Famous TV Serial on CHANAKYA

Chanakya (Devanagari: चाणक्य) is a 47-part Indian television historical drama written and directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi that was originally telecast on DD National from September 1991 to August 1992. Produced by Prakash Dwivedi, the series is a fictionalized account of the life and times of 4th century BCE Indian economist, strategist and political theorist Chanakya (aka Vishnugupta) and is based on events occurring between 340 BCE and 321/20 BCE, starting with Vishnugupta's boyhood and culminating in the coronation of Chandragupta Maurya. Chandraprakash Dwivedi played the title role of Chanakya.

The series is divided into three major parts

  • The early life of Vishnugupta in the kingdom of Magadha and the circumstances leading to his self-imposed exile, particularly the persecution (and subsequent death) of his father at the hands of Dhanananda, King of Magadha.
  • The invasion of north-western India by Alexander, his death and the rebellion led by native Indian kingdoms under the leadership of Chandragupta Maurya against Alexander's successors in India.
  • The attack on and overthrow of the Nanda rule in Magadha and the crowning of Chandragupta as the King of Magadha.

Within this framework, Dwivedi portrays the politics and backstabbing that governed relations between various kings and officials of that time. He also covers the workings of the early Indian republics and the way of life of ordinary Indians during those times.

Chanakya is critically acclaimed and has been hailed as a "milestone on Indian television." At the same time, it has also been the subject of political controversy. It has been televised in many countries around the world and has won five Uptron Awards.

(Taken from Wikipedia)

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