January 31, 2016


There are movies, TV shows or videos you like and follow. But it's very rare to find a complete channel with so many wonderful shows. Each is like a gem set in a beautiful jeweled necklace. Each show is different and intelligent! The content and concept is unique and new. It's educative as well as entertaining! Here are my top favorites - 

Mahabharata by Culture Machine
The cartoon depiction of Mahabharata stories is the most unique way of storytelling. The powerful and effective scenes and voice capsules of minute or two are a breath of fresh air amongst all other daily soaps and epic mythological serials. 

Stories by Rabindranath Tagore 
There are many renditions and interpretations of Tagore stories. This show is probably one of the best ever. Anurag Basu in his beautiful Barfee style lights up the screen with grEat characters, strong dynamics of human relations, depth of emotions and great stories. How many authors or creators can claim the fame and name of Tagore. A unique story tellers whose stories will live forever. 

To go around searching the Ekaant. This word is so beautiful. Probably so unique. Lonely probably is the closest but it misses the emptiness. The show covers remanents of past - the heritage temples, palaces, forts, cities. The empty corners once inhabited. The sounds of past. The open doors and windows. The stories in the wind. Listen to the dialogues as delicate as pearls in a necklace - 
Jammu- Kashmir itna bada hai, ke Jammu uske saamne ek tippini sa lagta hai. 

Epic grams 
Capsule of trivia and information like animated Wikipedia. The show is interesting and informative and interactive in dialogue style.  One on Ivory show was just brilliant. About history, about craft, about commerce,  about heritage, about economy - pure story telling 

Raja, Rasoi aur Kahaniyan 
Love for food and the stories behind it makes this show probably the most tasty one. The folk and regional food of the people, for the people and by the people. What is the story behind food? What was farmed and found here? What was the impact of travelers and history? What are the flavors? What is the origin? What is the similarity or difference? For God and the man! Remember the one on "chappan bhog" - Pure food for the soul! 

Devlok by Devdutt Patnaik
Hindu Religion and its interpretation, symbolic reference of Gods, Vedic stories, legends of Gods, principles and guidelines of the ways of a good life! 

Jaane Pehchaane with Javed Akhtar
The yesteryears of 50-60s with black and white and technicolor films where men were gentlemen and women were ladies. Yes known very well known from fairy tales. 

Back to Flashback with Javed Jaffery
The rocking 90s, my childhood years,   this show is so aptly named Flashback for the people of my generation and Javed Jaffery adds his brand of quirky and fun comedy!Never miss it! 

Magic of Ancient Architecture
The stories behind creation of legmen art monuments - architecture, science, plans, execution, visions and stories behind the magnificent creations of Indian cultural heritage. 

You know why I love this channel because the shows here are like my blogs. Pure story telling and nostalgia - the key themes of my blogs. Infact This channel is perfect for conceptualizing shows on my blogs. 
Imagine a show on- 

The streets have lives - downtown, old town, city center, China market, bazaar steer, mall road, waterfront, beaches, village streets, alleys, beaches and forest trails. So many walks, so many views, so many lives - the story of the streets. 

A class vintage show on all things vintage. The old shops and their owners running their family business of preserving and selling past. Real Antiques, rare jewellery, the vintage curios, poster boards, tin boxes, metal toys and kitsch. The heirlooms of the royal family, the keepsakes passed over generations, so many stories to be told. 

This show is all about books and reading. Lit fests, book reviews, author interviews, book recommendations, history of writing, famous quotes, literary forms - purest form of story telling. 

Epic, isn't it. 

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