Category Archives: Television

DD to telecast largest series on paintings and sculptures of India, 30 July 2010


NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has commenced telecast on its culture channel, DD Bharati, of two different series of films by the eminent cameraperson and conservationist Benoy Behl of the ‘Paintings of India’ and ‘The sculptures of India’.

Both the series are claimed to be the most comprehensive documentation on these subjects and have been shot in India and all over the world.

The series on sculptures has been produced, directed, written and photographed by Behl along with Associate Director Latika Gupta and Assistant Cameraman Gopal Prajapati. Continue reading

Illuminating Prince’s Path That Led to Enlightenment

Luca Tettoni A bronze sculpture of a reclining Buddha is among the images of art included in David Grubin's documentary “The Buddha.”


The New York Times
Published: April 6, 2010

David Grubin, a prolific maker of television documentaries, specializes in profiles of American presidents and other prominent Westerners: Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Truman, Napoleon, Freud. For his latest PBS project, making its debut on Wednesday night, he has headed East, offering a two-hour introduction to an Asian with a large Western fan base.

“The Buddha,” in keeping with its unadorned title, is a simple, straightforward introduction to the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Written and directed by Mr. Grubin, it’s broken into roughly equal parts covering the Prince Siddhartha story — decadence, despair and deprivation leading to enlightenment under a fig tree — and the subsequent history and precepts of Buddhism.

The cast of talking heads includes, on the one hand, the Dalai Lama (projecting irascibility) and several other Buddhist monks, and, on the other, a larger and more prominently featured group of Western writers and scholars. Among them are the poets W. S. Merwin (compelling) and Jane Hirshfield (oddly intense) and the ubiquitous Columbia scholar and father of Uma, Robert Thurman. Continue reading

Hot on internet: PBS film – “The Buddha”

Hot on internet: PBS film – “The Buddha
By Bharat
The film, narrated by actor Richard Gere made to coincide with the Asia Society Museum, which has prepared an exhibition titled Pilgrim and Buddhist art, the first exhibition exploring artistic production inspired the holy place and the

The Buddha, A Film by David Grubin


The Buddha, A Film by David Grubin premiers April 7, 2010 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings) on PBS.

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life. Continue reading

Aspen High grad’s film featured on PBS

Aspen High grad’s film featured on PBS
Snowmass Sun Online News
The film explores the discovery of ancient Buddhist art and sacred texts in remote high altitude caves. in the Kingdom of Mustang in Northwest Nepal.

“Shangri-La” Caves Yield Treasures, Skeletons

“Shangri-La” Caves Yield Treasures, Skeletons
National Geographic
Preserved by the mountain region’s cool, arid climate, the ancient manuscripts contain a mix of writings from Buddhism and Bön, an earlier, native Tibetan