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This section of covers videos relating to Indian history and historical monuments.  India is a hotspot of cultural diversity, amazing historical structures, and places. For instance, the earliest university in the world was in Nalanda, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, is located in our nation!

We strongly feel that children need to get acquainted with their heritage at a young age, and respect the beauties India has to offer. Our country is home to a plethora of astonishing monuments such as the Qutb Minar, Ajanta caves, the Charminar and many more! We want children to learn why these were created, the stories that unfolded within them and their historical legacy. History is a very important subject that can be used to better understand the present and aid in the development of the future.  This is why we feel this section of videos will be especially helpful for your children. 

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A visit to the Ocean Park
We visited the Valencia Oceanographic Park, a huge park full of different underwater creatures as well as land animals! Watch and learn more about this magical place.
Transcript - A visit to the Ocean Park

A visit to the Ocean Park

Hi, Udai here. Speaking from the Valencia Oceanographic Park!

This is a huge park full of different animals – over 45,000!

Let’s begin our journey by looking at all the fish. We can see them while walking in these cool underwater caves. Wow, aren’t these fish colourful?

Oh cool- See this group of fish swimming together? That’s known as a school of fish! But it’s not a boring school where you sit in a class room- in this school you get to swim together!

Here’s a seahorse- isn’t it cute? It looks like a little horse swimming in the water. I found out that it’s the male seahorse that gives birth to babies. That’s crazy!

Do you see the glowing jellyfish? They light up the dark ocean water.  This is because they are bioluminescent. This means that their bodies create light! Jellyfish can live for a few days but some can even live forever!

Hahaha! Do you see that smiling faced fish? That’s a manta ray! This is the largest species of flat fish and they need a lot of space to swim in! They are quite harmless and their food is mainly particles that they find in water.

This cute guy here is a beluga whale. Beluga whales are known as white whales because of their colour, although they are actually grey when they are born. Beluga whales love company and live in small groups called pods. They talk to each other using clicking noises.

My favourite animals to see are the penguins. They look like they are always wearing formal clothes, don’t they? These mammals use the feathers on their body to keep warm in cold climates- they are all found in the Southern Hemisphere!

Now we are going to watch the dolphin show at the dolphinarium.  Dolphins are mammals, and are very intelligent as well. Just look at them performing these amazing tricks with their trainers. They love humans and are very gentle creatures- see there’s the trainer taking a ride on the dolphin!

They are very playful animals- they love jumping out of the water and splashing around. They live in big groups and communicate with each other using echoes or sounds.

Here they come with the grand finale! 

I hope you enjoyed my tour of the Valencia Water Park.

Until next time, keep exploring!

A visit to the Ferrari museum
Watch as our V-Explorer takes you on a tour of the Ferrari Museum, and discover all the amazing Ferrari cars that are on display!
Transcript - A visit to the Ferrari museum

A visit to the Ferrari museum

Ferrari Hi, I’m Udai, reporting from V-Explore, video journals for children by children. Today I am at the Ferrari Museum. Come on, let’s explore!

Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929- more than 80 years ago! At first, the only cars that were made by Ferrari were for racing!

Ferrari cars are known for standing out in races. Did you know that Ferrari is the only constructier to have taken part in every Formula 1 event since it started?

Wow! I also found out that Ferrari builds each part of its race cars- from the engine, to the gear box and suspension- they really do it all!

There are so many cool things to do in this museum- I like the screening room. It plays videos of Ferrari race cars playing on a loop.

After being so successful in racing, Ferrari started making cars commercially, and even for movies! Many famous films feature the amazing Ferrari cars.  There are even pictures of famous Hollywood actors like Clint Eastwood with the Ferrari’s from their films. Even James Bond drove one in Goldeneye!

The highlight in the museum was Laferrari.

One thing that makes Ferrari cars similar is that they were designed with a passion for competition! 

This can be proven by the number of trophies they have won. In fact, they hold the record for the greatest number of wins (221)! It was great seeing pictures of some of the best racers of all time, including Niki Lauda. He won the F1, three times, even racing after he had a bad car accident! He was a very determined man.

I’m so excited! We are going for a test drive in a Ferrari. Wow, the seats are so soft. Can you hear the engine? Isn’t it amazing? I have never taken a more fun car ride!

This has been such a fun day, I hope you had a good time watching the video and seeing all the different cars. See you soon, ‘til then keep exploring!

A visit to Dragon Caves
Watch while our V-explorers discover the mysterious Dragon Caves of the Mediterranean sea and find out what #caves are truly like!
Transcript - A visit to Dragon Caves

A visit to Dragon caves

Hi … this is Udai …..

Today we are visiting the Dragon Caves in Mallorca, Spain.

I am super excited, come let’s explore these caves together.

Caves are big hollow spaces on the Earth’s surface. They are formed when soft rock like limestone erodes due to action by rainwater, waves or even the wind. There are some caves that have also been created by lava from volcanoes. Wow!

The caves we are visiting today have been created by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea!

Why are they called Dragon caves? These caves got their name because people believe dragons lived in these caves a long time ago. Wow I wish I could see one today!

Caves are formed over thousands or even millions of years. These caves are said to belong to the Miocene period – that means these could be between 5-20 million years old! That is epic!

This is how these caves were formed.

As the seawater seeped through the cracks in the land it mixed with carbon dioxide to create an acid that gradually dissolved and ate away into the rock forming holes and hollow areas. Over millions of years the hollow areas joined to form a cave.

Notice the interesting shapes that have been formed by the water. It is truly art by erosion!

Though caves are usually dark, wet and slippery we are lucky we have a manmade staircase and lights so that we can see this and not tumble down to the bottom!

The Dragon caves comprise of four caves - the Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador and the Cave of the French. These are all connected to each other.

There is an amazingly calm and clear lake situated in these caves called the Martel Lake. It is named after the French explorer and scientist who discovered this lake in 1896.

Look at the top of the caves – these incredible formations that look like witches decorations have been formed when water trickles down from the roof of the limestone caves. Some of this water dries up leaving behind the minerals (mainly calcite or calcium carbonate) that accumulate one on top of the other to form fun shapes over time.

The formations hanging from the ceiling are stalactites, while those rising from the ground are stalagmites. Some even meet over time to create these wonderful pillars.

Did you know that the stalactites are still growing slowly at about 1 cm in every 100 years.

Wow – there is the lake. The lake is supposed to be one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world.

Shhh … we need to be quiet now. Every few hours musicians perform a classical concert in little boats that are lit up!

I want to go on the boat across the lake too!

What an experience! Touching the cool water and watching the lights imitate a sunrise!

Oh guess what! The water is salty! Not surprising since it did come from the sea!

I could not help marveling at how clean and clear the water was. At times the image of the bottom of the water was so clear that I thought it was a reflection. Isn’t that just epic?

Caves were homes to prehistoric man. Today bat are the most common animals found in them. We did not see any here – but then it was lit up right?

I am so happy I got to see this amazing natural wonder. I am glad I could get you to see it too.

I do hope you enjoyed the visit to the Dragon Caves, also called the Caves of Drach.

We will be back with more soon, until then bye and keep exploring.

Qutb Minar
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Our V-explorers discover the hidden secrets and the beauty of Delhi's very own Qutb Minar.
Transcript - Qutb Minar

Qutb Minar

Udai: Amazing! The Qutb Minar stands 72 metres tall. It is the tallest minaret in India. One would need to climb 379 steps to reach the top!

Meher: Who made this incredible tower?

Udai: There were three kings that built different parts at different times. Qutabuddin Aibak built the first part around 800 year ago. He was also the founder of the Slave dynasty!

Sadly, he could not complete the Minar and died after building the first storey. They say he was thrown off his horse while playing polo. 

Udai: His slave Itutmish who ruled after him built the second two stories. And finally, many years later, Feroz Shah Tughlaq renovated and added the last bit, since lightening had damaged the tower.

Meher: Here’s an interesting fact!

Even the British rulers did some repair. They hired an engineer named Major Robert Smith to repair the top of the tower. During the repairs, Major Smith replaced the old cupola with one of his own designs. It looked odd and was removed later and placed on the lawns. It has since been known as Smith’s folly, or mistake!

Meher: Did you know that the Qutub Minar is not completely made of red sandstone and marble? It is made of the regular stone you see here but was dressed with sandstone and marble.

Meher: Udai, I wonder what is written on the walls.

Udai: The sandstone walls of the minar contain verses from the Quran.  

Meher: Wow! That is cool – I also read that the Qutub Minar was named after Qutub-ud-din Bakhtiar Kaki, a Sufi saint and not Qutub-ud-din Aibak?

Udai: Oh really! I was thinking of building something so that I could name it Udai …

Meher: No one really knows why Aibak decided to build this Minar. It could be for calling out prayers since it stands next to a mosque.

Udai: Yes, could be! The Minar does not stand-alone. It stands as part of the Qutub Complex. This includes the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, the Alai Minar and the tombs of Iltutmish and Alau-din-Khalji. 

There are again three kings that contributed to building this complex:

  1. Qutbuddin Aibak, Slave Dynasty
  2. Iltutmish, Slave Dynasty
  3. Alauddin Khalji, Khalji Dynasty

Meher: The entire complex was built on the ruins of Qila Rai Pithora, Prithviraj Chauhan’s city. In 1192, Qutub-ud-din Aibak defeated Prithviraj Chauhan and became the first Sultan of Delhi.

Udai: Often kings destroyed and plundered what was there before building their own. It was to ensure they left their own mark. What egos!

Meher: Both the Qutub Minar and the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque were built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak. He demolished 27 Hindu and Jain temples to build this mosque.

Meher: Quwwat-ul-Islam means “the might of Islam”. This was the first mosque in Delhi and one of the oldest in the country.

Udai: Look some of the stones and pillars in the mosque came from the temples he destroyed. You can see the pillars contain carvings of human figures, flowers, birds, kalash and other Hindu symbols. 

Udai: Here is another interesting monument in the complex– the famous iron pillar! The 7 metres tall column stands in the courtyard of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. It is over 1600 years old and shows no signs of rust. Isn’t that amazing!

Meher: The pillar has inscriptions in Brahmi script. It is believed that the pillar was made during the time of the Gupta Empire.    

Udai: People believe that if your arms can reach around the pillar while standing with your back to it your wish will come true! I guess I need to grow a little before I can try that! 

Meher: Udai what is this? It looks a bit unfinished!

Udai: This is the Alai Minar, built by Alau'd-Din Khalji, the third contributor in the complex. He won many wars and wanted to celebrate his victories by building a tower twice the size of the Qutub Minar! This was not to happen! He died after building just one story. The structure was never completed!

Udai: Ha! His plans were cut “short” by his death. Funny how both first builders died after building a story … can call it the “one storey curse”!

Meher: The Qutb Minar is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It truly is grand!

The Potters' Bazaar
An artist at work
Explore the world of pottery with our V-explorers, as they learn how it all works.
Transcript - The Potters' Bazaar

The Potter’s Bazaar is organised by the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust every year. This year the exhibition had some amazing pottery – from glazed creations in stoneware and porcelain, to traditional terracotta pieces.

Did you know that some items can take as long as two weeks to make? Let’s find out more about it.

So, where does it all begin?

The artist first prepares the lump of clay by removing impurities and air bubbles. This process is called wedging and is very important as any impurity or air bubble can cause the piece to burst during firing.

The artist then places the soft lump on a potter’s wheel. There are two types of potter’s wheel – mechanized and kick wheel.

After centering the clay, the artist begins to give it shape. He slowly pulls the clay so that the walls of the piece is uniform and thin. Once the piece is ready he uses a wire tool to remove it from the wheel. It is then placed in the sun to dry.

The dry piece is again placed on the wheel – this time for trimming. The artist removes the extra clay and smoothens the base using special trimming tools. He also creates a foot on which the piece can stand properly. You don’t want it to topple and break!

After trimming the piece is kept aside until it’s bone dry.  

Once bone dry the piece is placed in the kiln for 6 to 8 hours for firing. This is called bisque firing.

The piece is allowed to cool and then dipped in glaze. Glaze is simply a mix of chemicals that gives colour to the works.

After glazing, the piece is again fired – this time at temperatures as high as 1280 degree Celsius. Wow! That’s really hot!  

Artists use different types of material and methods to create their work of art. Some use porcelain instead of clay, while others create their pieces by hand instead of on the wheel.   

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