks about her chosen dance form, Bharata
Natyam. DHOLANI SINGERS In Rajasthan today,
there are very few families specialising in singing folk
songs for marriages and other social functions. A report on
a vanishing tradition. KARAGIRI (POTTERY),
VELLOREThe making of a Surahi that becomes a riddle.
MANIPURI POLO Polo is believed to have
originated in Manipur. But only in recent years has its
decline been reversed in its home state.
FESTIVAL Hemis is held at the main monastery in Leh. The
Lamas perform a ritual dance wearing masks and traditional
dress. Hemis is the largest monastery in Ladakh nestling in
the mountain range of the Himalayas on the road between
Manali and Leh. STONE AGE SITE, ANANDPUR
VILLAGEIndiscriminate quarrying is destroying the
largest stone-age site in India. Tools found at the site
near Anandpur village have been excavated or found on the
surface. Used nearly 120,000 years ago by early man who
lived in these Aravalli Hills, the site has been discovered
only in 1976.SHENOY?S HOUSEA unique house has
been built by Vijay Shenoy from discarded pieces of old
traditional houses in Karnataka. He based his design on the
Vastu Shastra, an ancient treatise that lays down the
principles of Indian architecture, design and construction
LEAF WHISTLEThe Gaddi shepherds, a nomadic tribe
of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, has
a unique way of whistling tunes with a basuti leaf.
78 R.P.M. SOCIETYA rich and rare collection of
records can be found in Ulhasnagar, a suburb of Mumbai,
thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic members of the Society
of Indian Records Collectors.
22SURABHI THEATRE GROUP, A.P.In the year 1880,
Govind Rao of Varanasi, laid the foundation of this theatre
group. Members of a single family have been practising folk
theatre since then including mythological tales with stage
effects. SONADHAR VISHWAKARMAThe household of
Sonadhar Vishwakarma, an ironsmith in Kusma village, Bastar,
a tribal area of Madhya Pradesh, Central India. Iron work is
an ancient craft and the traditional family occupation
FLOWER MARKET, DADAR, MUMBAIFlowers arrive at
night by road and by plane from far and near to the Dadar
market. The people in the flower business are at work late
at night and into the morning as they get together a great
variety of flowers for sale in a metropolitan suburb.
ZARDOZI An ancient art of embroidering with gold
and silver wires. Dress designers can help revive a dying
tradition, which flourished under the royal patronage of the
maharajas.FLOATING FIELDS OF KASHMIR A variety
of fruits and vegetables are cultivated on the surface of
the Dal lake and sold from shops on boats.
FESTIVAL There are references to mangoes in our folk
tales, songs and art since ancient times. A wide variety of
mangoes on display at the fair in Saharanpur and New Delhi
K.K. HEBBAR On his 80th birth anniversary, a
tribute to the master who has been called The Indian
Rembrandt. A gigantic figure who bestrides the world of
Indian art like a colossus. K.K. Hebbar is an artist whose
muse is steeped in Indian values and emotions. But the title
that describes him best is `Master of the Singing Line?.
KATHAKALI EXPRESSIONSKalamandalam ? a unique
institution situated in Kerala where the traditional dance,
Kathakali, is preserved and taught in its purest form. The
institution was founded in 1930 by the famous Malayali poet,
Vallothol Narayan Menon and his friend, Mukund Raja.
KADRI GOPALNATH, KARNATAKAHe plays Indian
classical music on the saxophone. Experiments in fusion of
Indian and Western music.
24ROMANCE OF ARCHAEOLOGYA day in the life of a
field archaeologist who steadily scrapes away at time and
exposes the secrets of days gone by.RAVI SHANKAR
His experiments in fusion have made an impact on the
world of Western music. BORIVALI NATIONAL PARK,
MUMBAIPerhaps one of the only national parks in the
world that exists within city limits. The Borivali National
Park is home to over a thousand plant species, 250 bird
species, 41 mammals and hundreds of insects and other tiny
creatures. MALKHAMB In the traditional sport of
Maharashtra, young boys and girls demonstrate their skill.
This ancient sports form of Maharashtra was rejuvenated and
given a contemporary feel in the 18th century. The creator
of Malkhamb in its modern form was Dada Balambhat Deodhar.
GANJIFAIn Vishnupur (West Bengal), a family
makes ganjifa cards that show the Vaishnav math influence.
In Srirangpatnam (Karnataka) there is a museum of ganjifa
cards founded by Raghupati Bhatt.
EPISODE 25 POLS
OF AHMEDABADCommunity living groups of houses in the
narrow bylanes of Ahmedabad, provide a unique method of
social networking.HANDLOOM WEAVING, MANIPUR
Women in every house practise traditional weaving.
VISHNUPUR GHARANAA style in the Dhrupad
tradition, Dr. Debarata Singh Thakur demonstrates its
nuances. SANDALWOODHow the fragrant wood is
obtained and crafted into beautiful objects in Mysore.
KONKANI ENCYCLOPEDIA A report on the three
volume encyclopedia in Konkani compiled at the Goa
PARANJOTI CHOIR, MUMBAI The choir founded by Dr.
Paranjoti celebrated its 25th anniversary. FOLK
THEATRE, JAGDALPUR, M.P. The folk artistes enact a scene
from the epic Mahabharat. SPIC - MACAY'S ANNUAL
CONVENTION Held in Mumbai, it featured performances and
question answer sessions. The aims and achievements of the
movements for popularising classical music are discussed.
GONCHA FESTIVAL ? JAGDALPUR Tupki, a traditional
shooter is used on this day as the town celebrates the local
festival of Goncha. THE SALE OF CALCUTTA A
document dated 10th November 1689, records the sale of 3
villages to the East India company. The family of one of the
zamindars Suvarna Rao Chowdhary, who owned a large part of
it, now live like ordinary citizens.
27ALLEPPEY BOAT RACE, KERALAOn 10th August, long
snake-boats are brought out for popular races which are an
integral part of the Onam festivities. MINGER
FESTIVALA festival procession is taken out in Chamba,
Himachal Pradesh, to make offerings of minger (flowers of
maize) to the god Inderdev for a bountiful kharif crop.
SUN TEMPLE ? MODHERA, GUJARATThe intricately
carved sun temple of Modhera is evidence of sun worship in
Gujarat. YAK At an altitude of more than 18,000
feet in the Himalayan valley, we find these animals that
look like cows, grunt like pigs and have thick woolly hides
like sheep. Also the Champa tribe that has its lifestyle
linked to this animal. K. SIVAPRASAD, WHISTLING
RAGAS K. Sivaprasad has developed whistling into a fine
art and can even render classical ragas in this form.
PUPPETRY IN RAJASTHAN The art of traditional
puppetry with wooden kathputli or puppets still survives,
but it is dwindling over the years. MANDOLIN
SRINIVAS The young maestro who plays Indian classical
music on the mandolin. MASK MAKING, PUNE How
theatrical masks are made. LALBHAI DALPATBHAI
MUSEUM, AHMEDABAD A noted museum of Indology. Its
collection includes pictorial letters from emperors.
RICE GRAIN INSCRIPTIONS T. Nanjappa Reddy of
Bangalore has mastered this art of miniature writing on
grains of rice.
29FESTIVAL OF INDIA IN GERMANY A meeting with
Indian artistes who participated in a festival in Bonn to
showcase Indian culture.REMO FERNANDES The pop
star is featured in his favourite Goan surroundings.
SHASWATI MUSEUM A woman's museum features
prominent women achievers. CELLULAR JAIL, ANDAMAN
ISLANDS Built by the British a 100 years ago, the
infamous jail is now visited by tourists. MANIPUR
BOAT RACEOn the last day of Lai Haroba, a boat race is
held with the participants dressed in their traditional
BAIT, FROM BHOPALA rare performance of an archaic form
of qawwali with two competing groups. NIRUPAMA KAUL
How 18 year old Nirupama Kaul mastered the classical
Indian dance kathak despite being deaf and dumb.
BODH GAYAThe place where Gautam Buddha attained
enlightenment. It is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists the
world over. JAIGARH FORTThe world's largest
cannon on wheels is located in this historic fort.
TIPRI A remarkable but little known traditional
game of Punjab.
31KUCHIPUDI FESTIVAL A report on the festive
event organised by Telugu University and AP Tourism,
featuring Sarla Kumari and Sharda Devi.ABDUL MAJEED
ANSARI, MUMBAIHe lives in humble surroundings, but shows
untainted dedication to his unique passion. And his amazing
knowledge about clay, the raw material of his art forms.
REGIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE, KARNATAKAIt is
actively documenting folk tradition of the region, using
audiovisual media. BADA IMAMBARA, LUCKNOWIt?s
religious significance and architecture
32BISHNOI COMMUNITY, JODHPURThe Bishnois have
sustained the ecological wisdom of our ancestors.
Preservation of the environment is an intrinsic part of
their beliefs and their way of life and they try to save the
flora and fauna even at the cost of their own lives.
NAG PANCHAMI, BATTIS SHIRALA, MAHARASHTRASnakes
in Indian mythology and traditional snake-worship in a
village. COCK FIGHTING, KARNATAKAViolent sports
involving animals are popular the world over and one such is
cock ? fighting. A fresh look at the ethics of an old sport.
TRIBALS, CHHOTA NAGPUR, BIHAR Living in intimate
association with nature, their lives have a vitality and
innocence that we seem to have lost. Featuring tribal haat,
dwelling and dance. KARNI MATA TEMPLE, DESHNOKE,
RAJASTHANThe marble relief work of this temple depicts
natural scenes. Rats are welcomed here and offered milk and
EPISODE 33 BONE
SETTERS, KALUPADA, ORISSATheir treatment, though
traditional and a guarded secret with the healers, seems to
work. But, modern doctors continue to be sceptical about its
efficacy. O.P.TAK He has kept alive the
tradition of Kangra paintings, one of the important schools
of miniature paintings. DURGA KHOTE - IN MEMORIAM
Remembering the veteran actress as she was seen in the
early years of Indian cinema and her contributions in other
spheres. TARNETAR FAIR, GUJARATA report on its
changing forms and gauging its present significance as a
people's festival. MUSICAL PILLARS, HAMPI The
pillars of the temple in Hampi are made from special stones
that produce musical notes when struck.
EPISODE 34 JEW
TOWN, COCHINHow the community retains its ethnic
identity in a small town in Southern India. JANGAN
SINGH SHYAM, BHOPALHis modern art tries to recreate and
revitalize motifs from his village surroundings. DR.
SHIVRAM KARANTH, SHIMOGA, KARNATAKAHe pioneered the
revival of the traditional art of Yakshagana. At the age of
90 he is still full of energy.RAVANA CHHAYA The
only group in the country that practices shadow puppet
theatre - an ancient tradition that is not likely to survive
long. SILK WEAVING, BASTAR How silk is obtained
from the cocoon of the silkworm and woven into fabric.
DWARKA EXPLORATION For the first time, a
large-scale underwater exploration was carried out, to
search for the remains of ancient temples on the seabed. An
exciting report on a unique marine archaeological project.
NITHIN DAVID - CHILD ARTIST, KERALAProfile of a
child prodigy with a talent for painting. SAKAR KHAN
MANGANIAR, RAJASTHANFolk singer of Rajasthan, a Sangeet
Natak Academy Award winner and his group. JAIN
PILGRIMAGE CENTRE, PAWAPURI Lord Mahavir delivered his
last sermon here and was also cremated here. MUKNA
Traditional wrestling of Manipur which has some
similarities to the Sumo wrestling of Japan.
RACHOL SEMINARY, GOAThe seminary, which is the
only place in India for Jesuit education, has a church of
architectural magnificence and is gradually taking the shape
of a museum of Christian art from Goa. AUROBINDO
SANGRAHALAYA, ORISSAThe founder, Dasarathi Patnaik, is a
simple elderly farmer and the museum he has put together in
an interior village is the result of his single-minded
devotion. JUNAGADH TREASURES, SAURASHTRA,
GUJARATTreasures of the former Nawabs of Junagadh are
kept locked up, and are put to public display for the first
time in Surabhi.PAIKA AKHADA, PARLEKHEMUNDI , ORISSA
The martial art of Orissa that is performed as a ritual
during the festival of Dassehra. RAVI KIRAN He
began as a child prodigy and continues to play classical
Carnatic ragas on the Gotuvadyam.
INTERNATIONAL TEA FESTIVAL, DARJEELING A report
on the festival, and the processing of tea from plucking to
packaging. GHATS ON THE HOOGHLY A poetic account
of life around the river Hooghly in Bengal. GANGA
DEVIThe Madhubani folk artist who was exceptionally
brilliant and could respond creatively to contemporary
subjects and include them in her paintings. CHESS
Chess pieces collected from different periods reflect
historical influences. AGARBATTIThe making of
the familiar incense stick is a cottage industry in Mysore,
GUJARAT EXCAVATION A report on an archaeological
discovery in Saurashtra, by an amateur. In a special studio
interview, the D.G. of ASI, M.C.Joshi, discusses the
significance of this site that has been neglected for years.
TAGORE COPYRIGHTVishwabharti University?s
attempts to get Nobel laureate Tagore's copyright extended
after its expiry raised a controversy. PIANO
Kantilal Sonchchatra plays Indian classical music on the
piano. MAIHAR BAND Founded by the late Ustad
Alauddin Khan, a unique, and India's first orchestra that
continues to faithfully render his masterly compositions. .
PASHMINA, LADAKHThe Changpas who live at high
altitudes make these shawls from the soft wool of special
mountain goats. ASGARI BAI, MADHYA PRADESHA
forgotten exponent of Dhrupad Dhamal Gayiki, Raj Gayika at
one time and winner of Padmashri, Asgari Bai remembers old
times. CHIKAN KASHIDAKARI, LUCKNOWA form of
embroidery that flowered under Nawabi patronage is now being
revived with the active role of SEWA, a women's
organisation. CAMEL STORY, RAJASTHANThe camel as
seen all over Rajasthan and the work being done at the
National Camel Research Centre, Bikaner.
KONARK DANCE FESTIVAL, ORISSADance as depicted
through stone sculptures in Orissa. Performance at the
festival and the question of changing forms of dance.
MARIO MIRANDA A cartoonist and artist and his
involvement in restoration work. MALLIKARJUN MANSOOR
Even as the famous vocalist grows older and struggles
with the infirmities of age, he remains as spirited as
ever!PHULKARI, PUNJAB The traditional form of
flower embroidery of Punjab is closely linked to the life of
LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDSThe picturesque setting of
the islands and the lifestyle of the people who live there.
MAJULI ISLAND The largest river island in the
world is situated on the Brahmaputra river. THE COIR
STORY, GUNDU ISLAND NEAR COCHINThe process of making
coir from coconuts. ROOF TILES, ORISSAManbodh
Rana has transformed simple tiles that are traditionally
kept on rooftops to ward off evil spirits, into objects
valued for their aesthetic appeal. MADRA, CHAMBA,
HIMACHAL PRADESHHow Madra, a traditional dish from
Himachal, is made from rajma.
42PANCHATANTRA TALES These fables from India
travelled to distant lands and became a part of the
traditions of other people?illustrations of the Panchatantra
tales from Mughal manuscripts. MOHARDAR DHURRIES,
RAJASTHAN Two deaf and dumb brothers, Abdul and
Mohammad, are carrying on a tradition of making dhurries,
the once famed Mohardar dhurries. SONAL
MANSINGHThe noted exponent of Bharat Natyam and Odissi
speaks about her achievements and aspirations.
SHEKHAWATI WALL PAINTINGS, RAJASTHAN The
paintings depict Ramayana, Mahabharat and Krishnalila
motifs, the flora and fauna of Rajasthan as well as the
lifestyle of the ex-rulers, the Britishers.
PARSHURAM TEMPLE, MAHARASHTRAThe temple is
believed to have been built with grants form Muslim rulers
and the craftsmanship of Christian artisans.
43THEATRE WORKSHOP, LEH, LADAKHM.K.Raina
conducts a theatre workshop with the people of Leh. The high
point of this workshop was the staging of a play using the
natural open-air setting of the place. NAQAL
THEATRE, PUNJABA rural folk theatre that is a mixture of
story telling, hilarious farce and satire which reveals
another facet of Punjab. RAJ KAPOOR AND
SHAILENDRARemembering the contribution of two great
personalities to Indian cinema. 14th December is the birth
anniversary of Raj Kapoor and the death anniversary of
Shailendra. KITE MUSEUM, AHMEDABAD Bhanu Shah
has founded the only museum of its kind in the country, a
large collection of kites from India and across the world.
HUBLI STREET THEATRE, KARNATAKA The struggle of
the bit role players of Hubli to continue their performance
when commercial cinema has become the main medium for
EPISODE 44 ROCK
MUSIC, NAGALANDHow it has acquired indigenous colour
with original lyrics and improvisations by local bands.
SYED NASIR HUSSAIN AND PARTY, BHOPAL The qawwals
explain nuances of qawwali singing. GANGUBAI HANGAL
A tribute to the veteran vocalist who has kept alive the
tradition of pure classical Indian music. LOG DRUM,
NAGALANDThe large drum on which several men pound with
logs. It was a medium of communication among the tribals.
GLASS MURALS, S.M.WAGHELA The artist works with
broken bits of glass to make portraits and other murals.
TRIBAL KING, NAGALANDThe history of a Naga
chieftain and his tribe struggling to cope with a changing
world. A king without a kingdom! ICE-MAKING A
pictorial account of how ice-making caught on in India with
the coming of the British. LEANING TEMPLES OF HUMA,
ORISSAThe unsolved riddle of the leaning temples of
Sambalpur in Orissa. THE MUSEUM OF KERALA HISTORY,
COCHIN Madhavan Nair founded this museum which presents
a graphic history of Kerala using the most modern
techniques. DR. L. SUBRAMANIAMA live performance
in the studio by the world famous violinist. THE
BEST OF SURABHI: 1991A 10-minute section compiled from
some of the most fascinating stories that have appeared in
Surabhi during the year
PALACE ON WHEELSSurabhi travels on board the
Palace on Wheels voted as one of the ten best train journeys
in the world. Designed on the lines of the private carriages
of the Maharajas, the Palace on Wheels takes us on a
romantic train journey through picturesque Rajasthan. The
first halt is at the Pink City of Jaipur.
SANGANERSanganer in Rajasthan's desert is the
home of natural dyes. A colourful story of a flourishing
traditional art. KONKANI FESTIVAL - POROBPorob a
festival in picturesque Mangalore, which attempts to
discover and establish the Konkani identity. It provides a
common platform for Konkani dialects, regions and
communities, bringing them together in one joyous
celebration. MANDUMandu, also known as the
Citadel of Joy, was the pleasure resort of the rulers of
Malwa. Its monuments, witness to the historic romance
between Roopmati and Baz Bahdur, are at their most exquisite
during the monsoon rains. ERIC LOPEZ83 year old
Eric Lopez of Mumbai has perfected the art of the
impossible. He draws melody from an old hand saw used for
AYURVEDAAyurveda - the classical Indian science
of medicine is facing new challenges in the modern world. A
study of how one of the oldest ayurvedic institutions in
India is adapting to modern demands. MITTAGOND
MEDICINE MANThe medicine men of Raipur in Madhya Pradesh
use herbs and roots from nearby forests to treat various
ailments of the local populace. We profile one such man,
Jaiphal, who is struggling to continue this ancient
profession. HOYSALA The sculptors of the
magnificent Hoysala temples in Karnataka carved their names
on stone for immortality. A tribute to the great artisans
who built the temples, more than 500 years ago.
PALACE ON WHEELS The Palace on Wheels continues
its romantic journey from the Pink City of Jaipur to Udaipur
- the city of lakes. On its way, it halts at the fortified
city of Chittorgarh. MOLELA About 40 kms. from
Udaipur lies Molela. For centuries, the potters of this
village have been creating exquisite votive terracotta
images1 for the rural population of Rajasthan. THODA
Thoda - a traditional sport of Himachal Pradesh. A look
at an amusing game where opposing teams face each other with
bows and arrows.
RAMAYANA ANIMATION FILM One of the high points
at the International Film Festival in Delhi was the preview
of an Indo-Japanese animation film on the Ramayana. Surabhi
meets the creators of this fascinating film at the festival
and features some excerpts. SONG OF PEACE
Twenty-one of the best-known pop singers of India have
combined their talents to produce a joint Song of Peace.
Surabhi previews this unique event with exclusive interviews
with some of the creators. PALACE ON WHEELSThe
Palace on Wheels travels through the rugged desert landscape
of Rajasthan on its onward journey from Udaipur to
enchanting Jaisalmer. The last outpost of the desert,
Jaisalmer's magnificent fortress is under threat of erosion.
ROSOGULLA Surabhi learns of a few tricks behind
the trade of preparing this mouth - watering delicacy of
Bengal - the Rosogulla.
49VINTAGE CAR RESTORATION Surabhi features a
restoration with a difference - the Classic Car Restoration
Centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Vintage cars in various
states of disrepair are restored to their original condition
under the expert hands of Manvendra Singh Barwani.
MASTER MAGICIAN P.C. SORCAR This segment
presents the amazing and mind-boggling world of a magician,
the extraordinary P.C Sorcar of Calcutta. DR.
ROERICHSurabhi pays tribute to the eminent Russian
painter Padmabushan Dr. Svetoslav Roerich who passed away in
Bangalore at the age of 89. PALACE ON WHEELSThe
concluding section of the fabulous ?Palace on Wheels? train
journey takes the viewer to the romantic city of Agra &
the Taj Mahal before returning to Delhi MINIATURE
JAIN TEMPLE A small Jain temple in a narrow lane of
Ahmedabad houses a miniature replica of the famous Samvat
Shikhar, the most important pilgrimage site of the Jains.
Beautifully painted and made up of sandalwood, it operates
at the press of a button.
SIKKIM ARCHERY FESTIVAL New Year in Sikkim is an
occasion of joyous revelry with archery contests, music and
dance. Surabhi brings you the colour and pageantry of the
Sikkim New Year festival celebrated amidst the breathtaking
landscape. SHARON PRABHAKAR Surabhi profiles
Sharon Prabhakar, one of the pioneers of the pop music
movement whose lively music has inspired many others to
follow suit. KAMAL AMROHI Kamal Amrohi, veteran
film director passed away on 11th February, 1991. Surabhi
pays tribute to this sensitive filmmaker responsible for
such classics as Mahal and Pakeeza. SHILPGRAM
FESTIVAL The Shilpgram festival at Udaipur organised
every year by the West Zone Cultural Centre is an attempt to
encourage & promote the gifted artistes and craftsmen of
the entire western region. DONKEY MELA (UJJAIN)
An unusual fair, with wares equally unusual ? the
donkey's fair of Ujjain, held just once a year.
PATALKOT, MADHYA PRADESHThere are very few
places in the world left untouched by the changing times.
Patalkot in Madhya Pradesh has remained hidden from the
probing eyes of the world. The Surabhi team is the first
ever to reach the remote village of Kariam.
MEENAKSHI SHESHADRI Talented Hindi film actress
Meenakshi Sheshadri also emerged as a versatile dancer.
Surabhi profiles this multifaceted actress with an exclusive
interview at the studio. PRABHA SHAHThis week we
profile an unusual artist, Prabha Shah. Born mute, this
remarkable woman expresses herself through her eloquent
paintings. GURU LAXMI NARAYANEvery year, world
renowned violinist, Dr . L. Subramaniam pays tribute to his
late father at a concert held in Madras. Surabhi brings
poignant moments from one of these concerts.
CALCUTTA BOOK FAIRThe Calcutta book fair is one
of the biggest publishing events in the country. A haven for
the book lovers of Calcutta, it is an exciting event
offering a range of books at bargain rates. CHAUPAD
The game of Ludo is not a patch on the thrills of
India?s colourful dice game Chaupad, which is still being
played in parts of India.
EPISODE 52 DARRS
OF LADAKHTucked away in the Indus valley in Ladakh, the
Darrs are believed to be pure descendants of the Aryans.
Surabhi provides a fascinating glimpse into their lives and
customs USTAD AMJAD ALI KHANSurabhi welcomes
virtuoso Sarod artiste Ustad Amjad Ali Khan as one of the
esteemed advisors on the programme and profiles his towering
genius. ICE-CREAM WALLAHDespite competition from
modern ice-cream parlours, the tradition of manufacturing
hand-made ice cream still exists. Surabhi finds one such
place still flourishing in the heart of Mumbai.
MYSORE PAINTINGS Started in the mid 16th
century, among other art forms, by the King Wodeyar in
Mysore, this beautiful art form of south India has an
FESTIVAL OF HOLI On the occasion of Holi,
Surabhi presents a charming story in pictures of what Holi
means in our lives. GOA CARNIVAL The carnival in
Goa is a time of music, dance and revelry. Surabhi not only
captures the spirit of the main carnival but also features
the charming village festivities. SEN BROTHERS
The Sen brothers have mastered the novel art of story
telling through shadow play. Surabhi profiles these two
gifted individuals and their unique theatre form.
PEENAZ MASANI Young, talented and beautiful,
renowned Ghazal singer, Peenaz Masani is the special guest
on Surabhi this week. KOS MINARIn ancient times
Kos Minars were set up to measure distances and also mark
the breadth of the empire. Some of these imposing structures
still exist on the outskirts of Delhi, a reminder of ancient
trade and glory.
EPISODE 54 EZIRA
MIREzira Mir, the father of the Indian documentary,
passed away at the age of 90. A tribute from Surabhi
featuring glimpses of his work. PARSI WEDDING
Surabhi invites viewers to participate in a typical
Parsi wedding performed with traditional rites and fanfare.
SURINDER KAURSurabhi profiles the earthy Punjabi
folk singer Surinder Kaur whose evocative songs mirror the
zest and exuberance of the people of Punjab. JUTE
FASHIONS Featuring a unique show where models display
attractive garments made of jute, otherwise used as a
sacking material. BAMBOO DANCE OF LAKSHADWEEP
The traditional bamboo dance of Lakshadweep is very
similar to that of Mizoram, but is different in costume and
style. The people of this fairyland dance and sing to
lighten their hearts and pray for the safe return of the
fishing boats caught in a stormy sea.
EPISODE 55 OLD
RUINS IN MUMBAISurabhi features an unusual person, a
customs officer, whose painstaking efforts led to the
discovery of ancient ruins, in the heart of one of Mumbai?s
industrial areas. ERIC OZARIOSurabhi brings an
encounter with Konkani singer Eric Ozario and his untiring
efforts of fusion of traditional Konkani music and modern
western music. BABUBHAI MISTRYSurabhi pays
tribute to the remarkable Babubhai Mistry, one of the oldest
director of Hindi cinema and master of special effects.
ANSWER STORY - MAMALLAPURAM Will the concern of
a few, save the magnificent temple complex of Mamallapuram
from urbanisation and turn it into a heritage zone?
EPISODE 56 MUSIC
BUSStarted by the Sangeet Research Academy, the music
bus is a unique attempt to take Indian classical music to
eager audiences throughout the country. Surabhi captures the
spirit of the venture where famous musicians travel together
with their disciples. MUSEUM BUS Another bus
with a difference. The museum on wheels is a novel
experiment to promote awareness of India's heritage in the
remote villages and small towns of West Bengal. Surabhi
offers a glimpse of this unusual bus, an innovation of the
Indian Museum of Calcutta. ARCHERY EXPERT
Surabhi pays tributes to one of the few remaining
experts of the grand tradition of archery, whose wizardry
with the bow and arrow has kept alive this ancient art in a
small village of Andhra Pradesh. BAHUROOPIA One
man, many faces and several identities - this is what the
Bahuroopia is known for. India?s traditional quick change
article is known for roles that he juggles most effectively.
EPISODE 57 LOCAL
SELF GOVERNMENT OF SIKKIMHigh up in the Sikkim Mountains
is a little community where democracy has been a way of life
for centuries. Surabhi provides a glimpse of their unique
system of dispensing justice. THE STORY OF
CHATSurabhi gives the viewer a taste of the famous Delhi
?chat? and discovers the secret of its irresistible flavour.
MAHABHARAT PAINTING Surabhi features the
incredible Santokba Dudhat, 81, who spent four years
painting the Mahabharat on a 1.2 kilometer long cloth.
N.R. SREEKRISHNANSurabhi profiles the whistling
wizard, N.R.Sreekrishnan, with an exclusive performance on
the Surabhi sets. SEA FROTH The answer to last
fortnight?s question lies in the sea. Surabhi reveals the
mysterious ingredient used in Mr. Harsh Chhajed's sculptures
- known locally as a sea froth!
BENGAL NEW YEAR - 1400TH YEAROn April 13th,
1993, Bengal entered a new century, celebrating the 1400th
year of the Bengali calendar. Surabhi investigates the
origin of this day in a spirit of renewal and thanksgiving.
PRANLAL BHOGILALBelonging to one of Mumbai's
oldest business families, Pranlal Bhogilal is a passionate
collector of antiques and vintage cars. Surabhi offers a
glimpse of his fascinating home - a living museum - and his
incredible collection of vintage cars, which features in the
Guinness Book of World Records. UTTAM BANDHU
TUPEThis week?s guest on Surabhi is a remarkable peon
from the Pune archives, Mr. Uttam Bandhu Tupe, author of 31
books and winner of 8 literary awards. PUNJAB
MARTIAL ARTS Gatka is a form of martial art, which is
practised in Punjab, teaching self-discipline and physical
agility. It's roots go back to the days of Guru Gobind Singh
who formalized this art as a manner of teaching his
followers self -discipline.
TEATROTeatro, the vibrant theatre form of Goa
(which encompasses music, dance and drama) completed 100
years recently. Surabhi takes a look at this exuberant and
entertaining art form.SUDH MAHADEV MELA Surabhi
captures the spirit and song of a local fair in a tiny
village near Jammu, set against the high mountains, which
attracts people from far and wide. JOEY
AYALASurabhi presents Joey Ayala, one of Philippines
most original and talented musicians. Joey's use of
indigenous instruments reflects common strains in Indian and
Filipino musical traditions.AJANTA PAINTINGS IN THE
DARKBenoy Behl has captured the famous Ajanta cave
paintings in near total darkness, thereby achieving a new
breakthrough in the art of photography. Surabhi features
this remarkable achievement. PATOLA In answer to
last fortnight's question, Surabhi reveals a world of
intricate designs perfected over the centuries - patola !
FILMISTAN - GOLDEN JUBILEE Filmistan, one of
Mumbai's most famous movie studios, completed 50 years on
28th April 1993. Surabhi traces the history of this
remarkable institution, birthplace of some of the memorable
films of our times, on the occasion of its golden jubilee.
SARITA JOSHI Surabhi profiles the outstanding
Gujarati theatre actress, Sarita Joshi, whose contribution
to the development of the Gujarati theatre movement in
Mumbai spans 25 event filled years. ORPHAN THEATRE
Surabhi salutes the spirit of an unusual children?s
theatre group from Pedana, a small town in Andhra Pradesh.
Wholly comprising of orphan boys, the group stages
mythological plays in neighbouring villages. LAND OF
PEACE SONG Surabhi previews a special song by Indian pop
stars for communal harmony - Land of Peace.
NASTHARANG A strange musical instrument played
by the cords of the neck - the nastharang.
61NATIONAL AWARDS Surabhi brings an exclusive
interview with Mithun Chakraborty, winner of the national
award for best actor.ABDUL RAHMAN, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Surabhi's artist of the week is the young, dynamic film
music director Abdul Rahman who broke new ground with his
music score for the film `Roja'. Only 25, he won the
National Award for best music director for this
film.TRAMS OF CALCUTTA Synonymous with Calcutta,
the tram will soon become extinct. Surabhi recapitulates the
significance of the tram for the people of Calcutta in a
poignant story. NALANDAIn answer to last
fortnight's question, Surabhi enlightens the viewers on an
ancient university in Bihar, renowned worldwide as a centre
of learning in its time - Nalanda.
62CHILDREN OF RAJASTHANUnder the expert guidance
of folklorist Komal Kothari, the children from the villages
of Rajasthan sang for the nation at the Republic Day parade
this year, for which they won the best song award. Surabhi
captures the spirit of these children who had never visited
a city before.7 YEAR-OLD ARSHAD ALISurabhi
profiles the young classical singer Arshad Ali, a product of
the Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta. A child prodigy at
the age of seven he is well on his way to becoming a musical
genius in the future.MASTER SHASHANKSurabhi
meets yet another talented musician from Madras, master
Shashank. At 15, this young flautist has established a name
for himself among the noted musicians of the south.
ADITI SHARMA In answer to last fortnight's
question Surabhi revels the versatility of child artist
Aditi Sharma whose skill as a dancer has won many hearts.
And finally Surabhi gives a glimpse of the incredible baby
Shweta who has taught herself dance the Bharat Natyam on
63PREHISTORIC CAVE AT KACHARGADIn the north east
of Maharashtra, close to Nagpur, lie the thick forests of
Kachargad, home to the Gond tribals. Surabhi discovers a
prehistoric cave in this remote region, the largest of its
kind in India, once inhabited by the ancestors of the Gonds
more than 10,000 years ago.ORNAMENTS FROM
PULSESSurabhi makes yet another discovery. This time
from Bengal where exquisite jewellery is fashioned out of
ordinary pluses and eaten! ANURADHA PALSurabhi's
guest at the studio this week is the young and gifted Tabla
player Anuradha Pal. Attracted to the Tabla since childhood,
she had through sheer grit and determination stormed a male
dominated profession. RONAPPA In answer to last
fortnight's question Surabhi reveals a unique dance
developed by the hardy shepherds of Orissa - Ronappa.
EPISODE 64 MOPIN
FESTIVAL OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH In the interiors of
Arunachal Pradesh, the arrival of summer begins with the
sowing of new crops and is accompanied by much festivity.
Surabhi journeys to the remote misty mountains of the
north-east to join the locals of Arunachal in celebrating
the Mopin festival.MANOHAR SINGHOver the years
actor Manohar Singh has emerged as one of the most talented
and versatile performing artists of our times. Surabhi
provides a glimpse of his amazing talent in an excerpt form
his latest play in which he took on the unusual role of a
woman.APACHE INDIANMore and more Indians are
successfully making their mark in the rap music scene today.
Surabhi reviews the performance of one such singer of Indian
descent, Steven Kapur alias Apache Indian who performs in
Mumbai.ARTISTS CAMP, JAMMUSurabhi visits the
serene surroundings of an Artists camp in Jammu to discover
how this gathering of talented individuals benefited from
such an exercise. SIBSAGAR The answer to last
fortnight's question in Surabhi reveals a fascinating
culture, which evolved in the valleys, east of the
Brahmaputra in Sibsagar, capital of the mighty Ahoms. .
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHYIt takes years of patient
and persistent observation to specialise in the art of
wildlife photography. Surabhi speaks to India's premier
wildlife photographers Rajesh and Naresh Bedi to discover
the secret of their success. BUFFALO RACEPerhaps
one of the oldest sports, existing buffalo races are still a
major attraction in rural India. Surabhi brings glimpses of
this exciting sport requiring great skill and stamina.
TEMPLE OF MONKEYS, GALTAAt the Galta temple in
Rajasthan, monkeys have as much right to worship as
devotees! Surabhi features this unique phenomenon.
BANDHAVGARH In an answer to last fortnight's
question Surabhi journeys to the abandoned Bandavgarh fort
in Madhya Pradesh frequented only by wild animals living in
the surrounding sanctuary.
EPISODE 66 COIN
COLLECTOR, JATIN MAHAJANJatin Mahajan not only collects
coins but also digs them out himself from the rocky counter
side. Surabhi accompanies him on this unusual treasure hunt
in which he exhibits his amazing instinct. REMO AND
AIDS AWARENESSKnown for producing music which touches on
socially relevant issues, pop star Remo Fernandes touches
yet another pressing problem. Surabhi provides a glimpse of
his latest music video on the subject of aids.
PRAKRITISurabhi visits a unique exhibition at
the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, highlighting
man's relationship with the cosmos. BULO C.
RANISurabhi pays tribute to the unassuming talent of
Bulo C.Rani. Music director of hit films like Jogan,
Darogaji & Anjuman, who passed away in Mumbai.
SRIRANGAPATNA In response to last fortnight's
question Surabhi goes to Srirangapatna, the land of the
tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. .
BANDOPADHYAYA tiny young lady with giant-sized talent -
Bidesa Bandopadhyay of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The story of
her discipline and achievement. BAGESHWARI
QAMARThe world of Shehnai players has almost entirely
been dominated by men. But now hails a new feminine star on
the firmament - Bageshwari Qamar! SHARDA DEVI'S
JHADOO!!Sharda Devi's craft is an unusual one - the
unnoticed art of making jhadoos - brooms! A moving portrait
of great courage and skill in the face of adversity.
MARTHA GRAHAM, MODERN DANCEAn American
contemporary dance troupe that toured India was founded by
one of the most outstanding of women artistes - Martha
Graham, who also influenced contemporary dancers in India.
Here is a glimpse of a contemporary dancer of genius.
FEARLESS NADIA A special interview with Riyad
Wadia, grandson of the legendary J.B.H. Wadia, on the making
of "Fearless - The Hunterwali Story" as a tribute to his
famous aunt, the famous former stunt film actress, Nadia.
NEEMRANA FORTSurabhi documents the fascinating
process of restoring the magnificent Neemrana fort by a
group of dedicated individuals. ANAND SHANKAR
Famous music composer & choreographer, Anand
Shankar, speaks about his distinctive music and the future
of his group. MASTERPIECES OF EUROPEAN ARTTucked
away in the heart of Mumbai lies a studio where unknown
artists produce near perfect replicas of European
masterpieces. KASHMIRI FEAST In answer to last
fortnight's question Surabhi travels to the mountains of
Kashmir to partake of `Wazwaan'. A typical Kashmiri feast. .
SANGEET RESEARCH ACADEMYFounded by the I.T.C.
for the promotion of Indian classical music, the Sangeet
Research Academy is one of the premier cultural institutions
in the country today. Surabhi visits the academy to discover
how the atmosphere in the academy encourages the flowering
of talent, both old and young. GOPILAL
LOHARGopilal Lohar in Udaipur has turned the business of
dagger making into a fine art. Surabhi watches this unusual
artist at work. PARLIAMENT PHOTOGRAPHERArmed
with a Kodak circuit camera and a huge negative specially
manufactured for him, A.R.Dutt has been photographing our
erstwhile parliamentarians since 1952. Surabhi travels down
memory lane with him and his camera. KHADI FASHIONS,
MUMBAI In recent times Khadi has seen a transformation
from a poor man's garment to a haute couture apparel.
Surabhi meets some of the country's top designers to learn
about Khadi's infinite possibilities.
BOAT RACE FESTIVALIn the first of a series of features
on India's connections with neighbouring countries, Surabhi
takes its viewers to Singapore to participate in the
traditional dragon boat race festival. NATS OF
RAJASTHANAmong the Nats of Rajasthan, the women folk
have performed alongside their men folk to entertain
villagers with their incredible acrobatics for generations.
Surabhi travels to their villages to view their amazing
feats. MOHAMMED SUBHAN BHAGAT, KASHMIRSurabhi
pays a tribute to a great folk artiste who passed away in
Kashmir - Mohammed Subhan Bhagat who devoted his life to the
cause of Kashmiri folk theatre. POLOIncreasing
interest in polo today is bringing the game back into the
limelight. Surabhi traces the history of this aristocratic
game from its humble beginnings as a tribal sport.
KABADDI Surabhi reveals how Kabaddi, a common
man's sport in India, is played in different parts of the
country; for instance `Bagudi' in Orissa.
LITTLE INDIA IN SINGAPOREContinuing with the
series on Indian connections with neighbouring countries,
Surabhi takes its viewers to Singapore to visit a place with
a very interesting cultural ambience - Little India - a home
away from home. NATIONAL MUSEUM Did you know
that as little as one - tenth of a museum's collection is
ever on display? Surabhi goes behind the scenes to look at
India's premier museum - the National Museum - to find out
where they keep what is not on display and learn how they
maintain and preserve this huge treasure, year after year.
FATHER BARBOZA Surabhi features an unusually
creative priest - who dances! Father Barboza has introduced
an interesting facet to the Indian classical dance, Bharat
Natyam, by adapting it to Christian themes. UMAID
BHAWAN PALACE Once a magnificent palace, the Umaid
Bhawan in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is now a hotel.
ARUNACHAL PRADESHVeiled in the mists of time is
beautiful Arunachal Pradesh where changes are taking place
in the tribal way of life. Meet Talum Rukbo who is helping
reshape the life of his own people, the Adi
tribals.GEETA DUTT, 21ST DEATH
ANNIVERSARYSurabhi pays tribute to Geeta Dutt, one of
the most gifted and spontaneous singers of our time, on her
21st death anniversary.HIMACHAL PRADESHSurabhi
takes you to the Mountain State of Himachal Pradesh to tell
you the story of exquisite silver jewellery making,
beautiful belles and age-old rituals. WRESTLING
WITHOUT HANDSSurabhi reveals an unusual traditional
sport of Mizoram that resembles bull fighting.
GURSHARAN SINGH Surabhi salutes Gursharan Singh
of Punjab. The grand old man of People's Theatre travels
hundreds of miles each day with his dedicated street theatre
group to spread the message of reform and change in the
villages of Punjab. VEDIC VILLAGEA unique
village in Karnataka keeps its bonds with the past, as
everyone here speaks in SanskritA.K. HANGAL The
veteran actor A. K. Hangal has just completed the manuscript
of his autobiography. In an exclusive interview, he reveals
some of the most memorable moments of his life.
BADAMI CAVES In answer to last fortnight's
question for which nearly one lakh letters have been
received, Surabhi takes you to Karnataka's remarkable Badami
MONASTERY, LADAKHSurabhi travels to Thikse, one of the
great monasteries of Ladakh, for an inside view of the life
of a monk. CHANDRAHAS CHOUDYARY, CHILD PRODIGY
1500 poems, 400 short stories, 12 novellas, 2
full-length novels, gives the picture of a writer in his
prime. But Chandrahas Choudhary is just 13 years old and has
been writing for the last 8 years. Surabhi introduces you to
a child prodigy. FESTIVE POTTERY Pleasing &
decorative, utilitarian and useful - that is pottery. During
a visit to Udaipur's West Zone Cultural Centre, Surabhi
explores the ritual and festive aspects of the potter's art
and discovers that one of the rituals is connected with the
festival of Raksha Bandhan. ZARI BATUWA Made of
zari (golden thread) and beads, exquisitely designed and
handmade, the traditional batuwas or purses, of various
shapes and sizes are the specialty of Bhopal. If you visit
this city of lakes and gardens, you just can't resist buying
A story on Sikkim, one of India?s most beautiful
destinations in the North East mountains. INDONESIA
Experience the intimate cultural connections India has
with Indonesia, a neighbouring country. ABDUL MAJID
ANSARIA veteran potter, who crafts clay pots without
using a potter's wheel, has won nationwide recognition
through Surabhi.KHAJA Made in a small place
called Silao in Bihar, khaja is a mouth-watering sweet dish,
the speciality of this place.
76SREELEKHA Would you consider a music-director
in her twenties too young for her profession? Now Surabhi
introduces you to 13 year-old, Sreelekha of Madras, one of
the youngest and most talented music-directors in the
country. MUKESH Surabhi pays tribute to an all
time great singer - Mukesh, whose songs have been
immortalised in the minds of people and in the films of
another great of Indian Cinema - Raj Kapoor. SUNITA
RAOThis week's guest, pop singer, Sunita Rao speaks to
Siddharth Kak about her background in classical music, her
idea of fusion and world music. LAURIE BAKER
Surabhi introduces you to one of India?s leading
architects - Laurie Baker, an Englishman now settled in
INDONESIAN FOOD FESTIVAL First it was the
Ramayana and the Mahabharata - epics that are part of
Indonesian culture as well as food for the soul. Now it is
food for the body. Surabhi invites you to join in an
Indonesian food extravaganza and explores the links with
Indonesian cuisine. PAN MAKING, BHOPAL Surabhi
takes you to Bhopal, a city known for its unique style of
making paan. KABAB MAKING, LUCKNOW Lucknow -
city of graceful living, Nawabi culture and kababs. Surabhi
discovers that the exquisite art of kabab making still
exists in the busy streets of Lucknow. SHASHI KAPOOR
Surabhi introduces one of the most talented actors of
our time, whose contribution to Indian Cinema has been
immense - Shashi Kapoor.
LAKSHADWEEPMiles from the southern coast, in the
vast ocean lie the coral islands of Lakshadweep. Surabhi
discovers these tiny black specks on our map to be among the
loveliest places in the world. MARIO'S CARTOONS AND
PUPPETS EXHIBITION The well-known cartoonist, Mario
Miranda, and the sculptor, Brij Kul Deepak, recently held a
fascinating exhibition where Deepak's sculptures based on
Mario's cartoons depicted various destinations covered by
Air India. Mario and Deepak talk about this creative
experience. BABUBHAI, CERAMIC SCULPTOR Far from
the limelight, in the interior of Gujarat, is our artiste of
the week. Surabhi meets Babubhai, a ceramic sculptor with a
difference. MAHABHARATA The answer to last
fortnight's question reveals that the Indian epic
Mahabharata, performed by Indonesian artistes, is also part
of the Indonesian tradition.
79KISHORE GORDHANDAS, CARD COLLECTORYou have
heard of people playing cards. But have you heard of a man
who collects playing cards? Surabhi meets Kishore Gordhandas
who has devoted his life to collecting a fascinating variety
of playing cards from all over the world. CLASSICAL
DANCE FUSIONSurabhi profiles one of India's finest
classical dancers ? Sucheta Bhide Chapekar who has made a
unique fusion of the traditional South Indian dance form
with Hindustani Classical music. GANESH IDOL
MAKINGEvery year in Maharashtra and many parts of India,
craftsmen are busy fashioning idols of Ganesh for the
festive season. Surabhi journeys to Pen where the entire
village specialises in this festive craft.
PATTACHITRA Surabhi reveals the answer to last
fortnight's question on a traditional style of painting, the
pattachittra from Orissa.
EPISODE 80 THEME
PARK, SINGAPOREThe Surabhi crew and Siddharth Kak fly to
Singapore to experience the first hand pleasure and
excitement of a mythological theme park, Haw Par Villa
Dragon World where children are educated while they are
entertained. COMPUTER LANGUAGESSurabhi discovers
the amazing potential of computers for national integration!
Explore with C-DAC Computer Think Tank, a remarkable attempt
to break the language barrier. WANKANER,
GUJARATMaking India's heritage accessible by converting
palaces into hotels is heritage tourism - a new dimension in
discovering India. Surabhi explores one such venture - the
Wankaner palace of Gujarat - its ambience, history and
romance. MASK DANCES In answer to last
fortnight's question Surabhi travels to the far off
North-Eastern mountains to unravel the mystery of the mask
dances of Arunachal Pradesh.
FESTIVAL Surabhi travels to the fabulous mountains of
Ladakh for a ringside view of the Ladakh festival and a
unique celebration of Ladakhi culture set in an amphitheatre
of high mountains.SHIAMAK DAWARShiamak Dawar,
the young and talented dancer, choreographer, singer talks
about his passion for music and rhythm.
JALLIKATUA contest between man and bull takes
place every year in the southern district of Jallikatu in
Tamil Nadu during the festive season. Surabhi travels to
this idyllic rural setting and discovers a violent
traditional sport where the roles are reversed and man is in
greater danger than the bull. NAGARJUNA KONDA In
answer to last fortnight's question Surabhi reveals the
Buddhist settlement of Nagarjuna Konda in Andhra Pradesh
which was transplanted stone by stone to a safer site, thus
avoiding submergence under the waters of the Nagarjunsagar
Dam. A unique feat in the annals of archaeology!
CHAND'S ROCK GARDENIn Chandigarh is located the now
famous example of a single person?s ingenuity in creativity.
Scrap and other waste and discarded materials have been
ingeniously combined by Mr. Nek Chand to shape this unusual
garden which receives visitors from all over the world.
UDAIPUR MASKS Masks have always played an
important role in the cultural traditions of India. Surabhi
attempts to explore this ethos of masks in Indian life,
through an unusual workshop conducted by the West Zone
Cultural Centre, Udaipur. THEME PARTIESTheme
parties constitute a new trend in urban entertainment in
India. So far, this had remained a corporate phenomenon,
which has started a trend among individuals as well.
SASARAM The Surabhi team travels all the way to
Sasaram, in Bihar to visit the tomb of Sher Shah Suri, the
king who was responsible for building India's longest road,
the Grand Trunk Road. .
BAGHAN (MURSHIDABAD)Fairs have traditionally been a part
of the Indian lifestyle, especially in rural areas. Bera
Baghan of Murshidabad, West Bengal, is one such fair, the
highlight of which is the floating of hundreds of diyas or
earthen lamps down the river Ganga. RAMDAS PADHYE,
VENTRILOQUIST Surabhi conjures an amusing and exciting
world of puppets with Ramdas Padhye the well-known
ventriloquist. LIVING IN THE DESERT India's
age-old housing traditions have been in total harmony with
the environment. This eliminated the risk of the massive
loss of lives in case of a calamity like the earthquake in
Maharashtra. Surabhi brings you this story from the Thar
Desert of Rajasthan. MARBLE ROCKS In answer to
last fortnight's question, Surabhi takes you down the river
Narmada in Jabalpur to capture the magnificence of the
marble rocks flanking the river banks. Rocks that are not
really marble, but only a look alike.
RAJ HANSHere is a breath of fresh air straight from the
lush green fields of Punjab. A wonderful pulsating mix of
Indian classical music, the rustic but lively, Bhangra and
modern pop. The result is our very own Punjabi Pop by Hans
Raj Hans. GHAZAL KA ZAFAR A journey through time
and memorable music. This is the journey of the ghazal - the
soulful Indian lyric, from its exclusive classical
beginnings to its present popular from, which has captured
the hearts of an entire continent. A SONG FOR
INDIAEnthused by the ever-increasing popularity of MTV
videos, Surabhi decided to do a music video of its own. A
song for India is Surabhi's tribute, through Remo, to India.
LAC BANGLES A strange slot for a story like this
in a Music Special, one would say. But bangles have always
had a music of their own, especially in the lives of
EPISODE 85 JOY
ENGINEER Surabhi travels to the city of Navsari in
Gujarat where a young magician performing his own brand of
magic brings much excitement to his people.
HAZARDUARI PALACE MUSEUMThe princes have gone
and their palaces too would have followed suit if they
hadn?t been converted into hotels. But, this one is a
museum. PALLAV JANARDHAN Pallav Janardhan plays
Hindustani music on Western synthesisers, creating a
combination of Western and Indian music. LOCK MUSEUM
Locks that open can be found anywhere. But those that
don?t open so easily are what Surabhi found, all under one
roof in Ahmedabad.
86RANGOLI Surabhi gets into the festive mood,
and enters the beautiful world of rangoli - a riot of
colour, but with a deep meaning. APACHE
INDIANApache Indian is rediscovering his own world here
in India, where he was born (in Punjab). A profile on
Apache?s interaction with his roots. SOUMITRA
CHATTERJISoumitra Chatterjee, the doyen of Bengali
cinema and one of the favourite actors of film maestro
Satyajit Ray, reveals some of his inner most thoughts in a
rare interview with Surabhi. GOLD THEWA Surabhi
travels to Pratapgarh in Rajasthan and discovers that the
art of gold thewa is still prospering despite the fact that
only one family is still engaged in this fascinating craft.
EPISODE 87 (A WOMEN'S
SPECIAL) CHINNAPALEMBeautiful islands, a rare
specimen of sea weeds - a botanist's delight - what does
this have to do with a Women?s Special? Surabhi travels to
Chinnapalem, off the Tamil Nadu coast, where women divers
bring up sea weeds for their livelihood, taking over a
function traditionally handled by men. VIJAYA MEHTA
Surabhi pays tribute to the versatility of the Indian
woman, symbolised by Vijaya Mehta, a multifaceted
personality from the world of the performing arts, who is
constantly experimenting, innovating and adapting.
CHILD PRODIGIES Two young, talented and
versatile sisters, Shrishti and Nishtha Sareen from Udaipur
feature as Surabhi?s artistes of the week. The child
prodigies have excelled in writing, singing, painting and
dancing. They present a delightful performance of the lively
folk dance, Bhavai, which includes dancing on nails and
broken glass bits and balancing a number of pitchers on the
head! RANI NI VAAV Architectural beauty combined
with a specific purpose, that of storing water, was what
made ancient Indian step wells so unique. Kings normally
built them, but Surabhi discovers Rani-ni-vaav, a beautiful
step well constructed by a queen, in Patan, Gujarat.
VISHALLA, AHMEDABAD An oasis in a desert is what
Vishalla aspires to be - a down to earth restaurant with an
absolutely rural Indian ambience. A meal at Vishalla is also
a voyage of discovery of one's roots. LAU PA SAT,
SINGAPORESurabhi explores the Indian connection in
foreign lands where Indians have made their home.
Singapore's Lau-Pa-Sat is one place, where you can have your
fill of not only genuine Indian food, but that of many other
countries too. KULU DASSEHRA In Kulu, Himachal
Pradesh, a very different Dassehra celebration unfolds each
year, as Surabhi discovers. BENARAS This time
Surabhi also travels to Benaras on the waters of the river
Ganga. There is much more to India's biggest city, as our
answer story unfolds - a grand mix of tradition and
EPISODE 89 BHIL
PITHORA PAINTING This time round Surabhi opens the door
to a sneak preview of a very special tribal art. The Bhil
Pithora paintings are not just an imprint on the wall, they
are a very shared, emotional affair, a form of tribal
communication. SHYAM BENEGALLocal forms of art
too serve as an effective means of communication of
important messages. Surabhi meets noted film director, Shyam
Benegal, to find out how he uses these forms in the special
films he is making for UNICEF on mother care and child
survival. VIDEO SEWA, AHMEDABADHow people and
technology can interact to transform the lives of ordinary
beings is best exemplified in this story on Video SEWA, an
experiment touching the lives of the poor, unlettered women
of Ahmedabad. Another example of effective communication.
SUDHA CHANDRAN Our answer story this week is a
tribute to the courage of a young talented dancer, who did
not let the loss of a leg get her down. Sudha Chandran rose
again to dance to fame and has never looked back since.
EPISODE 90 ARYA
VAIDYA SALA The means may be many, but the goal is what
matters. In our case good health is of prime importance.
Ancient Indian medical practices, such as the Ayurvedic oil
massages, have been apparently as effective as any modern
physiotherapy methods. Arya Vaidya Sala of Kottakkal, in
Kerala, is famous for these techniques. GOLDEN
TEMPLE The golden temple in Amritsar is not a mere
symbol of the socio-cultural life of Punjab. It is a
masterpiece of architecture as Surabhi discovers in this
special story on the occasion of Guru Nanak's birth
anniversary. CRY STORYWhile many a helping hand
reaches out to the under-privileged child, here's one that
brings the privileged and the under-privileged together.
Face to face, they attempt to build a bridge across the gulf
that separates them. HAMPI The elaborate
techniques of irrigation are not so new to India. Hampi, a
fascinating destination in Karnataka is just as well known
for its ancient hydraulic system of irrigation, as much for
the architectural beauty of its ruin.
LADAKH This week Surabhi travels to the icy
frontiers of Ladakh for a first hand report on the
Archaeological Survey of India's exciting explorations in
the Nubra valley. These reveal new evidences of a
civilization that existed along the then flourishing trade
routes to India, through the high mountains. DR.
MEHERJI AWARIA kick at the right spot and lo! the sick
man walks again. That's Dr. Meherji Awari, an osteopath of
Navsari, Gujarat. He healed many an ill person using this
traditional Indian medical system, especially for curing
problems related to the vertebral column.
KOVALAMThe waves wash the silver beaches, the
wind whistles through the lush green trees and the sun bids
a most glorious adieu on this coast. That's Kovalam for you.
The Kerala beach boasts of another facet - exotic cuisines.
It attempts at preserving our heritage as Surabhi discovers
in this music video tribute. KHUDA BAKSH LIBRARY
Memories are revived as one enters the portals of the
majestic Khuda Baksh library in Patna, Bihar. The library is
no ordinary one. It is a place where even the poet,
Rabindranath Tagore, sought solace, peace and tranquillity.
SIKKIM MASKS Sikkim, in North East India
celebrates its new year, Loosoong, on December 14th with
gaiety, dance and festivities. Surabhi wishes good luck to
the people of Sikkim with their traditional greeting - tashi
delek. SMITA PATIL Talented, well known,
courageous, beautiful, and loved by the nation, but
tragically lost to us, on 14th December, seven years ago.
That was Smita Patil - a rare person indeed! Surabhi pays a
tribute to the multi-faceted actress. KHALASIS OF
CALICUT Huge cranes, forklifts and other machinery are
pushing into oblivion the ancient skills of carting and
lifting. But the Khalasis of Calicut, Kerala are continuing
a trade where human skills still outbeat the machines.
PADMANABHAPURAM PALACE The abode of the rulers
of Travancore in the 18th century, the Padmanabhapuram
Palace in Tamil Nadu, reflects the traditional wooden
architecture of Kerala and is notable for its carved tables
and exquisite sculpture.
EPISODE 93 STREE
MUKTI SANGHATANA, MUMBAIThe focus this time is on women
- young, ordinary women, who have brought courage, solace
and inspiration to thousands of their like, with a play that
completes 1000 shows in Maharashtra and India. Beti Ayee Hai
produced by the Stree Mukti Sanghatana, Mumbai, is a satire
with the sting of truth. EXOTIC DOSASA silent
food revolution seems to be taking place in tradition bound
South India. Even the ubiquitous dosa seems more exotic
these days. UNUSUAL HOBBIESThere are people and
people, usual and some not so usual. Actually its what they
do that makes them unusual and sets them apart from the
others. Many such interesting people exist all around us.
They have contributed to this story of Surabhi. BASU
BHATTACHARYA Tracing the depths of man?woman
relationship is the noted film director Basu Bhattacharya,
also the subject of our Sawal Jawab section.
CHITRABANI Most people are interested in film
but not many are interested in a serious study of film.
Though the setting up of the Film and Television Institute,
Pune heralds changing times, in Calcutta, the winds of
change had started blowing 20 years ago when Chitrabani was
founded for a serious study of films. Chitrabani is still
flourishing today. CALENDAR ART Surabhi takes a
close look at art that not only keeps us abreast of the days
and weeks but also reflects changing times - calendar art.
MEHNDIA few years ago, no occasion in a North
Indian family was complete without Mehndi adorning slim
palms. Today it is more a ritual though a much more
elaborate one. The commercialisation of the art of Mehndi
has opened new horizons for business but ironically spelt
decline for the individual Mehndi artiste. GWALIOR
CITYDo trains carry tales? Yes, they do, even the toy
ones. And in this case the train's trail leads to Gwalior
city, a city of royalty, of palaces, of forts and of course,
grand traditions. .
BULLOCK CART RACEHorses have always been known
for speed, but not bullocks. More so if they are pulling an
unwieldy cart. But an amazing scene unfolds in Pune, where
bullocks racing across dusty tracks are easily a match for
any horse. TORTOISE MAN (JAYANTIBHAI
PATEL)Surabhi traces the fascinating communication
between man and animal. Jayantibhai has a strange hold over
tortoises and monkeys. PERIYAR The aroma of
spices is irresistible. It draws one, like bees to nectar.
And the trail leads to Periyar. Yes! The very sanctuary that
conjures up images1 of elephants, wild bear, deer and birds
in their natural habitat is also the spice centre of India.
Among the spices that grow in abundance over here, are
cardamom and pepper. VISHNUPUR TERRACOTTA
TEMPLESMother earth shapes us all, the animate and the
inanimate, in some way or the other. In our answer story
this time, we focus on a thing of real beauty, the ancient
terracotta temples of Vishnupur in West Bengal,
EPISODE 96 BORRA
CAVESIn Borra Caves near Vishakhapatnam in Andhra
Pradesh, the crystalline stalagmite and stalactite rocks
glisten and gleam like diamonds, where water droplets from
the roof of the caves form a Shiv Linga; where nature comes
alive in all its wonder ? a true miracle. RAHUL DEV
BURMANA path-breaker, a trendsetter, a genius - all
three descriptions are most apt for Rahul Dev Burman, who
emerged from the shadows of his father very early in life,
to find a place in the sun, on his own. Surabhi pays a
tribute to Pancham alias R.D. Burman. KALIDAS
SAMAROHSanskrit, the mother of most Indian languages
lives on through the works of Kalidas, one of the greatest
poets of India. Sanskrit is not merely a language; it is
part of Indian tradition. A tradition that is being kept
alive through the Kalidas Samaroh held in Ujjain every
year.D.G.GAEKWAD, RAG BHATIYARMelody sounds that
much sweeter if played or sung at the right time. Yes! In
Indian classical music, this is what makes all the
difference - the pre determination of time; specific for
specific ragas. We discovered the beauty of it all as D.G.
Gaekwad played raga Bhatiyar on Shehnai on a fine morning in
EPISODE 97 THE
VIJANA KALA VEDI CENTRE (LOUBAS CHILD)Here's another
example of foreigners who look to India for meaning and
inspiration in their lives, and have settled down and
adopted India as their own, forcing us to look inwards
rather than only outwards. DOLLY ROY, TEA
TASTERAnother male bastion falls. This time in Calcutta
and that too over sips of tea. Yes! Dolly Roy is not only
India's first woman-tea-auctioneer but also the first
woman-tea-taster. She has helped open opportunities for
other women in the corporate world. LIJJAT
PAPADThe answers to last fortnight's question have been
a record, a landmark for Surabhi, perhaps a world record -
over 10 lakh letters in one week, with almost all of them
right. A rare achievement! The answer is a story of an
enterprise born out of the courage and determination of
women who have realised their own inner strength through
something that comes very easily to them - making papads;
papads that are loved throughout the nation.
REPUBLIC DAY REHEARSALSIf the curtain were to be
raised on the preparations of the Republic Day Parade, one
would make some interesting discoveries. A glimpse of all
the human and material inputs that go into the making of
this grand event and the effect if has on the artistes
lives.CANDLE LIGHT CELEBRATIONS, KERALASurabhi
comes across New Year celebrations with a difference in
Elamakkara near Kochi, Kerala. TIHAR JAILIn
Delhi, Surabhi discovers a ray of hope for the inmates of
Tihar jail. LADAKH PAINTERSLadakh is a beautiful
but remote outpost of India where the traditional and the
modern, the old and the new, coexist and find expression in
various aspects such as the works of two well-known local
painters. GOPHAN THROWINGSThe answer to our
question of 2 weeks ago leads us to the gophan, a device to
scare away birds, a weapon, and even a sport, at the gophan
throwing competition in Gujarat. .
EPISODE 99 BAUL
FESTIVALThe age-old tradition of Baul singing form
Bengal continues its pursuits amid the hurry and clutter of
modern life. Meet Purna Das Baul - its grand old man and
Maki Kazumi - its latest Japanese convert. GAUTAM
KALEIn his life, the pure notes of Hindustani classical
music are interspersed with the sound of galloping hooves.
Surabhi acquaints you with the amazing achievements of 11
year old Gautam Kale. SANDEEP RAYThe 25th IFFI
at Calcutta opened with the film Uttaran, begun by Satyajit
Ray and completed by his son. Walking in the footsteps of
his illustrious father, Sandeep Ray looks back to some
memorable moments. KALAMKARIThis time our answer
story take us to Andhra Pradesh, the home of Kalamkari-
fabric with intricate designs in vibrant colours executed
with dexterity by skilled craftsmen.
EPISODE 100 ASI
WORLD HERITAGE, FATEHPUR SIKRIThis time, the
kaleidoscope pauses at this magnificent example of
Indo-Islamic art. Fatherpur Sikri is a world heritage site
that is an expression of its creator's greatness, his
secularism and his religious zeal. BHIMSEN
JOSHIPandit Bhimsen Joshi, one of India's finest
vocalists honours Surabhi with his presence. A conversation
with the great maestro about his music, his life and his
passion for cars. DALBATIFrom the melodious
strains of Hindustani classical music, we move on to savour
the fragrance of Dal Bati or Dal Bafle - a mouth watering
delicacy form Madhya Pradesh. KRUSADI ISLANDSThe
cultural frontiers of India extend beyond the peninsula into
tiny islands in the Indian Ocean. Krusadi islands, off the
coast of Rameshwaram, can be reached by a memorable train
journey across the sea! Here you find these beautiful coral
islands - the last outpost of an endangered marine park.
COMPUTER ANIMATIONWe take you into an amazing
world of the real and the illusory - the world of computer
and film animation, starting with some remarkable
transformation in Surabhi itself.
101PRABHAT THEATREAn entire family of artists,
in Bangalore, all passionately into theatre. NARESH
MEHTANaresh Mehta - the giant of Hindi Literature and
Jnanapith award winner reveals deep insights into his work
& his creativity. BEST OF SURABHI 100 A
voyage down memory lane, down 100 weeks of Surabhi. The
world of the extraordinary - the best of Surabhi - 100
episodes. PAANThe evergreen "Paan" or betel leaf
enjoyed all over India is featured in the answer story.
102SURYAKANT PATELA new chapter in the life of
Surabhi - people, whose lifestyle makes them very unusual.
Surabhi ventures into that special oasis that architect
Suryakant Patel has created for himself, near Baroda, away
from the humdrum of city life. BHARUD (UNICEF -
III)A dull subject entwined with imagination that can
make communication much more meaningful. A simple healthcare
message, about the need to consume iodized salt, becomes
more meaningful by using "Bharud", a popular folk form of
Maharashtra. MALUTI VILLAGEIn Bihar's Maluti
village, local people's endeavour has helped to preserve and
protect 72 temples that are a part of our history and
heritage. VEENA SHROFFBlending the present with
the past, Veena Shroff, a collector from Delhi, has a
penchant for dressing hair with the most exquisite
ornaments, truly all collector's items.
EPISODE 103 TAJ
MAHALDescribed as the "perfect monument" in the history
of Indo - Islamic architecture, the Taj Mahal, a building of
exquisite beauty, stands endangered today. The astonishing
tale of the dangers that face the monument and the possible
solutions to the problem. GOPI KRISHNAWith the
death of Gopi Krishna India has lost a gem from the world of
classical dance. A tribute to the popular Kathak dancer.
VERONIQUE AZANA story of hope ! A Frenchwoman
who has made India her home, has adopted Indian culture as
her own and is one of the most dedicated exponents of
Kathak. DARIA DAULATYet another voyage of
discovery. Daria Daulat Palace in Mysore - the Summer Palace
of the great king Tipu Sultan.
CHINESE NEW YEAROne of the wonders of Indian
culture is the assimilation of foreign customs in its fold.
A uniquely Indian way of celebrating the Chinese New Year by
the Chinese community of Calcutta.J.S. BANSALA
community known for its martial qualities produces a
"Bharata Natyam" dancer, J.S. Bansal.MR.
KOMBRABAILThe unusual zest for life of 70 - year - old
Mr.Kombrabail of Bangalore, which is shared by his wife too.
ALMITRA PATELAlmitra Patel of Bangalore. Her
courage and perseverance in protecting a monument of
national importance can be a source of inspiration for all
of us. FALCONFalconry, still a popular sport in
Dubai was once prevalent in India too. Today, however,
falcon hunting is governed by environmental considerations
since its quarry itself is an endangered species.
VINTAGE CAR EXHIBITIONAn enchanting glimpse of
an unusual and expensive hobby at `The Vintage Car
Exhibition' in Mumbai. MANMOHAN DESAIA tribute
to the last of the great entertainers, a filmmaker of
uncommon talents who identified with the common man.
DEVIKA RANIAnother illustrious personality
passes away. A homage to Devika Rani, the first lady of the
silver screen. ID An insight into the
significance of Ramzan Id, the breaking of Roza or Iftaar,
the delightful culinary preparations and the accompanying
festivities. MAHARASHTRA HERITAGE QUIZCatch
glimpses of the rich and varied traditions, art and
architecture, cuisine and lifestyle of the people of
EPISODE 106 THE
KATHIAWARI HORSEStriding ahead of all other breeds in
step, beauty and characteristics, is the Kathiawari Horse.
Glimpses from the Kathiawari Marwari Horse Show held at
Wankaner, Gujarat. KANGThe rural sport from
Manipur akin to carrom, but on a much larger scale, and very
interesting. INSTANT TREESIn these days of fast
depleting forest cover in our country, Mohan Advani's
remarkable new approach to growing Instant Trees is
commendable. HOOKAHA royal tradition, and often
the subject of folklore, poetry and paintings, is the
"Hookah". A look at the making of a very special Hookah in
EPISODE 107 B.
V. KARANTHMarch 1 was World Theatre Day. Theatre is the
mirror of society, a vehicle for inspiring social and
cultural change. B.V. Karanth pioneers innovative techniques
of initiating students into the world of Theatre at `Nataka
Karnataka Rangayan' in Mysore amidst an unusual symphony of
natural sounds. ANAND GUPT?S COLLECTIONAnother
Theatre enthusiast - Anand Gupt - who has a repository of
theatre brochures from all over the world spanning an
amazing 25 years. AURANGABAD WINNERMr.Bhuti and
his wife, Surabhi's winners of a fabulous holiday, detail
their delightful interlude through memorable photographs.
CAMEL CARTAn adventurous trip into the interiors
of Gujarat by a group of enthusiasts. D.N.
JATIAA picture of India through the beautiful and rare
stamp collection of D.N.Jatia in Calcutta.STATE
HERITAGE QUIZAn exciting State Heritage Quiz with five
audiovisual clues. Guess the state in question and win
MANAGEMENT TRAINING THROUGH MUSICMeet the
unusual Rajaram Nadkarni who improves workers' productivity
by introducing them to the rejuvenating effects of music.
MEENA KUMARIMarch 31 was the death anniversary
of tragedy queen Meena Kumari. A tribute to the actress.
MAHESH DATTANIPlaywright Mahesh Dattani, whose
plays based on Indian social situations are blazing new
trails all over the country. ALAMPUR TEMPLEThe
Sangameshwar Temples, specimens of Chalukyan architecture
were rebuilt brick by brick at Alampur to save them from
being submerged under hydel power projects. A report on this
laborious and painstaking task. .
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDSEmerald green seas,
an azure sky and a stiff, constant breeze. A glimpse of the
enchanting Andaman & Nicobar Islands during Solomon?s
day celebrations, held every year to commemorate Solomons's
landing there on March 15, 1895. DANCING DUO?S
EXPERIMENTSThe innovative duo of Ishira Parikh and
Moulik Shah detail their experiments with Kathak.
ART FROM SCRAPArt from junk. A look at the
delightfully creative sculptures of Arzan Khambatta.
STATE HERITAGE QUIZGet transported to the sylvan
charms of Kerala, to its famed backwaters, to the famous
works of Raja Ravi Varma, to the land of Cardamom and other
spices, and to the martial art of Kalaripayyattu.
LION STORYAn amazing story from Gujarat where a
team of dedicated and brave doctors are treating injured
lions in regular hospitals. BHUPINDER &
MITALEEA lively and exclusive meeting with playback
singers Bhupinder and Mitalee showcasing some of their
memorable ghazals. INDIRA POINTA place from
where only the blue sea and the viridian green of the island
rain forest is visible. A voyage to Indira Point the
southern most point of our country, accessible only by ship
HERITAGE WALKA heritage walk through the old
city of Delhi, to discover old monuments and buildings which
contribute to a new understanding of our rich architectural
heritage. BIRDMAN OF RAJKOTIn Gujarat, the
incredible `Birdman of Rajkot' has been carrying on his
ancestors noble profession - that of caring for his
innumerable birds. Discover how he communicates with his
flock.RAJAPALAYAM DOGAn exciting story on a
special breed of Indian Dog - the Rajapalayam from Tamil
Nadu. This breed is being reared by the Bharat Kennel Club.
EPISODE ? 112
S.L. KIRLOSKARS.L. Kirloskar the well-known
industrialist is no more. A tribute to `Kirloskar the
rationalist' who was also a great lover of art and culture.
CHAWRA POTSIn the distant but enchanting Chawra
Islands in the Bay of Bengal, the ancient craft of making
earthen pots is being kept alive by the islanders.
BHUJODI, KUTCHAn entire village in Gujarat
echoes with the music of the craft of the weavers who are
struggling to keep a magnificent tradition alive.
MANGO STORYDiscover the excitement that the
mighty mango can generate among mango lovers, not only in
India, but in many parts of the world. BHOPASAn
insight into the life of a colourful, musical community of
Rajasthan - the Bhopas, who are trying to adapt to the
MANIPURI NEW YEARIn Manipur, as in any other
place, the lively New Year celebrations are related to the
harvest season. PELICAN STORYA delightful story
about a pelican from the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary in
Gujarat, who adopted a tiny village, much to the delight of
all the villagers. ADITYA PAUDWALThe child
prodigy Aditya Paudwal, has already created a record of
sorts by directing the music for a firm. RAJASTHAN
HERITAGE QUIZDiscover the colourful heritage of
Rajasthan in this week's answer story.
NATIONAL AWARDSA report on the National
Documentary Film Awards, showing some interesting trends
& personalities. SUSHMITA SENOn the eve of
the Miss Universe contest, Miss India 1994 Sushmita Sen
talks about herself, her success, her struggles, and her
aspirations. KALARIPAYATTUIn Kerala women are
now being trained in this difficult and graceful martial
art. NOSE SHEHNAIAn answer story on the
imitation of the sound of the Shehnai. .
DISCOVERY OF INDIAThe Discovery of India
exhibition designed by the National Institute of Design
attempts to explore Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's vision of
India. PHANI MAZUMDARA tribute to one of India's
outstanding directors, the unassuming Phani Mazumdar, who
died unsung and uncelebrated. BURRA BAZARGlimpse
of the Burra Bazar of Shilong which is also a reflection of
a unique way of life. B.K.S. IYENGARThe Yoga
master B.K.S. Iyengar has kept the light of Yoga burning
brightly throughout the world.
MISS UNIVERSE CONTEST Sushmita Sen has shown to
the world that where beauty, brains and poise are concerned,
Indian women are at the top of the world. NATIONAL
FEATURE AWARDSExclusive interviews with this year's Best
Actor award winner Mammooty and Best Actress Shobhana.
IVORY CRAFTSMENIn the winding bylanes of Lucknow
the ivory craftsmen, forced by curbs on ivory, have made a
successful transition to camel bone and soap stone.
BIHU DANCEGet to know more about the Bihu dance
of Assam. A traditional dance of the Assamese performed on
Bihu - the New Year. .
DINOSAURS A fascinating story from Gujarat where
archaeologists have found dinosaur remains which throw light
on the giant vertebrates which roamed the earth millions of
years ago.IPTA ANNIVERSARYIPTA, India's premier
theatre group celebrating its 50th anniversary was honoured
with the release of a special stamp. FISH
MEDICINEThe Goud brothers of Hyderabad have been
administering their unusual medicine for asthma - live fish
- for many years. BIDRIA delightful story on the
fabulous and intricate metal craft which involves five
laborious processes : casting, moulding, polishing,
blackening and inlaying.
TRIPURA Catch glimpses of Tripura's lifestyle,
its tribals and its music, in this special story.
SURABHIS CRAFT MUSIC VIDEOSurabhi presents a
`Craft Music Video' - a tribute to the craftsmen of India.
CRAFTS VILLAGE; B.K. RAJA In this new section
comprising of stories contributed by viewers, see glimpses
of a crafts village from Andhra Pradesh as also pianist
B.K.Raja's experimentation with Indian ragas on the piano.
SWANGA spirited story from rustic Haryana on
Swang, a rural performing art which has impersonations as
SAUDAGAR KHANSurabhi opens with a strange &
amazing story of 95 year old Saudagar Khan from Andaman
& Nicobar islands. A story of courage, optimism and an
undying love of life. SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLEThe
special celebrations of the Swaminarayan Temple were held in
Ahmedabad, the essence of the `Mela' being love of humanity.
TEMPLE JEWELLERYA story on the beautiful and
exquisite traditional temple jewellery from Madras, which is
both popular and affordable. MAWSYNRAM Get to
know more about the place, which receives the highest
rainfall in the world - Mawsynram in Meghalaya.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARKA story that will
transport you to the cool, green jungles of Assam for a
ringside view of the wild rhino in its last refuge - the
Kaziranga National Park. ALISHA CHINAIA meeting
with Alisha Chinai, the Indian pop singer, on the eve of the
release of her new album "Bombay Girl". UP HERITAGE
QUIZThe northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been a
centre of cultural, social and religious activities
throughout the ages.
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