The many shades of India/ A peep into India

Get a glimpse into India like never before through these documentaries. Whether it’s culture, travel or history, the films promise to provide visual and informational delights

1. Joanna Lumley’s India

This documentary features English actress Joanna Lumley’s return to the country of her birth (she was born in Srinagar in 1946). Through her eyes, discover how independence has shaped India into the country it is today.The series follows Lumley as she weaves her way from Madurai in the south to Sikkim in the foothills of the Himalayas. She explores India’s diverse landscapes and cultural traditions, and introduces the viewers an eclectic mix of people along the way. Catch this on the Tata Sky mobile app

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2. The Ganges with Sue Perkins

British comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins tells the story of modern India by tracing the course of the river Ganga. She begins her journey at the river’s source in the Himalayas, right through to where it meets the sea at the Bay of Bengal. Her travelogue also showcases the people who lead their lives along the banks of the river. Catch this on the Tata Sky mobile app

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3. The Story of India

The Story of India is one of the most acclaimed documentaries about the country. It’s called a must-watch series and not without good reason. Historian Michael Wood beautifully narrates the story of India’s evolution from the Indus Valley Civilization till it won its freedom in 1947. The documentary’s skillful storytelling is interspersed with historical evidence, archaeological findings and anecdotes by local people.

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4. Secrets of Wild India

If nothing else, watch Secrets of Wild India for Sir David Attenborough’s narration. This National Geographic documentary offers intriguing insights into India’s rich biodiversity. Whether it’s the smooth-coated otter found along the banks of the Brahmaputra river or Asiatic lions who survive in extreme climatic conditions, this documentary has a lot to offer, which makes it a treat for wildlife lovers.

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5. The Great Indian Railway

Take a virtual trip on one of the world’s largest railway networks through this National Geographic documentary. It shows how Indian Railways has been a unifying force for regions, cultures, traditions, and languages that make the fabric of India. Get mesmerized by the luxurious Palace on Wheels, enchanted with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train and relive the nostalgia of yore when steam engines were the norm. If you’re a fan of the Indian Railways, then this is a must-watch!

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6. Way Back Home

Explore lesser known regions in the Himalayas filmmaker Rohan Thakur embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the documentary. This first-of-its-kind travelogue was shot entirely in the winter and is a visual feast of snow-capped peaks and white landscapes. The series features original music – inspired by the Himalayas – which was composed by Thakur.

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7. Forest Man

Forest Man showcases the life of Padma Shri-awardee JadavPayeng who single-handedly planted a forest to save his island from getting submerged by the river Brahmaputra. The documentary beautifully depicts how Payne transformed a barren wasteland into a lush reserve through grit and determination.

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