Kochi: Discovery Channel will be launching Discovery Atlas, a portrait of the World’s greatest Nations seen through the lives of their extraordinary people, from 26 January, starting with a two hour episode on India.
Acclaimed Film Director Mira Nair would be narrating the episode ‘India Revealed’ to be telecast at 9 p.m. on 26 January, Rajiv Bakshi, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications Discovery Communications India, told reporters here.
As India strives to join the leading edge of the world’s powers, century old conventions are coming under pressure forcing deep shifts and changes within the Indian society. ‘India Revealed´ will capture all those shifts and changes, tensions and conflicts, Bakshi said.
Varanasi, Indian Wedding, the Sunderbans, the 2000-year tradition of Gurukul system of Rishikesh, Jama Masjid, the Indian Aerospace industry and the hi-tech revolution and outsourcing have been touched upon in the Indian episode.
Subsequent episodes on six other countries -- Brazil, China, Italy, Australia, Mexico and South Africa would be aired on Saturdays at 9 p.m.
India and China are the only two Asian nations featured.
The episode on China was filmed in nearly 40 different locations across that country.The Great Wall was filmed in temperatures of minus 20 degrees with a wind chill which dropped the reading even further, Bakshi said.
The series took nearly four years to complete, Bakshi said adding the channel was considering featuring more countries like Egypt, France and Japan. Academy award winning actor Russel Crowe would be narrating the episode on Australia.
Discovery Communications, a non fiction media company, raches out to over 170 countries.