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Discovery kicks off new local show ‘India: Living Traditions’ next week

MUMBAI: Infotainment broadcaster Discovery Channel is premiering its new local show ‘India Living Traditions’, a programme that will reveal lesser-known facts about the country’s cultural practices.

Kicking off on 20 October at 9 pm, the special will look at traditions, art forms and natural phenomena of India, which have been prevalent for a long time in the country.

The programme will take viewers on explorations across India, revealing aspects of some of India’s lesser-known communities, customs, myths, folklore, festivals, performing arts and crafts, topography and architecture. The programme covers the aspect of Theyyam of Kerala, Patua of Bengal and the Rural Olympics of Punjab.

Discovery executive VP, GM South Asia Rahul Johri said, “Discovery Channel’s new production ‘India: Living Traditions’ is an illustrious presentation of the country’s vibrant culture and mystique. Showcasing diversity and richness of incredible India through Discovery Channel’s prism, the programme puts spotlight on some of the country’s varied traditions that are fast disappearing or transforming rapidly.

Viewers will get the first-hand experience of Theyyam, a colorful ritual dance of Kerala that attributes great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits. This sacred dance is believed to bring about well-being for the society and the family. The programme will also showcase Patua painting that is a form of scroll painting indigenous to West Bengal and has been a popular practice of storytelling. The Kila Raipur Rural Olympics, which is a rural sports festival grown over six decades, has become a sports bonanza that attracts competitors from around the globe.