43 episodes

Welcome to Ithihasa, an Indic History Podcast that explores India’s past. I will take you back in time to examine what I think has either been overlooked or misunderstood.

I want to nudge People and make them appreciate our past. Want them to be surprised by the fact that the world today isn't much different from the past. And to explore it in a way that hopefully enlightens us.

This is my humble attempt to make it easier for you, to learn India's past in small yet manageable chunks and come out of it with a basic understanding that will enable you to form a coherent opinion when confronted with conflicting narratives.

India's past is littered with gracious amounts of intrigue, drama, tragedy and glory. I will get my hands dirty for you, by digging through the sands of time. And together we shall unearth and look at the fascinating fossils of India’s rich, painful and glorious past.

This podcast will unfold in seasons. Each season will go in depth into different periods of India's history. We will kickoff the show with the first season on the mighty Vijayanagara Empire and follow it up other exciting eras and empires that have lasting impact on the India we know today.

Understand how India interacted with rest of the world in our ancient past, how warfare evolved on the subcontinent, how its culture spread & how it infused outside influence.

We will go where the history books in school and TRP driven News outlets rarely go. And in the process get in touch with our own civilizational roots and identity. Hopefully we shall discover what it truly means to be an Indian.

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Welcome to Ithihasa, an Indic History Podcast that explores India’s past. I will take you back in time to examine what I think has either been overlooked or misunderstood.

I want to nudge People and make them appreciate our past. Want them to be surprised by the fact that the world today isn't much different from the past. And to explore it in a way that hopefully enlightens us.

This is my humble attempt to make it easier for you, to learn India's past in small yet manageable chunks and come out of it with a basic understanding that will enable you to form a coherent opinion when confronted with conflicting narratives.

India's past is littered with gracious amounts of intrigue, drama, tragedy and glory. I will get my hands dirty for you, by digging through the sands of time. And together we shall unearth and look at the fascinating fossils of India’s rich, painful and glorious past.

This podcast will unfold in seasons. Each season will go in depth into different periods of India's history. We will kickoff the show with the first season on the mighty Vijayanagara Empire and follow it up other exciting eras and empires that have lasting impact on the India we know today.

Understand how India interacted with rest of the world in our ancient past, how warfare evolved on the subcontinent, how its culture spread & how it infused outside influence.

We will go where the history books in school and TRP driven News outlets rarely go. And in the process get in touch with our own civilizational roots and identity. Hopefully we shall discover what it truly means to be an Indian.

    Vijayanagara: Diamond Cuts A Diamond: DevaRaya II vs KapilendraDeva : p1

    Vijayanagara: Diamond Cuts A Diamond: DevaRaya II vs KapilendraDeva : p1

    How and why did two powerful Hindu emperors and contemporaries of their time end up on the opposite side instead of joining forces against the Islamic Sultanate rivals?

    If you are interested to know the Why and How of it, then you are at the right place. Like never before on any Indian History Podcast, we shall go in depth into this fascinating history of India.

    • 28 min
    Vijayanagara: Welcome Back To Karnataka Samrajya

    Vijayanagara: Welcome Back To Karnataka Samrajya

    2020 has been an eventful year that most of us wish never happened in first place.
    The economic and human devastation that transpired across the globe so rapidly due to this deadly pandemic; is a grim reminder to each one of us to not take our fragile life, peace, material luxuries and the semblance of order in our daily lives for granted.
    So to all those asking me, when is the next episode or what it is about, I can assure you that it’s going to be very interesting. There is still a lot of ground to cover and many stories to be told.
    We will be resuming the Season Vijayanagara in 2021 with an dramatic mini-series that will delve in depth into the rise of Sri Krishna DevaRaya and the epic showdown between the Gajapatis of Orissa and Vijayanagara.
    There is going to be intense drama, action, intrigue that’s born out of the insatiable ambitions, greed of powerful men of that era for glory and power.
    Like never before on any other Indian History Podcast, the Story of Vijayanagara will be unraveled on the Ithihasa Indic History Podcast. Whether you are a first-time listener, casual listener or a loyal listener, you will not be disappointed.

    • 7 min
    Vijayanagara: Nayankara System p3 - The Raya's Kumara Varkkam

    Vijayanagara: Nayankara System p3 - The Raya's Kumara Varkkam

    Familial and succession politics of the empire constantly reproduced new political and kin alliances. In a world shaped by succession struggles and dynastic politics, shifting alliances made and unmade the Nayaka fortunes. With each new struggle at the royal court, an entire chain of political hierarchy stood to gain or lose.

    • 24 min
    Vijayanagara: Nayankara System p2 - Saluva Thimma's Sleight Of Hand

    Vijayanagara: Nayankara System p2 - Saluva Thimma's Sleight Of Hand

    The underlying tension within the empire was between Nayaka's role as a partner and that of a subordinate of the Raya.

    • 31 min
    Vijayanagara: Nayankara System p1 - Rani Rudrama Devi's Gamble

    Vijayanagara: Nayankara System p1 - Rani Rudrama Devi's Gamble

    To deal with the problem of oscillating loyalties and rebellion of the vassals coupled with the problems of logistics, a robust instrument of administrative control had to be innovated and put in place. And this came in the form of the Nayankara System.

    • 34 min
    Vijayanagara: Devadasi : A Fallen Goddess

    Vijayanagara: Devadasi : A Fallen Goddess

    Forced to become courtesans at an early age when they were dedicated for life to a deity, the community of women that history now refers to as Devadasis somehow managed to carve out a powerful social space for themselves. They left their mark on medieval art and literature, on sculpture, music and dance.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

@arnabmoumita ,

Amazing!!

This is truly amazing and kudos to the research done before bringing it to the listeners. It is very informative and makes the listeners interested in rich Indian history. This podcast is a must for history lovers from all across the world. Thank for bringing it to us in such an interesting manner.

DChandrika ,

One of kind

This podcast grows on you. The narration and storytelling is ace. What got me hooked on is the assurance that the series would be based on ‘substance’ rather than ‘sequence’. That in itself offers a fresh perspective for diving into a ‘historical review’ of any kind.

Being born and raised in Bangalore, I went to Hampi in my early 20’s and listening to the podcast teleports me to the rocky ruins of HaLu Hampi. The story is made richer by innumerable accounts of travellers, merchants and historians that Vikram gaily weaves into his narration plot. It is hard to miss appreciating the amount of research and thought that would gone into making a podcast of this scale, and it’s only gets better as the grandiose of the story itself builds.

Podcasts are generally motivational or informative or simply entertaining..Ithihasa is different. The pain of Vijayanagara’s decline can be felt so strongly and at the same time it fills you awe and wonder about the empire’s magnificence. The beautifully chosen background score concurs with the story’s melancholy yet tantalising the senses for a rich visual experience. Personally for me, it has been very humbling to receive such knowledge and perspective (in just 40min of my time)- that which has taken centuries to pan out, decades to document and unravel, and months to consolidated and make this podcast. The very least I could do is write here and sincerely hope that you keep up the spirit that renders this commendable effort - thank you again for Ithihasa

~cjohn ,

Truely Amazing!!

Great effort in compacting the history of the era in a well crafted narration.I am the avid listener of the podcast and I came to know many things from it.Itihasa is well made and researched.I enjoy listening to it.

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