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Museum to Present Films on the Story of India

Museum to Present Films on the Story of India photo 9/9/2010 12:13:55 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Sunday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m., the Western Heritage Museum will present the first half of the critically acclaimed landmark documentary The Story of India.

In this sweeping and beautifully filmed series, British historian and writer Michael Wood attempts to reveal India and its rich and varied history and contributions throughout the ages.  For over two thousand years, he posits, India has been at the center of world history, but how did India come to be and how has it impacted other countries?  As Woods embarks on a dazzling and exciting expedition through today's India, he looks to the present for clues to her past, and to the past for clues to her future. From Buddhism to Bollywood, from mathematics to outsourcing, Wood discovers India's impact on history - and on the rest of the world.

According to Mary Lyle, Education and Events Coordinator for the Western Heritage Museum, the series will be shown in two parts.  Part I, which begins September 19, will cover the beginnings of India, utilizing ancient manuscripts, oral traditions, and dramatic archaeological discoveries; the age of Buddha and Alexander the Great’s invasion of India; as well as the spice trade, a forgotten Indian Empire, and a lost Wonder of the World.

Part II, scheduled for Sunday, September 26, will reveal the country’s golden age; its role in world religion; and the rise of Gandhi and Nehru, the struggle for freedom, and the events that led to the partition of India in 1947.  Parts I and II will each last approximately 2 1/2 hours, with brief intermissions.

Admission to the Museum is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors 65 and older, and $2 for students.  Children 5 & under are free, NMJC students are free, and members of the Western Heritage Museum Complex & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame are free.  For more information, please call 575.392.6730.

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