33 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 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.

Echoes Of India: A History Podcast IVM Podcasts

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    • 5.0 • 58 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 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.

    Beloved of the Gods: Ashoka Maurya in His Time and Ours

    Beloved of the Gods: Ashoka Maurya in His Time and Ours

    In the Season 3 Finale, we explore South Asia at the time of its most famous ancient figure: Ashoka Maurya, ruler of the largest empire seen in the subcontinent to that point. Anirudh meets a rude South Indian visiting one of Ashoka's inscriptions and hears the words of the emperor himself to uncover the nature, structure, and sobering truths about the Mauryan empire and its impact on the history of South Asia.
    Season 4 of Echoes of India will be out in November/December 2021!
    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

petewwe ,

Energetic, insightful and fascinating.

Thank you Anirudh for giving us an insightful, compelling history of India in such an enthusiastic and vigorous manner. Keep it coming!

Techbando ,

Informative and entertaining

This is a great podcast. I love the presentation as well as the content which seems well researched. The attitude to historiography also meshes. I am also learning and relearning a lot.
My only issue is the occasional odd pronunciation of English words. A standard dictionary will serve as a guide.
Hope to hear more seasons. Sharing with friends and family.

Grantle87 ,

More please

When do we get season 3? 😁

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