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SAMBURU & MASSAI TRIBES, KENYASurabhi
features Samburu and Massai Tribes of Kenya which are one of
the most colourful tribal societies of the world.
DR. JAYANT NARLIKARMeet Dr.Jayant Narlikar - the
world renowned astrophysicist who has played a key role in
popularizing science in India. LEFT HANDERSThe
answer story features big achievers who also happen to be
left handers. VIEWERS GALLERY Our charming host
Irawati Harshe will present the viewer's gifts & letters
received from different corners of the country.
NALAGARH PALACESurabhi takes our viewers to
Himachal Pradesh - the abode of God, on a visit to Nalagarh
Palace. The restoration work has preserved the beauty of
this national heritage which was built centuries before.
VINDHYAVASINI DEVI, BIHARSurabhi features
renowned folk singer Vindhyavasini Devi of Bihar whose songs
reflect Bihar's tradition & culture. THE CAPE OF
GOOD HOPEAn answer story that provides a breathtaking
view of the Southern most end of South Africa - The Cape of
Good Hope. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features Sur
Sandhya - Anagram music festival organised in Ahmedabad.
Various Maestros perform in this annual festival to
popularise the Indian Classical Music among the masses. .
EPISODE 243 DALER
MEHNDISurabhi features Daler Mehndi - the Bhangra-Pop
Singer who has taken the Music World by storm with his chart
bursting numbers. CHILD PRODIGY NITHIN
DAVIDSurabhi team revisits Kerala to meet the child
Prodigy Nithin David to know how much he has treaded on the
path of success. DEAD SEAThe answer story takes
Surabhi viewers to Israel to see the Dead Sea - a living
enigma. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Sangram Kesri, an
adventurer and also a distinguished viewer of Surabhi.
Sangram who is on an All India Cycle expedition, visits
Surabhi office to share his mission.
MANGALORE Surabhi team visits Mangalore - to
know the story behind the fragrance of Jasmine flowers.
GOLD REEF CITY, SOUTH AFRICASurabhi features
South Africa's Gold Reef City - a unique theme park in
Johannesberg, created to remember a special period in
history. BAMBOO CYCLE RIDEThe answer story takes
Surabhi viewers on a Bamboo cycle ride. VIEWERS
GALLERY Surabhi features, the success story of
Indraprasth High School, New Delhi - which is one of India?s
first Girl's Educational Institutes. And also the Calender
which will make one feel that a year is not a long period.
EPISODE 245 JAGAR
& DHANKULSurabhi features Jagar - the ancient
Musical form and `Dhankul' - one of the oldest musical
instruments of Bastar, Madhya Pradesh. R.
PRASANNAR. Prasanna - the talented Guitar Player &
music composer from Chennai who is also on exponent of the
world renowned Berkeley's Institute, USA. SURINDO
A feature on Surindo - one of the rarest musical
instruments of Gujarat. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Dr.
Rajesh and Neeta Gadekar of Amravati whose Smile Correction
Treatment has brought the smile back on many faces.
CHETTINAD HOMES, TAMIL NADUSurabhi visits the
Chettinad homes of Tamil Nadu which stand testimony to the
rich and grand lifestyle of the Chettiars. However, the
modern age pressures have led to a gradual but steady change
in their way of living. ELEPHANT SCHOOL, CHIANG MAI,
THAILANDJoin the Surabhi team on their visit to the
Elephant Safari in Chiang Mai, Thailand which runs a school
for people but exclusively for elephants. AJANTA
ELLORAThe question asked was about two places synonymous
with each other. The answer is simply Ajanta-Ellora - one
noted for its paintings, the other noted for it's
sculptures. VIEWER'S GALLERY Playing Indian
tunes on the western instrument - Guitar is young Kavita
Das. A disciple of the famous musician Vishwamohan Bhatt,
Kavita has mastered the art, thereby winning herself both
accolades and awards.
EPISODE 247 HOLY
LAND OF JERUSALEMTake a journey into timelessness with
the visit to the holy land of Jerusalem, a birth place of
two major religions - Islam and Christianity. A living
symbol of the harmony of races in today's times.
MARIO BROTHER?S ANTIQUE BOOK SHOP, SHIMLA"Books
are man's best friends", goes the saying. Sample the
treasures of the Mario Brother?s Antique bookshop in Shimla,
which not only opens doors to knowledge but is home to a
vast collection of rare and ancient books and manuscripts.
HYDERABAD A trip to Hyderabad through our answer
story this week gives you a glimpse of its rich culture and
lifestyle. VIEWERS GALLERY The section gives an
insight into the Arvind Eye Hospital at Madurai, which has
opened doors of vision for the less fortunates.
NOMADIC LIFESTYLES OF KAZAKSSurabhi takes you on
a journey to far away Kazakstan - a land known for its
romance, adventure and history. A feature on the nomadic
lifestyle of the Kazaks. RAJKUMAR, THE DOYEN OF
KANNADA CINEMABlessed are the ones gifted with talent.
Our `Artiste of the week' is none other than the legendary
Rajkumar, the doyen of Kannada Cinema. A man known for his
greatness and simplicity. RASHTRAPATI BHAWANThe
answer story gives a glimpse of Rashtrapati Bhavan and
Moghul Garden which has been an integral part of our
Independence. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Vipra Tiwari,
a child prodigy who has ridden her way to success. An
achievement too big for her small age.
EPISODE 249 ERIC
OZARIO, MANGALORE Surabhi revisits Mangalore to meet
Eric Ozario - the folk musician par excellence. A salute to
the man and his mission of promoting the Indian folk music.
`ZEBRA CROSSING' - MUSIC ALBUM, SOUTH AFRICA
`Zebra Crossing' a hit album of the Soweto String
Quartet in South Africa is a symbolic name for the black and
white in the country. Indeed, the roots of great music
always lie in one's own soil. COLONIAL COUSINS
Classical, Western, English or Indian? The music of
Colonial Cousins defies all classifications and yet comes as
a breath of fresh air to all music lovers across the
country. BENGAL The question asked was about the
land of Rosogullas - our very own Bengal.
GIRAFFE CENTRE, NAIROBIHarmony with nature is
the secret of life and happiness. Our 250th episode takes
you to Kenya, home to some of the world's most abundant
wildlife, where even children are taught to respect the
harmony between men and nature. Visit the Giraffe Centre
near Nairobi - a sanctuary for an endangered subspecies of
Giraffe, which join the Surabhi team for breakfast. A tale
of connections between humans in big cities and animals in
the wild. PADMASHREE RAJA AND RADHA REDDYLong
years of sacrifice, pain & perseverance go into the
making of an artist. On the ocassion of our 250th episode we
pay a tribute to the famous Kuchipudi dance duo from Andhra
Pradesh - Raja and Radha Reddy the first couple to storm the
stage together and popularise Kuchipudi dance in Northern
India. Surabhi features Padmashree Award winners whose
dancing school has completed 21 years. RED ANT
CHUTNEY, BASTAR, MADHYA PRADESHDoes red ant chutney make
your mouth water? Well it does, for the tribals of Bastar.
Yes, the making of red ant chutney & red ant pickle
faraway in the jungles of Bastar, is bound to whet your
appetite. All you need to enjoy this unique dish is a brave
heart, a thick skin and a strong stomach. Indeed, when India
is the chef, you can never run short of an endless supply of
ingredients for the most amazing feast. GYAN VIGYAN
(A NEW SECTION ON SCIENCE)Is there life beyond earth?
What is a galaxy? How many stars make a constellation?
Answers to these and more in a tete-a-tete with Dr.Jayant
Narlikar, World-renowned astrophysicist in our new segment
`Gyan Vigyan'. KANYAKUMARIIndira point or
Kanyakumari? Which is the Southern most point of India? To
find out the answer join us on a trip to the Land's End of
peninsular India - Kanyakumari. A land of mystic beauty and
great spiritual significance. VIEWERS GALLERY
Our viewers correspond with us not only through letters
but also through unusual and special gifts. A glimpse of
these expressions of love which touch a responsive chord in
our hearts each time, every time.
EPISODE 251 THE
MAIDAMS OF ASSAMThe Maidans or Maidams are a powerful
reminder of the glory of the past. Being the last
resting-places of some of the great kings of Assam, they
take you on a journey into the darkness of time, unraveling
the mystery of an era long forgotten. DOSA FESTIVAL
IN MUMBAIIn today's changing times, how could the humble
dosa be left far behind? The Dosa presents itself in not
one, two but almost 75 different varieties, thanks to the
Woodlands Dosa Festival held in Mumbai. A feature on this
absolutely delicious affair. Another competition, albeit a
different one. Check out our competitors from Kerala who
feast on idlis by the dozens. LEAF MUSICIAN,
RAJASTHANThe instrument you were required to identify
was simply nature's own musical instrument - the leaf,
played by a unique leaf musician from Rajasthan.
VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Shriram Kewat, the man who
eats, drinks, dances and lots more - what's new you may ask?
Well he does all this while riding a motorbike. Also a look
at the contributions sent in by our viewers.
KIBBUTZ OF ISRAELA glimpse of the `Kibbutz' in
Israel. A concept similar to the joint family in India
however consisting of people not related by blood but by
common interests. Sad to say, the Kibbutz is under threat,
very much like our joint family in India. THE GOLDEN
GIRL - P.T. USHAOur artist of this week is none other
than the Golden Girl P.T.Usha whose runaway success story in
the 80's proved to be a source of inspiration to many
aspiring athletes. THE EQUATOR, KENYAThe real
answer to our question asked in the 250th episode is the
imaginary line - The Equator, where the heat is on
throughout the year. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet a
doctor albeit with a difference. Dr. Bimal Buch from Rajkot
spreads his health messages through his unusual but
interesting parodies. Who says doctors can't be creative?
WATER DIVINING, KERALAIn this section this week,
meet Mrs. Hema Vijay from Kerala the lady who has been
bestowed with the unique art of water divining. With her
ability to locate underground water, she has managed to
quench the thirst of numerous parched throats.
GREENING OF ISRAELOnce a barren land, the Israel
of today presents a beautiful picture of greenery all around
- thanks to the efforts of its people who have spared no
efforts in bringing about a green revolution. Who said roses
cannot grow in deserts? MADIA COMBS, BASTAR, MADHYA
PRADESHThe Madia combs are much more than articles for
smoothening hair. For the tribals of Bastar they are
articles, which smoothen their lives and are also tokens of
love and friendship. Our answer story features these
beautiful pieces of art, the usage of which is slowly
declining over the years. VIEWERS GALLERY
Viewers share a unique bond with Surabhi. A look at some
of the gestures of love and affection sent by them.
EPISODE 254 THE
GHATS OF BANARASSurabhi takes you on a visit to Banaras
- one of the most important pilgrimage centers of India. A
glimpse of the Ghats of this `eternal city'. HIS
HOLINESS, THE DALAI LAMASurabhi features His Holiness,
The Dalai Lama - one of the great spiritual leaders of our
times whose life is devoted to philosophy, prayer and
non-violence. HOLLA MOHALLA, PUNJABThis story
takes you to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab to witness the colour
of the festival, Holla Mohalla i.e. Holi. VIEWERS
GALLERY Dilrang Music Academy of Mumbai is an
organisation with the mission of preserving the heritage of
Indian Classical Music. Surabhi features Dilrang Music
Festival, which not only provides a platform for aspiring
classical musicians but also gives them financial aid. .
EPISODE 255 THE
RHINO MAN OF ASSAMSurabhi features a unique man-animal
relationship. Meet Saniram Boro - the Rhino Man of Assam who
has developed the most remarkable and intimate relationship
with the savage creature ? the rhinoceros. TODA
TRIBES OF NILGIRIS, TAMILNADUToda tribes are a singular
example of tribal humanity with their own unique dress,
language, culture and customs. Surabhi - takes you to the
Nilgiris to have a glimpse of their simple but unique
lifestyle. TIBETAN MEDICINEThe cure to last
week's diagnosis belonged to the ancient traditional school
of Tibetan Medicine. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet child
prodigy Anshula Dekate whose little hands paint a pretty
picture. Also, a look at the gestures of love and affection
sent by our viewers in the form of letters and gifts.
GADDIS OF HIMACHAL PRADESHSurabhi features the
Gaddis - the traditional shepherds of Himachal Pradesh and
tries to keep up with their constant movement in search of
greener pastures. A glimpse of their nomadic and romantic
lifestyle in the high mountains of Chamba. GYAN
VIGYANWhy do onions make your eyes water? Why does a
spider not get trapped in its own web? Why do the eyes of
animals shine at night? Answers to these and more in our
science section with the world-renowned astrophysicist, Dr.
Jayant Narlikar. MANGALOREThe answer will take
you to the city of cashewnuts and coffee, the home of the
Konkani people and the cousin of Bangalore - Mangalore.
VIEWERS GALLERY A feature on SPIC MACAY -
Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture
amongst Youth and its attempts to keep today's young
generation in touch with their cultural roots. .
EPISODE 257 GOLD
HUNTERS OF DAOLA, HIMACHAL PRADESHSurabhi joins the
Hunters of Daola on their quest for the noble metal - Gold.
A feature on the Daola Community of Himachal Pradesh who
sometimes spend a lifetime searching for a speck of Gold.
THEM MUSHROOMS, KENYAMeet the famous band of
Kenya `Them Mushrooms' who gave an exclusive performance for
Surabhi. We present a music video of the same for our
viewers. JALAN HOUSE, PATNAIf locating the Jalan
House was a problem, the answer is right here. It belongs to
no other city than the pride of Bihar - Patna.
VIEWERS GALLERY A contribution sent in by one of
our viewers. A journey through the lanes of Vrindavan where
devotion to Lord Krishna prevails in each and every gesture
of the people living there. A place where devotion is
expressed not as a daily ritual but is blended in the day to
day lives of the devotees.
JOHN'S UMBRELLA, KERALA Surabhi takes you to
Kerala - God's own country, where umbrella receives its due
importance as a fact of life, as a fashion accessory, as a
cottage industry employing thousands of needy people. Meet
Alleppey's Thayil family, which is involved in the umbrella
business for the last several decades. MADAN KAMDEV,
ASSAM Madan Kamdev Temple of Assam - centuries old
temple devoted to the art of love. Surabhi brings a
fascinating glimpse of this temple of love, which is also a
place of pilgrimage. RUDRA VEENA The answer will
feature one of the ancient musical instruments of India -
Rudra Veena. Ustad Asad Ali Khan, the renowned Rudra Veena
player tells about this remarkable instrument.
VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Mr. Shekhar of Maharaja
Travels, Bangalore, who organises tours that introduce
foreign tourists to Indian culture and give a glimpse of our
folk art, dance & classical music. Also, a look at the
gestures of love and affection sent by our viewers in the
form of letters and gifts.
SKYDIVING WITH THE INDIAN FLAGSurabhi, in
association with the Indian Air Force, presents a
spectacular event to commemorate 50 glorious years of
Independence. Our team salutes Sqn. Ldr. Sanjay Thapar -
winner of the National Adventure Award for Aero Sports, who
performs an outstanding feat of Skydiving with the largest
Indian Flag (2100 sq. ft.) OUTENIQUA CHOO TJOE,
SOUTH AFRICA One of the most romantic ways to travel in
today's times is by the steam engine. Surabhi - takes you on
one such trip in South Africa on the steam train Outeniqua
Choo Tjoe, which even today holds charm for tourists in
search of a different experience altogether.
SAMBALPURI SARI, ORISSAThe answer will take our
viewers to Orissa to see the making of the famous Sambalpuri
Sari. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet our child prodigy -
Vikram Jagdale, a budding cricket player from Satara
district in Maharashtra. Surabhi introduces you to Yashraj
Tongya, one of the youngest flight instructors of India from
Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
EPISODE 260 DANG
DARBAR, GUJARATSurabhi takes you on a visit to the Dang
District of Gujarat where Darbars and kings still exist.
However, these creations of our colonial past look for a
helping hand from Modern India for their survival.
BOAT RACE TRAINING, ALLEPPEYThe training for
Alleppey boat race in Kerala is a shining example of grit,
intense training and determination. A glimpse of the
preparations for this boat race which has the potential to
make it on the international front too. CACTUS,
MEXICOThe question, which pricked your brains two weeks
ago, came from Mexico. The answer can be found even in India
- the Cactus. A feature on this exclusive plant and its many
INDIANS ABROADHome away from Home! That's what
most Indians have set up in different countries across the
world. Surabhi takes a look at Indians and how they are
coping up in different parts of the world in the 50th year
of Indian Independence. YAK RACE, SIKKIMThe Yak
is an integral part of the lifestyle in Sikkim. Surabhi -
finds out how useful this beast is to the people of Sikkim
and brings to you an exciting Yak race held every year.
ITR, KANAUJ, UTTAR PRADESHThe fragrance of the
question asked two weeks back spread through Itr. The answer
comes all the way from Kanauj, a historic city in Northern
LAMPS OF KERALAIn India, the lamp is an integral
part of festivals & celebrations. A symbol of joy, hope
and aspirations. Surabhi - features a unique story on lamps
& lamp making which is very much a part of Kerala's
lifestyle. URKER, POP GROUP, KAZAKSTANSurabhi
travels to Kazakstan to feature one of the popular pop
groups - Urker. This pop group makes one believe that music
is an expression of culture. THE RED FORT, NEW
DELHIThe answer features the Red Fort of New Delhi - a
monument that has seen both dependence & independence of
the country for hundreds of years. VIEWERS GALLERY
Surabhi highlights `Gaatha Balidanachi' - a commendable
effort of Loksatta (Indian Express's Marathi daily) in
creating awareness about freedom fighters among the young
LONGEST HAIR, UJJAINHair today, gone tomorrow.
But for Mata Jagdamma of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, her hair
has always been with her. Surabhi - meets this lady who
holds the record for having the longest hair in India.
HAIRY TALE OF DUDARAM, BHILWADAMeet the
Indianised version of Samson, a man whose strength lay in
his hair according to a mythological tale. Surabhi brings to
you Dudaram of Bhilwada, Rajasthan who hates to have a
haircut. PENTANQUE, PONDICHERRYThe peculiar
French game you were required to identify is played in
Pondicherry and called Pentanque. A journey through the
French ambience of this lovely township. VIEWERS
GALLERY Surabhi brings to you some contributions from
our viewers. A glimpse of the Miss Malwa contest held
recently in Malwa, Madhya Pradesh. A look at the beautiful
expressions of love sent in by our viewers.
EPISODE 264 INAM
MOHAMMED, CALCUTTASurabhi features an interesting
personality who is as good a driver as he is a writer. Inam
Mohammed of Calcutta has nurtured his creative impulse and
succeeded in writing against all odds. KAFIL
AHMEDABADI, AHMEDABADKafil Ahmedabadi of Ahmedabad is a
poet with a difference. Although an autorickshaw driver, he
expresses creatively through poetry. THE SILK OF
SUALKUCHI, ASSAMThe answer to the delicate but extremely
tough question is the Muga Silk of Sualkuchi, Assam.
VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi - features Vishnu Ghule
of Jalana and his unusual paper art. Devraj Bhattarai of
Darjeeling sends us the coverage of `Bel-Vivah' - a custom
of marrying the girl child to the `Bel - Leaf' - which is
still prevalent among the Gorkha community.
LAKHPAT AFTER PARTITIONPartition not just
divides countries, it also affects human life in different
ways. Surabhi tells an interesting story of Lakhpat at the
Kutch border with Pakistan and what happened to it after
partition. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD,
AUSTRALIASurabhi takes you on a freezing journey to the
Southern coast of Australia. Join us on a trip down the
historic Great Ocean Road alongside the spectacular
Australian coast from Melbourne to Warrnambool and beyond.
RUBBER INDUSTRY, KERALAOur answer story this
week features the great rubber estates of Kerala and shows
how the processing of rubber is done here.
MASAI MARA SANCTUARY PART I, KENYASurabhi -
takes its viewers to Kenya's world famous `Masai Mara'
Wildlife Sanctuary to capture the true spirit of the East
Africa. THE GAMEFISH MAHSEER, KARNATAKASurabhi
features a unique fishing reserve in Karnataka, which
combines the love of fishing with love of fish. Mahseer ?
the favourite game fish of the anglers is being protected
from becoming extinct by this reserve. ANGORA WOOL,
HIMACHAL PRADESHThe answer will feature interesting
reports from South Africa & Himachal Pradesh on the
Angora Wool extracted from the rabbits. VIEWERS
GALLERY Balkar Singh of Punjab demonstrates his unique
skill of simultaneous writing. The gifts & letters sent
by Surabhi viewers.
MASAI MARA PART II, KENYASurabhi brings you more
excitement and thrill from one of the world's greatest
sanctuaries - The Masai Mara of Kenya in Africa where one
lives and abides by the laws of the jungle. THE
ASSAM FILM INDUSTRYThe Assam film industry like other
regional cinema today faces the grim reality that threatens
to make it extinct. Surabhi brings an intimate and rather
disturbing report from Assam. SURMA, LUCKNOWThe
answer story this week is based on an object used to define
& highlight beautiful eyes. Of course it is the Surma
from the city of traditional graces - Lucknow. GYAN
VIGYANWhy do we yawn? Why do people dream? Why is
plastic non-biodegradable? Why does hair turn gray? Answers
to these and more in our science section `Gyan Vigyan'
presented by Dr. Jayant Narlikar.
EPISODE 268 A
JURASSIC PARK IN SAURASHTRA, GUJARATSurabhi brings you
glimpses of a bygone era, an era long forgotten when large
savage creatures called dinosaurs ruled this earth. A trip
to Saurashtra, Gujarat where fossilised dinosaur foot bones,
almost a 100 million years old, were found. B.G.
RAGHAVANLife is full of surprises and unexpected
happenings. Meet Mr. B.G.Raghavan who has perfected the art
of defying fire. A man who walks through fire, unscathed and
unharmed. CALLIGRAPHYWriting when elevated to
the status of art is no longer called writing, but
calligraphy. Our Sawal Jawab section this week explores this
fascinating artistic world of a calligrapher. GYAN
VIGYANUnravel the mystery of scientific facts with the
world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Jayant Narlikar in our
interesting and informative section `Gyan Vigyan'. .
CUISINE OF KENYASurabhi takes you on a
delectable journey to Kenya where their food speaks about
the character of the people living there. Truly a
gastronomic experience. JIGGS KALRAWhat happens
when one food lover meets another. Well Surabhi brings you a
tete-a-tete between Siddharth Kak and Jiggs Kalra, which
turned out to be a feast for the stomach as well as the
soul. SALFI, BASTAR, MADHYA PRADESHThe miracle
drink, which changes its character from morning to evening,
is the Neer, Toddy or Salfi. VIEWERS GALLERY
This week we give you a glimpse of the history of the
making of the Indian Railways through a photo exhibition
that took place in Mumbai recently.
SNAKE PARK, PUNESurabhi meets Neelim Kumar
Khaire, a man who has set a record for the longest time
spent in a cage filled with poisonous snakes. A visit to his
unique Snake Park in Pune. BIRD HOSPITAL, NEW
DELHIYou must have seen special hospitals for human
beings. But this episode takes you to an unusual hospital
for our very special friends - birds. A visit to the Jeev
Daya Mandir in Delhi - India's only hospital for birds.
DINOSAUR EGGOur answer to the question asked two
weeks back is about the dinosaur egg that dates back to
several million years ago. VIEWERS GALLERY In
Viewers Gallery we feature a report on the commendable
services of the Lion's Club of Bombay Gateway, Mumbai. The
club helps in providing special treatment in India for
Tanzanian babies suffering from serious heart ailments.
MALDIVES, THE PLEASURE ISLANDSurabhi takes you
on an exciting visit to the picturesque Maldives - the
leisure and pleasure islands of the world. A journey packed
with excitement, fun, thrill and adventure. SHORBARI
PAINSurabhi meets Shorbari Pain, a girl who has proved
that a handicap need not be a hindrance in achieving
success. A story of courage, grit and determination.
PURAN POLIThe sweet answer to our question asked
two weeks back was the sweet Puran Poli - a typical
Maharashtrian dish from our very own Maharashtra.
VIEWERS GALLERY In our viewer's gallery we meet
Master Rajat Ubhaikar, a whizkid who has cricket records at
his fingertips. Also, a meeting with Master Archit Doshi who
can tell you the day a particular date falls on in a matter
of few seconds.
MALDIVES ISLANDSSurabhi unravels the secrets of
Paradise for its viewers. An exciting voyage on the luxury
ship, Ocean Paradise, sailing across the sunny seas of the
Maldives Islands. CHHAU DANCE OF ORISSAFrom
Mumbai, the land of many cultures, Surabhi brings to you the
transformation that Chhau dance of Orissa is undergoing -
retaining its traditional form but imbibing a new modern
thrust at the same time. Y2KThe solution to the
question asked two weeks back is a problem to be faced by
all computer users in the year 2000 - the Y2K problem.
VIEWERS GALLERY Our viewers gallery section this
week brings to you two model makers, Mr. Sadhan Roy
Choudhary and Mr. Uttam Das, who prepare exact models of
EPISODE 273 THE
HAATS OF BASTARSurabhi visits Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, to
catch a fascinating glimpse of Haat or village market. Haats
that take place like clock work in thousands of villages and
towns spread over 3/4th of India are the backbone of rural
economy. FLEA MARKET, SOUTH AFRICAFrom a tribal
Haat in Madhya Pradesh, Surabhi takes you on a shopping
spree to the `Flea Market' - an international Haat in South
Africa. THOTTA THARANIThe question asked two
weeks ago introduces you to the National Award winning Art
Director Thotta Tharani who literally builds castles in the
air. VIEWERS GALLERY A special contribution sent
by Mr. Vivek Shrivastava of Mandla Madhya Pradesh, on the
astonishing archaeological findings in the region. Also the
cotton models sent by Mr. Anant Khairnar of Nasik,
EPISODE 274 LEAF
MUSICIAN OF BENGALMusic binds people in a unique way
knowing no boundaries of distance, culture, lifestyles and
religion. Even instruments used to produce music are unique
and innovative. Surabhi brings to you sweet music from
Bengal where artists use the simple leaf as a musical
instrument. NASTHARANG, RAJASTHANSurabhi spreads
the melody of sweet music with a Nastharang artist from
Rajasthan who plays a wind instrument without blowing into
it. GLOBAL WARMING The alarming issue we talked
about two weeks back dealt with Global Warming. Our answer
story reveals the effects of this rather shocking and
startling problem being faced today by our planet.
GYAN VIGYANWhy do we blink? What determines the
colour of our eyes? Why do our eyes water? Find answers to
all these and more in our interesting science section `Gyan
M.B.S. YOUTH CHOIR, KERALASurabhi takes you on a
singing spree to Kerala where dozens of participants sing
together for the famous M.B.S. Youth Choir. An interesting
glimpse of life and culture in the capital city of Kerala.
CHAT FESTIVAL, BIHAREach state, each community
has a special colour to add to the rainbow of Indian
Culture. This time the colour comes from the state of Bihar
where the unique Chat Festival or the festival of the Sun
God is celebrated every year. PAITHANI SAREE,
MAHARASHTRAThe traditional designs by Meera Mehta that
adorned saris in the past have recently been painted on a
plane. Surely, the Paithani has taken off to great heights
from ancient to modern times. VIEWERS GALLERY
Meet Mr. Siddhanand B. Gulwadi who is reviving the dying
musical instrument `Jaltarang'. A look at the man & his
EPISODE 276 ROCK
PAINTINGS, UTTAR PRADESHRock paintings of Uttar Pradesh
- Surabhi brings a fascinating glimpse of these artistic
expressions of prehistoric man, which narrate an amazing
story of the past. SHIVARAMA KARANTH,
KARNATAKASurabhi pays tribute to the versatile writer
and Jnanpith award winner, Kota Shivarama Karanth, who
passed away in Karnataka. A multi-faceted personality,
Karanth displayed extraordinary talents in several branches
of art as a novelist, a danseuse, a filmmaker and a social
scientist. MADHUBANI PAINTING, BIHARThe answer
to last fortnight's question reveals that Madhubani or
Mithila painting in Bihar is also a form of social
interaction. VIEWERS GALLERY Ravi Ramji Pandey
of Pune visited Surabhi office to demonstrate his
extraordinary skill of `Punching on the wall' for which he
is listed in the `Limca Book of Records'. Also, the gifts
and letters sent to us by our viewers. .
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING IN SINGAPOREChristmas
Greetings to Surabhi viewers from Singapore. A glimpse of
the Christmas lighting in Singapore - one of the vibrant
trading centres of the World. GARLAND MAKERS,
MUMBAIWhat ever is the occasion we always like to say it
with flowers. But what is the story of those who bring the
flowers to us for such occasions. Surabhi looks into the
life of the Garland Makers of Mumbai. HINGOT
FESTIVAL, MADHYA PRADESHThe answer asked two weeks ago
would feature Hingot festival - a violent but unique
festival celebrated in Gautampura in Madhya Pradesh near
Indore. VIEWERS GALLERY Surabhi features budding
music director Vijay Dawda. A special contribution of D.
Pandurangan of Ahmednager on `Gondhala' - traditional folk
art form of Maharashtra.
EPISODE 278 ONV
KURUP, KERALASurabhi spreads the light of knowledge with
blessings from one of the great writers & poets of
Kerala - ONV Kurup. A special visit to meet this writer
whose name is a household word in Kerala. BENGALI
SWEETSSweet moments of life should be celebrated with
sweets. Surabhi sweetens your lives with traditional sweets
from Bengal, which incidentally is also full of sweet
people. THE RAJGIR FESTIVALOur answer story this
week brings you the famous Rajgir festival, which comes
alive every year in Bihar. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet
Mr. Chintamani Shellar, an animal trainer from Pune who has
trained great artists of Bollywood. For example the dog from
`Hum Aapke Hai Kaun' & even the cute pigeon from `Maine
Pyar Kiya'. Another talented artist from Gujarat -
Mr. Bhimji Rao Siddhupura who has built a Taj Mahal model
with iron rods. An iron man, literally. .
APPLE STORY, HIMACHAL PRADESH`An apple a day
keeps the doctor away.' Surabhi takes you to the apple
orchards of Himachal Pradesh to provide you apples to last
you a lifetime. VANI JAIRAMA musical journey
with the renowned classical singer Vani Jairam. Surabhi
interviews this versatile artist of `Bole re Papihara' fame.
SHADOW ASTROLOGYThe shady answer to our question
two weeks back was shadow astrology. After all, life is a
mystery of light and shadow. VIEWERS GALLERY
Meet Ms. Kirti Vasa from Jamnagar who has a unique
passion for making thermocol torans and drift wood
designing. Thirteen year old Asim Khare, who enacts Netaji
Subhash Chandra Bose in a lively and dramatic manner.
EPISODE 280 POLE
& LINE FISHING, MALDIVESThe Maldives Government
encourages pole & line fishing against Trawler
operations. Unforgettable images1 of a way of life that could
teach the world a thing or two about Environment
Conservation. DADHA, RAJASTHANHave you ever
heard of the most unusual football game played with the
largest number of football players and the largest football.
Well, Surabhi features the game in a new form, `Dadha',
played in the Awan village in Rajasthan. BUTTERFLY
PARK, SINGAPORE`Good things come in small packages'. So
does a Butterfly's life. A visit to the Butterfly Park in
Sentosa, Singapore where these short-lived creatures live a
small but beautiful life. GYAN VIGYANWhy do
celestial bodies appear spherical ? Why do eatables make our
mouth water ? What are sniffer dogs ? Answers to these and
more in our innovative and interesting section `Gyan
LAKHAN - THE FOOD SUPPLIER, MUMBAISurabhi
features the famous food supplier Lakhan whose lunch or
dinner is looked forward to by the greatest of stars of the
Hindi film industry. JAGMOHAN MUNDHRAA
tete-a-tete with Jagmohan Mundhra who has established his
identity in the world of International Cinema as a filmmaker
with a difference. CHANDRU ATMASurabhi pays
tribute to the legendary singer, K.L. Saigal on his 51st
death anniversary. Renowned singer Chandru Atma, whose
golden voice enthralls millions of Saigal fans, takes us
back to one of the best eras of the Indian film music.
VIEWERS GALLERY Gifts, letters and contributions
sent by our viewers, featured in Viewers Gallery.
MUMBAI FIRE BRIGADEFire - a boon to mankind can
also be the worst of disasters sometimes. Surabhi witnesses
at close quarters the bravery and the initiative of the
Mumbai Fire Brigade. So the next time, you see smoke go up,
dial 101. ANNALAKSHMI, COIMBATOREAnnalakshmi
Restaurant - where vegetarian food is a way of life. Our
team travels to Singapore and Coimbatore to discover what
makes professionals like doctors, engineers and even
musicians to come and serve. THE HIRAKUD DAM,
ORISSAThe answer to our question that was asked two
weeks back was much too long - as long as the longest dam in
India, the Hirakud Dam in Orissa. VIEWERS GALLERY
Our hostess Irawati Harshe demonstrates some New Year
gifts sent in by our viewers. Visit the `Red Hills School'
in Lucknow where maximum pairs of twins study in one class.
Also meet a person who has written the word `Ram' 1,00,020
times on a small postcard.
PIGEON FLYING CONTEST, MUMBAICould you believe
that the enthusiasm, tension and expectations at a pigeon
flying contest are much more than at one day international
matches ? Well, if you don't, Surabhi brings one such pigeon
flying contest held in Mumbai for you to see and then
believe. PEACOCK SANCTUARY, MAHARASHTRASurabhi
features an example of a unique co-existence between man and
bird. A visit to a village in Maharashtra where an entire
area has been declared as a peacock sanctuary to protect and
preserve peacocks in their natural habitat.
AYURVEDIC MASSAGE, KERALAIf our question two
weeks back gave you aches and pains, we suggest you travel
with us to God's own country, Kerala, for a traditional
Ayurvedic massage - our answer story this week.
VIEWERS GALLERY This week `Viewers Gallery'
brings to you a parade by all the three forces - the Navy,
Army and Air Force, organised for the first time in Mumbai
by The Oberoi Group of Hotels.
CHILDREN'S PARLIAMENT, TILONIA, RAJASTHANIn
Rajasthan, at SWRC in Tilonia, children are being trained
for tomorrow's responsibilities. A glimpse of this
Children's Parliament which might actually produce a future
Prime Minister of India. COORG, KARNATAKASurabhi
features the lovely Orange County Resort in the exquisite
hills and coffee plantations of Coorg in Karnataka. A land
of scenic beauty and picturesque location. SINGAPORE
SCIENCE MUSEUM, SINGAPOREA visit to the Singapore
Science Museum answers the question asked two weeks back.
VIEWERS GALLERY Ha! Ha! Ha! We feature not so
humourous glimpses of the recently celebrated World Laughter
Day! More exciting contributions sent in by our viewers.
FAIRY QUEEN EXPRESSFor all those who still have
nostalgic memories of steam engines, Surabhi features the
oldest working steam locomotive in the world - The Fairy
Queen. GYAN VIGYANQuestions from the world of
science, answers from the world of science, presented by our
host Abhilash Bhattacharya and Dr. Jayant Narlikar.
GEETA DUTTThe famous singer married to a famous
director, whose song was dropped from a famous film was none
other than Geeta Dutt - our answer to our question asked two
EPISODE 286 THE
ENDURING IMAGE EXHIBITION PART-ISurabhi presents a
special feature on `The Enduring Image Exhibition'- a
commendable effort of the British Museum. Organised by the
British council in collaboration with the Department of
culture, Govt. of India, the exhibition brings over 300
treasures from the British Museum to India. GURMIT
SINGH, SINGAPORESurabhi brings to you the success story
of an Indian in Singapore - Gurmit Singh who is the first TV
Star of Indian origin on one of Singapore's most popular TV
Channels -Television Corporation of Singapore. An exclusive
chat with this TV comedian. WOOLOur answer story
tells you how wool keeps you warm - the answer to our
question asked two weeks back.
MALTI BEHN CHAUDHARY, GUJARATSurabhi features
Malti Behn Chaudhary of Pratap Pur Village in Mehsana
District who runs a successful milk business as part of the
Mehsana Milk Co-operative of Gujarat. WOMEN MAHOUTS,
KERALAAn inspiring glimpse of women mahouts of Kerala
and how humans and animals interface in the sylvan glades of
Trichur in Kerala. COFFEE PART-I, COORGWant to
know what is the secret of the cup of coffee you drink every
morning? A visit to Coorg in Mangalore reveals the real
taste and aroma of coffee and all that goes into the process
before it finally reaches your home. VIEWERS GALLERY
A feature on the three-day celebrations of Holi in
Mathiani, Bihar. Also featured are some more gifts and
contributions from our viewers.
COFFEE PART-II, COORGSurabhi takes you down
South to Coorg to discover the secret of producing and
tasting the aromatic South Indian Coffee. The perfect way to
start one's morning. MOMBASA LIFESTYLE,
KENYACandle light, music, dancing, and seafood
specialties. What are we talking about? Well, Surabhi takes
you on board a special cruise on a traditional Arabic Dhow
called the Tamaround Dhow in Kenya. A perfect combination of
fun, adventure and discovery.INDIAN RAILWAYOur
answers to the questions asked two weeks ago takes you on a
fascinating Discovery of India by Rail. Mix and match your
answers with our questions asked and let each correct match
reveal a tale of romance and history of the Indian Railways.
AULI, GARHWALSurabhi takes you to an exciting
destination - the snow covered slopes of Auli in Garhwal,
Uttar Pradesh. We discovered one doesn't have to fly to
Switzerland for an experience of a lifetime.
CHIMKINT, KAZAKSTANA fascinating glimpse of a
place called Chimkint in Kazakstan, Central Asia, where some
ancient traditions are still in vogue. BONE &
IVORY WORK, UTTAR PRADESHThe question asked two weeks
ago is about Wild life conservation and also presents an
interesting story of bone and ivory work. VIEWERS
GALLERYOur viewers segment features Vijay Deshpande, an
autograph collector, and Meghna Bendre, who impresses one
and all with her extensive research work on Dinosaurs.
ROHTASGARH FORT, BIHARAn enthralling visit to
the Fort of Rohtasgarh in Bihar built on the summit of a
remote hill. Surabhi provides a fascinating glimpse of
Rohtasgarh Fort, which is considered to be one of the finest
examples of Mughal architecture. SWORD-MAKING,
KUTCHSwords, a reminder of some of the positive aspects
of the history of war - romance, valour and chivalry.
Surabhi presents an interesting tale of sword - making from
Kutch, Gujarat. THE EGYPTIAN CIVILISATION, ENDURING
IMAGE EXHIBITIONYesterday, today, tomorrow. Our question
of last fortnight - the eternal cycle of life and
death-narrates a fascinating story of one of the greatest
human civilisations, the Egyptian Civilisation.
VIEWERS GALLERY Prasiddha Academy of Bangalore
has a mission of creating awareness among the youth about
Bharatnatyam - a classical dance form. Gift and letters from
our distinguished viewers. .
EPISODE 291 A
CULINARY SOJOURN, KERALASurabhi takes you on a culinary
sojourn to God's own country Kerala where our team enjoyed a
real feast on fresh fish and the very local tapioca.
TEA SHOPS, MALDIVESTeahouses in Maldives are a
meeting place of minds, ideas, conversations, friends,
relaxation, snacks and hot tea. A visit to these teashops,
which are the most happening places here. GYAN
VIGYANDr. Jayant Narlikar answers some more interesting
and scientific questions to quench our viewer's appetite for
more knowledge and information.
EPISODE 292 THE
ENDURING IMAGE EXHIBITION PART-IV`The Enduring Image'
exhibition is undoubtedly one of the most commendable events
organised to commemorate India's 50th year of Independence.
The events organised by the British Council and The British
Museum give an opportunity to have a direct experience of
living culture. DAKSHA SHETH, KERALAClassical
dancer Daksha Sheth and her family have created a unique
dance village, which combines tradition and creativity.
RAMKRISHNA HEGDE, KARNATAKAThe answer to the
question asked a fortnight ago reveals the creative
dimensions of the politician and former Chief Minister of
Karnataka, Ramkrishina Hegde. VIEWERS GALLERY
Mr. Rajendra Khandelwal despite his handicap travels
from Pune to Khardungla - the highest motorable road in the
world. Also, a special contribution from the classical
dancer - Shona Ravindran.
EPISODE 293 THE
SINGAPORE ZOOSurabhi revisits the Singapore Zoo to find
out what goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo. The training,
caring, designing, maintenance is one of the best in the
world. ENDURING IMAGE EXHIBITION PART-IIIIn
continuation with our Enduring Image series, Surabhi
features the grand finale of the Enduring Image exhibition.
The exhibition featuring Sanjana Kapoor's theatre workshop,
folk singers of Rajasthan and special guided tours is one of
the best events organised to commemorate India's 50th year
of Independence. CHAMBA ROOMALThe answer -
Chamba Roomal, to our question asked last fortnight, comes
from the high mountains and the valleys of Himachal Pradesh.
AMUL RECIPE CONTESTThe fabulous response to our
Amul recipe contest left us enthralled. Take a peep into the
secret recipe of Chema-Chemi, a dish sent to us by one of
our many viewers who has won a prize for the effort.
NAGARHOLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, KARNATAKAA visit
to the Nagarhole Sanctuary in Coorg, Karnataka with Mr.
Aiyanna, who has spent a lifetime in the forest and has
become one with the animals. A unique bonding between man
and animal. MOTORCYCLIST FAMILYSurabhi
introduces you to a unique family, which has the father, the
sons and even their wives as motorcyclists. A common ride
for all of them. NIGHT SAFARI, SINGAPORESurabhi
takes you on an answerable trip to the Night Safari in
Singapore giving you an insight into the sleeping habits of
animals. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet Mr. Sunjay Chopade
who skated for more than 15 hours for Surabhi. Also a thorny
look at the world's longest cactus in Mysore.
EPISODE 295 DANG
TRIBALS, GUJARATSurabhi distributes the pain of
deprivation and exploitation through the story of Dang
tribals, whose culture is slowly becoming extinct due to
modernisation. THALASSEMIA, INDOREThe painful
disease Thalassemia is today claiming many a child's life. A
report on the disease, the children and their parents who
undergo the pain of suffering from this disease.
GYAN VIGYANAnother alarming disease in today's
age - AIDS, the very name of which strikes terror in the
heart is the answer story of this week and one of the
subjects of `Gyan Vigyan' today.
KHURJA POTTERY, UTTAR PRADESHSurabhi reveals a
showroom full of dreams. In `Craft Focus' we bring you the
exclusive blue & white pottery of Khurja from Uttar
Pradesh that produces unique pieces of beauty & fine
art. UZBEKI CERAMICS, UZBEKISTANContinuing our
search for beautiful things, we take you to Uzbekistan where
some of the best ceramics are available. RICE GRAIN
ARTIST, WEST BENGALFeatures a visually handicapped Rice
Grain artist - Monto Chakravarty. GYAN
VIGYANAIDS - one of the most dreaded diseases of the
century. An interview with an AIDS victim to understand his
version, his pain & his suffering.
KRISHNABEN, GUJARATSurabhi features the success
Saga of woman milk farmer, Krishnaben, from Gujarat which is
a source of inspiration for millions of us. SHAHNAZ
HUSSAINAnother success story. Shahnaz Hussain - the
woman who imparts beauty to people in India and beyond.
AYURVEDA, MUMBAIOur answer story is based on the
holistic system of medicine that is gaining popularity -
Ayurveda. VIEWERS GALLERY Viewers Gallery brings
to you a painting exhibition `The Harmony Show' held in
Mumbai - an attempt by the Reliance Group of Industries to
promote and encourage young and talented painters.
BIMAN MUKHERJEE, CALCUTTASurabhi always shows
you something unique, something different. Today, too we
introduce you to Mr.Biman Mukherjee who is a collector but a
note different from the rest. He collects not coins, not
stamps but can you guess - bhajans ! BLIND GARDENER,
INDOREAnother unique find of Surabhi is Mr. Dinkar
Narayan Tembe who, though blind, can identify each &
every plant merely by touch. CUCKOO SANDHYA,
GOAReal talent always finds place in Surabhi. Meet
Cuckoo Sandhya the child Prodigy whose melodies are a treat
for the ears. BENARASI SAREETo know more about
the Benarasi saree - the answer to our last fortnight's
question, we take you on a trip to the holy city of Benaras.
VIEWERS GALLERY A painting exhibition sponsored
by the Reliance group of Industries to promote new talent
& upcoming artistes finds place in our `Viewers Gallery'
RAMTEK, MAHARASHTRASurabhi goes on an exploring
expedition to uncover the secrets buried under the earth. A
trip to Ramtek where the discoveries speak volumes about an
era gone by. AMALENDU BANDHOPADHYAYA, CALCUTTAA
feature on Amalendu Bandhopadhyaya who has dedicated his
life to spreading the culture of science & knowledge to
young people, particularly the young people of Bengal.
KINNAUR LIFESTYLE, HIMACHAL PRADESHIn our answer
story this week Surabhi leads you on an expedition to
Himachal Pradesh, the Abode of Gods, to uncover the secrets
of the people of Kinnaur. A trip which reveals different
facets of the people, their lifestyle, their culture.
VIEWERS GALLERY We feature interesting &
significant contributions sent in by our viewers in our very
own 'Viewers Gallery' section.
WHITE WATER RAFTING, KAUDIYALA, GARHWALKaudiyala
- One of the most interesting locations in the picturesque
Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. Join us for an
unforgettable experience of White Water Rafting.
LALGUDI JAYARAMANPadmashree Lalgudi Jayaraman -
who began his career at the tender age of 12 is today
recognised as one of the finest violinists of the carnatic
tradition in India. Surabhi explores various dimensions of
his personality. CAMEL LIBRARY, RAJASTHANThe
camel library of Rajasthan, one of its kind in India, has
transformed the desert of ignorance into a sea of knowledge.
An inspiring tale of a member of this unique mobile library.
SINGAPORE MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY AND DEVAGI
SHANMUGAMOur answer to last fortnight's question is
about vibrant Singapore and its dynamic multicultural
community. Also meet Devagi Shanmugam, an Indian who is one
of the highly renowned food connoisseurs in Singapore and
consultant to the annual mega event - The Singapore Food
Festival. VIEWERS GALLERY We feature one of the
surviving saw musicians, Dagmar Lopez, daughter of the Late
Eric Lopez (also a saw musician) who was featured in Surabhi
several years ago. Also special gifts from our distinguished
viewers from all over the country. AMUL RECIPE
CONTESTWe received hundreds of mouth watering cheese
based recipes from various corners of the country. Here is a
special recipe - cheese custard pie which is selected as the
best by our judge - Chef Milind Sovani of Centaur Hotel.
A NEW SECTION ON THE WORLD OF BUSINESSFrom the
special 300th episode Surabhi introduce the new segment on
business & its amazing success stories. A new way to get
on in life and make a success of opportunities.
MYOKO, FESTIVAL OF SPRINGSurabhi visits
Arunachal Pradesh to celebrate Myoko, the Festival of spring
with the Apatanis of Ziro District. The Apatanis lead a life
in tune with nature and every change in season is a reason
for fun and festivity. TELAVIV Israel celebrates
its 50th year as a free country. On this occasion Surabhi
takes you on a gastronomical tour of Telaviv with the food
expert Phyllis Glazer.HARMONICA The musical
answer to our question asked two weeks ago is an ever so
humble instrument - the harmonica or mouth organ. Meet
Phiroze Damri, the man who plays it with a passion.
VIEWERS GALLERYMeet the voice of Amitabh Bachhan
? Mr.Sikandar Shaikh, a mimicry artiste whose voice has an
uncanny resemblance to that of the Big B, silver of the
EPISODE 302 THE
GREAT PYRAMIDSSurabhi unfolds the mystery of the world's
greatest architectural monuments - The Great Pyramids. An
exciting journey, where 5000 years of Egyptian history
unfold to give a magnificent glimpse of the past. Surabhi
traces the last journey of Pharaoh to his final
resting-place in the pyramids. DHOLAVIRA
REVISITEDSurabhi revisits Dholavira, in Gujarat - one of
the greatest sites of the ancient Harrappan civilisation in
India. The Archaeological Survey of India unearths a huge
ancient burial site in this well-planned Indus Valley
township. KIRLOSKAR INDUSTRYIf our chocolate
question made you miss out on your sweet dreams, our
management expert Mr. Rajesh Srivastava sets your mind at
rest with a simple answer. Also find out the intriguing
reason for the high demand of hair dye in Haryana and get a
glimpse of the success story of the Kirloskar's industrial
KEDARNATHWith Surabhi, travel to the serene and
beautifully located Kedarnath, one of the four main
pilgrimage sites of the Hindus, established by Adi
Shankaracharya. This Shiva temple in Garhwal has South
Indian priests and architectural style. `SAFARI
CATS? IN NAIROBISurabhi?s search for interesting lands
and people takes it to far off Kenya where the Safari Cats
in Nairobi dance with the agility, grace and speed of their
namesakes. This popular dance troupe has adopted a fusion of
modern dance and traditional African dance styles.
TAWANG MONASTRY, ARUNACHAL PRADESHOur search for
the correct location of the Tawang Monastery landed us in
the North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The highest
monastery at 10,000-ft. Tawang is among the oldest Buddhist
temples in Asia. VIEWERS GALLERY We feature
young and enthusiastic Shon Pooniwala who is already a black
belt holder in Karate, while studying in Std.III. He won a
prize in the Asia-Pacific Tournament in Malaysia 1995.
Another feature focuses on beautiful items created with the
most unusual raw material ? betel nuts.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS NEAR GREAT PYRAMIDSThe
making of the pyramids highlights the son-e-lumiere
presentation where the immortal monuments relate their own
story. A fascinating glimpse of the recent archaeological
finding near the Great Pyramids, and the recent discovery of
the graves of millions of workers who worked to make the
Pyramids. THE CAVES OF MEGHALAYAOur travel to
the North East unveils some of the remarkable wonders of
nature that have been discovered right under the ground -
the caves of Meghalaya - Krem-um Lawan. The 100 kilometre
long caves at Lumshong have great potential for adventure
tourism. In contrast, see the Cango Caves of South Africa
which are one of the natural wonders of the world and are a
fine example of this genre of international tourism.
SILAMBAMOur question on the almost extinct
traditional sport of Tamil Nadu has a lively answer -
Silambam. The ancient art is being revived and nurtured by a
stuntman of modern movies.
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL SONG FESTIVALSurabhi takes
its viewers to participate in the popular Cairo
International Song Festival held in August every year. Tune
in to the mellow moods of Egyptian music set against the
global ambience at Al-Kahira. VOICE CULTURE
Surabhi discovers that the way you speak works wonders
for your self-confidence and success. A peep into some of
the voice culture courses sprouting all over the city of
Mumbai. TRIBL OF ARUNACHAL PRADESHThe answer to
our question about the thin pole bridge across streams is
bound to catch your attention as well as that of rodents.
The tribals of Arunachal Pradesh not only set intricate rat
traps but also eat their catch with relish. VIEWERS
GALLERY Meet Ankur Chowdhry of Karnal, Haryana - a
14-year old, self-taught electronics enthusiast. A student
of IX Std. from St.Teresa Convent, Ankur made a
walkie-talkie set from toffee tins, and a burglar alarm from
NEELAM CHOUDHARY?S WORKSHOPDiscover a true blend
of urban and rural theatre in Chandigarh with Neelam
Mansingh Choudhary. City bred actors meet folk artists in a
series of unique workshops arranged by this enterprising
lady. PARAG AND MANDAKINI TRIVEDIMeet Parag and
Mandakini Trivedi and learn about their attempts to
demystify the classical arts. Their courses in Music and
dance appreciation find favour with an increasing number of
eager Mumbaikars. Surabhi meets them to understand the
differences between classical music of the East &
West.SUEZ CANALOur attempt to find an answer to
our question takes us as far as the Suez Canal in Egypt - a
historic canal, which separates two continents. East is East
and West is West but the twain do meet more easily and
economically thanks to the Suez. VIEWERS GALLERY
Gifts, contributions and letters from our viewers find
place in this section.
EPISODE 307 LAKE
GANGABAI, KASHMIR Surabhi goes trekking to Lake Gangabal
in Kashmir at 14,000 ft. in the Pir Panjal range. It's a
long and difficult trek but the sights and the sound of
silence are ample rewards for the effort. MR.
KAVALAM NARAYANA PANIKKAR A feature on one of the great
poets and playwrights of Kerala today ? Mr. Kavalam Narayana
Panikkar, who has taken on the challenging task of reviving
Sanskrit plays like Shakuntalam and Karnabharnam, blending
pure theatre with the local martial arts. ONAM
The festive answer to our question two weeks back takes
us to Kerala where the harvest festival ? Onam is being
celebrated with great gaiety and joy. Share the excitement
of the annual boat race, the traditional dances ? Kai
Kottikali and Pullikali and the festive cuisine to welcome
the legendary Lord Mahabali. VIEWERS GALLERY One
of our viewers contributions is a scenic travel through
Dahanu, a small village outside Mumbai where one can feel at
home with nature.
ADMAN AND STUNTMAN, HUSSAINISurabhi takes you to
Chennai to meet an amazing adman and stuntman - Hussaini who
teaches Karate to nuns, spastics, girls from blind schools
the deaf and the dumb. And oh yes, allows poisonous snakes
to bite him too. A man who believes fear is fatal and
confesses to be in love with pain. KODAVAS OF
COORGA feature on the Kodavas of Coorg - the only
martial community in India which is permitted to carry
firearms without a license. A peep into their unique rituals
and their ability to connect to their heritage in a modern
milieu. FOUR-SIDED PYRAMIDOur answer was the
four-sided pyramid but the answer story definitely has more
than four sides to it. The pyramid shape is said to have
some therapeutic property and doctors in Mumbai check out
the claim with their pyramid shaped healing apparatus.
VIEWERS GALLERY Meet some young budding talents
of today ? a drummer, a keyboard player and a painter.
EPISODE 309 GIR
LIONS, GUJARATSurabhi brings a fascinating story of the
lions of Gir, Gujarat. It is an art to study and map the
life of lions and not get eaten. In the last sanctuary of
the Asiatic lion, the population is thriving and may soon
need more space to stay. THE SPHINX OF EGYPTThe
sphinx of Egypt - one of the world?s greatest pieces of
sculptural art. Once a symbol of kingship in the reign of
the pharaohs 4000 years ago, today it is a symbol of the
nation. Time and again, the sphinx was buried in the sand
and emerged as the faithful sentinel of the pyramids.
GYAN VIGYANCan handwriting reveal the gender of
the writer? Our science segment `Gyan-Vigyan? answers this
and several other interesting questions. The chief of the
Criminal Investigation Department elucidates the detection
of forgery using sophisticated methods. Dr. Narlikar
explains various queries sent by viewers - why only men turn
bald, why heels crack during winter, and how we maintain our
balance when we walk.
KURABAS, TRIBALS OF COORGMeet the Kurabas, the
courageous tribals of Coorg who are expert elephant
trainers. Surabhi discovers the fast vanishing tribal way of
life in the forest of Karnataka, their herbal remedies and
their method of extracting honey from beehives.
RAAGESHWARI & TRILOK LOOMBAMeet Raageshwari
and Trilok Loomba who are making waves in the musical field.
With his musically named daughter, Trilok brings alive his
dream of reviving old cinema music and setting it to modern
rhythm. MANI BHAVANA tribute to the father of
the nation - Mahatma Gandhi. A visit to Mani Bhavan to meet
people who have devoted a lifetime to the memory of the
Mahatma. VIEWERS GALLERY An array of
contributions from our viewers. .
KERALIAN CUISINESurabhi is a treat for the soul,
this time it?s for the tummy too! Join us on a delectable
trip to Kerala. Intricate details of cooking up a
traditional banana leaf feast, with the typical avial and
coconut confectionery. MS. ANJALI MUKHERJEEAfter
a gorgeous feast, a tete-a-tete with a nutritionist and
dietician Ms. Anjali Mukherjee for some tips to slim down
your waistline. ROCK CLIMBING IN MUSSORIEIf our
question took you to dizzying heights, our answer story on
rappelling is sure to bring you downhill with a smooth ride.
Rock climbing in Mussorie, the Queen of Hill stations.
SIPOREX CONSORTIUMIf you have a cultural as well
as a business bent of mind, our expert Mr. Rajesh Srivastava
sets things straight for you. Also a special feature on the
success saga of Shri. B.G. Shirke of Shirke - Siporex
TEMPLES IN KASHMIRSurabhi takes you on a trip to
two temples of Kashmir. The small Shankaracharya Temple at
Srinagar has a long history harking back thousands of years.
The Mamleshwar temple at Pahalgam maintained by Abdulbhai is
visited by pilgrims on their way to the pilgrimage site of
Amarnath.ATTUKAAL PONGAL MAHOTSAV, KERALAAn
exploration of the spiritual, symbolic and cultural meaning
of the amazing Attukaal Pongal Mahotsav of
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Share the faith and fervour of
the thousands who throng to the temple in search of solace.
GYAN VIGYANIf making curd is not that easy for
you, we answer your questions along with Dr. Jayant Narlikar
in our science segment of Gyan Vigyan. Learn about the cool
light of fireflies and how the chameleon changes its colour,
why ants walk in single file and how pearls are formed in
MULBEKH VALLEY, LADAKHThis week Surabhi journeys
to one of the least known valleys of Ladakh - Mulbekh, where
one of the strangest monasteries exists, situated in a cave.
Also a rare interview with the Queen of Mulbekh.
FLYING HOSPITALDoctors with wings ! Surabhi
takes a peep into a flying hospital ? equipped with the most
advanced facilities in the world. Another example of
innovation and modern technology. If you can?t get to the
doctor, the doctor flies out to treat you. ORCHIDS
OF ARUNACHAL PRADESHIf the question asked two weeks back
took your breath away, our answer story this week on the
beautiful Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh will surely leave you
breathless and asking for more. 550 varieties of these rare
flowers blush unseen in remote terrains of Arunachal
Pradesh. VIEWERS GALLERY Viewers? Gallery
features classical singer Milind Chittal and his melodious
recitals. Meet a young, budding drummer from Assam who drums
away to fame ? the aspiring Prashaanta Kumar Debnath, whose
association with the traditional drum Khol began when he was
just 3 years old.
GHOTULS, MADIA TRIBAL DORMITORYA feature on the
Madia tribal dormitory of Bastar and the Ghotul, a school -
different from the ones we attend. A tribal system that
allowed adolescents to meet, interact and choose their
partners, Ghotuls have almost disappeared because of
interference from the so-called civilized people of
cities.ACTING SCHOOLS, MUMBAIFor all aspiring
actors - Surabhi gives you more information on the acting
schools of Mumbai. All aspirants to Bollywood stardom try to
learn a trick or two to instant fame and fortune with the
Dream Merchants of Mumbai. WILLOW TREES,
KASHMIROur question related to cricket quizzed you on
the wood of the Howzzat game. Check out the answer about the
wonderful weeping willow trees of Kashmir that yield the
wood for cricket bats. VIEWERS GALLERYOur
viewers send us tokens of love and affection, which we
feature, in our Viewers Gallery section. .
WADAS OF PUNESurabhi visits Pune to explore the
many dimensions of the Wadas, which are slowly losing their
grandeur and past glory. Can we preserve the elements of
social architecture and the wisdom of close knit
neighborhood? A visit to the well preserved Wadas owned by
De Satyasheel Nayak and Meera Bapat. DEVDASI A
tete-a-tete with one of the last serving Devdasis in India.
A rare interview with Parasmani of the Lord Jagannath temple
in Orissa to understand the various facets of the custom of
dedicating one?s life to the god of the temple.
MAJULI ISLANDOur answer story takes us to the
Majuli Island ? the largest River Island on the Brahmaputra
River in Assam. This majestic island today faces the problem
of soil erosion and is dwindling in size at a dangerous
rate. VIEWERS GALLERY Meet one of the highly
acclaimed sculptors Narayan Laxman Sonawadekar who has
sculpted the famous statue of Swami Vivekanand of the
Vivekanand Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari. Gifts and letters
from our distinguished viewers.
CHARVAHA VIDYALAYA, BIHAR Surabhi visits the
Charvaha Vidyalaya in Bihar where while their cows graze,
the young cowherds study a thing or two, not only about
cows, but other things under the sun, too. 80 of the 3410
informal education centres in Bihar are such Charvaha
Vidyalayas or Cowherd Schools. ANOUSKHA, SINGER OF
EGYPT Music binds the world together! In an effort to
form such cultural bonds Surabhi meets Anoushka, the young
and vivacious singer of Egypt whose melodious voice is a
treat for the ears as well as the soul. BHIKU
VERMA?S FARM If our question on the best way to fall off
a horse left you heart broken, our answer story on
stuntmasters is sure to make you hail and hearty once again.
A close encounter at Bhiku Verma?s farm may teach you a
trick or two about performing stunts for Hindi films.
AMUL RECIPE CONTEST We received a hundred Butter
based recipes for the contest. Watch out for the winning
EPISODE 317 THE
NAGAR CHOWK Surabhi?s first journey to Kathmandu to
catch a fascinating glimpse of Nepal?s rich cultural
heritage and picturesque beauty. The Nagar Chowk with well
preserved monuments of 15th - 18th century is in the heart
of the modern bustling metro. KATY DLALAL'S
CUISINE"The Queen of Parsi Cuisine" Katy Dalal who is
also a renowned archaeologist walks into the Surabhi studios
to reveal interesting anecdotes from her life, cuisine and
of course `Patrani Machhi?. DRASS, LADAKHThe
answer story takes you on a trip from Sonmerg to Zoji La
pass to an icy trip to the gateway of Ladakh - Drass. Chill
out at with a game of polo at minus forty degrees at Drass.
ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION, BANGALOREArt of Living
Foundation, Bangalore, conducts the Healing Breath Workshop
which is catching up as an alternative healing therapy. The
Art of Living Foundation has its branches all over the
world, which help people to improve their physical, mental
and spiritual health.
EPISODE 318 FOLK
DANCES, ARUNACHAL PRADESHIt?s festive time! Surabhi
travels to Arunachal Pradesh to dance to its folk tunes and
enjoy the beauty of simple, rustic and foot tapping folk
music. A glimpse into the Daminda dance on Dree festival of
the Apatanis at Ziro, the Mopin festival of the Adis and the
Lion & Aji Lhamu dance of the Monpas. FARAH
KHANDancing is no joke. An interesting, lively
tete-a-tete with Farah Khan, the well-known choreographer
who makes the likes of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol dance to her
tunes. TRESPONE IN KARGILOur search for the
answer to our question two weeks ago takes us to the
Imambara of Trespone in Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir. A
peacetime view of a tranquil Kargil. From the outside, the
Trespone Imambara reflects the local art tradition but the
interior echoes the art forms of Central Asia and Tibet.
PALACE OF BHAVNAGARAn evening in royal company.
Surabhi takes you to the palace of Bhavnagar, now converted
to Neelambagh. Explore the wave of cultural tourism sweeping
across the country and the effort of erstwhile maharajas to
retain a semblance of their earlier opulent style.
HIMMAFUSHI ISLANDWith Surabhi discover an
idyllic spot in the midst of the ocean. A trip to Himmafushi
Island one of the 1200 islands that constitute Maldives,
reflects the simple lifestyle of the islanders who have
learnt to cater to tourist shoppers. INDIAN BREAD OR
CHAPATI`Surabhi' delves into different Indian kitchens
to answer the query about the Indian bread or chapati. Find
out with Rajesh Srivastava, our management expert, the
domestic decision-makers for purchase of the flour for the
BHAKTAPUR, MALLA DYNASTYSurabhi takes a walk
back in time through the streets of Bhaktapur, a 9th century
town established by the Malla dynasty. The serenity of this
land of worship and the tinkling sound of the temple bells
are bound to soothe your nerves as well as your heart. An
ancient town restored with modern German technology,
Bhaktapur's paved pathways leave a permanent mark on your
memory. YOUSEF CHAHINEAn interesting tete-a-tete
with the internationally acclaimed Egyptian activist
filmmaker -Youssef Chahine, whose films have been shown in
special retrospectives at the International Film Festival in
India. A discussion of his films "Cairo Station",
"Emigrant", "Destiny". `PAPIER MACHE?If putting
your answer down on paper was a difficult task, our answer
story this week reveals some very interesting facets about
the very simple `Papier Mache', brought to you straight from
Kashmir. The light, pretty papier mache has a colourful
craft history, and was brought by the Mughals from
Samarkand. VIEWERS GALLERYThis section features
Mr. Vimal Saigal, a driftwood collector who collects
different forms, shapes and sizes of wood during his walks
through the woods, reflecting the artistic wealth of Nature.
UNITED CRICKET BOARD OF SOUTH AFRICALike all
other British colonies, South Africa also has a tradition of
cricket. Surabhi visits South Africa to see the latest
techniques of cricket training at the international level
and the innovative schemes launched by the United Cricket
Board of South Africa to discover young talent.
DURGA CHANDRASHEKHAR, CHENNAIA feature on a lady
who rides high on the road of success. Meet Durga
Chandrashekhar of Chennai who runs a scooter driving school
only for ladies. She has also introduced an All Women
Service Centre too with her Durga Driving School.
LOST WAX PROCESS, NEPALOur question asked two
weeks ago was simple. But the answer to it is a long,
laborious and an exciting process, the Lost Wax process of
creating sculptures, in Patan, Nepal. This method, also
called Bell metal casting is learnt traditionally from one
generation to the other. VIEWERS GALLERYAn
exhibition on wheels! To celebrate 50 years of Independence,
Indian Railways sent out a special 14 carriage train housing
an exhibition on the history and development of the railway
in India. Reflecting the effort of its 16 lakh employees,
this exhibition by the Indian Railway travelled 6 months all
over India, with its photographs, models and multimedia
WHALE FOSSILS, GARHWALSurabhi discovers age-old
whale fossils at the foothills of Himalayas in Garhwal,
Himachal Pradesh. An evidence of an earlier age when the
area was submerged in the sea. Prof. Ashok Sahni explains
the structure of these fossils which appear to belong to an
amphibious ancestor of the modern whale.
ATMASANTULAN VILLAGESurabhi in its tete-a-tete
with Balaji Tambe at Atmasantulan village, provides a
traditional method for good health. Situated near Khandala
in Maharashtra, the Balaji Tambe Therapy Centre has provided
relief for a number of maladies. ALANG SHIP BREAKING
YARD, GUJARATThe ship-breaking yard question must have
got your head cracking to find the answer. Find it in our
answer story this week which is based on Alang ship breaking
yard in Gujarat. Ships from all over the world are brought
here for their final resting-place. Alang is also a treasure
trove of objects discarded from old ships. VIEWERS
GALLERYAn exhibition held at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi
National Centre of Art is based on the Panchatantra, using
the traditional art forms of Madhubani and Kalamkari, for
narrating these age old tales. Also included were children?s
artistic interpretation of Panchatantra stories. .
LADYSMITH BLACKLadysmith Black Mambazo is one of
South Africa's most original singing groups. They danced
their way to the top of the European Music Chart, proving
that Music is a universal language appreciated across
cultures and countries. Every lilting sound of Nature is
captured in their music inspired by traditional Zulu beats
and rhythms. JAGMOHAN SURSAGARSurabhi takes you
down memory lane to meet Jagmohan Sursagar and his journey
through the world of music. His immortal songs can be
compared to those of Pankaj Mallick and Sehgal but now he
prefers to stay in retirement in Ahmedabad. GYAN
VIGYANOur answer story this week brings you a very
amazing process by which the age of a tree is determined.
Dr. Jayant Narlikar explains the process.
EPISODE 324 THE
MAKING OF MISS INDIA Sashaying down the ramp and looking
pretty seems so glamorous to us. Join Surabhi and find out
how much hard work and training go into the making of a
beauty queen. The countdown to the selection of Femina Miss
India 1999. NOLLYWOOD, NEPALFilm stars, whether
in Hollywood or Bollywood, are not born but made. This is
true of stars in Nepal, or may we call it Nollywood. Join us
in Surabhi to see what goes in the making of a film star in
neighbouring Nepal and a chat with Mr.Yadav Kharel, a
Producer-Director who has reached international audiences.
NOBEL PRIZE WINNERSOur answer story this week
sprints through the annals of history and brings you the
names of the Nobel Prize winners from India. Dr. Amartya
Sen?s award for Economics sends Surabhi down memory lane to
retell the achievements of Tagore, C.V. Raman, Khurana,
Mother Teresa and Chandrashekhar. VIEWERS GALLERY
This week we bring you beautiful temples from Nasik
re-discovered by one of our viewers.
LANGUAGE DAY CELEBRATION, BANGLADESHGurudev
Rabindranath Tagore's words echo the truth that the language
you speak mirrors your soul. Bengali, the moving spirit of
Bangladesh gives life and identity to people's thoughts and
emotions. Surabhi takes a close look at the celebration of
Language Day in Bangladesh, a tribute paid to the martyrs
who gave up their lives for the cause of Bangla language on
February 21, 1952. JEA BAND OF JAIPURJoin us as
we visit the bandplayers of Northern India and find out if
their lives are really as cheerful and melodious as the
music they play. The 62-year old Jea Band of Jaipur may add
a festive touch to any celebration but is there music in the
life of the Bandwallah? UNNIKRISHNAN Find out
the answer to our last times question as you hum a few bars
of popular Tamil songs. Carnatic music sung by Tamil Nadu?s
famous singer, Unnikrishnan, that has universal appeal.
DULLAH OMAR, SOUTH AFRICAMeet the South African
Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar whose forefathers hail from
Gujarat. This face-to-face encounter makes us realise how
difficult is the journey from the darkness of slavery to the
glorious dawn of freedom. NAGARHOLE
SANCTUARYJoin Surabhi on a visit to Coorg and the
Nagarhole Sanctuary to discover the amazing art of elephant
training where the gentle giants are trained to perform
daily chores as well as take on temple duties.
SIACHEN Travel with us to the icy heights of
Siachen where our brave soldiers keep vigil on the peaks
that are turned into high battleground.
EPISODE 327 LUXOR
& KARNAK, EGYPTJoin Surabhi visits the most
breathtaking and awe-inspiring temples at Luxor and Karnak
in Egypt. Truly architectural milestones. WOMEN
PRIESTS OF PUNEDon't be surprised if you walk into a
temple and come face to face with a woman priest. Because
gone are the days when only men were allowed to practice
this profession. The world is changing! Women priests of
Pune are adept at performing all the religious rituals and
rites. YAK CENTRE, ARUNACHAL PRADESHPull your
caps tight around your heads and stand by for the
interesting answer that may go over your head. Surabhi takes
you to the Yak centre in Arunachal Pradesh and discovers the
amazing collection of caps, mats, tents, shoes and clothes
made from the wool and hair of Yak.
LIVING GODDESS TRADITION, NEPALSurabhi unearths
the many fascinating aspects of the living Goddess tradition
of Nepal, which continues even today. What kind of life does
the little girl lead behind the shuttered doors of her house
in the heart of Kathmandu? JYOTI SHINDE, PUNEWe
have a tete-a-tete with a woman weight lifter, Jyoti Shinde
of Pune who is also a national champion and being the sole
earning member of her family, strikes an amazing balance
between her job and passion. SARAIS & KOS
MINARSSurabhi treads the Grand Trunk Road, built in the
16th century by Sher Shah Suri, which is making history as
one of the most traveled roads in the world. The Sarais and
Kos minars have fallen into disuse as the historic roads
takes on the mantle of a National Highway.
EPISODE 329 ART
OF TATTOOING Join Surabhi as we go full circle chasing a
fad that is popular not only now with the new generation but
also made its mark during the yesteryears. Tattooing is
equally popular with tourists - teaming urban towns and
tribals tucked away in remote jungles. A look at the art of
tattooing. Past and present. CUISINE FROM
ARUNACHALFollow the simple motto of the people of
Arunachal and discover how the simple things in life bring
us the greatest pleasure. Fish and rice and beer brewed in
your backyard, a simple recipe for happiness. LE
CORBUSIER Find out how Le Corbusier was instrumental in
the shaping of the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Discover
the role played by Marg, the Indian Journal of Art, and the
special issue dedicated to the planned city.
PATAN, NEPALJoin Surabhi in the historic city of
Patan in Nepal and the struggle to retain and restore this
World Heritage site. Bhaktapur is another heritage city of
Nepal, restored to its earlier state of splendour thanks to
the efforts of the German Government. Can Patan follow suit?
RAMPURI KNIFEFocus on craft tradition does not
only imply pottery, handlooms etc. Making weapons is also a
fine craft as we find out the process involved in making the
famous Rampuri Knife, so popular among villains of Indian
Cinema. GYAN VIGYANThe simple teaspoon becomes
the centre of attention as this week's science query
revolves around its reflecting properties. .
EPISODE 331 DAL
LAKE, SRINAGARDal Lake of Srinagar has delighted the
denizens of Kashmir for centuries. Surabhi takes a fresh
look at the limpid waters of this famous lake to see if it?s
as pure as it was before. LOU PAS SAT,
SINGAPOREAfter the tranquil beauty of the Dal Lake, a
look at the delectable treats that the waters of Singapore
have in store for our tastebuds. A gastronomic tour of Lau
Pas Sat in Singapore to sample out its seafood spread.
DOLPHINSA creature that not only lives and
breathes in water, but is also extremely graceful forms the
answer story this week. A look at the amazing feats that
dolphins perform and the sweet but short tale of the
Dolphinarium of Chennai.
EPISODE 332 GUL
PANAGSurabhi meets, Femina Miss India 1999, Gul Panag,
while she is on her way to represent India in the Miss
Universe ?99 Contest amongst a bevy of international
beauties. An exclusive interview to find out what makes this
lissome lass tick. SIROCCO SINGERS,
AUSTRALIATake a trip down under, to hear the Sirocco
singers of Australia who have created an amazing blend of
western and aborigine music, with musical instruments of
both kinds. JYOTI SANGEETThe ripples in the
Bramhaputra River reflect the melodious nature of Jyoti
Sangeet. This special genre of music that is native to the
bountiful state of Assam is our answer story this week.
Jyoti Sangeet is as intricately woven in the life of Assam
as Rabindra Sangeet is to Bengal?s culture.
DARPANA ACADEMYSurabhi gives a glimpse into
Darpana, an institution in Gujarat that mirrors the rich
heritage of our dance, music, theatre and puppetry. Darpana
celebrates 50 years of its existence with a unique festival
organised by Mallika Sarabhai. TAMIL VOCALIST IN
SOUTH AFRICAIn connections Surabhi travels to South
Africa to meet a Tamil classical singer who was so
fascinated by a voice he heard on the radio that he followed
it to find his guru in India. HIEROGLYPHICS
Surabhi looks for an answer to a question based on
Egyptian picture writing or Hieroglyphics, tracing the
discovery of the Rosetta stone which helped to unravel the
language of this pictorial script of ancient Egypt.
ROBBER ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICAA visit to South
Africa's Robben Island which held captive the famous Nelson
Mandela for 27 years. Also, a meeting with Saths Cooper, a
South African of Indian origin, who spent 10 years
imprisoned in this sinister site in a beautiful locale.
WOMEN PORTERS, BHAVNAGAR STATIONOur answer story
carries a lot of weight since it is about the women porters
of Bhavnagar Station in Gujarat. Not an outcome of modern
women's liberation but an age-old custom in Bhavnagar. Share
a day in the life of a woman porter with Surabhi.
VIEWERS GALLERY Hear about the longest written
ghazal and meet the Dukanwala brothers of Navsari in Gujarat
who cure arthritis with Ayurvedic herbs .
JNANPITH AWARD WINNER - GIRISH KARNADJoin
Surabhi in an intimate conversation with Jnanpith Award
Winner - Girish Karnad. As the first playwright to win this
prestigious award, Girish Karnad brings theatre centrestage
on the cultural scene of India. GRAND OLD VICTORIA,
MUMBAIAs modern means of transport force the grand old
Victoria?s of Mumbai into oblivion, let's capture its
flickering moments in the twilight of the grand old
tradition of horse driven carriage. B.K. SRINIVAS
VERMAWhen an artist equates his art with spirituality,
it is only expected that his creation will not have been
rendered by ordinary means. Take a look at our answer story
this week and find out the secret behind B.K. Srinivas
Verma's painting techniques and his selection of
extraordinary tools of art. VIEWERS GALLERY If
you ever pop a button on your clothing, don't worry. Rush to
Damodar Ingle of Jalgaon, a record holder for collecting
PROCESS OF MUMMIFICATIONLet's go on a trip to
exotic Egypt and take seven steps in seventy days to
discover the amazing science of preserving the dead through
mummification. Hear the details from the expert, Dr. Nassry
Iskandar of Egyptian Museum in Cairo. BABASAHEB
PURANDARESurabhi meets Babasaheb Purandare, a legend in
his own right who has recorded, documented and interpreted
the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and
discusses his play `Jaanta Raja?. AMUL CRICKET
RATINGSWith the World Cup mania gripping the globe,
Surabhi isn?t far behind as our Amul Cricket ratings? answer
story this week leaves you clean bowled!
PHINDA GAME RESERVE Surabhi visits South
Africa's exotic Phinda Game Reserve and marvels at the
amazing ability of their tribal guide?s knowledge of Nature.
With Surabhi, seek out the rhinos, tigers and elephants in
this protected forest. PET LIBRARY,
CALCUTTASurabhi discovers an unusual facility available
to children in Calcutta. An animal library, where cute,
cuddly animals can be borrowed like books and can later be
exchanged for another pet. GYAN VIGYANRenowned
Astrophysicist, Dr. Jayant Narlikar takes us amongst the
stars in a twinkling sky and shares with us a galaxy of
information about the diamonds in the night sky.
SHIVALIK EXPRESSSurabhi takes you on a ride on
the Shivalik Express, an unforgettable journey where India
comes alive when seen from the train. JOURNEY ON
BLUE TRAIN, SOUTH AFRICAFrom the Shivalik, Surabhi takes
you on another luxurious journey on the Blue Train in South
Africa. The train, which is like a luxury hotel on wheels,
runs between Pretoria and Cape Town, a journey of 1600 kms,
covered in 24 hours. ASWAN DAMCruise along the
river Nile with Surabhi and have a peek into the life on the
banks of river Nile. Aswan Dam, once considered to be the
world?s highest dam is now dwarfed by the more recent High
EPISODE 339 CAPE
TOWN, SOUTH AFRICAA voyage to the dark, mysterious
depths of the oceans that are home to millions of
fascinating creatures. Join Surabhi on an exploration of the
fascinating oceanarium of Cape Town, South Africa.
KARGIL Kargil, the chilly war zone of
Indo-Pakistan conflict, is featured in Surabhi. Our team
director who visited Kargil before the Indo-Pak turmoil
narrates his experience. BANARASI PANOur answer
story this week is indeed very tasty for it is based on the
popular Banarasi Pan and the stories and legends linked to
this tasty relish.
EPISODE 340 LAKE
PANGONGWith the Indo-China border running right through
it, the spectacular Lake Pangong gives a whole new meaning
to the concept of one World. Surabhi scales 14,000 feet to
bring you this scintillating sight. HAVELIS OF DELHI
From the Icy Himalayas we return to the hustle and
bustle of Delhi. Join us as we visit the havelis of Delhi
that are a combination of amazing architecture and the
traditional construction science of Vaastushastra. But the
havelis are now on the road to ruin, slowly and steadily.
MT. EVERESTOur answer story pulls you out of
Delhi and takes you once more to the chilly heights of the
Majestic Himalayas to one of the most breathtaking wonders
of India - the impressive Mt. Everest. But it?s a different
perspective ? a flight over the majestic Everest on a plane.
VIEWERS GALLERY A tribute to a dying folk art of
Tadi of Punjab through a folk music tradition, sent by our
viewer Idu Sharif. A blend of Sufi songs and romantic
verses, Tadi was once commonly sung at weddings and fairs by
a group of 3 people.
INDIAN SINGERS, SINGAPOREJoin Surabhi on a
melodious journey to Singapore as we share the story of some
struggling Indian artistes who literally sing for their
supper in Singapore?s hotels. NALINI SRIRAM,
CHENNAIGlamour & simplicity. Two sides of the same
coin. Meet Nalini Sriram of Chennai an extremely
down-to-earth professional designer who dictates what some
of the stars of the silver screen in Chennai wear. Her dress
designs in Roja, Bombay and Sapnay, made quite an impact.
VAISHALI, BIHARA journey into the past brings us
to the native land of The Enlightened One. For our answer
story this week, a journey to Vaishali, Bihar, the
TRESPONE, KASHMIROur highlight is on Kargil,
during the tranquil times. A visit to a village called
Trespone near Kargil where we discover a traditional weapon
made from the horns of the Ibex or the mountain goat. Not as
effective as a Bofors gun, but certainly close to accurate.
TRIP FROM METTUPALAYAM TO OOTYSurabhi journeys
the Nilgiri passenger on metre gauge, to the lush hills of
Ooty in the South of India. A serene and romantic trip from
Mettupalayam to Ooty by a toy train that takes 4 ˝ hours to
cover 45 kms. BLACK BUCKOur answer story this
week brings you a particular deer whose ilk achieved near
celebrity status thanks to the antics of some Bollywood
stars. We bring you the beauty and the endangered life of
the graceful Black Buck, from the Velavadar Sanctuary in
Gujarat. VIEWERS GALLERY A feature on the unique
art of chalk carving and a tribute to a winner who sent the
only correct entry for the Sawal Jawab section in our 5th
episode are the highlights this week.
LOTHAL, GUJARATAccompany Surabhi to the
archaeological site at Lothal, Gujarat. A place which was
once a fertile and flourishing port of the Indus valley
Civilization, is now arid and barren. However, one can still
appreciate the high level of town planning and check out the
archaeological findings in the museum. ORGANIZATION
FOR DESTITUTE WOMEN & CHILDRENSurabhi visits an
organization in Arunachal Pradesh that radiates warmth and
love and opens its doors to destitute women and children who
face a harrowing life. SUFI MUSIC Our answer
story this week is infused with sweet notes of faith and
devotion. We bring you Sufi music or Sufiana mausiki from
Kashmir that entertains you while soothing your soul.
VIEWERS GALLERYEight years old Anshul Agarwal
makes waves with his unique mastery over music.
TRIBHANGI DANCE THEATREJayesperi Moopen has
evolved a fusion of South African dance and Bharatnatyam.
The themes for her Tribhangi Dance Theatre are from South
African folklore but the movements are largely based on
Bharatnatyam. ALICE GARG?S `RASHMI?, JAIPURAn
exploration of the remarkable world of Alice Garg and her
children of Kheddi village near Jaipur in Rajasthan. She
runs an orphanage, school and vocational training centre in
her organisation Rashmi. GYAN VIGYANThe answer
to the question asked in our Science segment falls upon you
from the sky, literally! ANSHUL AGARWALAn exotic
question comes to you this week from an equally exotic
country that will have you reaching for your pen &
paper. Join us on this voyage of discovery. VIEWERS
GALLERYWatch child prodigy Anshul Agarwal leave
onlookers spellbound with his unique mastery over music.
BUSHMEN, KAGGA KAMMASurabhi travels to the
stark, remote interiors of South Africa where we get a
glimpse of its spectacular art, culture & life style.
Also, a closer look at the clever survival techniques
formulated by the resourceful Bushmen in Kagga Kamma.
PT. CHINTAMANI R. VYASA tribute to Pt.
Chintamani R. Vyas, celebrating his 75th year of dedication
to music. An incredibly talented artiste, Pandit C.R.Vyas is
not only a vocalist but also a composer & a teacher
whose passion for music was virtually unknown till he was
past fifty. AUROVILLE, PONDICHERRYOur answer
story, this week, takes you to the universal township near
Pondicherry, South India. The founding of Auroville
introduced a new way of life & stirred in the mantra for
SINGERS OF NEPALSurabhi makes its viewers wander
in the hills and dales of Nepal, with the wandering singers
of Nepal. Unlike their forefathers who could earn a living
by singing their way from village to village, today's
singers have to find other options to make ends meet.
BHAKTI SANGEETIn this section Surabhi discovers
the special art of lyric writing for classical music and
presents a different kind of a Bhakti Sangeet created by
Narain. PAPER MAKING, EGYPTIn this section
Surabhi finds out the raw material used for making paper in
Egypt. The viewers will get to see the reed of Papyrus which
grows by the river Nile and also an entire papyrus village
which recreates the lifestyle of ancient Egypt.
SAIRA ESSA, SOUTH AFRICAThe Taj Mahal has for
ages inspired poets, painters and architects. Surabhi brings
you the fascinating story of Saira Essa, of South Africa -
whose magnificent obsession with India inspired her to have
her wedding by this breathtaking monument. CHIKKI
The spotlight is on Maharashtra's humble confectionery -
Chikki. A visit to Lonavala, a hill station near Mumbai made
popular by its thriving chikki making business, gives us an
unusual glimpse of the finer points to making this
delectable sweet. CARNIVOROUS PITCHER PLANT,
MEGHALAYALast time's question must have found you
trapped! Just like the insects who hover over the
carnivorous pitcher plant found in Meghalaya. A close look
at this unusual Demon flower plant that prefers on insect
BIRD WATCHING SESSION, ANDAMAN &
NICOBARSurabhi takes you to a spectacular bird watching
session across the islands of Andaman & Nicobar.
ROYAL FOOD OF NEPALSurabhi takes you to one of
the world?s most exciting holiday destinations in Nepal and
gives you a taste of the royal food of Nepal - the Newar
cuisine at Babbar Mehal. BODH GAYAIn this
section Surabhi takes a closer look at the town where Prince
Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a Bodhi Tree and
became Gautama Buddha. Bodh Gaya is an important Buddhist
pilgrimage site. VIEWERS GALLERY To mark the
World Post Week (9th - 15th Oct.) we bring you Aman Khanna
and his interesting concept of an interactive Digital Stamp
EPISODE 349 TOY
TRAIN IN DARJEELINGSurabhi takes you on a nostalgic trip
back to the times when life was slow and simple. We do have
modern trains moving at 500 kms per hour today. But for
respite from a harried, hurried world, hop onto the Toy
train in Darjeeling and watch time slow down. MARIA
BANGKOKWALAMeet young Maria Bangkokwala as she skates
her way under a line up of cars and into the Limca Records.
QUEEN OF HILL STATION, MUSSOURIE The Queen of
Hill stations, Mussourie was favoured by the British to
escape the burning heat of the Delhi Summer. See how
Mussourie is faring under the onslaught of visitors?
VIEWERS GALLERYThe inspiring success story of
businessman, Kishen Matlani of Indore is our highlight this
EPISODE 350 SRI
LANKAJoin Surabhi as we go to the land of mythology and
mystique, Sri Lanka, to celebrate our 350th episode. Dances,
elephant processions, historical ruins, endless beaches?.
Sri Lanka has it all. No wonder Marco Polo proclaimed Sri
Lanka to be the finest country in the world! SITA
ELIYACome discover places in Sri Lanka that coincide
with the great events in our mythology. With Dassera just
behind us, the visits to Sita Eliya and its amazing
anecdotes, refreshes the epic Ramayana in our minds.
PADMA VIBHUSHAN PT. JASRAJAnother special
feature of our 350th episode is the profile of Padma
Vibhushan Pt. Jasraj. A tete-a-tete with Panditji about
vocal music as an art and the dedication that is involved in
mastering it. PADMA VIBHUSHAN DR. KURIENAmul
& Surabhi proudly feature Padma Vibhushan Dr. Kurien who
started off from a ramshackle garage to create a
co-operative society that has turned India into the number
one milk producing country in the world. Meet Dr. Kurien as
he talks about the Amul Co-operative success story.
SIGN LANGUAGEThe answer story brings you the
silent but eloquent method of communicating by sign
SACRED CITY OF KANDY, SRI LANKASurabhi travels
to Sri Lanka where the city of Kandy has hallowed shrines of
Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians. A resplendent
reminder of the tradition of music, dance, art and craft.
AMATEUR ARCHAEOLOGIST, S.P. TIWARIIf archaeology
is not your profession, it can certainly be your passion.
Meet S.P Tiwari of Madhya Pradesh, who knows his land,
inside out. OSTRICH EGGIn this section, Surabhi
takes you to South Africa to know more about the Ostrich and
gives you more insight into the world of science with Dr.
HARVAN EXCAVATIONS IN KASHMIRBuddhist
excavations at Harvan, in Kashmir, reveal that the
picturesque vale has a remarkable record of historical
relics. MASKS OF AMBALANGODA, SRI LANKASurabhi
peers into the mask dance traditions of Sri Lanka and India.
Can tradition and culture be uncovered through masks?
LEELAVATIMathematics is considered dull and dry.
Dance is energetic and invigorating. Can the twain meet?
Jhelum Paranjpe uses dance to delve into the famous ancient
Indian mathematics text ? Leelavati. VIEWERS GALLERY
This festive season we bring you the celebration of
another interesting festival ? Nariyal Poornima that is
celebrated in Daman, with great fervour and excitement.
CRICKET CAFÉ COLOMBOCrazy about cricket? A cozy
café in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is the perfect spot for cool
discussion over a hot cuppa. TEEJANBAI, AND THE ART
OF PANDVANICan you sing your way through a male
dominated tradition? Teejanbai did, singing songs from the
epic Mahabharata, and winning acclaim across the globe.
WINE ROUTE, SOUTH AFRICACan cork seal the fate
of a bottle to produce either wine or vinegar? The answer is
universal but Surabhi selects the wine Industry of South
Africa to stir up a ferment. VIEWERS GALLERY In
the year 1999 that has been declared as World Sanskrit Year,
we highlight viewer Pratibha Bhave?s commendable efforts to
354RAGHURAJPUR AND KELUCHARAN MAHAPATRA
Kelucharan Mahapatra hails from Raghurajpur in Orissa
where life and art imitate, endorse and enrich each other.
Several years after Surabhi?s first visit to this unique
village, the past continues to thrive in the present.
SIBONGILLE KHUMALOOpera Singer Sibongille
Khumalo?s fame reached across the seas to Surabhi. But to
reach her for an interview was a dance through rain and
sunshine. MUSIC OF KUTCHThe music in my heart I
bore, long after it was heard no more. The haunting music of
the barren desert of Kutch is literally the song of the wild
winds. KAMAKHYA TEMPLETraces of the Tantric cult
can be found in our oldest civilization in the Indus Valley.
Kamakhya temple in Assam is an important pilgrimage site.
VIEWERS GALLERY The intricate art of cutting
paper to form beautiful designs mastered by viewer Saroj
Dabir is the highlight of this section. .
RONU MAZUMDARThe melodious music of the flute of
Krishna was legendary in its mesmeric attraction and drew
gopikas from their houses. Can Ronu Mazumdar?s flute make
waves around the world? PANDIRAM MANDAVICan
Surabhi be your claim to fame? Master craftsman Pandiram
Mandavi of Bastar, Madhya Pradesh found that his face became
as famous as his craft, after he appeared in Surabhi.
BATTLE OF KALINGACan horrendous War trigger a
search for spiritual solace? Surabhi takes you to the site
of the Battle of Kalinga that changed Emperor Ashoka?s
GARHWAL LIFESTYLE IN CHAMOLILife in the small
village of Chamoli is leisurely and slow-paced yet there is
a lot of room for small joys. Is harmony with nature the key
to happiness? SAFFRON FARMING IN KASHMIRVast
fields of Violet flowers veiled in winter mist! It?s saffron
time in Kashmir, a harvest of exquisite flavour and colour.
PLASTIC BAN IN LEHCan a small town succeed in
overcoming an environmental problem? VIEWERS GALLERY
Amazing feats ? a man who survives on a diet of only
MOVING OF TEMPLE OF ABU SIMBELA literally moving
story of technology driven heritage preservation. When the
ancient temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt was threatened in its
original location, it was moved piece by piece to another
location. PERSIAN WHEELWhile modern dams dot the
land in India, the old irrigation and water harvesting
methods still have their role to play. The Persian wheel was
introduced in India by the Mughals and is still used in
several villages all over the country. A simple example of
inexpensive, appropriate technology. GYAN
VIGYANThe boomerang is a unique object that was used by
the aborigines of Australia. Thrown at a certain angle, the
boomerang returns to the sender. Dr. Jayant Narlikar
explains the scientific reason for this phenomenon.
AROGYAPACCHA, KERALAIn an unusual case of
patenting traditional knowledge systems, a tribe from Kerala
has been given the right to patent a herb which they have
used as medicine for several generations. Perhaps a
torchbearer of times to come, when traditional wisdom will
be recognized, appreciated and rewarded. CAR
DESIGNER, DILIP CHHABRIADilip Chhabria's initials double
up for Designer Cars. This Mumbai based designer may create
the car of your dreams - for a price, of course!
SANGHAMITRA & ANURADHAPURAEmperor Ashoka?s
daughter Sanghamitra took a sapling of the holy Bodhi tree
to plant in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Today, centuries later,
the tree is the physical and spiritual centre of the ancient
city of Anuradhapura. .
BUNDI MINIATURES, RAJASTHANA peep inside the
palace at Bundi reveals a wealth of miniature paintings. The
spectacular paintings on the wall have their own
interpretation of time space and perspective. LOU
MAJAW, MEGHALAYAThe music of Lou Majaw has grown in
popularity to ring through the valleys of Meghalaya. The
abode of clouds is so picturesque that the very environment
inspires you to sing. PRE PLAYBACK STARSAshok
Kumar and Saraswati Devi sing their own songs in the pre
playback era. REMIXMusic is the universal
language but what is music to a teenager may seem to be
sheer noise to an adult. Remix is the new form of music that
spans the generation gap with old goldie lyrics and
technically stunning sound.
PUSHKAR FAIR, RAJASTHANAs we move into the
future, the past begins to have a new meaning. Surabhi
visits Rajasthan to re-discover the romance of the past and
every other colourful facet of Rajasthan. SIGIRIYA
FORT, SRI LANKASigiriya Rock fortress in Sri Lanka is
like a 5th century penthouse. Though the fort lies in ruins
now, there are architectural remnants that remind you of
royal connections. You literally enter the fort through the
paws of a gigantic lion.GOMATESHWAR
STATUEGomateshwara statue at Sravanbelagola. The
holistic view of life that includes care and companion for
all living creatures is embodied in the enormous statue of
Bahubali, the largest monolithic sculpture in the world.
MUKTIDHAM, BENARASIn this segment Surabhi visits
Muktidham in the historic city of Benaras and watch the play
of centuries in the waves of the eternal waters.
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