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SHOMPENS & ONGEESThe rainforests of the
Andaman & Nicobar Islands - beautiful yet mysterious -
are still home to primitive man. A rendezvous with the
vanishing tribes of the Shompens & Ongees.ILEANA
CITARISTIThe Italian Odissi danseuse, Ileana Citaristi
has made India her home for the last 14 years. Surabhi
salutes her dedication to her chosen mission. ROOT
CRAFTSurabhi brings this story on Tripura's enterprising
craftsmen who make artistic use of the otherwise useless
BUDDHA STATUE IN THE LAKESurabhi brings you a
story of tragedy and triumph, of great engineering skills
that were instrumental in transporting the Buddha statue to
the middle of the Lake, in Hyderabad.LOCK
STORYIt takes a lot of skill and ingenuity to shape some
of these extraordinary locks into works of art. A story on
the amazing locks of Ahmedabad, the likes of which you might
have never seen before. BAAZIGARSA closer look
at the life of the Baazigar community of Punjab and the
rigorous training they undergo for performing the most
amazing feats - be it on fire, water or earth!
JALTARANGAn instrument which is unique, delicate
and complex. Surabhi brings out its ancient origins along
with the intricacies in handling it.
EPISODE 123 MAACH
A story on a rare form of folk music, the Maach - which
may well be lost very soon. Meet Pandit Om Prakash Sharma
and Siddheshwar Sen, the Maach artistes from Madhya Pradesh.
MOHAMMED RAFI On the occasion of his 14th death
anniversary, Surabhi pays tribute to the legend of Hindi
film music - Mohammed Rafi. RAVINDRA JAINSurabhi
pays tribute to Ravindra Jain - the music director who has
brought melody to popular cinema music, overcoming many
handicaps to reach his present status. RUSHIN
DALALA glimpse of young talent appreciating and
practising classical music. Meet five year old Rushin Dalal
who restores our faith in the strength of Indian musical
traditions. SUDDHIR DHARMeet Sudhir Dhar one of
India's foremost cartoonist's who has a delightful sense of
humour and believes that laughter is a serious business.
SINGAPORE NATIONAL DAYOn the occasion of
Singapore National Day, we bring you glimpses of a
celebration that symbolises what Singapore is today.
KRUTI PAREKHMeet a nine-year-old whose world of
imagination is full of `magic'. Kruti Parekh, the child
magician is a pro in performing complicated tricks on stage.
TEA TREESurabhi travels to Assam to know more
about tea plantation ? the magic and the secret of your
refreshing cup of tea.
RUSKIN BONDDiscover the magic world of Ruskin
Bond - the literary genius. Surabhi travels to Mussoorie to
explore his world of imagination. HOMAI
VYARAWALLAA pictorial history of independent India's
formative years captured through the lens of Homai
Vyarawalla, India's first woman press photographer.
GANDHI OF BOKAGHATIt is usual that people look
and do alike. But a look and do alike of the Father of our
Nation is seldom expected! Gandhi of Bokaghat - a man who
follows the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi in every sense of
the term. SHARAN RANI Sharan Rani also known as
Sarod Rani, shares the graces and glories of music with
SINGAPORE STORYA journey to an unusual zoo that
has succeeded in bringing man closer to animals and creating
an awareness for their protection. JAVED
AKHTARMeet the famous scriptwriter, lyricist, poet Javed
Akhtar, who talks about his films and philosophy of life.
STATE HERITAGE QUIZ, ORISSAIn our State Heritage
Quiz we explore the ancient land of temples - Orissa. .
EPISODE 127 THE
WARSI BROTHERSA glimpse of a great musical tradition,
the Qawwali, and a family where the art of singing has been
handed down from father to son ? The Warsi Brothers.
SHAHRUKH KHAN'S CHOICEDo you know the choice of
music of the young generation? Surabhi asks the new
generation including the popular film star Shahrukh Khan
about their kind of music. DEEPAK MEHTAMeet
Deepak Mehta - a 12-year-old child prodigy for whom rhythm
comes naturally. He plays the bongos - a kind of western
drum, as well as the tabla - the Indian drum, with equal
ease and enthusiasm. CAMEL BONE WORKERToday,
beautiful and intricate artefacts are being made, not from
ivory but from camel bone! Know more about how the elephant
is being saved by this innovation in our answer story.
EPISODE 128 RANI
PHEEMeet Rani Phee - a weaver by profession who weaves
yards of beautiful `Phee' (Cloth in Manipuri). Today this
phee is synonymous with her name. DEEPTI
NAVALHow many of us know that the actress Deepti Naval
is also a painter and a poet? Surabhi unveils this aspect of
her multifaceted personality. DARSHANA
ANJARIADarshana Anjaria is another enterprising
multifaceted woman who creates beautiful and colourful
artefacts out of waste - making the best of waste!
RAJASTHANI SAFAThe Safa or the headgear is an
important attire of rustic India. Know more about the
Rajasthani Safa in our answer story.
FESTIVAL FOCUSThe end of the monsoon heralds the
season of festivals. Surabhi celebrates Teej, Onam and
Ganesh Chaturthi. The women in North India, dressed in all
their finery, dance and sing in the first showers of rain
welcoming `Teej'. Onam marks the end of the monsoons and
heralds the harvest season. The people of Kerala celebrate
Onam with colourful floral arrangements, dances and snake
boat races. Meanwhile, Ganesh Utsav is being celebrated with
religious fervour and excitement. Surabhi presents Lord
Vigneshwara - the Lord of all beginnings as shaped by the
artists. KUTCH CRAFTSKutch the land of antiquity
that is reflected in its lifestyle, culture and art. An
excerpt from the myriad crafts of Kutch, including the art
of bell making, by Master Craftsmen Hussain S. Lohar.
ANUP JALOTAA person who has changed the face of
Bhajan singing in India and has won the hearts of millions
of music lovers - meet `Bhajan Samrat' Anup Jalota in this
exclusive interview.UNANI MEDICINEA traditional
system of medicine which has its origins in the Middle East
- Unani is now practised all over India.
SINGAPORE, TRADITIONAL AND MODERNSingapore - the
melting pot of cultures comprising of Chinese, Malay,
Indians and other ethnic groups. In Singapore, the
traditional and the modern co-exist, sometimes in apparent
contradiction - Computers rule the commercial hub but the
abacus and ancient scales are also used in calculations.
SANTHAL LIFESTYLESanthal's - a tribe whose
people are spread over the state of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa
- live their lives to the hilt. Their lifestyle reveals
their attitude to life which is highly aesthetic and
fun-loving. A journey to a Santhal village with Surabhi.
HARILAL PANCHALHarilal Panchal an estimable junk
collector who uses his hoarded treasure, the discards of
others, to put together works of art. A transformation that
jolts one's consciousness. KASHMIRI CARPETSThe
arts and crafts of Kashmir manifest the artistic expression
of the people of the valley and represent their culture and
sentiments. The hand-woven carpets from Kashmir are famous
for their intricate design and exquisite workmanship.
ISLANDA place which carries nostalgic memories of the
colonial era. This story reveals the beauty and mystery of a
small island in the Andamans - Ross Island - a forgotten
settlement of the British. TUMHARI
AMRITA`Tumhari Amrita', featuring renowned actress
Shabana Azmi & Farouque Shaikh is an unconventional
play, adapted from the American play `Love Letters'. Tumhari
Amrita has received rare reviews from both critics and
audiences alike all over the World and is perhaps one of the
most successful plays on the Hindustani Stage so far.
VIEWERS GALLERY `Viewers Gallery' this week
deals with strange events - a unique cultural contribution
from Surabhi's viewers all over India. NEER
MAHALPalaces are the unmistaken signs of each monarch.
Let it be in the desert, mountain or water. Tripura's unique
Neer Mahal built by Raja Manikya Bahadur, is an enchanting
piece of architecture in the Rudra Sagar lake. A Journey
with Surabhi to a fascinating destination.
EPISODE 132 LATA
MANGESHKAR`Aye mera watan ke logo' the voice behind this
soulful song that moved millions of Indians including Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru to tears - Lata Mangeshkar's. Surabhi
greets the singing legend Lata Mangeshkar on her 65th
birthday. MEHER MOOSMeet Meher Moos, the only
Indian woman to step onto the soil of 135 countries. Born
with a desire to explore, she has travelled far and wide to
the remotest corners of the World. ATTAR Attar -
the original perfume made from rose petals is a great
favourite among the Muslim community in India and abroad.
Share the secrets of this fragrance in our answer story.
DUSSHERA Navratri and Dusshera are both
festivals that celebrate the victory of virtue over evil. In
this story we delve deeper into their origins and discover
their significance. RATAN THIYAMMeet Ratan
Thiyam, one of India's outstanding theatre directors who
experiments with folk and modern art forms in the remote
corners of Manipur. SINGING SONS OF SINGING
FATHERSThe 60's saw music greats like Mukesh, Kishore,
Talat and Rafi rising to the pinnacle of fame. The 80's saw
the emergence of their sons Nitin, Amit, Khalid and Shahid.
An exclusive story on the singing sons in Surabhi.
PANDIT VISHWAMOHAN BHATTPandit Vishwamohan
Bhatt, the guitar maestro was conferred the Grammy Award '94
for his compact disc. `A Meeting by the River' in
association with Ry Cooder, which figured for 40 long weeks
in the Worlds Top 10 recordings. Meet the maker of the Mohan
Veena in our answer story.
CARRIER PIGEONSIn olden days Kings and Queens
used to send their love letters to their beloved through
pigeons. Today the Indian police use carrier pigeons to send
secret messages to places where there is no postal system.
MUD EATING MARANWhen A. Maran was a child his
mother tried to break his mud eating habit but she did not
succeed. Today he has virtually made sand and pebbles his
staple diet, not out of choice though, but out of poverty.
VIEWER'S GALLERY We feature three mini stories
in this section consisting of contributions from the viewers
themselves. Meet polio affected Archana Sharma who was
inspired by Sudha Chandran's film `Naache Mayuri? and learnt
to dance. Ramchandra who makes portraits out of useless
groundnut shells. Vithal Datta who has entered the Limca
Book of Records for being able to write in 7 different
languages. STATE HERITAGE QUIZ - GOAGoa, the
ancient land fabled in legend and lore is famous all over
the world, not only for its bountiful nature, sylvan
environs and peace, but also for its synthesis of diverse
cultures, arts and crafts.
LALKOTBefore Delhi became the capital as its
present location, it was based at Lalkot, some distance
away. PANKAJ UDHASManhar, Nirmal, Pankaj Udhas -
the singing brothers have carved a niche in the field of
singing. Meet the most famous of them - Pankaj Udhas - the
ghazal singer, in Surabhi. GOLCONDA FORTStanding
on an isolated hillock at a height of 128 metres, the
Golconda Fort has a magnificent acoustic system that enables
a clap sounded at the gates to be heard on top of the
DIWALI The commonest way of celebrating Diwali,
in any part of the country, is by lighting a lamp. Surabhi
explores the reasons behind this practice and some of the
interesting Puranic legends behind it. OIL LAMPS
COLLECTORContinuing with its tradition of featuring
unique collectors, Surabhi presents Mrs.Josie Sabina
Honawar, a woman with a private collection of 230 oil lamps
from all over the world, who features in the Limca Book of
Records. AINA MAHALSurabhi reveals the beauty
and antiquity of Aina Mahal, a palace turned museum of the
18th century, built by Maharao Lakhpatji. WOMAN
FLAUTISTSurabhi introduces you to Smita Shende, a
talented and enterprising girl, who has the rare distinction
of being one of the very few women flautists of Hindustani
classical music. G.N. PANTSurabhi meets the
expert - G.N. Pant who reveals amazing facts on various
kinds of arms and weapons.
INTERNATIONAL SPECIALSurabhi travels around the
globe to understand the uniqueness of our culture and
discover connections with other cultures. INDIAN
SCREEN EVENTRecently, Siddharth Kak visited Australia to
film sequences for Surabhi in this picturesque continent.
Our first story features an interesting Indian Film Festival
in Sydney. JURONG BIRD PARKThe Jurong Bird Park
of Singapore has many birds that we find in India too,
symbolic of the connections that we have with this beautiful
Garden State. SAPERA GAONThe snake is a means of
livelihood for the snake charmer. But this profession is
undesirable from the point of view of environment and animal
welfare. Yet the snake charmer has a right to earn a living.
What is the solution?
Surabhi dedicates this episode to the child and also
the people who follow very unusual professions.
KAMRUPI DHULIASurabhi begins with a story on
traditional performing arts troupes in Assam, that delights
children with its own special brand of creativity, rooted in
the soil and traditions. This is a form called Kamrupi
Dhulia. FISH AND BIRDMANSurabhi presents
Mr.Sharad Sane, a man with an unusual profession - he keeps
fishes and birds as pets, glimpses of which will delight any
child. CLEAN UP THE WORLDMeet Mr. Ian Kiernan of
Australia who is organising a "Clean up the world campaign.
Surabhi examines the importance of his crusade for India and
the beginnings made in Mumbai. GODAVARIThe River
is the mother of all civilizations. Know more about one such
river system and the life style of the people living on its
banks Godavari - the Ganga of the South. .
VRINDAVAN FOREST REVIVALVrindavan - the
Brijbhoomi which has witnessed the Raas Leelas of Radha -
Krishna. The ancient trees of Vrindavan forest are being cut
down, leaving behind dry barren land. The WWF has started a
campaign to encourage people to plant trees. AFRICAN
REGGAEAfrica conjures up images1 of thick rain forests,
wild life pygmies, tribals, tribal arts, ancient culture and
its pulsating music - Reggae. The lyrics of Reggae are based
upon social issues so relevant to the diverse culture of
Africa. MEGHALAYA BUTTERFLY MUSEUMButterflies
are a part of India's precious heritage and we salute people
such as D. Wankhar of Meghalaya, who are documenting and
preserving them to share their beauty with others.
CHINA TOWNA civilization with a tradition of
change and continuity, where echoes from the past are heard
and felt in almost every walk of life - China town in the
heart of Singapore - a microcosm of Chinese culture.
ROGAN ARTKutch - the land of antiquity which is
reflected in its lifestyle, culture and art. An excerpt from
the myriad crafts of Kutch, like the art of Rogan which only
few families now practice. RUPINI Known by the
screen name of Rupini, Komal Mahuakar is a talented dancer
and actress who knows 9 Indian languages and is well versed
in 4 Indian classical dance forms. Meet the heroine of the
well-known hit film "Payal Ki Jhankaar. TOY
TRAINSMeet a group of loco enthusiasts who indulge in
their eccentric obsession of collecting and creating scale
models of trains that are sought by the Indian Railways for
its teaching departments. KERALA BACKWATERSWith
the joy of the boat races, the unspoilt natural beauty of
shady coconut groves the charming backwaters of Kerala are a
popular tourist destination.
GAMESIntense competition, music and melody, gaiety and
colour, mark the rural sports of Punjab. In the land of
history and legends, power and plenty, rich rewards await
the winner of these unique contests. S.R.
KRISHNAMURTHYMeet Mr. S.R.Krishnamurthy - a music
teacher who has with great courage and determination
overcome the limitations bestowed by fate.
BALUCHAREE SAREESIndian traditional sarees are
so exquisite that the weavers can be compared to artists
inspired by nature to create objects of beauty. Take for
example the exquisite Balucharee sarees of Bengal.
FALAKNUMA The magnificent Falaknuma Palace of
Hyderabad is perched on top of a 2000 ft high hillock.
Designed by an Italian architect, the gates of this palace
have recently been thrown open to the public. The palace has
been converted into a Hotel.
SANTHAL POSTAL RUNNERS Surabhi presents a story
on the postal runners of Purulia district of West Bengal who
traverse a hard terrain of hills and jungles to deliver
eagerly awaited letters in remote places. SBS,
AUSTRALIA Surabhi introduces us to the Special
Broadcasting Service (SBS), a radio and television
broadcasting service in Australia, that provides non
commercial, multicultural radio and television services to
68 countries. India's TV Broadcaster Kumud Merani is Head of
the Hindi language programmes of SBS Radio. MARRIAGE
BUREAU In India, despite in roads made by western
culture, arranged marriages are still the norm. Surabhi
presents a story and a debate on marriage bureaus that
arrange traditional marriages using modern technology such
EPISODE 143 PORT
BLAIRThe rainforest of the Andaman Islands - deep, dark,
verdant inviting us to explore their mysteries. Of the 572
Islands of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands only 38 are
inhabited, the capital being at Port Blair. MITHAK
BHANGSurabhi takes you into the deep mysterious jungles
of Madhya Pradesh where a way of life has remained unchanged
for centuries - the life of the tribal Agarias of Mandla.
ASHOK DILWALIA photographer of international
repute - Ashok Dilwali has captured the Himalayas in all
their moods through his lens. HOTA DANDAA story
from the rustic regions of Bihar - Hota Danda - an
interesting rural game from Chota Nagpur which is played
with help of sticks.
EPISODE 144 J.P.
SINGHALMeet J.P. Singhal, a noted calendar artist whose
art adorns the walls of our homes. KUKKAD
KABBADIIn Indian villages entertainment is a tradition
unchanged through the centuries. Kukkad Kabbadi, a rural
game of Punjab is still very popular. LAVANIA
fairly recent but popular folk dance of Maharashtra - Lavani
is characterized by women dancers dressed in traditional
nine-yard saree and chunky jewellery. MASTER GANESH
GURAVLavani is a dance form practised only by women. But
10 year-old master - Ganesh Gurav is the exception to the
SINGAPORE FOODSingapore is renowned among the
world's gourmets for its hundreds of restaurants reflecting
flavours of many countries. Travel with Surabhi to taste the
delicious multicultural cuisine of Singapore, including
scorpions on toast and black ants with
potatoes.ANDAMAN ISLANDS - FOOD & CRAFTSThe
coconut plays an important part in the life of the coastal
and island communities. Every plant and vegetable is fully
used in the Andaman Islands. Introducing the exotic cuisine
of the Andaman Islands in this story.
PAYASAMFood is the expression of culture and
habits. Taste the much-loved "Payasam" from South India in
our answer story.
BIKANER CAMEL FESTIVALCamel, the ship of the
desert, is an integral part of the life and activity of the
people in the northern region of Rajasthan. Legendary
stories relate the role of the camel in uniting lovers and
fighting wars. ABORIGINAL ART OF
AUSTRALIAAustralian Aborigines are members of the
World's oldest living culture. The traditions of painting on
bark, the canvas paintings of the desert and others created
by aboriginal artists of Australia.HASYA KAVI
SAMMELANHumour is the spice of life and what better way
than to express it in the form of poetry. We asked our
viewers to complete a poem as best as they could! And we
received numerous completed poems - one more humorous than
EPISODE 147 BEN
KINGSLEYBen Kingsley is perhaps best known for his Oscar
winning performance in the title role of ?Gandhi" which also
earned him a ?Golden Globe" and a "New York Film Critics
Award". Ben Kingsley in conversation with Siddharth Kak in
this exclusive interview. PONGALThe month of
January is full of celebrations. "Pongal" is the Harvest
festival of South India. The Harvest Festival is celebrated
throughout India in different ways in different states.
MISS LOS ANGELES INDIASushmita Sen and Aishwarya
Rai have ruled the world of beauty. But there are other
Indian beauties who rule in their little world. Siddharth
Kak discovered this when he travelled to Los Angeles in
America to present the Miss Los Angeles India Title.
VEDIC FOODThis question takes us back in time,
evoking the vedic era and the food that was eaten then. It
comes perhaps as a surprise that the more we change, the
more we remain the same.
BLIND CRICKETWho says cricket is to be played by
the sighted only? There is an exception to this, which is
proved by the children of Delhi. They play cricket not by
seeing the ball but by hearing it. VIJI
PRAKASHViji Prakash, the Indian based Bharatnatyam
dancer, still keeps Indian culture alive in the West by
running a Bharatnatyam school in Los Angeles. Surabhi brings
her efforts and experiments to light.
UNAKOTIVisit a remote destination in Tripura
called Unakoti - which means ninety nine lakhs ninety nine
thousand nine hundred and ninety nine. This unique
destination has numerous rock cut images1 - one of them is
the Central Shiva head known as Unakotishwara Kal Bhairava.
ANIL BISWASMeet one of the legends of the Indian
film music world. Anil Biswas, the composer and lyricist of
many captivating songs of the 50s and 60s.
ALLAH RAKHA TABLA FAMILYTalent and humility are
the endearing qualities of one of the greatest musical
families in India, Ustad Allah Rakha and his sons Zakir
Hussain, Fazal Qureshi, Toufix Qureshi and Bavi Begum.
Surabhi pays tribute to a great tradition of Tabla maestros.
VIEWERS GALLERY Features selected stories filmed
by our viewers in different part of India giving them an
opportunity to showcase little known aspects of Indian
culture. EMA MARKETA unique market in exotic
Manipur, where women make, sell and manage the entire show.
Surabhi salutes this remarkable feat. POCHAMPALLI
SAREESPochampalli a village in Andhra Pradesh, where
exquisite, colourful, cotton and silk sarees are woven.
KUTCH LIFESTYLEKutch the land of antiquity which
is reflected in its lifestyle, culture and art. A land where
beauty and colour flourish in the hostile desert.
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSSAINA creative genius, an
institution in the field of art in India - Maqbool Fida
Hussain - a painter and person extraordinary. THE
SURABHI TEAMDo you want to meet the unknown faces behind
Surabhi? The people with a mission who make Surabhi possible
week after week - some of them very different from what you
would expect! SHOMPENS OF THE ANDAMAN ISLAND(A
repeat story, voted the best of the year) The rain forest of
the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, beautiful yet mysterious,
are still home to primitive man. A rare and gripping
rendezvous with the vanishing tribes of the Shompens in the
deep jungles. L. SUBRAMANIAMThe International
musician and composer who also composed the haunting theme
tune of Surabhi. An intimate glimpse of his family at home
in the USA. Surabhi pays tribute to his late wife Viji who
died of cancer. WARQIndian sweetmeats are often
covered by silver foil called "Warq". How is "Warq" made?
Who makes "Warq"? A touching story of humble people who
embellish and enrich sweetmeats they themselves cannot
afford. THE FAVOURITE STORIES OF THE YEAR
Krusadi Island, Backwater of Kerala, Limbless Musician,
Pelican story, Indira Point, Travels to Australia,
JANJIRA, AN OLD PORT IN MAHARASHTRAAccompany the Surabhi
team to Murud Janjira and learn about Kanhoji Angre's naval
fleet. MURUD JANJIRA FORTA visit to the Murud
Janjira fort, built in the 16th century by Malik Amber.
OLD DELHIExperience the grandeur of a bygone
era, in the lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi.
MEMORIES OF A CRICKETERMohinder Amarnath, a
cricketer par excellence, talks about his other passion,
Hindi Film songs.VISHWANATHAN ANANDOur question
two weeks back certainly must have checkmated you. The
answer is in black and white, Vishwanathan Anand.
INDIANS ABROADSurabhi discovers that the Tamil
New Year is celebrated in basically the same way but with
different names and at different times in Singapore,
Mauritius and the Andamans. MAURITIUS CULTUREThe
Surabhi team is currently filming in Mauritius. We give you
a peep into the variegated, multilingual heritage of
Mauritius - a veritable paradise on earth and home to a
large section of the Indian diaspora. FENI OF
BHOPALCome party and make merry. Taste another of
Bhopals specialities. Not the famous paan but the hitherto
unheard, Bhopali feni. BIMAL ROYAs cinema enters
its hundredth year, Surabhi pays homage to Bimal Roy who
bestrode the Indian film industry like a colossus. Surabhi
brings you face-to-face with his daughter Rinki Bhattacharya
who has written a biography of her illustrious father.
RED INDIANSSurabhi journeys around the world,
and back in time, to take you to the world of the American
Indians - the original inhabitants of America.
LOTTERY GUESTOur special guest of the week is
small in size and tall in ambition. Meet Deepak Kumar Verma
a seventeen year old little person working as a tailor.
PANDIT RAVI SHANKARSurabhi plays host to a
living legend in the world of music, Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Join us as we felicitate him on the occasion of his 75th
birthday. ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH, GOASurabhi
accompanies archaeologist K.K.Mohammed on an exciting
exploration of the secrets that may lie under the ruins of
the Augustine Church in Goa. MANIRAM
PATHRODPassion in art knows no bounds. We salute the
spirit of Maniram Pathrod who has chosen to play a very
difficult instrument - the Nastharang - even at risk to his
life. SODA WATER SELLERMarbles might seem like
child`s play to most people but inserting a marble into a
bottle of soda is a trick of a disappearing trade, as this
story shows you. LOTTERY GUEST Our guest of the
week is a man who has a pocket full of tricks. Meet Anand
Jayande a magician par excellence.
EPISODE 154 LIFE
IN TRIPURASurabhi journeys to beautiful and little known
Tripura in the north eastern corner of India. And brings you
a glimpse of the life and times of the tribals of this
state. VAISHNO DEVIThe Surabhi team braves
freezing cold at a high altitude to reach the sacred shrine
of Vaishno Devi nestled in the hills of Jammu. WORLD
OF WORMSSurabhi brings you a worm's eye-view of the
world and shows you how these `lowly' creatures can be of
tremendous use to us. TANGALIYA SHAWLThe
tangaliya shawl is a speciality of Gujarat. In this answer
story Surabhi shows you how this beautiful shawl is made.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the week is
the well known sitar virtuoso Ustaad Shamin Ahmad Khan. A
tete-a-tete with the man and more about his music.
MAURITIUS TOURIST TREKThe Surabhi team reaches
idyllic Mauritius and brings you a tantalising glimpse of
the many attractions this exotic tourist destination has to
offer. OLDEST BANYAN TREEA remote village in
Andhra Pradesh is home to the world's largest and oldest
banyan tree that has not only made its way into the Guiness
Book, but also occupies a special place in the lives of the
people who live near it. ARVIND SWAMYThe runaway
success of `Roja' catapulted him to instant stardom. Meet
Arvind Swamy, once again in the spotlight for his lead role
in the recently-released `Bombay'. AMAZING MATCH
MAKINGMarriages are made in heaven but just how many can
take place in one day? To find out, watch this amazing story
sent by one of our viewers. TAEKWONDOIn this
answer story, we profile the ancient Korean martial art of
Taekwondo that is gaining popularity the world over as a
means of self-defence. Watch our very own Javed Khan as he
shatters a world record on camera using this technique.
LOTTERY GUEST Our lottery guests this week are
two tiny tots Gayatri and Akanksha.
UNDERSEA TREASURESFishes, corals and a host of
marine treasures beckon the Surabhi team into the crystal
clear waters of the Indian Ocean off Mauritius. Join them as
they explore the mysteries of the deep blue sea on the
Undersea Walk. BHARAT DABHOLKARAdman, Director,
writer, theatre personality, the multi-faceted Bharat
Dabholkar tells you what it takes to keep the creative
juices flowing in Indian Advertising. VIEWER'S
GALLERY Pots and pans usually create cacophony, except
perhaps in the hands of these two blind men from Durg who
make melodious music using cooking utensils and leaves.
MAGIC MATHSEven if you don't have a head for
numbers, it won't take you long to figure out complicated
mathematical puzzles using a simple technique as this answer
story shows you.LOTTERY GUEST Meet a master who
weaves magic with his hands. Our guest of the week is master
embrioderer Fazal Mohammed of Agra, an expert in the art of
MUSIC OF MAURITIUSThe spirit of Mauritius is
reflected in Sega - a form of traditional music, song and
dance popular among the Creole community. Surabhi brings to
you the spirit of Sega. Join in the celebrations of
Mauritius culture. KUMUDINI LAKHIAA tribute to a
person who has devoted 50 years of her life to exquisitely
depicting and developing Kathak as an art and dance form -
Kumidini Lakhia of Gujarat. DANCE OF ABORIGINALS OF
AUSTRALIAAustralia's first inhabitants, the Aborigines
have struggled to survive ever since European settlement.
Glimpse of the fascinating Islander dance of the
Aboriginals, performed to appease their Gods and ancestors,
in Surabhi. POP MUSIC IN MAURITIUSIndians in
Mauritius have strived to maintain their links with their
Indian roots. Surabhi features the Bhojpuri Boys, a popular
music group in Mauritius who have popularized the Bhojpuri
language through their songs. LOTTERY GUEST
Bombay, Maskabun and Irani restaurants. Our guest of the
week is man who runs one such Irani restaurant. Meet the
owner of Kayani restaurant, Mr. Aflatoon Irani.
AMAZING ANTICS IN PUNJABThis week's Surabhi
journeys through the village of Punjab to witness the
amazing village sports, where people balance on their
thumbs, pick up hundred kilos with their teeth, people over
75 years of age run in a hundred meter race and dogs race
each other at incredible speeds. PUTTUR
BONESETTERSIn Andhra Pradesh, there is a small village,
Puttur, where the bonesetters set dislocated jaws and
fractured bones with their traditional medicines.
ELEPHANT JEWELLERYWe bring you rich glimpses of
how an elephant is dressed up and decorated by jewellery.
ORU KATHA, ANDHRA PRADESHTravel to the
picturesque land of Andhra Pradesh and take at a special
folk theatre form, full of song, colour and vivacious dance.
SHAKUNTALA NARASIMHAEnjoy the delightful
Jugalbandi of Hindustani and Carnatic form of classical
music by Shakuntala Narasimha. LOTTERY GUEST Dil
Bole Boom Boom. Our special guest of the week is none other
than master musician and composer Biddu. Come join Surabhi
on a musical sojourn with the King of Music.
EPISODE 159 DAL
LAKEThis week Surabhi gives you a glimpse of the famous
Dal Lake of Srinagar, a rare treasure which is gradually
being polluted. LAXMAN GAUDThe famous craftsman,
sculptor and a realistic painter, Laxma Gaud, of Hyderabad.
NEELAM BATRA?S COOK BOOKIntroducing Neelam
Batra, an NRI whose book on Vegetarian Indian cooking for
American Homes, achieved a top ten rating among cook books.
SACHIN SHANKAR?S BALLETThe answer story features
the well known exponent, Sachin Shankar who talks about
ballet and how it is adapted in India. LOTTERY GUEST
Come laugh away your blues. Our special guest of the
week is an exponent of laughter therapy. Meet Dr.Madan
Kataria for whom laughter is no laughing matter.
SANGEET DANGAL Come spring and the pink city of
Jaipur resonates with the verse of thousands of amateur
poets who have assembled to participate in Sangeet Dangal, a
unique non-stop competition. SACRED GROVES
Preservation of the environment is integral to the
tribal way of life. In India in the ages gone by, tribals
created sacred groves to reaffirm their communion with
nature. The Surabhi team visited some of these groves that
survive to this day, albeit against heavy odds.
SHAKILA - AN ARTIST FROM THE SLUMS Shakila ? a
collage artist, is a humble slum-dweller of Calcutta who
exhibits her works on the footpaths of the city, but has won
accolades from all over the world. ISABGOL The
deceptively nondescript appearance of the isabgol herb that
only grows in some parts of Gujarat & Rajasthan hides
amazing curative properties that have made it a panacea for
a range of disorders from constipation to diarrhea.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the week is a
lady who juggles a myriad roles - that of a producer, a
director and an actress with great ease. Meet Vimal Lohane
one of Marathi filmdom's leading lights.
KUTRAILEESHWARAN, ACE SWIMMERKutraleeshwaran, a
child prodigy who at the age of 14 has entered the Guiness
Book of World Records for the highest number of swimming
feats in a single year. SOUKOUS OF AFRICAAfrica
- reminds you of the rainforest, the tribals, the pygmies,
the art, crafts and their dance and music. Soukous is one of
the them - the soul of African culture. ACUPUNCTURE
A science based on treatment with needles, acupuncture
means to cure without any pain or bleeding, by applying
pressure and puncturing parts of the body at given points.
Glimpses of this unusual science, on Surabhi. LIVE
VOLCANO IN ANDAMANSAn exclusive story form the interiors
of Andaman and Nicobar Islands - a live volcano which is
emitting fire and red hot lava right at the moment.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the week is a
man who juggles his profession as a printer with his passion
for juggling thalis. Meet Bharat Dhanraj Jain a man who
balances 15 thalis at a time.
GUNDECHA BROTHERS & DHRUPADThis week we
profile the remarkable rise to fame of the Gundecha
brothers, regarded as the most talented Dhrupad singers of
the new generation. Surabhi salutes the dedication and
excellence of these young maestros. SINGERS OF
SIKKIMIn far-away Sikkim an itinerant father-daughter
duo are keeping the tradition of street-singing alive as
they travel from village to village. KANCHIPURAM
JYOTISHYAMFor all those who scan the horoscope section
of the daily newspapers avidly, Surabhi shows you another
way to find out what the stars foretell. Join us as we pay a
visit to the Kanchipuram Jyothishyam where the future of
everyone is written on ancient palm leaves.PUSHURA,
BULL FIGHT OF ASSAMEver locked horns with a raging bull?
Get a feel of what it's like in this answer story on
Pushura, the traditional sport of bull-fighting that is an
annual feature at the Assamese festival of Bihu.
LOTTERY GUEST This week Surabhi welcomes to its
studio Dhananjay Paranjpe of the Ali Yavar Jung Institute
for the hearing impaired who shows us how to live life to
its fullest even in a world filled with the sounds of
ONGEES OF CAR NICOBARThe Surabhi team travels to
the distant island of Car Nicobar and files this report on
the lifestyle of the Ongees tribe, whose number is rapidly
dwindling. GOGA SINGH OF KURUKSHETRAFrom
Kurukshetra comes this unique story of a Mahabharata singer
- Goga Singh who spreads his messages using a `loudspeaker'
made of water! RAMCHANDRA DHOTRE, FLUTE
MAKERThis answer story featuring Ramchandra Dhotre who
brings music into the lives of others through the flutes he
makes. VIJAY TANPURE, POWADA SINGERSurabhi's
special guest of the week is from Maharashtra's heartland.
Meet powada singer Shivshahir Vijay Tanpure from Ahmednagar
EPISODE 164 GOA,
A TOURIST DESTINATIONThe sun, sand and sea are what make
Goa a tourist haven. But for the fisherfolk of Goa the sea
is normally a source of livelihood - it is their life. Find
out more about these simple, hardworking yet fun-loving
people in this story. DHOLAVIRA & HARAPPAN TOWN
PLANNINGTown planning was one of the most outstanding
features of the Harappan culture. Surabhi team visits one
such site in Gujarat - Dholavira and is amazed at the
elaborate water supply system that operated there thousands
of years ago. TEA PICKERS OF ASSAMEver wondered
how much labour goes into the making of your morning cup of
tea? Watch this story on the tea-pickers of Assam who have
made tea the world's favourite beverage. ANITA, THE
ORANGUTANAnita, the orangutan at Singapore Zoo is the
star of this week's answer story. Watch the antics of this
lovable creature and you'll realise why orangutans and
humans are such good friends.LOTTERY GUEST This
week we welcome Mr.Vimal Harnal, General Manager, South-West
Asia, Singapore Tourist Promotion Board who picks the winner
of the bumper prize - a trip for two to Singapore.
EPISODE 165 THE
ROAD THROUGH RAJOURIThe Surabhi team traces an old trade
route through the sylvan splendour of Rajouri nestled in the
lap of the majestic Himalayas of Kashmir. TABASSUM,
SMILING COMPERESurabhi profiles the life and times of
Tabassum, comedienne, compere par excellence and hostess of
the record-breaking TV programme, `Phool Khile Hain Gulshan
Gulshan'.FLOATING HOUSES OF TRIPURAThe North -
Eastern state of Manipur famous for its scenic beauty, but
few are aware of an extraordinary phenomenon that can be
seen here - houses that float on water. LOTTERY
GUEST Our guest for this week, Kishore Bhagat is no
ordinary artist. Not for him, the paints and brushes that
are usual to create a work of art. Instead he uses his
fingernails with amazing results!
MOUNTED POLICE OF CALCUTTAPolicemen on horseback
have an altogether unique charm of their own. The Calcutta
Mounted Police are one of the few such police teams in
existence today. Surabhi visits them at work and finds out
what it?s like to be a mounted keeper of the peace.
SAMARITAN SADHUThough he lives in a cave, Shri
Ram Ram is a sadhu with a difference. From his humble abode
he provides succour to orphans and women in distress.
Surabhi salutes the selflessness of the man who in his own
small way has tried to make the world a better
place.VIEWER'S GALLERY Inspired by Surabhi,
Shailendra Kakaani and his friend Muriel toured the length
and breadth of the country, exploring its diverse cultural
heritage. This is the story of their journey of discovery.
HOCKEY, INDIAN STYLEThis answer story features
the rustic and sometimes amusing version of field hockey,
one of the most popular sports in the sub-continent.
LOTTERY GUEST Surabhi welcomes to its studio two
young artists, Nikita and Nimisha whose art has won them
accolades both at home and abroad. .
KHATRI MOHAMMAD SIDDIQUE & AJARAKMeet master
craftsman Khatri Mohammad Siddiqi from Kutch who creates
exquisite patterns using the Ajarak technique of block
printing and thereby transforms an ordinary piece of cloth
into a work of art. MAGICIAN K. LALMagician
K.Lal has many tricks up his sleeve but his most ambitious
project to date - making the Taj Mahal and Howrah bridge
vanish - must surely merit a place in Ripley's `Believe it
or not'!VIEWERS GALLERY If marriages are made in
heaven, then Ambala which was host to a mass marriage must
surely seem like heaven on earth. As they say, the more the
merrier. BUTTERFLY FARMButterflies and moths
resemble each other in more ways than one but this answer
story which takes you on a visit to a butterfly farm in
Uttar Pradesh shows you the difference between the
two.LOTTERY GUEST Wonderkid, Rupali Repale who
despite her humble background has achieved at the tender age
of 13, the incredible feat of swimming the English channel,
Straits of Gibraltar and Palk Strait.
EPISODE 168 TOY
TRAIN, SIMLATravelling up the hills in a quaint toy
train from Kalka to Shimla is an unforgettable experience.
On location in Himachal Pradesh, the Surabhi team films this
charming train journey which boasts the highest number of
tunnels for a single journey. HAMAMS OF
BHOPALHamams or public baths are as old as civilisation
itself. A hot refreshing bath and a vigorous oil massage and
you are ready to face the challenges ahead. A visit to
Bhopal takes us to these rapidly-dwindling community bathing
places. BANJARAS, THE COLOURFUL TRIBALSWith
neither hearth nor home, the gypsies or Banjaras have a
romantic, even mysterious aura that comes from their nomadic
lifestyle. They are the subject of this answer story.
LOTTERY GUEST Necessity is the mother of
invention they say but our guest this week has 31 inventions
to his credit! Meet Amarnath Jurnnarkar whose latest
invention is a device to control pollution.
EPISODE 169 KALA
ACADEMY, GOA The vibrant and joyous culture of Goa is
reflected in the daily life of the people. The fountainhead
of this culture is the Kala Academy on the banks of the
river Mandovi, home to the magnificent collection that
reflects the many hues of Goa's cultural mosaic. The Surabhi
team spent an absorbing day at the Academy learning about
its various facets. MINIATURE MODELS OF MAURITIUS
Mauritius ? The island paradise on earth. A land as
famed for its pristine beaches as it is for its exotic
crafts and arts. A peek into the making of miniature ship
models and papier mache masks, the country's most popular
crafts. DOGRI POP A different kind of music
growing in popularity is the racy, foot-tapping `Dogri Pop'.
This answer story takes you to Jammu to enjoy the music that
promises to take the country by storm. LOTTERY GUEST
Few are blessed with the unusual ability to communicate
with animals and interpret their sounds. Meet Ramesh Rawal,
the warden of Gir forests, who for the last fifteen years
has been nurturing a unique bond with lions and tigers in
SUCCESSFUL INDIANS IN MAURITIUS The cultural
frontiers of India extend beyond the sub-continent into
lands near and far. One example of this diaspora is
Mauritius, where 60 percent of the population is of Indian
origin. The success story of the Indians despite adversity
and the deep bonds that exist among them, is an example for
us to emulate. ASHAPOORNA DEVIOne of India's
greatest writers Ashapoorna Devi is no more. Surabhi pays
tribute to Ashapoorna Devi, a writer who through her pen has
left an unforgettable mark on Indian literature.THE
ART OF BONSAIThe little question with the big answer.
This answer story is on Bonsai, the exotic Japanese art of
growing plants in miniature that is catching people's fancy
in many Indian cities.VASTU SHASTRAVastu
Shastra, the ancient Indian science of architecture is a way
of life. The basis of this science is harmony with nature.
Surabhi takes a look into this fascinating treatise on
architecture, which is today coming into its own once again
as more and more modern architects are employing its
principles in their work. LOTTERY GUEST Surabhi
welcomes to it's studios D.K.Bubbar, one of the foremost
exponents of Vastu Shastra in India who has been in the
field for the last thirty-five years.
JAISAMAND ISLAND RESORTOne example of an
eco-friendly tourist centre is Jaisamandh Island Resort.
Surabhi discovered this ethereal locale and a bird sanctuary
near Udaipur. TINTHINI Tinthini, a small town in
Karnataka, is a shining example of communal amity where a
temple and a mosque are situated together on the same
foundation. CHAIL, THE HIGHEST CRICKET GROUNDA
visit to the Chail cricket ground near Simla in Himachal
Pradesh, the highest in India, leaves the Surabhi team clean
bowled.LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest this week
is Whistling Minstrel Anamitra Dasgupta. Meet the computer
engineer who is adept at whistling Western Classical tunes.
WATER HARVESTING IN RAJASTHANOur story from
rain-deficit Rajasthan explores how new water sources can be
tapped to overcome the dependence on rain. MALVIKA
SARUKKAIThe beautiful and talented dancer whose every
movement is emotion and grace personified. Malvika Sarukkai,
the internationally renowned Bharata Natyam dancer shares
her secrets of life and success with Surabhi.
VIEWER'S GALLERYA gift is a bond of affection
and appreciation whereas a letter touches a responsive chord
in the receiver. A feature on the deluge of special tokens
that have flooded Surabhi.VASTU SHASTRAThe
answer story that holds the key, to the `Vastu Shastra'
mystery. `Vastu Shastra' experts, D.K. Babbar of Mumbai and
Muthaih Sthapathi of Madras, lift the curtain from this
traditional Indian science of architecture. LOTTERY
GUEST Our guest is a man whose creations adorn many
heads in tinsel town. Meet wig maker and makeup man Anil
Pemgirikar, a man who has made it big on borrowed hair.
SINGH, PAINTER FROM MANIPURR. K. Singh the doyen of the
Manipuri school of painting, is the torch bearer of this
dying art form. Surabhi salutes the great master and his
attempts to preserve this glorious heritage.NANA
PATEKARSurabhi delves into the mind of the `Krantiveer'
of Hindi Cinema. An intimate and exclusive tete-a-tete with
Nana Patekar, who in his own inimitable style speaks on his
life, his thoughts and his acting. INDIAN
RAILWAYSA look into different aspects of Indian
Railways, which are an integral part of our life and
history.LOTTERY GUEST Meet a woman in a very
unusual occupation. Our special guest this week is none
other than Mumtaz Kathiwala, one of India's female engine
TURTLE BAY IN MAURITIUSSurabhi meets some of the
oldest residents of Mauritius. Turtle Bay, a conservation
park in Mauritius is home to many species of birds,
reptiles, turtles and other animals, whose antics win them
many friends. MUSIC MINDED PLANTSSinging to
plants may not help them to learn singing. However, it may
certainly help them grow. A glimpse of how musical
cultivation in Gujarat seems to speed up the rate of plant
growth.WATER HARVESTING IN HIMACHAL PRADESHA
story that cascades down from the slopes of Himachal
Pradesh. Water conservation in this region is no easy task.
But with a little ingenuity an amazing water supply system
has been created in this mountainous state.HANDMADE
PAPERThe question was as tough as one in an exam paper.
And, the answer deals with a very special kind of paper -
hand made paper. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest
this week is a man whose creative urges are seen on paper.
Meet Omprakash Agarwal designer and manufacturer of an
exclusive range of handmade paper. .
AABRITTI OF CALCUTTAAabritti or repeated
utterrances is a unique form of audio book that is prevalent
in the culture loving state of West Bengal. Religious
scriptures as well as works of great writers form the story
of Aabritti. Surabhi visits Calcutta to take part in this
unusual tradition.AMALA AND THE BLUE CROSS
SOCIETYActress Amala and her friends have made laudable
efforts to protect and preserve the environment in
Hyderabad. Their concern also covers animals, and the
formation of the Blue Cross Society that cares for
animals.PEARLS OF HYDERABADThe answer to the
expensive question can be found in oysters in the depths of
the sea or adorning the neck of beautiful women. A visit to
Hyderabad to learn more about its exquisite pearls.
LOTTERY GUEST On the occasion of Durga Puja our
special guest this week is a man whose melodious voice
enthralls many. Meet Mr.Subir Kar, the retired head of the
Chemistry Department of I.I.T, Mumbai and surprisingly an
exponent of Rabindra Sangeet too.
ANDAMAN SPORTSThe traditional games in the
Andamans have produced some excellent athletes. Surabhi
takes a look at these exciting games which are a treat to
watch. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features this
inspired effort by the Bal Mitra Academy in Aurangabad which
boosts children's creativity in painting, photography and
dance by arranging exhibitions and competitions.
SIKKIM CRAFTSThe ingenuity of our master
Craftsmen is revealed in this answer story on the Sikkim
water crafts. Surabhi discovers the intricate facts of the
Sikkim crafts. MYSTERY OF THE UNIVERSESurabhi
commences a journey into the mysteries of the Universe with
a special focus on the Sun, Moon and their relation to our
Planet, the Earth. LOTTERY GUEST Surabhi
welcomes to its studios Lalsingh Chauhan, the muscleman and
speaks to him about his awesome feats.
LADAKH LIFESTYLEIn Ladakh the people still
cherish their rich cultural heritage and traditions.
AUSTRALIAN TREASURESEvery nation has its own
priceless treasures. Some of these are gifts of life or
boons from the land, the sea and from the wind. And as
Surabhi discovered in Australia, even from the trees.
LAST JOURNEY OF BIRDSThe answer to the question
that sent your minds on flights of fancy reveals where and
how our feathered friends, the birds, die. LOTTERY
GUEST Surabhi welcomes to it's studios Dr. V. S.
Venkatavardan, Director of Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai, to
shed some light on the forthcoming solar eclipse.
UZBEKISTAN & OUR CULTURAL LINKSSurabhi's
recent sojourn to Uzbekistan throws light on the close and
emotional links Uzbekistan has had with India down the
centuries. Babar, Kebabs and Chinar trees, the list of
commonalties between the two nations is endless.
VANI GANAPATHYOur artiste of the week is a
lovely lady from Bangalore who apart from being an
accomplished dancer is an independent career woman. Surabhi
brings you an intimate tete-a-tete with Bharata Natyam
dancer Vani Ganapathy. SOLAR ECLIPSE IN INDIAN
MYTHSThe answer to the question that lifts the curtain
on the solar eclipse and reveals more about the myths
associated with it in India. LOTTERY GUEST
Surabhi welcomes to its studios Victor Bansiwar head of
`VOICE', a voluntary organisation working with street
children in Mumbai.
EPISODE 179 ONAM
DANCESCelebration in India is a time for fun, frolic and
colours. In Kerala, during Onam some processionists in
Trichur paint their bodies with tiger stripes, thus bringing
a touch of wild to the festivities. DEV
ANANDVeteran film star Dev Anand, the evergreen hero,
celebrated the completion of fifty eventful years in
filmdom. A look at his life and times. POTATO?S
MEDICAL MAGICAn answer story about the humble potato
that has stepped out of the kitchen to make waves in the
medical world. LOTTERY GUEST Surabhi takes a
trip down memory lane with a collector of cinema photographs
of a bygone era. Meet Hussain Bhai preserver, collector and
connoisseur par excellence.
DONIOR, THE UZBEKI SINGERA meeting with
Uzbeki singing sensation Donior at his Tashkent residence
leaves the Surabhi team humming to his tunes. P.B.
SRINIVASSurabhi pays a tribute to veteran Tamil singer
P.B.Srinivas whose melodious voice has left generations of
music lovers spellbound. SLOW MOTION
SONGFeaturing Pehla Nasha a song that is completely in
slow motion but with lip-synch. Meet Aamir Khan who talks
about how this was done. LOTTERY GUEST Our guest
of the week is a petite young lady who lives on the fast
track. Meet six year old Juhi Agarwal, India's youngest car
SAYED MUSHTAQ ALISurabhi walks down memory lane
with the gentleman cricketer of yesteryears, Sayed Mushtaq
Ali, and relives memories of a bygone era. A salute to the
cricketer's passion for sportsmanship and decorum, both on
the field and off it. CREOLE CUISINE FROM
MAURITIUSBon Apetit! It's time to tickle the taste buds
with Surabhi. Siddharth Kak takes you on a delectable
journey sampling the flavours of the exotic Mauritius Creole
cuisine. FOOD CARVINGThe answer to the question
on the material for carving, is food for hungry minds as
well as hungry stomachs. LOTTERY GUEST Surabhi
brings you a ringside view of Ringmaster Vithal Awre of the
EPISODE 182 DEAF
THEATRE GROUP OF CALCUTTASurabhi steps in to the world
of silence. A salute to the talented deaf Theatre Group of
Calcutta, The Action Players who under the guidance of
contemporary dancer Astad Deboo have overcome their handicap
to achieve proficiency in dance. BALWANT THAKUR
& CHILDREN THEATREThe artists of the week are an
unusual combination of a teacher and his students. Surabhi
visits Jammu to capture the unique and innovative activities
of Balwant Thakur and his award winning children?s theatre
group. UZBEKI ARTSA visit to Uzbek Radio
Ensemble, where efforts are on to preserve and propagate
traditional and folk art forms in contemporary times.
LOTTERY GUEST Our guest of the week is a singer
who has not let her lack of vision obstruct her devotion to
music. Meet singer Rita Vora whose expressive voice conveys
a wide range of emotions.
PUSHKAR MELA, RAJASTHANFew fairs are as
colourful as Rajasthan's annual Pushkar Mela. Surabhi
captures the essence of the Mela which has become a major
tourist attraction. PICKLES OF TAMIL NADUTime to
tickle the taste buds with Surabhi and Tamil Nadu's fiery
pickles. A look at how the pickles are prepared and
devoured. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features the
mock Shivaji Coronation celebrations sent by one of our Pune
viewers, Nandu Moze. UNDERWATER WORLD,
SINGAPOREThe answer on the most unique creature takes
you underwater in Singapore. LOTTERY GUEST Our
guest of the week is one of Hindi filmdom's singing legends,
Rajkumari. Surabhi spends a musical soiree with her,
reliving golden memories.
ANAND, MILK CAPITAL OF INDIA Surabhi visits
Anand in Gujarat, home to the most successful cooperative
movement in the country and spends some time with its
pioneer - Dr. V. Kurien. TAIMUR, UZBEKI HERO
Samarkand at it's best Surabhi takes a journey down the
hometown of Uzbekistan's national hero Taimur. And also
takes a look into how the ancient monuments are being
restored. COMPUTER CALCULATION The question was
about traditions ? about the use of a bindi. But, the
answer, tracing the evolution of a bindi is presented with
the help of a computer. We also take you on a fascinating
journey to the world of computers. LOTTERY GUEST
Our guest of the week is a very special child. Meet six
year old Ameya Gawand whose speeches leave most politicians
SONEPUR ANIMAL FAIRSonepur in Bihar is host to
the biggest animal fair in the country every winter.
GEETA BEHN AND THE ANAND CO-OPERATIONSurabhi
salutes Geeta Behn a member of the cooperative movement at
Anand. A woman of substance who combines professions as
diverse as law and milking buffaloes.SUNILA
SHRINGARPURE, MUSCLE WOMANA woman with the rare
combination of beauty, brains and brawn. A peek into muscle
woman Sunila Shringapure?s lifestyle and attitudes.
DOWN TOWN MADRASThe answer to the picturesque
question is found in the winding alleys of Madras.
LOTTERY GUEST Our guest of the week is a lawyer
with a mission. Meet Geeta Behn, our special guest from
186PRAKASH AMTE, FRIEND OF ANIMALSSurabhi visits
the Fairyland of Prakash Amte in the forests of Chandrapur.
An intimate tete-a-tete with the members of his family, some
human, some animal. CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES
Celebrate Christmas with the traditional Yule Tide
spirit and Surabhi, the Indian way. A look at the how the
Christmas Cake and the Chiristmas crib are made today.
BALMURLI KRISHNAThe play of words Karnatak and
Carnatic give the game away. And the answer story is about
singer Balmurli Krishna from Andhra Pradesh who is setlled
in Tamil Nadu. LOTTERY GUEST Meet a doctor with
a mission. Dr A.V.Mehta who runs a hospital for mentally
challenged children in Mumbai and his bunch of merry kids
are our special guests this week.
PICHWAIS OF NATHDWARAThe Pichwai Paintings of
Nathdwara in Rajasthan express the unique tradition of
Indian aesthetics.MANNADEY Surabhi presents the
doyen of the Indian music industry, the man whose dulcet
voice has enthralled generations of Indians. An exclusive
tete-a-tete with Mannadey, one of the great singers of our
times. VIEWERS GALLERY Rohington Davierwala, one
of our viewers, has presented us a cassette on Sanjhan day.
In this episode, we take a look at this important day that
Parsis celebrate. DIVINE MUSICThe simple answer
to the musical question takes you to doors of God in Punjab,
Assam and everywhere in India. LOTTERY GUEST Our
special guest is a man whose small words make very difficult
reading. Meet Jigar Shah an artist who writes on grains of
WOMEN'S CRICKETDilip Vengsarkar, Ashok Mankad
and Eknath Solkar speak on the controversial game of women's
cricket which has been receiving it's share of bouquets and
brickbats. TOYS OF ASSAMToys, reminders of a
joyous childhood. But making them is no child's play.
Surabhi journeys to a tiny village in Assam where toy making
is a way of life. FEARLESS NADIASurabhi pays a
tribute to Indian filmdom's `Huntervali', Fearless Nadia,
who recently passed away in Mumbai. A look into the life
& films of the amazing actress. DURGA
PUJAThe question was asked during the festive season and
the answer story is on another festival, Durga puja.
LOTTERY GUEST Our guest of the week is a man who
can imitate one and sundry. Meet mimicry artiste Dr. Narela
Venu Madhav from Warangal.
GREAT ELEPHANT FESTIVAL, KERALASurabhi visits
the Great Elephant Festival of Kerala. The elephants of the
beautiful temples of Kerala have been giving special
performances down the ages. A look at these amazing animals
and their even more astounding show. MAYURA &
GURUPRASAD OF NATYANJALIThe artistes of the week are
dancers Mayura and Guruprasad from Bangalore, who cannot see
their own performances. However this has not deterred them
from performing at national and international levels.
DANCE MUSICThe question that had people tapping
their feet and the answer story makes everyone hum along.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the week is a
man who has participated in India's struggle for freedom.
Meet Prof. Satyavrata Ghosh-a freedom fighter, retired
principal, journalist and a man of many hidden facets.
VICEREGAL LODGE OF SHIMLAThe Palatial Viceregal
Lodge of Shimla, was home to the Viceroy of India during the
British Raj. Today, the Lodge houses a large collection of
books. Surabhi explores this transition, and also finds that
people are busy restoring its exquisite wooden building, to
its former glory.KABOOTAR BAAZI, DELHIThe
ancient sport of pigeon flying or Kabootar baazi continues
in much the same way as it might have been in the Mughal
days. Surabhi profiles kabootar baazi, still prominent in
the Jama Masjid area of old Delhi. VIEWERS GALLERY
Surabhi features a special guest this week. Ojas Adhia
is a seven-year-old child prodigy who is listed in the
`Limca Book of Records' for his mastery over the tabla.
VICTORIA CROSSThe question was on an award named
after a British queen and the answer story is also from the
Victorian times ? The Victoria Cross. LOTTERY GUEST
Our guest of the week is an automobile aficionado from
Hyderabad. Meet K.Sudhakar who makes car models not only for
show but also for driving.
EVOLVING FOLK MUSIC OF BENGALIn the land of Baul
and Rabindra Sangeet, a musical revolution is underway.
Bengali folk music is picking up modern influences and
rhythm in the cities. Sway with Surabhi and the new sounds
of Bengali folk music that is sweeping through the state.
KITE FLYING Let your imagination and thoughts
soar. Join us in a sport for the young at heart, the sport
that is kite flying. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi
traces the journey of Warli paintings from their small
village in Maharashtra to distant Lyon in South France.
J.J. RODRIGUESWaltz down memory lane with
Surabhi and J.J. Rodriguez, the master of ball room dancing
in Mumbai. BHORINDO, AN ANCIENT MUSICAL
INSTRUMENTThe answer story is about the Bhorindo. And
coming all the way from Bhuj to give the answer on one of
the earliest known musical instruments is Mr. Umesh Jadia
our lottery guest of the week. LOTTERY GUESTOur
lottery guest is someone who?s been with our programme for a
long long time. Meet Siddharthji himself!
FOSSILS IN RAJMAHAL HILLS, BIHARFrozen in time
but still a living symbol of their times, are the fossils of
Rajmahal Hills of Bihar. Surabhi explores the place where
history speaks and even trees have voices. TARLA
DALAL, COOKERY EXPERTMeet a lady whose culinary prowess
never ceases to tickle the taste buds. Surabhi speaks to
well known cookery queen and renowned author, Tarla Dalal,
who reveals the secrets of her life and success.
SHARDHA SINHA, THE SINGERThe answer story is
from Bihar. The home state of singer, Sharda Sinha of Maine
Pyar Kiya fame. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest
is none other than Dr. Odolen Smekal the Czech Ambassador to
India. A man who shares a very special bond with India and
ARIYALUR COASTFrom the bottom of the ocean to
its present position on land, the Ariyalur region of Tamil
Nadu is a treasure house of our geological past. `
FOLK ART OF RAJASTHANSurabhi pays a tribute to
Kaushal Bhargava and his remarkable group of artistes. The
talented group has dedicated itself to the protection and
projection of the folk art of Rajasthan.DEEP SEA
FISHThe riddle that made you briddle. And the answer
story all the way from the deep sea is about fishes.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the week is a
Limca Record Holder from Goa. Meet Donald Fernandes, the
mobile violonist who recently broke a record by playing the
violin while cycling 29 kms at a stretch.
HYDERABADI CUISINEMajestic Hyderabad. A city
renowned for the Charminar and its exquisite pearls unveils
another hidden facet ? Hyderabadi cuisine. Join Surabhi in
its discovery of the flavours and fragrance of Hyderabad.
ROCK PAINTINGS IN BIHARSurabhi goes to Bihar,
where ancient rock paintings are being used in a novel way.
A look into how these 8000 year old rock paintings have made
their way into the homes of the villagers. Perhaps, a case
of life imitating art. MAHABHARATA IN DANCEThe
question that was asked through dance gestures is answered
in the same way, in our story, depicting the famous scene of
Draupadi Vastraharan. LOTTERY GUEST Our guest of
the week is a Pilot who is Seabound, not Airborne Meet
catameran Captain Gulab Israni whose adventures on sea are
awe inspiring. .
PRATIBHA PRAHLAD & HAMPI FESTIVAL The Dance
of life. Noted Bharat Natyam and Kuchipidi dancer, Pratibha
Prahlad dances in tribute to the great achievements of the
Vijayanagar Empire at Hampi. Surabhi captures the spirit of
the Festival of Hampi through her dance. CHEF
MEHBOOB ALAM KHAN Whet your appetite and join Surabhi
for a scrumptious meal in Hyderabad. Chef Mehboob Alam Khan
displays his amazing culinary prowess in a story that sets
your taste buds tingling. BABAR, THE MUGHAL KING
The question on one of India's rulers takes us all the
way to Uzbekistan. And the answer story is on the famous
Mughal King Babar. LOTTERY GUEST The special
guest of the week is a sibling of a famous cricketer who has
been instrumental in shaping his career. Meet Ajit Tendulkar
writer, brother, mentor and confidante of India's ace
cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
BHAGORIA IN JHABUACome celebrate Baghoria with
the people of Jhabua and Surabhi. An occasion when ornaments
are not merely worn, but eaten too! A look at Bgahoria
deliciously edible tradition. LIFESTYLE OF
UAESurabhi features a story from the Middle East. Travel
with us into the desert and experience the changing
lifestyle of the UAE. MOVIE MAGICThe answer
story dealing with an expressive question is what most of us
do in our spare time ? watch a movie. LOTTERY GUEST
This week our guest is a person who believes that nature
is the best cure for most ailments. Meet well-known urine
therapist Dr.G.K.Thakkar, who expounds on his unique theory.
RAMAYAN IN THEATREThe play The Legend of Ram is
a much-discussed topic currently. A story on this play,
which has been creating waves of different sorts, both in
the theatre world and outside it. Surabhi presents a behind
the scenes look at this play of epic proportions.
LEATHER PUPPETS, ANDHRA PRADESHAn art form that
has faced many storms, but today, faces extinction.
Experience the beauty of the leather puppetry of Andhra
Pradesh. SHAPE OF THE EARTHThe question took you
to the seas and well, the simple answer story states that
the world is round. LOTTERY GUEST Our - special
quest of the week is a master model maker. Meet Suresh
Sharma, a man whose realistic models leave most spellbound.
EPISODE 198 TEPA
SAMMELAN, UJJAINApril Fools Day has gone, but those who
were made fools, must still be sore. Surabhi participates in
the `Tepa Sammelan', organised by the people of Ujjain, on
this day. SOUND AND LIGHT FOR TREESSurabhi
discovers a new aspect to Areca plantation in Kerala. Dr.
P.J. Abraham's innovative light and sound therapy seems to
have worked wonders to the growth of areca
trees.PANDIT AMARNATHSurabhi pays a tribute to
the well-known vocalist Pandit Amarnath, who passed away
recently in Mumbai. ANTIVENOMFor the venomous
question of last fortnight, we bring you an answer story
which is, but obviously, abouth an antidote. LOTTERY
GUEST Our special guest for this week is a multifaceted
woman personality. Meet Neeta Khandekar, home maker,
journalist, accupressure specialist and last but not the
least a paratha queen.
BAMBOO IN TRIPURASurabhi visits Tripura. Home to
bamboo, a rich and diverse cultural pot-pourri and an
international border. A glimpse of the humble bamboo's all
pervading importance in Tripura.HOUSES OF
MAURITIUSHome is where the heart is! But what does one
do if every house seen feels just like home? Travel with
Surabhi to exotic Mauritius and relive the grandeur of
houses beyond compare.PANDIT SHIVKUMAR SHARMAThe
musical answer story is about none other than musician
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma India's legendary santoor player.
LOTTERY GUEST Come enjoy a special picnic with
the Surabhi family. Forget your blues and meet the team
members and guests at Silent Valley Resort. A count down to
Surabhi's 200th episode celebrations.
ORIYA FILM INDUSTRYIn a befitting start to it's
200th episode Surabhi travels down cinematic memory lane.
The Oriya film Industry has recently completed 60 eventful
years. Surabhi brings you a firsthand account of the
celebrations and looks at the future of the industry.
MALLIKA AND THE BEESOur artiste of the week is
unbee-lievably the prettiest Queenbee ever seen. Meet eleven
years old Mallika Seth who is forever in the company of bees
and flowers. A young lady holding more charm for the bees
than flowers themselves. USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN VISITS
SURABHIAn intimate tete-a-tete with sarod virtuoso
Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan becomes an epoch making event as it
combines his 50th birthday celebrations along with Surabhi's
200th episode.NAME AMJAD ALI KHAN'S NEW TUNEA
lifetime's opportunity for Surabhi viewers. Suggest a name
for the special tune played by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The
best suggestion will be chosen by Ustadji himself. And the
lucky winner will win a very special prize. WITH THE
SURABHI TEAMMeet the superbly organised team that is
responsible for making Surabhi the epoch making cultural
magazine it is. Come get a glimpse of the `A? team in
action. UZBEKI BAZAARS, USBEKISTANCome shop in
the exotic Uzbeki Bazaars with Surabhi. Take away fond
memories apart from bag full of goodies. VETERINARY
DOCTORS, ANANDThe answer story without being doctored
refers to the veterinary doctors and the patients
undoubtedly are the animals who prosper under their loving
care. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the
week is the birdman turned prolific poet & song -
writer. Meet Mehboob the song - writer who 'tanha tanha?
wrote the successful songs of the smash hits ?Bombay? &
EPISODE 201 HAJO
FESTIVALS, ASSAMCome participate in Assam's Hajo
festival. An occasion when people of different communities
and religions mingle and rejoice. Surabhi captures this
feeling of solidarity and togetherness and hopes that there
will be many more such days to celebrate. AMAN AND
AYAAN BANGASHSurabhi profiles two young and budding
artists who have taken their first step into the world of
Indian Classical Music. An intimate tete-a-tete with Aman
and Ayaan Bangash who are trying to continue an illustrious
family tradition. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi
explores the remains of a great Eastern Civilization near
Mumbai. A remarkable discovery by amateur archaeologist
Roxana Irani. MONITOR LIZARDThe answer story is
about the monitor lizard whose ability to climb great
heights leaves the fastest lifts behind. LOTTERY
GUEST Our special guest of the week is a twenty-first
century Taxi Driver in his equally upwardly mobile taxi.
Meet S. Rao, Mumbai's cabbie with a difference.
POMPUHAAR, TAMIL NADUSurabhi undertakes an
expedition of adventure and exploration of our underwater
heritage. Come be a part of a land that till now existed
only in the pages of literature and poetry. A trek to
Pompuhaar, the city lost underwater, off the coast of Tamil
Nadu. SIAMESE TWINS Surabhi introduces a new
section named Debate. Meet two souls locked in one body. Two
sisters who are joint together, not only by birth, but
physically too. A look at the lives of the Siamese twins
Ganga Jamuna.PALITANA The answer takes you on
the Royal Orient to Palitana one of the four most important
Jain Pilgrimage centres in India. LOTTERY GUEST
Our special guest of the week is dog gone fond of pets,
especially dogs. Meet Lata Wagle who is bringing up nineteen
pedigreed dogs in one of Mumbai's high-rise buildings.
TRIBAL POP OR JHUMAR, ORISSASurabhi takes a
musical journey to the remote areas of Orissa to meet the
king of Tribal Pop or Jhumar, Padma Lochan Mahanto. A
glimpse of how this traditional folk form is fast catching
the fancy of music lovers in the country. SOMNATH
A study of traditions which still hold relevance today.
Accompany Surabhi on the Royal Orient to Somnath and explore
the legacy of the Sompuras, the ancient temple architects of
India. BASILICA OF BOM JESUS, GOAThe answer for
the question, asked two weeks ago, is from the land of the
beach and the surf, Goa. The place is Basilica of Bom Jesus,
where the remains of St. Francis Xavier have been preserved
for the last 400 years. LOTTERY GUESTSreedevi,
Parrots and Eagles have one thing in common. Meena Goculdas.
This Mumbai based voice-impresario par-excellence is
Surabhi's guest of the week.
KALAPANI Kalapani revisited. Surabhi relives
it's sojourn to Kalapani albeit differently. A behind the
scenes look at the making of director Priyadarshan's magnum
opus Kalapani. ENVIRONMENT PROTECTIONAn issue
that leaves most in a quandary ? environment protection
& the viability of sanctuaries in today's times. Surabhi
examines the Betla and Udhav sanctuaries of Bihar and
debates on the feasibility of their existence.
ISLAND OF DIUThe picturesque answer to the
question asked two weeks back is the island of Diu, off the
coast of Gujarat. LOTTERY GUEST Our special
guests of the week are none other than the future citizens
of the country. Meet a merry band of children who seem to be
enjoying their summer holidays.
LALITGIRI, BHUBANESHWAREvery now and then the
earth yields another of its secrets. And man discovers
another facet of existence. Surabhi's journey to Lalitgiri
near Bhubaneshwar reveals to us the spread of Buddhist
civilization in our country. AGRA?S PETHAFor all
you sweet lovers Surabhi brings you Agra's special Petha.
What goes into the making of this Petha? Vegetables,
cereals, flours. Travel to Agra and learn how this special
petha is made. KALAMKARIThe answer to the
question asked two weeks ago is dyed with the colours of
Kalamkari. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of
the week is a man who plays the tabla and sitar with equal
ease. Meet Nayan Ghosh, son of the legendary Pannalal Ghosh
and a music maestro in his own right.
COCONUT CLIMBING SCHOOL, KERALA Surabhi has
always saluted people who work hard and are dedicated to
their work. A journey to picturesque Kerala reveals how an
ingenious coconut tree climbing school is teaching its
students the dignity of labour and respect for the basic
needs of life. SCULPTORS OF LALITGIRI, ORISSA
Blessed are those who possess a skill. The ability to
transform an inconspicious mass into a form of great beauty
and shape. A tribute to the gifted sculptors of Lalitgiri in
Orissa and their art. NANDI BULL The answer to
the question on the mythological animal is none other than
the Nandi bull. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guests
of the week are two young ladies whose amazing feats leave
the most cynical spellbound. Meet Goyah Yajnik and Sulekha
Hasmath, young ladies with wills and stomachs of steel. .
LEATHERBACK TURTLE, ANDAMAN ISLANDSSurabhi
undertakes an exciting adventure journey to the Andaman
Islands, off the Eastern Coast of India and is witness to
one of nature's mysteries, the birth of a leatherback turtle
and its first instinctive steps towards the sea, the
fountainhead of life.THE ROLE OF JAILSA debate
on the role of jails as an instrument of reform or
punishment. Surabhi visits the Yerwada Jail in Pune to
assess its validity in today's times.
PADMASANAThe answer to the question is Padmasana
- a form of Yogasana which helps one in attaining spiritual
freedom. Surabhi features the Yoga centres of Rishikesh in
Uttar Pradesh. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest
of the week is a lady who has just established a new bond
with Surabhi. Meet Rajeshwari Salimath prizewinner of
Surabhi's 186th episode whose first ever flight in an
aeroplane was achieved via Surabhi.
LACQUER WORK, KUTCHIn the desert of Kutch,
Surabhi discovers a tradition of enduring craftsmanship.
Lacquer work, an Oasis of creativity in the barren terrain
of Kutch. A look at the colourful work and the skill
involved in the art. PIGEON RACINGPigeon racing
is more than a sport, it is a bond between birds and humans.
Surabhi visits Karnataka and meets one such trainer and his
birds. A salute to the skills and dedication, both of the
birds and their trainer. VIEWERS GALLERY A new
section anchored by the exuberant Irawati Harshe introduces
Prashant Chauhan, a ten-year-old prodigy from Jhansi who
enthralls Surabhi with his singing abilities. Our other
special invitee is Subhash Tengse a painter whose paintings
made with fluorescent colours have the special quality of
shinning in the dark. RAILWAY MUSEUMThe question
started a train of thoughts. And the answer leads you to the
right track, namely the Railway Museum at Delhi.
LOTTERY GUEST Our lottery guests of the week are
two chirpy and vivacious children. Meet Neha and Nikhil, our
guests of the week. .
EPISODE 209 ROCK
EDICTS, UTTARAMERURDemocracy is no gift of the modern
world. Rock Edicts in Uttaramerur near Madras are a
veritable blueprint on the do's and don'ts of the democratic
process. An enduring symbol of democracy yesterday and
today. Surabhi captures the essence of the inscriptions.
THAI KINGSurabhi celebrates the 50 years of the
rule of the Thai King, Bhumibol Adulyadej's Rama the 9th. An
enlightened ruler, a computer buff, a jazz music enthusiast
and above all a great philanthropist. The king is held in
high esteem by his subjects. A salute to this people?s King
who holds sway over the hearts of his subjects. DCP
MISHRAMeet DCP Mishra of Delhi who indulges in his
passion for writing and poetry with his quest for justice.
Surabhi brings you an intimate tete-a-tete with this
officer, gentleman and writer. RAJAN & SAJAN
MISHRAThe singing brothers Rajan and Sajan Mishra are
the answer to the musical question asked two weeks ago.
LOTTERY GUEST Continuing with our musical theme,
our guest of the week is a rabab player, not from the
valleys of Kashmir, but from the shores of Mumbai. Meet
Chintoo Singh a musician whose fingers produce exquisite
sounds on the rabab.
HIMACHAL PRADESHSurabhi goes down memory lane on
a nostalgic trip to Himachal Pradesh that unearthed much
more than just beautiful landscapes. Himachal has had a
royal and aristocratic past which is seen in its many
palaces and royal rest - houses. CHAU DANCE,
ORISSADance is a form in which the hands and eyes are
evocatively used to express emotions and feelings. The Chau
dance of Orissa uses masks as a means of attaining a new
personality. Chau Dance ? an ancient rhythm with modern
contonations. FEROZABADThe Bangle story that had
you in tangles is all the way from Ferozabad.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the week are
young, bubbly and vivacious youngsters. Meet Shloka and
Aushotosh, two very special and very dear guests.
MATRILINEAL SYSTEM OF THE NAIR COMMUNITY,
KERALAKerala - God's own country where time moves at a
leisurely pace. Where change traces its roots in the past.
The Nair community in the state followed a unique
matrilineal system, which still exists in a different form
today. Surabhi explores the unique matrilineal lifestyle
that has evolved over the centuries.
CINEMACinema. A young medium that just completed
a century of change in form, content, style and
presentation. Join Surabhi in a journey with Cinema, from
its evolution to it's present day avtaar. FILM
DUPLICATESMeet some people whose face is their fortune.
Film duplicates ride piggyback to fame on the back of their
more famous counterparts. In an intimate tete-a-tete with
them Surabhi finds out what it feels like living life as
someone else. TAKRO, BANGKOKThe answer about the
game of Takro is all the way from Bangkok the capital of
Thailand. LOTTERY GUEST Our very special guest
of the week is a man who is responsible for India's first
waterpark. Meet Mahesh Mody, director of Shanku's Water Park
in Mehsana, Gujarat.
LITTI AND PITHA, BIHARFrom the heartland of
Bihar, Surabhi brings the flavours of a wholesome cuisine.
Litti a dish made from flour and pitha a sweet as well as
sour dish are the main attractions of this delectable
journey.KHANTOK In, Bangkok, far away from the
shores of India, Surabhi spreads a feast to tickle your
taste-buds `Khantok' a royal Thai feast is very much like
our Indian thali with all it's accompaniments. Khantok ? a
gastronomic bond between India and Thailand. VIEWERS
GALLERY This week we feature the Dnyaneshwari Temple in
Alandi, Pune, which is one of it's kind in the country. The
temple has the chapters of Dnyaneshwari inscribed on brass
plates and also audio version of the Dnyaneshwari for the
believers in Hindi, Marathi, and English. IDIAPPAM,
KERALA The question set your tastebuds tingling. And the
answer is neither Idli nor Appam but Idiappam from God's own
country, Kerala. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest
of the week is a man whose gastronomic obsession and food
fetish is seen in his restaurant and the food he serves.
Meet the one and only Anjan Chatterji, adman and owner of
Mumbai's finest and fishiest eating joint, Only Fish. .
MEANING OF FREEDOMIn the 50th year of India's
Independence Surabhi debates the meaning of freedom. The
media revolution has been bombarding us with foreign ideas
and foreign culture. Is this a process of evolution and
access to greater knowledge or the start of mental bondage?
An investigation into the satellite invasion that is taking
place in the country today.NAMELESS PRISONERS OF
KANCHANBURI, THAILANDSurabhi visits Kanchanaburi in
Thailand where thousands of prisoners of war from all over
the world, died while building the infamous Bridge on the
river Kwai. A salute to those numerous unsung nameless
prisoners who died in vain. YAGNAKUND The
question dealt with a connection between religion and
science. And the answer deals with a dissipation of energy
through the yagnakund. LOTTERY GUEST Our guest
of the week is a young memory wizard. Meet few years old
Arjun Sawant whose mastery over the calendars leaves all
losing track of their days.
SIMLA Simla the erstwhile capital of the British
Raj is a fusion of yesterday as well as today. Surabhi
explores its fusion of coolness and it's heat, its
overcrowded lanes and peaceful world, it's religion and
modernity. An enduring legacy that exists even in this time
and age. HARIHARAN Surabhi has an enduring link
with both music and musicians. Our guest of the week is none
other than India's latest ghazal and pop icon, Hariharan.
Meet the man who rules the waves today with his dulcet
voice. ADHA JAHANThe answer on half the world's
population or `Adha Jahan' referred to women who take
different forms of mothers, daughters, wives. And yet remain
women. LOTTERY GUEST Our special guest of the
week is the classical vocalist, Aslam Hussain Khan. A singer
who believes in and works towards helping the common man to
appreciate classical music.
UNIQUE PETROL PUMP, KERALA The importance of the
sea in Kerala is second to none. From the pristine
backwaters of Kerala Surabhi brings a unique petrol pump
that serves cars on one side and fuels boats on the other
side. Truly a rare combination hard to find anywhere in the
country. THAILAND'S FLOATING MARKETThe colour
and flavours of every market entice both shoppers and
passers by. Thailand's unique floating market is an enticing
experience for locals as well as and tourists. Surabhi
visits this beautiful market which believe it or not, is run
only by women VIEWERS GALLERYThis week's story
features Nari Kotwani who possesses a special ability of
staying afloat in water for hours while performing various
yogasanas. VEGETARIANS ALL THE WAYFollowing the
maxim, A Green World, A Better World this family from
Calcutta eats only raw fruits and vegetables. For them the
grass is always green this side. LOTTERY GUEST
Our special guest of the week is a five-year-old child
prodigy whose talents lie in mimicking all and sundry. Meet
Mimicry Whizkid, Manas Adhia whose antics leave all elders
BHANDS OF KASHMIRChange is a fact that affects
all of us sometime or the other Bhands, local folk and
theatre artistes of Kashmir too have not escaped the
onslaught of change. Surabhi presents glimpses of the art
and life of the Bhands today. BACKWATERS OF
KERALALife in the backwaters of Kerala follows a
leisurely pace that is hard to find elsewhere Modern
influences have however extracted their toll on this once
peaceful and sylvan lifestyle. Surabhi explores how life in
the backwaters is also changing and meeting new
challenges.FILIGREE JEWELLERY, ORISSAOur answer
of the week deals with the best friends of women, namely
jewels. And what would adorn a woman better than Orissa's
renowned filigree jewellery. LOTTERY GUEST Our
special guest of the week is a singer whose earthy voice
enthralls music lovers all over the country. Meet Sapna
Awasthi, the new `Chakori' of the Indian music world.
GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHER, DHIRAJ CHAWDAMeet one of
India's oldest and most famous photographers, Dhiraj Chawda,
a name synonymous with glamour and beauty. His photographs
open doors not only to art but a little gossip too. A trip
down memory lane with Dhiraj Chawda and his impressions of
the bold and beautiful. A.L. PARIKH, MADHYA
PRADESHAll the way from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh,
Surabhi brings forth a photographer with a great deal of
ingenuity and expertise. A.L.Parikh of Jhabua manages to
produce beautiful photographs with little skill, hard work
and inspiration. A salute to the photographer and his art.
LINDSEY HEBBERD, U.S.A.Photographer, Lindsey
Hebberd of U.S.A, is busy doing what Surabhi has always been
doing ? documenting and presenting India's unique culture,
albeit through her photographs. An insight into the mind and
work of this distinctive photographer. RAHUL
THAKORE, HYDERABADYoung Rahul Thakore of Hyderabad is a
photographer with special abilities. Surabhi visits
Hyderabad to learn a little more about this prodigy and his
photographs. KILLING OF RAVANAThe answer that
reveborates all the way from Thailand finds its roots in
India. And the scene depicted is the killing of the demon
King Ravana, by the great and just King Rama.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guests of the week are
Surabhi's favourite people, children. Meet the youngsters
who light up Surabhi again and again.
LACEMAKERS OF NARSAPUR The world of beauty
sometimes has an ugly underbelly. The lacemakers of Naraspur
in Andhra Pradesh produce exquisite lace that has a large
market both in India and abroad but do not reap the benefits
of their craftsmanship. Surabhi visits them to understand
their plight.The second section deals with the viewer
response to the Satellite Sameeksha. Censorship,
Globalisation and Western influences ? our viewers debate
the issue with great gusto. AKSHAY KUMAR SAHUFew
people pursue a literary career along with a job that does
not carry a great deal of prestige. One of the special
people who combine literary interest with the struggle for
survival is a chaatwala of Orissa. Meet Akshay Kumar Sahu of
Khurda who is better known as the Chaatwala Poet of Orissa.
BOTTLE MURTHYMessage in a bottle. Or ship in a
bottle. Bottle Murthy of Madras shows us the way.
LOTTERY GUEST Our special guests of the week are
two sisters whose presence lights up the screen. Meet pretty
women Aditi and Apurva Deshmukh, our guests of the week.
SAFARI WORK, THAILANDImagine a zoo without
cages. A contradiction of terms, but possible. Surabhi
visits one such zoo, The Safari Park at Thailand where
animals are kept in their natural environment. We can learn
how to appreciate them for what they are. A lesson indeed
for the zoo authorities in India. DEBASHISH
BHATTACHARYA, CALCUTTAMeet a psychologist whose
clientele consists of the four-legged variety. Yes you
guessed it right - Dogs. Debashish Bhattacharya of Calcutta
helps dogs to deal with the problems of modern life and it's
tensions. Who says it's just a dog's life? CAMELS IN
DISTRESSJoy rides on Mumbai beaches bring laughter and
happiness but may also cause death. The ship of the dessert,
Camel, becomes a poor caricature of his self on the beaches
of Mumbai. Surabhi explores how pleasure for some turns in
to pain for others. RAJASTHANOur answer takes
you all the way to Rajasthan - where the Culture, music,
dance reflect a distinct colour and style of life.
LOTTERY GUESTOur special guest of the week is a
child full of life and beans. Meet Shubhashish Banerjee, our
little guest of the week.
DHARAMSHALADharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is
home to the Dalai Lama and the unique Tibetan culture. The
picturesque town blends the mysticism of Tibet with the
lyricism of India. Surabhi brings a special glimpse of
Tibetan culture and an exclusive interview with the Dalai
Lama.LIFE IN OLD AGEA man is as old as he thinks
he is. Advancing age brings in its wake issues like
loneliness, retirement, financial problems and many others.
How does one find a way out? Surabhi initiates a debate on
how the twilight years could be the best years of one's
life.HAND RICKSHAW PULLERS OF CALCUTTAThe
question dealt with the streets of Calcutta and the answer
discovers how life for the poor hand rickshaw pullers is no
joyride. LOTTERY GUEST All the way from South
Africa Surabhi brings you a special couple who are our
guests of the week. Meet Rita and Udesh Sharma who keep the
Indian culinary flag flying high with the Maharaja
Restaurant in Johannesburg.
GOPALKRISHNA GANDHI South Africa. A nation
poised at a moment in history. A nation where Mahatma Gandhi
spent half his life evolving the principles of satyagraha.
All the way from South Africa Surabhi presents a meeting
with the Indian High Commissioner and Gandhi scion,
Gopalkrishna Gandhi. NAREN PURAKAYASTHA Naren
Purakayastha, from Assam is an ordinary middle class man and
a hero. Despite his handicap, his fierce determination to
lead an ordinary but successful life makes his private
heroism very exemplary. Surabhi salutes the man and his
success. VIEWERS GALLERY Participate in the
unique Sanjha festival of Madhya Pradesh. A day when young
unmarried girls rejoice and delve into the past and dream
about the future. PATOLA SAREE, PATAN The
question dealt with the most beautiful garment that a woman
can wear. And the answer takes you to Patan to find out how
the exquisite Patola Saree is woven. LOTTERY GUEST
The guests of the week are three bright youngsters whose
antics add greater fragrance to Surabhi.
EPISODE 222 SUN
CITY, SOUTH AFRICASurabhi takes you to the Sun City - a
city in South Africa which has caught the imagination of the
world. Sun City lives up to its name & is indeed a city
with a difference.THEATRE IN TRAIN,
MUMBAIMr.Rajan and his unique theatre group give the
message of peace, brotherhood and charity through their
short plays to the commuters who travel in the suburban
trains every week. P.C. BARUAThe question on the
renowned actor of Bengali films. Answer is P.C. Barua who
played the role of an unrequited lover in the classical
Bengali film, Devdas. A tribute to this fine actor & his
era of black & white films. LOTTERY GUEST
Meet the wonder kid Aditya Narayan (son of the play back
singer Udit Narayan) who is making waves in our music
DUMAZULU VILLAGESurabhi takes you to Dumazulu
Village - a tribal village in South Africa where culture
exists in its original form. A village where people still
continue with their age old ways of life.GOND
VILLAGESVisit the villages of one of India's most
populous tribes - Gond. Gond villages speak volumes about
cultural roots. UZBEKI VILLAGEVillages in
Uzbekistan unlike our villages have a small town flavour. A
glimpse of the peaceful & quiet life of Uzbeki village
where every one knows everyone else. KELUCHARAN
MOHAPATRAThe answer is one of India's most venerated
dancers - Kelucharan Mohapatra. A tribute to this Odissi
Maestro & his work. LOTTERY GUESTA smile!
Some laughter. An apt description of our guests this week.
Welcome two sprightly youngsters as Surabhi's special
SUNDERBANS DELTAA unique ecological centre, the
Sunderbans Delta in West Bengal is home to an amazing
ecological diversity. Famous for some of Asia's richest
mangroves and infamous for it's man-eating tigers, the Delta
is a prime example of human apathy towards our environment.
GANESH UTSAV, INDOREIndians need no excuse to
celebrate. But festivals are also special occasions for
feasting and rejoicing. Surabhi brings special glimpses of
the Ganesh Utsav celebrations of Indore. An occasion for
people of all religions to rejoice. OSTRICH OR
SHUTTURMURGThe answer is Ostrich or Shutturmurg - a
large swift running African bird. LOTTERY GUEST
Our special guests of the week are three children whose
effusive presence adds a special dimension to our show.
THERVADA BUDDHISMExotic Thailand. A curious mix
of tradition and modernity. Thervada Buddhism, the country's
main religion has an all pervading influence on the
country's culture, lifestyle and people. Surabhi brings a
special glimpse of its hues and shades. STATUS OF
RELIGION IN INDIAIs Religion the opium of the masses? Or
is it the ticket to salvation? The Oracles of Kerala are
inheritors of an age-old tradition, whereas the
Rationalists, are torchbearers of reform and change. A
debate on the status of religion in India today.
ADOOR GOPALAKRISHNANThe answer to the question
asked two weeks ago is all the way from Kerala. And directly
with out much ado, the answer is renowned director Adoor
Gopalakrishnan. LOTTERY GUEST Our guests always
liven up Surabhi and our studios. And if they happen to be
children then the proceedings are naturally exuberant. Our
special guests of the week are two vibrant and chirpy
226SATYAPRAGYAN MISHRAIndia - Birth place of
chess and home of International Grandmaster Vishwanathan
Anand. Following his footsteps is a young chess prodigy from
Orissa - Satyapragyan Mishra. The twelve-year-old whizkid
has 21 National sub-junior titles under his belt. Surabhi
discovers the secret behind the success of this amazing lad.
MOHAN AGASHEA million roses bloom with a single
caring touch. Mohan Agashe - psychiatrist, actor, theatre
personality. A multifaceted personality is a pioneer in
theatre, especially children's theatre. Surabhi presents an
insight into the man, his life and passion for theatre.
SACRED GROVESHave you ever wondered why for
generations our ancestors have had vast expanses of forests?
Or was it a means to just worship their forest Gods? Or did
they know about conservation? Know more about these Sacred
Groves of our ancestors in this interesting section of
Surabhi. LOTTERY GUEST Talent - a gift of nature
and nurture. Our young guest of the week although just
thirteen years old possesses a voice and skill that leaves
the listeners spellbound. Meet Sunidhi Chauhan the girl with
a golden voice.
MABULA GAME RESERVESouth Africa. Home of the
wild and the untamed. The full-blooded and passionate
country envelops within itself some of the world's rarest
and most ferocious animals. Surabhi visits the Mabula Game
Reserve in South Africa to explore its natural treasure
trove and comes up with surprises galore. WOMEN
WEAVERS OF NARSAPUR, ANDHRA PRADESHForgotten in the
dusty alleys and bylanes of Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh are a
group of talented women whose intricate weaves are the toast
of the fashion world. Surabhi's Sameeksha on the plight of
these women evoked a varied response all over the country.
Some suggestions, some questions, some answers the deluge
left as spellbound.ICE HOCKEYThe game played on
ice in far away Kazakstan is a long lost cousin of India's
National game Hockey. Play it on icefreezing environs and it
is called Ice Hockey. LOTTERY GUEST The passage
of time may dull the fervour but the intensity still
remains. A striking example of this is the relationship
between Music and Surabhi. And picking up a thread in this
regard we feature sitar player Christian Catherine. A
guitarist by profession Christian's love of Indian music
drew him to India. A meeting with a man with a passion for
NEELAM PLATFORM, MUMBAIAmidst the ocean meet a
group of Indians searching for the natural resources and
energy that runs the world today. Surabhi visits Neelam
Platform in Mumbai Offshore where the people behind ONGC
make sure that India receives it's daily dose of energy.
ISPAT (REDHOT STEEL), KAZAKSTANFar away in
freezing Kazakstan in conditions of extreme hardship a group
of Indians are busy extracting `Redhot Steel' or `Ispat'.
Surabhi ventured to Timertau near the Siberian border to
brings a glimpse of hard work and a will to succeed against
the odds.CHINESE PEOPLEThe answer to the
question asked two weeks ago is both sweet and miles away.
Yes. China or Chinese or Chini are the people we referred to
in our question. LOTTERY GUEST Our guest of the
week are men who, away from home and hearth, help fulfill
the nation's natural energy needs. Surabhi features five
such men from ONGC's Neelam Platform.
KOODIYATAMMusic, movement and rhythm. Koodiyatam
the dance drama of Kerala continues very much the way it has
for centuries. Surabhi explores the dance form and its
struggle for survival in modern times. BEAUTY
PAGEANTSSurabhi takes a look at the business of beauty
and wonders why the world's attention is drawn time and time
again to beauty. The Miss World pageant held in Bangalore
drew bouquets as well as brickbats. Pageants, Beauties,
Beasts..... Surabhi shows you all.SILVER WHITE
METALWith silver trinkets on her toes. She shall make
music wherever she goes. And how will you judge the genuine
silver article. Simple. The piece with the white mark - and
that's what our story is all about. LOTTERY GUEST
Our special guest of the week is a man whose mastery
over the Pakhawaj is spellbinding. Meet Balkrishna Vaidya -
a percussionist par excellence.
NEHA AND ANILA, DANCERS Neha from India and
Anila from Kazakstan separated by miles are bound together
by the same passion - their mutual love for dance. Surabhi
brings, tinkling glimpses from India and Kazakstan.
ELDERSOur elders : Do we really care for them or
not? Surabhi's sameeksha on elders drew varied responses.
Some worried, some angry and others helpful. GOLDEN
JUBILEE - IPTA IPTA - Indian People's Theatre
Association - the torchbearers of a theatre movement in
India. Surabhi explores the relevance of the organisation in
it's fiftieth year. INTERNET The answer to last
week's question is interrelated to a computer network. The
internet. A revolutionary discovery difficult to understand
but that opens new vistas of communication. LOTTERY
GUEST From Australia with love. All the way from
Australia Surabhi brings you an artist whose graphic
abilities leave most animated. Surabhi's special guest of
the week is a computer graphic expert Linda Wallace.
AMINABIBI, WEST BENGALSurabhi features the
master craftswoman Aminabibi of West Bengal whose dedication
for the `Kantha Art' has won her laurels not only in India
but also abroad. CHEETAHLAND, SOUTH AFRICAVisit
`Cheetahland' - an unbelievable place in South Africa where
`Cheetah' the wildest and the fastest animal on land is
tamed. MYSORE PALACE, KARNATAKAThe answer is
`Mysore Palace' in Karnataka. Famous for its annual Dussehra
festival which is a `Royal Affair' and still celebrated with
the same old traditions and enthusiasm.VIEWERS
GALLERY Surabhi features the unusual collection of
currencies of Deepak Sant, the whistling lady Alka
Jehangirdar and Mukesh Lodaya, a mouthorgan player with a
BETHLEHEM Bethlehem - the holy city near Israel
where Christ was born nearly 2000 years ago. Surabhi takes
you to this sacred place where every Christian would wish to
be on Christmas Eve. AMOL PALEKARA journey down
memory lane with Amol Palekar the well known actor-director
who redefined the image of a hero in our film industry.
GLASS MAKING, AHMEDABADThe answer is glass. An
unusual story of glass making from Ahmedabad where some old
techniques of glass manufacturing are still practised.
VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features Bhagwandas
Kharote of Nasik who specialises in the art of making
miniature idols of Ganesha with Gold. .
233JANGI PALTAN`Jangi - Paltan' - one of the
oldest and highly decorated Battalions of the Indian Army
has its glorious past. Surabhi on the eve of 47th Republic
Day features this battalion which played a major role in the
Independence War of Bangladesh. DISTRICT 6 - A
MUSEUM, CAPE TOWNDistrict - 6 - A museum of Cape Town,
South Africa, which tells the moving story of its people and
their struggle to regain their lost homes. ACCLAIM
FOR INDIAN FILM MAKERS IN AUSTRALIASurabhi features some
of the promising Indian filmmakers who are getting acclaimed
in the Australian film Industry for their work. MUTT
OR MONASTERYThe answer is Mutt or Monastery. The serene
atmosphere of these monasteries, take you to a different
world.VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features an
inspiring story of Sunderam Ishwaram of Madurai who despite
his shortcomings has attained new heights of success. Also
meet the tallest couple in India - the Kulkarnis of Pune.
DAAL BATI CHOORMA, RAJASTHAN Daal Bati Choorma -
a speciality of Rajasthan is equally popular among rich
& poor for its unique flavour. Surabhi brings you this
mouth-watering delicacy from the land of deserts.
RELIGION AND SUPERSTITION Does the rationalistic
approach helps one understand religion & its values?
Viewers of Surabhi participate in our Sameeksha on `Religion
& Superstition' to answer some of these questions.
NANDAN KANAN, ORISSA Nandan Kanan wild life
sanctuary in Orissa, which also has India?s largest lion
safari, spread over 20 hectares. VIEWERS GALLERY
Surabhi features Dr.Gunwant Oswal of Pune whose
homeopathic medicine for mentally retarded patients has
shown fascinating results. Also meet `Hasya Kavi' Prem
Kishore Patakha of Aligarh.
TRIBAL LIFE OF BIHARA glimpse of the tribal life
of Bihar in Central India. A place where beauty still exists
in its natural form. CONCEPTS OF BEAUTYSurabhi
Sameeksha drew varied response from its viewers to prove
that `Beauty' is something every one is concerned about. The
debate unfolds various aspects of `Beauty'. ANTIQUE
The answer defines what an antique is and also its
connection with beauty. VIEWERS GALLERY Nature
has provided us with miraculous herbs. Surabhi features Mr.
Ved Prakash Goel of Dehradun who has explored nature to make
Ayurvedic medicine from natural herbs for `Asthma'.
TRAINING, BERKUT & GOLDEN EAGLESurabhi takes you to
Kazakstan to witness an unusual tale of bird training -
Berkut or Golden eagle training. The training demands a
perfect blend of love, affection and patience.
DUBBING ARTISTSA new breed of artistes - the
dubbing artistes, has evolved in the Film and Television
World. An insight into this world where nothing matters but
voice. DIAMOND A story of Premiere Diamond
mines, South Africa. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi
features Captain Himanshu Pushkarna who performed a rare
feat of flying solo in his single engine Cessna Aircraft
from U.S.A. to India. Also meet Mangal Kothari of
Pondicherry whose `Greet Well Cards' help people greet
BENE ISRAELISBene Israel Indian Jews, even today
speak fluent Marathi in Israel. Surabhi features an
emotional story of Indian Jews who lived in Maharashtra for
several decades before migrating to Israel. SURAT -
DIAMOND WORKERSSurabhi takes you to Surat - a city in
Gujarat where one can find the world's finest diamond
workers. A tale of skilled hands and precious stones.
WONDERS OF THE WORLDA look at the seven wonders
of the world that have been different in different ages -
but always awe-inspiring. VIEWERS GALLERY A
glimpse of the fascinating collection of Arjun Yadav's drift
wood art. Also meet S. Subramanyam of Tamil Nadu who has
made the world's smallest nose ring.
SAMBHALPURI HARVEST DANCESurabhi brings you
Orissa's Sambhalpuri Harvest Dance. A Dance performed during
the Harvest festival in the villages of Orissa that reflects
the festive colours of India. POP STAR YUONNE CHAKA
CHAKA, SOUTH AFRICAA glimpse into the life of South
African Pop Star Yvonne Chaka Chaka whose success speaks
volumes about the changes that have taken place in South
Africa. Her chart-bursting songs have not only catapulted
her to fame but also gave the luxuries of life.
WORLD OF ASTRONOMYOur answer story takes viewers
to the world of astronomy and reveals how Craters are
formed. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features the
world famous Paul Taylor Dance Company which recently
performed in India to commemorate 50 Glorious years of
Independence. Also meet Mukesh Jain of Cochin who has
mastered the art of playing musical instruments while riding
his two wheelers. .
PONK, GUJARATSurabhi takes you on a unique ponk
picnic to Gujarat. Come join us to taste some of the
exclusive Gujarati dishes and sweets. FUSION
COOKING, MANGALOREFusion - cooking is the theme of
Mangalore food festival. Surabhi features this unique
experiment attempted by the Sarosh Institute of Mangalore.
FRENCH CUISINESurabhi brings flavours of French
cuisine specially for its viewers. A first hand look at the
preparation of a three course meal ? soup, main course and
dessert. SAMANTAR KOSHAn answer story that
introduces our viewers to Samantar Kosh - India's first
Hindi Thesaurus. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Mahesh
Poddar of Kolhapur - Rangoli artist par excellence, who has
drawn 22ft. long & 10 ft. wide court scene of Maratha
King Shivaji. Also a session of viewers' letters and gifts
with our charming hostess Irawati Harshe.
240MADIA PILLARS, MADHYA PRADESHMadia Pillars -
the memorial stones in Bastar, Madhya Pradesh tell a
remarkable story of life and death and speak volumes about
the philosophy of Bastar tribals. SHRI A.L.
PARIKHSurabhi pays its tribute to Shri A.L. Parikh - a
photographer par excellence who gave an insight into the
life of rural India through his photographs.
VISITING MASADASurabhi takes you on a journey to
Israel to visit Masada where the archaeological excavations
tell a fascinating story of the past. SHAMSHAD
BEGUMSurabhi salutes this great playback singer of the
yesteryear. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features
`The Great Himalayan Challenge 96' - a rally in which 21
officers and Gentleman cadets of the Indian Army
participated and covered approximately 2000 km. on their
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