Bharat Katha

"Bharat Katha" is a collection of real stories of real people from India.

Bhārat is the official Sanskrit name of India, Bhārat Ganarājya, and the name is derived from the ancient Indian texts, the Puranas.

Katha (story) is a folk narrative style of story telling.

Bharat Katha is a journey to the heart of India, crossing language, cultural and regional boundaries. These stories are from all different kinds of people about their lives, their views and their beliefs -- beliefs which have been held together through generations.

How do I find them? - I'd like to think I found them but in truth... most of the time they are waiting to be found to share their story - The India Story.

Who am I ? - I am a man with a camcorder.

Swaroop Khan, a desert singer

Do you think music is a commotion, a drama?

Meet Swaroop Khan, who has a story to share both in words and in music. Although he is facing an uphill task to disprove some people from his community, he is doing something different than the rest.

I found him in Jaisalmer. Swaroop Khan comes from the pedigree of Manganiars who are renowned skilled musicians of Thar Desert - The Thar desert singers. They have survived through the patronage of Rajput Kings and their songs have been passed orally through generations.

Although they are Muslims they perform Hindu rituals and their songs are in praise of Hindu deities and celebrate Hindu festivals. They traditionally invoke the Hindu God Krishna to seek his blessing before beginning their recital.

This episode marks the end of sabbatical I had all this time. Hopefully I shall release more video stories soon. I have created a new intro and new music, you'd need to use headphones to hear it well (the full song is on its way as well). I’d love to hear what you think! Do send me a message.

So, sit back and enjoy the story with English, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish subtitles.

Also, coming shortly on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video in UK, USA, Germany and Japan.