Collection telling the story of the Indian sub-continent by the treasures of three very totally different individuals, locations and dynasties which have formed the trendy Indian world.
Half 1: Pakistan Unveiled
All too typically, Pakistan is portrayed as a rustic of bombs, beards and burkhas. The view of it as a monolithic Muslim state is even embodied within the identify of the nation, ‘the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’. But, as Sona Datta reveals, it was once the assembly level for a lot of totally different faiths from around the globe and has an intriguing multicultural previous – a previous about which it’s to some extent in denial. It additionally produced some extraordinary and little-known artworks which Sona, from her work as a curator on the British Museum, explores and explains.
Half 2: The Different Facet of the Taj Mahal
The Mughals created probably the most well-known and dazzling empire that India has ever seen, from the Taj Mahal to fabulously intricate miniatures of court docket life. However within the course of did they carry civilisation to India or tear it aside? From the second the primary Mughal emperor Babur arrived from Afghanistan, the talk started – have been the Mughals imposing their very own faith of Islam on a Hindu nation, or have been they open to the faith and artwork of the nation they have been conquering? The artworks the Mughals left behind over their 200-year empire – even the very buildings which have traces of Hindu structure in addition to Muslim – clearly present how this debate performed out and Sona Datta traces how this most spectacular of all Indian civilisations additionally sowed the seeds of discord.
Half three: Of Gods and Males
In a journey throughout the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Sona Datta traces the event of the Hindu faith from its origins as an amalgamation of native religion traditions to its dominant place in the present day. She uncovers this fascinating story by wanting on the buildings during which the religion advanced, shifting from the caves and rock temples on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Mahabalipurem, by the monolithic stone temple at Tanjavur to the huge complicated of ornately carved towers, tanks and courtyards at Madurai, the place each night the god Shiva processes around the precincts to go to the bedchamber of his associate Parvati.