Treasures of the Indus

Pakistan Unveiled

Series 1 - Episode 1 Pakistan Unveiled

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Review

The story of Pakistan has been overtaken by political and religious turmoil in recent decades, but as art historian Dr Sona Datta points out in the first part of her intriguing new series, this tends to deny a complex texture and culture that’s existed in the region for some 5,000 years.

And as the course of the Indus river has changed, so have the civilisations that thrived beside it, from the creators of sophisticated ancient cities like Mohenjo-daro and Harappa to the great Moghul emperors of the 16th century. Much of Datta’s attention is focused on Gandhara, that sparkling collision of Buddhist and Hellenistic style that emerged after Alexander the Great arrived in 326 BC.

Summary

Historian and museum curator Sona Datta explores the story of the Indian subcontinent told through its people, places and dynasties, and looking at their effect on the modern world. She begins by investigating Pakistan's intriguing multicultural past, which also produced some extraordinary and little-known works of art.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sona Datta
Director Hugh Thomson
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Series Producer Hugh Thomson
Documentary History