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The Story Of India: Ages Of Gold

Mother and child walking around town in Patna.
Callum Bulmer/©Maya Vision International
Mother and child walking around town in Patna.

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Reaching the time of the Fall of Rome in the West, "The Story of India" explores the amazing achievements of India’s golden age from 300 to 1000 AD. Viewers learn how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the earth and wrote the world’s first sex guide, the Kama Sutra.

In the south, he visits the giant temple of Tanjore, meets the current “Senior Prince” and watches traditional bronze casters, working as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago. After sampling southern vegetarian food with a Tamil family, Wood goes on pilgrimage to a sacred mountain, where the annual fire festival was already famous in 700 AD. With unprecedented access to amazing festivals, age-old crafts and intimate family rituals, Wood shows how the Middle Ages laid the social and imaginative foundations of today’s India.

BBC The Story of India - Episode 4 - Ages of Gold