32 episodes

Echoes of India is the story of India like you've never heard it before. Host Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing, as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.

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    • 4.5 • 82 Ratings

Echoes of India is the story of India like you've never heard it before. Host Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing, as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.

    The Emperor is Naked: How History Forgot the Ajivikas and Remembered the Mauryas

    The Emperor is Naked: How History Forgot the Ajivikas and Remembered the Mauryas

    The forgotten religion of the Ajivikas can tell us a great deal about the religions and empires of the early Gangetic Plains. Anirudh visits the medieval Jain site of Shravanabelagola near Bangalore, recounts the story of the mysterious Ajivika teacher Makkhali Goshala, and explains how the rise of the mighty empire of the Mauryas is connected to this vanished religious tradition.
    Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive though hard research and great storytelling. Please help him out on this labour of love at
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/akanisetti
    Alternatively, you can donate at paypal.me/akanisetti or through UPI at anirudh.kanisetti@okhdfcbank to get the same rewards - including community access, illustrations from South Asian history, and more!
    Notes and sources will be available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com - sign up for updates!
    Follow Anirudh on Instagram @aniryuddha, @cholabhaturaempire, or @connectedhistories for more irreverent, critically-researched content on South Asia's incredible history.

    • 32 min
    Alexander the Brute: Building Empires in the Ancient World

    Alexander the Brute: Building Empires in the Ancient World

    The invasion of Alexander III of Macedon is a landmark event in South Asian history. Join Anirudh as he explores the conqueror's camp, meets an Indian mercenary who served in Alexander's campaigns, and uncovers the mystery of the fall of the Nanda dynasty and the rise of the mighty Gangetic empire of the Mauryas that succeeded them.
    Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive though hard research and great storytelling. Please help him out on this labour of love at

    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/akanisetti

    Alternatively, you can donate at paypal.me/akanisetti or through UPI at anirudh.kanisetti@okhdfcbank to get the same rewards - including community access, illustrations from South Asian history, and more!
    Notes and sources will be available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com - sign up for updates!
    Follow Anirudh on Instagram @aniryuddha, @cholabhaturaempire, or @connectedhistories for more irreverent, critically-researched content on South Asia's incredible history.

    • 35 min
    Thrones of Blood: Ajatashatru's Wars and the First Buddhist Council

    Thrones of Blood: Ajatashatru's Wars and the First Buddhist Council

    How did the kingdom of Magadha lay the foundations for India's first empire? And how did the successors of Siddhartha Gautama establish the tradition now known as Buddhism? Episode 7 brings us to the early city of Rajagaha, where we explore its marketplaces and caves in search of answers.
    Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive though hard research and great storytelling. Please help him out on this labour of love at

    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/akanisetti

    Notes and sources will be available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com - sign up for updates!
    Follow Anirudh on Instagram @aniryuddha, @cholabhaturaempire, or @connectedhistories for more irreverent, critically-researched content on South Asia's incredible history.

    • 32 min
    The Great Extinguishing: Memories of the Death of Buddha and the Rise of Magadha

    The Great Extinguishing: Memories of the Death of Buddha and the Rise of Magadha

    Death inevitably comes to us all. But how do memories of the dead shape our world? Witness the last months and hours of Siddhartha Gautama as he travels across the Gangetic Plains desperately trying to protect his legacy - and see what our struggles against death teach us about the nature of history and history telling.
    Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive though hard research and great storytelling. Please help him out on this labour of love at

    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/akanisetti
    Notes and sources will be available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com - sign up for updates!
    Follow Anirudh on Instagram @aniryuddha, @cholabhaturaempire, or @connectedhistories for more irreverent, critically-researched content on South Asia's incredible history.

    • 36 min
    So I Have Heard From the Blessed One: Anirudh Speaks to the Buddha

    So I Have Heard From the Blessed One: Anirudh Speaks to the Buddha

    What might Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, have actually thought of himself? Did he genuinely believe in what he preached? How do we, sitting in the 21st century, grapple with his complexities and flaws? Anirudh travels back through time to talk to the man himself, one quiet night on Vulture Peak near the great city of Rajagaha in Magadha.
    Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive though hard research and great storytelling. Please him out on this labour of love at
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/akanisetti

    Notes and sources will be available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com - sign up for updates!
    Follow Anirudh on Instagram @aniryuddha, @cholabhaturaempire, or @connectedhistories for more irreverent, critically-researched content on South Asia's incredible history.

    • 36 min
    Nun of Your Business: Women, Society, and the Sangha in Early Buddhism

    Nun of Your Business: Women, Society, and the Sangha in Early Buddhism

    Episode 4 of Echoes of India brings us to witness the burgeoning power of the Buddhist Sangha in the early Gangetic Plains. How did Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, deal with the struggle of becoming a leader of thousands? How did he navigate the tides of public opinion and ensure that his rules were followed across this sprawling organisation? And what kind of role did women play in early Sangha?
    Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive though hard research and great storytelling. Please him out on this labour of love at
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/akanisetti

    Notes and sources will be available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com - sign up for updates!
    Follow Anirudh on Instagram @aniryuddha, @cholabhaturaempire, or @connectedhistories for more irreverent, critically-researched content on South Asia's incredible history.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android:
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

bubblegumCavitation ,

Excellent content, needs improvement in narration

Anirudh, I followed one of your courses in Unacademy and was impressed with the narration there. The content and research is as good as ever, but the narration can be improved.
Thanks for the podcast!

gkustagi ,

Excellent content!

Hi Anirudh,

I’ve been listening to your podcasts for a while now and your intent brings in such a beautiful and fresh perspective to the history we already know or in some cases do not...your reach is well thought through and very relevant to today’s context!

jjsjjdujdnn774774 ,

Interesting presentation

Close your eyes and dwell into the history of India.

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