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Bharat Ek KhojDiscovery of India) is a 53 episode television series that dramatically unfolds the 5000 year history of India from its beginnings to the coming of independence in 1947. It is a series of explorations into the different periods of Indian history and was made in 1988 by the writer, director and producer Shyam Benegal. The serial is based on a book written by the historian and the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, titled The Discovery of India.

Thanking Tanveer  for sharing the recitations of Nasadiya sukta and Hiranyagarbha sukta, Hymn – Rig Veda, with the world. {Courtesy : Tanveer : http://www.baawara.blogspot.com/}  

Indian Independence Day

And Only Google, the iconic brand can appropriate this mood in such a vibrant way!   

nāsadāsīn no sadāsīt tadānī nāsīd rajo no vyomāparo yat |
kimāvarīva
kuha kasya śarmannambha kimāsīd ghahana ghabhīram ||

(Hindi adaptation Rig Veda 10.129.1)
srishti se pehaley sat nahi thaa, asat bhi nahi
antariksh bhi nahi, aakaash bhi nahi thaa
chipa tha kya, kahan, kisney dhaka thaa
us pal to agam atal jal bhi kahan thaa

(Hindi adaptation Rig Veda 10.129.7)
srishti ka kaun hai karta, karta hai va akarta
oonche aakaash mey rehta, sada adhyaksh bana rehta
vahi such-much mey jaanta, ya nahi bhi jaanta
hai kisi ko nahi pata, nahi pata, nahi hai pataa, nahi hai pataa

Indian civilization is more than 8000 years old and its philosophy is many years ahead of all preceding cultures and civilizations…..

Nasadiya – The Creation Hymn of Rig Veda

There was neither non-existence nor existence then.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
What stirred?
Where?
In whose protection?
Was there water, bottlemlessly deep?

There was neither death nor immortality then.
There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day.
That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse.
Other than that there was nothing beyond.

Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning,
with no distinguishing sign, all this was water.
The life force that was covered with emptiness,
that One arose through the power of heat.

Desire came upon that One in the beginning,
that was the first seed of mind.
Poets seeking in their heart with wisdom
found the bond of existence and non-existence.

Their cord was extended across.
Was there below?
Was there above?
There were seed-placers, there were powers.
There was impulse beneath, there was giving forth above.

Who really knows?
Who will here proclaim it?
Whence was it produced?
Whence is this creation?
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
Who then knows whence it has arisen?

Whence this creation has arisen
– perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not –
the One who looks down on it,
in the highest heaven, only He knows
or perhaps He does not know.
      

{Translation by Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. From the Book “The Rig Veda – Anthology”}

So what my India turns 60, she is getting sexier moment by moment (certainly, there are many facets of economic development of the country left unaddressed, or addressed for a brief time with full zest and fervor only to be lapsed out of them….)….The Popular Culture – Movies in the Indian mainstream  reflects the upbeat mood, the ever-ramping across optimism….a few of my favs from movies of recent times!

India Upbeat 1   {Rang De Basanti – Hindi}

India Upbeat 2  {Dil Chahta Hai – Hindi}

India Upbeat 3  {Bunty Aur Babli – Hindi} Success stories from Small towns of India

India Upbeat 4 {Dhoom – Hindi}

India Upbeat 5  {My choice : Kaaka Kaaka-  Tamil Uyirin Uyire}………

essentially, I considered the multi-hued fast beats as the key factor……if you are beaten by this choice, do feel free to add your favs! 

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