The Asian Network Big Comedy Night. Aditi Mittal. Copyright: BBC.

A Beginner's Guide To India

BBC Radio 4 stand-up show starring Aditi Mittal. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2016. Stars Aditi Mittal.

A Beginner's Guide To India

Mumbai-based comic Aditi Mittal presents a stand-up series about India

BBC Radio 4
2   (1 series)
Aditi Mittal
Aditi Mittal
Ed Morrish

India is the second most populous nation in the world (1.2 billion people), and British-Indian is the largest ethnic minority in the United Kingdom (1.4 million people). So after Radio 4 broadcast Sami Shah's A Beginner's Guide To Pakistan it feels only right to broadcast A Beginner's Guide To India - without India there wouldn't even be a Pakistan.

Our guide will be Aditi Mittal, a Mumbai-based comic who has already appeared on Radio 4's The Now Show and on The Asian Network Big Comedy Night. The Times of India listed her as one of the top ten comedians in India; Forbes Magazine India put her in their 30 Under 30, ranging across every sphere of life from science to law to sport to theatre to comedy - and she's written articles for everyone from The Financial Times to Grazia. We will bring her to the UK to perform A Beginner's Guide To India because she, like all Indians, loves the British. (The last time they got some, they kept them for 200 years.)

Aditi is young in a country with more history than most; she's a woman in a country that sees street harassment as "Eve teasing"; she's an Anglophone because of the legacy of the British Empire, but India was independent before her parents were born; she's an atheist in a country that has given the world four major religions and also one actual God (Sachin Tendulkar).

A Beginner's Guide To India will look at an undoubtedly significant and increasingly important country from a point of view that is rarely heard, performed by the most exciting stand-up comedian India has generated.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 15th December 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 22nd December 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 11:00pm

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