The life story of the 16th-century mystic poet and one of India's most revered saints. Read more
Mirabai: I Go the Other Way
The life story of the 16th-century mystic poet and one of India's most revered saints.
Akbar: The World and the Bridge
Sunil Khilnani on the greatest ruler of the Mughal Empire.
Malik Ambar: The Dark Fated One
The life of the Ethiopian who arrived in India as a slave but rose to become a kingmaker.
Dara Shikoh: The Meeting Place of the Two Oceans
The Mughal prince and scholar who found himself at war against his brother.
Shivaji: Dreaming Big
The 17th-century warrior-king is today a role model and symbol of Hindu identity.
Nainsukh: Owner Transfixed by Goose
The artist whose portraits of a prince's life created a new vision for Indian art.
William Jones: Enlightenment Moghul
The 18th-century Welsh scholar who awakened interest in Indian language and culture.
Rammohan Roy: Humanity in General
The 19th-century Bengali scholar and reformer who campaigned against ritual suicide.
Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi: Badass Queen
Exploring the life and death of a heroine of the 1857 rebellion.
Jyotirao Phule: The Open Well
The life of the lower-caste boy who rose to become a social reformer.
Birsa Munda: Have You Been to Chalkad?
The young, charismatic healer who led his tribal community in revolt against the British.
Deen Dayal: Courtier with a Camera
Professor Sunil Khilnani profiles pioneering photographer Lala Deen Dayal, born in 1844.
Jamsetji Tata: Swadeshi Capitalist
How Jamsetji Tata transformed Indian industry and set out to beat the Raj.
Vivekananda: Bring All Together
Sunil Khilnani explores the life of Vivekananda, India's first global guru.
Annie Besant: An Indian Tomtom
The journey of Annie Besant, from English social reformer to leader of the Congress Party.
Chidambaram Pillai: Swadeshi Steam
Sunil Khilnani examines Indian freedom fighter Chidambaram Pillai.
Ramanujan: The Elbow of Genius
Sunil Khilnani tells the story of the gifted mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Tagore: Unlocking Cages
Sunil Khilnani tells the story of the Bengali writer and thinker Rabindranath Tagore.
Visvesvaraya: Extracting Moonbeams from Cucumbers
Sunil Khilnani explores the life and work of engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
Periyar: Sniper of Sacred Cows
Sunil Khilnani tells the story of Periyar, the rationalist and social activist.
Iqbal: Death for Falcons
Sunil Khilnani tells the story of the poet and philosopher Sir Muhammad Iqbal.
Amrita Sher-Gil: This Is Me
Sunil Khilnani tells the story of the painter Amrita Sher-Gil.
Subhas Chandra Bose: A Touch of the Abnormal
Sunil Khilnani explores the life of freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose.
Gandhi: In the Palm of Our Hands
A portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian nationalist movement.
Jinnah: The Chess Player
Sunil Khilnani explores the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.
Manto: The Unsentimentalist
Exploring the life and work of India's master of the short story, Saadat Hasan Manto.
Bhimrao Ambedkar: Building Palaces on Dung Heaps
Bhimrao Ambedkar, fighter of caste discrimination and the author of India's constitution.
Raj Kapoor: The Politics of Love
A profile of the celebrated actor and movie director Raj Kapoor.
Sheikh Abdullah: Chains of Gold
Sunil Khilnani explores the life of Sheikh Abdullah, the Lion of Kashmir.
Krishna Menon: Sombre Porcupine
A profile of the abrasive Indian diplomat and statesman Krishna Menon.
Subbulakshmi: Opening Rosebuds
Sunil Khilnani explores the life of south Indian singer MS Subbulakshmi.