Discover India is a series of documentaries commissioned by the Discovery Channel. The goal was to launch India-specific programs and new content. The series was used to capture the imagination of the Indian audiences and show India in a fresh light. It took India beyond the stereotypical portrayals of the various temples, ghats, and saints. It provides a glimpse into the contemporary India of today with a brand new and modern outlook. The episodes provide a visual treat with breath-taking locations. It highlighted the nuances, which a culturally diverse country like India presents with its various sights and sounds. It also focuses on the latest technological advancements made in the country.
The show peeks at how we live in a harmonious co-existence with traditions which have survived for centuries. Discover India aims to keep the Discovery Channel relevant in the modern era and maintain their popularity. It includes features such as The Legend of Malerkotla: A tale of Punjab, which takes a look at Punjab during its partition in 1947. Amidst the chaos which reigned during that time, Malerkotla was amongst the few places where peace reigned. Locals believe that this town has been peaceful for many centuries now owing to a boon granted to it by Guru Gobind Singh. There are differences in opinion, however since some think that its peace comes from Baba Sadruddin’s shrine.
The Legend of Malerkotla thus showcases this city as a living breathing example of how various religions can coexist in peace without hostility. Discover India also consists of a show titled Great Crimes & Trials: The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The show covers the entire sequence of events which led to the demise of the Father of the Nation taking place. India – Myth & Mystics, delves into the various rituals practiced in India and why people practice them. Travellers: Onam & the Snakeboat Races, takes a sharp contrast to this and takes a look at the ancient snake boat race tradition in Kerala.
Patiala Necklace traces the story of how the Maharaja of Patiala commissioned a necklace of more than 1000 carats in 1925 and its subsequent disappearance post the Indian partition in 1947. The necklace’s tale is oft repeated to highlight how the Maharajahs, who once ruled supreme and lived in great grandeur, could lose their power and authority. It highlights how great empires can have unforeseen downfalls within short spans of time.
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