Ep. 07: A South Indian Buddha

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How did Buddhism catch on in South India? Episode 7 of Echoes of India explores the life of the Andhra teacher Nagarjuna, called a "Second Buddha", his fascinating philosophy of "zeroness", and the ancient South Indian dynasty who built Roman-style theatres in the 2nd century CE.

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Notes, sources, credits and a transcript of the episode can be found at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-7

Ep. 06: The War of the Words

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How did languages shape the way ancient Indians thought and behaved? Episode 6 of Echoes of India recounts the dramatic evolution of Sanskrit and Prakrit as widely-spoken languages of power and culture, in a time of political and cultural innovation.

In the first two centuries CE, the Shakas  and Satavahanas  in Central India began to issue grand royal inscriptions tracing out bloody wars between their families and jostling for power and prestige. And they chose to draw on the remarkable literary cultures of ancient India to do so. It was an experiment that would change the world, right down to the languages modern Indians speak today. Hear the boasts of an Indo-Scythian king, the words of a princess whose name is lost, and verses from the first of India's great collections of love poetry.

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Notes, sources, credits and a transcript of the episode can be found at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-6

Ep. 05: The Shadow of Andhra's Stupas

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This is the story of how South India's grandest Buddhist monument was built: the story of a time when Buddhism dominated the Indian subcontinent, and South Indian Buddhism reached out to shape the art and religion of millions.

Episode 5 of Echoes of India moves further South to the fertile coastal lands of Andhra, where Buddhism flourished in the first two centuries CE, interacting with local and foreign art styles to create the gorgeous Amaravati school of art, resulting in the crowdfunding of an immense white stupa that would stand for nearly 1400 years. Hear the chanting of monks, the clear bells of a great monastic complex, and the awestruck words of the Chinese monk Xuanzang, who made a pilgrimage to the site in the 7th century.

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Notes, sources, credits and a transcript of the episode can be found at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-5