The epochal Bharat Ek Khoj was first broadcasted on national TV in 1988, it’s an excellent gem of a series that deserves a watch if you’re interested in understanding India. The DVD set would cost you less than $50, it gives you English subtitles, and a booklet that explains each episode. You can also watch the whole thing online thanks to Anandavardhan Gangapuram, who has uploaded the entire series on YouTube. Have at it before Doordarshan comes knocking with a copyright claim. Should CAG be writing a report on notional loss to national exchequer thanks to this rogue uploader? Liner notes here:

Official Description: Bharat Ek Khoj (भारत एक खोज, بھارت ایک کھوج‎, భారత్ ఏక్ ఖోజ్, The Discovery of India) is a 53-episode Indian historical drama based on the book The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru that dramatically unfolds the 5000 year history of India from its beginnings to the coming of independence in 1947. The drama was directed, written and produced by Shyam Benegal with cinematographer V. K. Murthy in 1988 for Doordarshan. The series dramatically unfolds and explores the five-thousand year history of India from its beginnings to the coming of the independence in 1947. It’s cast include Om Puri, Roshan Seth, Tom Alter and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Jawaharlal Nehru was portrayed by Roshan Seth, who had previously portrayed Nehru in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982). While Seth enacted the part of Nehru as the story-teller at key points in every episode, Om Puri provided the narration. Nasadiya Sukta of Rigveda is played at the begining of each episode & Hiranyagarbha Sukta of Rigveda is played at the end of each episode of the series The drama was previously aired in DD National channel, DD Bharati, Lok Sabha TV and some other private TV Channels. My humble respects to Sri Shyam Benegal and other artists for this great work.

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