Discovery Channel to broadcast 'The Story of India'

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Chennai, Apr 4 (UNI) Leading television channel 'Discovery' will broadcast its new six-part series 'The Story of India' every wednesday starting April 16.

Talking to newspersons here today, Discovery Networks India EVP and Managing Director Deepak Shourie said ''the new series is a chronological history of India. It will reveal the wonders of India, the diversity and richness of its people, cultures and landscapes and the intese drama of its past, including some of the most momentous events in world history.'' While explaining about the elements covered in the series, Mr Shourie said ''the series will cover the highlights of 'First Indians,' which would tell that our ancestors first walked of Africa some 70,000 years ago, around the shores of the Arabian Sea and down into south India.'' The programme would also cover the 'First Indian's' DNA, which was found in Tamil Nadu to get a clue about the migrational history.

Mr Shourie also said the serial would cover the 'Mantras,' which still here recited in Kerala from the times when human's speech was not developed.

''Other topics, including the first civilisation Harappa and about the disapperance of civilisations will also be covered,'' he said.

The series would take the audience to the early centuries AD, the time of the Roman Empire in the West, he said.

''Viewers will also visit the desert cities of Rajasthan and travel among the fabulous cities of Delhi, Agra, Fathepur Sikri,'' he said, adding ''it also offers a startling new theory about the construction of Taj Mahal.'' He said the last episode would tell how a foreign multinational (the East India Company) thousands of miles away, gradually and almost by chance took power over great swatches of the Indian subcontinent.

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