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  • Writer's pictureAnirudh Kanisetti

Season Finale: Harsha's Laughter

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

What happened in India after the fall of the Gupta Empire? Some of the most incredible states and people in the subcontinent's history emerged. This is their story: from the coalitions that defeated the Hunas to Harsha-Vardhana Pushyabhuti, from the collapse of the Vakatakas to the rise of the Chalukyas.

Notes and Sources below.

Voice Credits (In Order of Appearance)

Narrator - Anirudh

Other Voices - Abbas Momin



  1. On the defeat of the Hunas, see Bakker, Hans. "Monuments of Hope, Gloom, and Glory: In the Age of the Hunnic Wars: 50 Years that Changed India (484-534)." Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017.

  2. For a detailed reconstruction of Harsha's career, see Bakker, Hans. The World of the Skandapurāṇa. Brill, 2014.

  3. The description of Harsha's camp comes from Cowell, Edward (trans). The Harsa-Carita of Bana. 1897.

  4. On the Chalukyas, two very good reads (which should be taken with a pinch of salt) are Dikshit, D.P., 1980. Political history of the Chālukyas of Badami. Abhinav Publications, and Yazdani, Ghulam. The Early History of the Deccan. Vol. 1. London; New York: Published under the authority of the Government of Andhra Pradesh by the Oxford University Press, 1960 [ie 1961], 1961.



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