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Author: Reenita Malhotra Hora | SpokenLayer

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A San Francisco teenager finds out he has magical powers after falling through a fault in the earth and into the lands of Vedic mythology, and in Season 2, he learns his journey is far from over. Can Arya save his friends, or will his power plunge them deeper into danger?

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Introducing Shadow Realm

Introducing Shadow Realm

2021-10-0503:371

Shadow Realm is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a fifteen-year-old boy who is tormented by demons. Anything to do with his ethnicity, food, traditions or the fascinating mythological stories he has been raised with, has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. In the wake of an accident that confines his once-vibrant mother to a hospital ward, kept alive by tubes and machines, Arya clings to the only remnant of their bond: an old, battered copy of the Ramayana, India’s ancient epic story of Rama’s battle against demons. One night, Arya falls through a fault in the earth into the Wild Woods, where Ravana, the demon king, strategizes to destroy his Ramayana—the last copy left—and threatens to rewrite history from his evil perspective. Will Arya be able to save the story of Rama, heal his mother and return home to tackle the demons in his ordinary world? For more information visit thearyachronicles.com CREDITS Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)   The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’  (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic   Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify. If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
As a child, Arya’s dreams were haunted by Ravana, the demon king of the Ramayana, India’s ancient story of Rama’s battle against demons. It’s been years since he thought of Ravana. His dreams are now filled with monstrous interpretations of real-life bullies from school. Tonight’s dream, however, ends differently. Arya finds himself trapped in the dark lair of Ravana, with no hope of escape. Why had Ravana chosen to come back now? What did he want? Whatever it was, it was clear Arya didn’t stand a chance against him.   IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Narrator introduces Arya [00:28] Arya recounts his dream from the night before   [00:50] Arya tells of a mythological demon from his childhood [1:57] This dream takes a turn for the worse [2:42] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [3:05] Next episode teaser  SYNOPSIS:  Arya, a fifteen year old boy from San Francisco, recounts his dream from the night before  Arya recalls how his childhood nightmares were haunted by a mythological demon king, Ravana His current dreams are filled with monstrous imitations of real-life bullies that torment him at school This particular dream ends differently, leaving Arya in the dark lair of Ravana with no hope of escape On the next episode: Arya struggles to fit in at school because of his ethnicity. A terrible accident leaves his mother clinging to life, and Arya continues to be tormented by Ravana, except now it’s not just in his dreams.  Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com CREDITS Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’  (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify. If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E1: Arya Bin Laden

S1E1: Arya Bin Laden

2021-11-0408:331

Arya’s parents could have chosen any other school for him to attend but they chose the one place with no other South Asian kids. The bullies are relentless and anything to do with his ethnicity has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. He knows better than to react with violence but today he just can’t take it anymore.   IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:19] Arya responds to bullies at school [04:00] Arya finds himself in the headmaster’s office [05:49] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [06:00] Next episode teaser  SYNOPSIS:  Arya is frustrated that his parents sent him to the only school in San Francisco where there are no other South Asian kids  Arya is relentlessly bullied at school because of his race and ethnicity His ma has taught not to show vulnerability or react with violence but he can’t hide his frustration any longer His reaction lands him in the headmaster’s office where he is given an unconventional homework assignment On the next episode: Arya talks to his mom about his struggle to fit in at school. Arya is invited by a friend to a halloween party. Visit: thearyachronicles.com CREDITS Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)   The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’  (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/)   Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic   Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify. If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E2: Culture Schmulture

S1E2: Culture Schmulture

2021-11-0412:181

Arya is fed up with his family’s South Asian traditions being the reason he is bullied at school. He just wants to fit in. His Ma tries to help by giving him their family’s copy of the Ramayana, India’s ancient history text. Arya begrudgingly opens it and finds himself enraptured by the stories filled with powerful gods, heroes, demons, and epic battles. He is also reminded of his recent dreams of the demon king, Ravana and what the connection may be between his dreams and his mom giving him the Ramayana.  Despite the feelings of clarity and centeredness that he experiences while reading, Arya doubts the gods’ powers and how they can help him fit in at school. When Elias, leader of The Boys, invites Arya to a Halloween party, he is eager to go, despite Ma’s warnings about the trouble it will bring.    IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:33] Arya and his mom disagree about value of culture  [03:34] After reading the Ramayana, Arya and his mom talk about the meaning of the story and characters [07:54] Arya dreams he is fighting in one of the ancient battles in the Ramayana [08:34] Arya is invited to a halloween party by Elias, leader of The Boys [10:08] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [06:00] Next episode teaser   SYNOPSIS:  Arya disagrees with Ma about the value of preserving traditions and culture Ma gives him the family copy of the Ramayana to read  Arya is filled with clarity and peace of mind while reading the Ramayana but doubts how this old book can help with bullies Despite Arya’s doubt, Ma explains how the gods still intervene in the world Arya is invited to Jackson’s Halloween party by Elias, leader of The Boys. Ma sees trouble ahead and warns Arya not to go to the party On the next episode: Arya goes to Jackson’s Halloween party, despite his mother’s warnings.   Visit: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’    An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)   The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’  (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/)   Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic   Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify. If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E3: Dangerous Choices

S1E3: Dangerous Choices

2021-11-1812:311

Desperate to earn the respect of the popular kids at school, Arya is willing to do whatever it takes to fit in – no matter how dangerous. He begins lying to his parents about his reckless behavior, convinced they wouldn’t understand why it’s so important to be popular. Ma tries to connect with him through the only common ground remaining: The Ramayana. Will its ancient lessons be powerful enough to help Arya, or will he continue to ignore his mom and her warnings?   IN THIS EPISODE: [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:20] Arya goes to a party where he is baited to steal something in order to prove himself [04:03] Arya acts out in order to fit in with a group of what he mistakenly thinks are ‘popular’ guys from school [6:08] Arya is officially one of the popular kids now [09:10] Arya’s begins lying frequently to his parents about him and his new friends’ after school activities [10:57] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [11:13] Next episode tease   SYNOPSIS: Arya goes to a Halloween party and is almost caught stealing in order to prove himself to a group of what he mistakenly believes are popular guys from school Desperate to fit in, Arya shoplifts from San Francisco's most famous record shop Through several dangerous activities, Arya finally proves himself and is welcomed by the (not-so) “popular” kids Arya begins to lie frequently to his parents about his dangerous after-school activities with his new friends Despite their strained relationship, Arya and his Ma find common ground through the Ramayana In the next episode: Arya’s parents plan a traditional ceremony for Arya. Arya’s parents confront him about his behavior.   LINKS MENTIONED: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E4: Rite of Passage

S1E4: Rite of Passage

2021-11-2506:021

As Arya nears his 16th birthday, his parents decide it’s time to have his Thread ceremony, a sacred right of passage for boys in their culture. They also plan to invite his friends from school. Arya can’t believe this. It will ruin everything. He just recently stopped being bullied, but his parents just don’t understand. When Arya tries to convince them that other families don’t live like them and don’t care about their traditions, Arya becomes even more upset. Blinded by his anger and frustration, he lashes out at his parents, leaves the house, and finds himself in trouble on the streets of San Francisco.     IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:16] Arya and his parents argue about the importance of religious ceremonies [02:14] Arya lashes out at his parents [2:47] Arya leaves and vandalizes a local grocery store [4:27] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [4:47] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya’s parents want to have his Thread ceremony, a sacred right of passage for young boys who are coming of age in the Indian culture Arya’s parents want to invite families and Arya’s friends from school to join them for the ceremony Arya gets angry, lashes out at his dad and then leaves the house In his anger, Arya vandalizes a mural on the side of a grocery store In the next episode: Ma tries to help Arya but gets into a car crash.    Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In a matter of moments, Arya’s world is turned upside down. A car crash, where Arya was driving, leaves Ma severely injured and in a coma. Weeks pass without any improvement, Arya and his Pa grapple with the reality that she may be gone forever. Unwilling to say goodbye, Arya begins to search the ancient text of the Ramayana. There he finds meaning and hope, but will it be enough to heal Ma?    IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:20] A car crash leaves Ma in a coma [01:50] Weeks pass without Ma showing any improvement  [05:29] Arya and his Pa’s relationship improves as they spend more time together [06:00] Arya’s Pa suggests they unplug Ma from life support [07:06] Arya looks to the Ramayana for a way to heal Ma [12:56] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [13:15] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya and Ma argue about his Thread ceremony and his reckless behavior A car crash leaves Ma in a coma As the weeks pass with no improvement, Arya and his Pa have to consider taking Ma off life support Unwilling to let her go, Arya searches for a way to heal Ma by looking to the Ramayana In the next episode: Arya’s readings and dreams of the Ramayana come to life   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E6: Tunnelling

S1E6: Tunnelling

2021-12-0906:101

Unable to sleep, Arya is startled when his bed begins to violently shake and the floorboards tilt and crack. Arya is used to earthquakes but this was no ordinary quake. Suddenly, a large fault opens in the middle of his room and he can’t resist the strong magnetic force that keeps pulling him further and further into a black unfamiliar abyss. Arya finds himself in a beautiful yet completely unfamiliar place. It’s clear he’s no longer in San Francisco but where is he, and how did he get there?    IN THIS EPISODE: [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm [00:20] Arya falls through a fault that splits his bedroom floor [02:06] Arya finds himself in a new world [04:05] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles [04:23] Next episode teaser SYNOPSIS: • An untimely earthquake creates a large fault in Arya’s bedroom floor • Arya is pulled by a mysterious magnetic force into a black abyss • Arya finds himself in a beautiful, yet unfamiliar place • In the next episode: Arya explores this new world and meets someone unexpected   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E7: Rishiji

S1E7: Rishiji

2021-12-1612:29

Arya discovers that he has landed in the Wild Woods, the mythical jungles described in the Ramayana. But how this came to be, is a mystery to him. Soon after Arya arrives, he meets a forest hermit known as the Rishiji, who speaks in riddles. He sets Arya forward on a journey through the Wild Woods to accomplish urgent tasks before he can go home to heal his sick mother. Before parting, the Rishiji gives Arya his first task which is to protect the last copy of the Ramayana that he holds in his hands. Arya is even more confused but one thing he knows for sure: he was right about the Ramayana and he will do whatever it takes to return home and heal Ma.      IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [01:06] Arya takes in the mysterious surroundings of the Wild Woods [02:13] Arya speaks with the forest hermit about why he is in the Wild Woods [07:53] The forest hermit assigns Arya his first task  [10:52] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [11:14] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya discovers he is in the Wild Woods, the ancient jungles described in the Ramayana Arya speaks with a forest hermit known as the Rishiji, who explains how Arya ended up in the Wild Woods but leaves Arya with more unanswered questions The forest hermit gives Arya his first task, which is to keep the last copy of the Ramayana away from those who want it On the next episode: Arya meets more colorful characters in the Wild Wood    Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E8: The Vanars

S1E8: The Vanars

2021-12-2315:18

Arya’s head spins with what he just heard: Ravana is alive? It can’t be! From the time he was a young boy, he had read stories of this demon’s defeat in the Ramayana. Yet the vanara tribe who have been threatened to near extinction and Rishiji, the wise sage he met earlier in the Wild Woods, all confirm it as the truth. For years, Ravana lay dormant but since his return, he has been seeking to destroy the Ramayana and rewrite history to prove that good never existed. The only thing keeping him from succeeding is now in Arya’s hands - the last surviving copy of the epic Ramayana.     IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [01:11] Arya meets the Vanara tribe [02:40] Arya learns of Baalchorni, an evil demon who has been after the vanara tribes [05:21] The vanaras invite Arya to join them for dinner  [08:10] Arya tries to understand the very real threat of Ravana  [12:30] Arya is asked to help the vanara fight against Ravana  [13:44] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [14:02] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya meets the friendly yet valiant vanar tribe, the only race capable of forming Hanumana’s army  The vanaras tell Arya about Baalchorni, an evil demon in the Wild Woods who preys on young vanaras Arya is shocked to learn that Ravana is not dead Rishiji, the wise sage of the Wild Woods, explains Ravana’s evil plan to take control over all the lands and how Arya’s epic Ramayana is the only remaining copy  Rishiji and the vanaras ask for Arya’s help to fight Ravana and save the creatures of the Wild Woods In the next episode: Arya searches for a weapon and tries to understand Ma’s wishes    Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Rishiji appears once more to instruct Arya in the ancient customs and history of their world. For many years, Rishiji and the vanaras have waited for a descendant of the Arya race to come and protect the Wild Woods from Ravana’s plot to erase their history. A detail in Arya’s family lineage confirms their prophecy and his name reveals his role in the Wild Woods’ fight against evil. His arrival is no mere coincidence. It finally clicks. Arya knows what he has to do and it’s a journey even larger than he ever would have believed.    IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:17] Rishiji and Arya speak about Arya’s purpose [03:33] Arya receives a lesson in Vedic martial arts [06:58] Rishiji presents Arya with a divine weapon of fire [10:00] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [10:22] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya learns an important detail about his family lineage from Rishiji Arya discovers the real reason he was sent to the Wild Woods and accepts the challenge to be Arya, the protector of the people Rishiji instructs Arya in the ways of the Vedic martial arts Arya receives his asthra, a divine weapon of fire  In the next episode: Arya comes face to face with an evil enemy   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E10: Baalchorni

S1E10: Baalchorni

2022-01-0610:15

With his new weapon in hand, Arya is eager to fight but soon learns he may not be as ready as he thinks. While walking through the forest helping the vanaras search for food, Arya and his friends meet the hideous and evil Baalachorni. As she begins to threaten to harm a baby vanar, Arya becomes angry and retaliates. His reckless actions create devastating consequences to the innocent vanaras around him and cause him to doubt whether he could really rise up to be Arya the Protector.    IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [02:00] Baalachorni teases and threatens the vanaras [03:34] Arya acts rashly and accidentally sets the vanaras’ village on fire [06:20] Rishiji feels terrible about putting the varnaras in harm’s way [07:24] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [07:42] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya comes face to face with Baalachorni, the great demon who has been terrorizing the varnar tribes In his haste, Arya fires the Astra bow and accidentally sets the forest ablaze Rishiji shows Arya the error in his actions and questions his intentions In the next episode: One of Arya’s vanar friends is badly burned and Arya blames himself   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E11: Pandu's Injury

S1E11: Pandu's Injury

2022-01-1308:24

The aftermath of Arya’s recklessness leaves the vanaras homeless and Pandu badly burned. His wounds need Deep Medicine that is made by a mysterious Medicine Woman who lives further South on the outskirts of the Dark Side of the forest. Her exact location is unknown and dangerous. Desperate to help, Arya looks to the Ramayana to try to find the way. Using his imagination, he is able to interpret the story of Hanumana’s journey and find a path. Arya and his companions set out on a dangerous journey to find the Medicine Woman and bring back the deep medicine for Pandu.    IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:04] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:20] The vanaras are upset with Arya for his reckless use of the asthra [01:06] Pandu is badly burned and the vanaras lack the medicine to heal him [2:01] Arya learns of the medicine woman of the backwaters but no one knows how to find her [03:30] Arya looks to the Ramayana to help find the way to the medicine woman [4:24] Arya uses his imagination and is able to find the path to the medicine woman [05:43] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [06:16] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Some of the varnaras are upset with Arya for having the asthra and using it recklessly, but others trust that Rishiji has a plan for him.  Pandu is burned very badly and the varnara lack the medicine that he needs Arya takes it upon himself to find the Deep Medicine made by the medicine woman of the backwaters  No one knows how to find the Medicine Woman so Arya looks to the Ramayana for information Using his imagination, Arya interprets the story of Hanumana’s journey and finds the path to the Dark Side.  In the next episode: Arya and his companions finally find the mysterious Medicine Woman   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Upon reaching the edge of the forest, Arya and his friends find themselves surrounded by a series of waterfalls. The sun glistens off the water and they see a woman standing near the edge of the stream. It’s the Medicine Woman. Arya is drawn magnetically towards her as if they have met before, though he can’t seem to place where or how. Arya is convinced she can read his mind because she knows so much about his life. Instead of giving Arya the Deep Medicine they need, the mysterious woman gives him another riddle. Racing against time, Arya and his friends leave in search of the medicine that will help their friend.       IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:06] Previously on Shadow Realm  [01:22] Arya and his companions arrive at the edge of the forest and find the Medicine Woman [05:02] Arya and the Medicine Woman talk as if they have met before [11:18] The Medicine Woman tells Arya his next step [11:29] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [12:51] Next episode teaser    SYNOPSIS:  Arya and his companions make it to the edge of the dark forest where the waterfalls are Arya meets the Medicine Woman and immediately feels drawn to her. He’s convinced they have met before As they talk, it seems the Medicine Woman can read Arya’s thoughts and knows many things about him and life in San Francisco  Before they depart, the Medicine Woman tells Arya his next step in the form of a riddle: find a plant with no medicinal value In the next episode: Arya continues his journey to help Pandu but runs into some trouble   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Arya wanders through the Coconut Grove looking for the non-medicinal plant as instructed by Medicine Woman. A beautiful spotted deer appears and Arya begins to follow it, thinking it has lost its mother. Arya follows it further and further into the dark forest and realizes too late that the fawn is a shape-shifting rakshasa sent by Ravana to stop his quest of saving the Ramayana. When the spell finally lifts, Arya is trapped and alone. In a moment of clarity, Arya finally understands the Medicine Woman’s riddle and the reason that Ravana is so desperate to stop him. Drawing from the energy within himself, Arya is able to escape and is more determined than ever to stop Ravana from destroying the Ramayana, which he now realizes holds the power to heal.  IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:06] Previously on Shadow Realm [00:30] Arya enters the Coconut Grove near the backwaters [01:50] Arya and Chimpu look for a non-medicinal plant [03:35] They follow a spotted deer through the forest [05:24] Arya falls under a rakshasa spell and is led deep into the forest [07:05] When the trance is broken, Arya finds himself trapped [08:26] Arya escapes [10:23] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles [10:39] Next episode teaser   SYNOPSIS:  As they walk through the coconut grove, Arya looks for the non-medicinal plant that the Medicine Woman had told him to find A beautiful deer appears and they begin to follow it through the forest Arya falls under the shape-shifting rakshasa spell and is led deep into the dark forest, leaving his friends behind When the trance is broken, Arya is alone and trapped Arya understands the Medicine Woman’s riddle that healing is already in his hands. In the next episode: An avalanche of rakshasas are unleashed in the Wild Woods Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Arya is stumbling through the dark forest trying to find his friends, having just escaped the sinister vines that threatened to silence him. The moonlight reveals a silhouetted image of the Medicine Woman but her words are interrupted by an avalanche of rakshasas barrelling down a hillside towards Arya. He is outnumbered. With only a single arrow left, Arya aims and fires the asthra. The rakshasas are hit and scattered. Another narrow escape but then suddenly, the ground shifts and in an instant, he loses the one thing that has kept Ravana’s evil plan at bay. In slow motion, Arya watches as the last copy of the Ramayana falls from his reach and disappears in the darkness.    IN THIS EPISODE: [00:04] Previously on Shadow Realm [00:32] Arya escapes the vines and finds his way back to his friends [3:46] The Medicine Woman arrives [4:35] An avalanche of rakshasas heads toward Arya [5:35] Arya shoots at the rakshasas with the Astra [8:15] Arya loses his copy of the Ramayana [9:19]] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles [09:39] Next episode teaser  SYNOPSIS:  Arya barely escapes the treacherous vines that had entangled him just to get lost in the forest The Medicine Woman appears telling Arya of the medicine in his hands An avalanche or army of rakshasi is unleashed and heading towards Arya In a last-ditch effort of defense, he fires a single arrow from the asthra and miraculously hits the target, crippling the rakshasas When Arya tries to save the asthra, he accidentally loses the Ramayana On the next episode: Rishiji teaches Arya more lessons on how to be an Arya Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Arya was sure that he had failed his quest when he watched the Ramayana fall into the vast darkness. However, when Rishiji appears, Arya learns that all hope is not lost. Rishiji leads Arya into the sky and shows him a deep canyon filled with Rakshasas and much to Arya’s surprise, he sees the Ramayana intact perched on Ravana’s throne. With Rishiji’s instructions and the vanaras help, Arya may still have a chance to save the Ramayana.  IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm [00:41] Rishiji appears instructing Arya of his next steps [2:03] Rishiji shows him Lanka and where to find the Ramayana [3:56] Arya sees the Ramayana on Ravana’s throne surrounded by Rakshasas [8:34] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles [08:55] Next episode teaser  SYNOPSIS:  Rishiji assures Arya that his quest is not done yet. Rishiji takes Arya up in the sky with him, revealing a canyon filled with Rakshasas and the Ramayana at the center of it all. Arya sees the Ramayana perched on Ravana’s throne, prepped to be burned Arya returns to land, knowing he has to save the Ramayana with the help of the vanaras, though he’s not sure exactly how they will reach the canyon On the next episode: Arya and the vanaras make a plan to fight and retrieve the Ramayana   Links Mentioned: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E16: The Dark Side

S1E16: The Dark Side

2022-02-1708:17

Arya wakes to find his friends, the vanaras, surrounding him. There is an army of monkeys with them, ready to fight the Rakshasas and save the Ramayana before it is destroyed, erasing the history that good ever existed. Arya and Chimpu form a Shakespearean plan inspired by Macbeth to distract the Rakshasas while Arya sneaks into the canyon to retrieve the book. Knowing the Rakshasas are blinded by the sunlight, Arya and his friends anxiously wait for the first signs of light to enact their plan. As Arya waits, he realizes that his path has been leading to this moment all along: meeting face to face with Ravana himself.        IN THIS EPISODE:  [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:24] The vanaras wake Arya [03:48] They form a Shakespearean plan  [05:55] Arya rests before the great battle [06:42] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [07:00] Next episode teaser   SYNOPSIS:  Chimpu gathers an army of vanaras and monkeys  They wake Arya from his sleep  Arya and Chimpu form a plan to distract the Rakshasas and get the Ramayana back  They wait for first light, when the Rakshasas will be blinded by the daylight Arya rests before the big battle begins On the next episode: Arya and the vanaras head to the dark side where Arya will have to fly down into the steep canyon    LINKS MENTIONED: thearyachronicles.com   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.  If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We interrupt our regularly scheduled Shadow Realm podcast to introduce you to my other podcast, True Fiction Project which is a podcast that explores the origins of fiction. This episode interview is with Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran, the composer and conductor of the Shadow Realm soundtrack. He is an internationally renowned music composer, educator, and scholar known for his sustained contribution to music and community for the past 25 years. We talk about his incredible work on the soundtrack of Shadow Realm, a podcast project based on a young adult fantasy fiction book that I wrote. Dr. Kanniks shares how his imagination was instantly captivated by the vivid literary descriptions and how he utilized Sanskrit chants, an ancient language of India, to musically portray different characters. We also talk about the inspiration he found from his travels to the ancient village of Hampi, India. The latter part of the episode showcases Dr. Kanniks’ work as we listen to Episode 8 of Shadow Realm and hear a portion of Arya’s story.   IN THIS EPISODE: [00:01] Kanniks Kannikeswaran introduced  [02:02] Purpose of The True Fiction Project [03:12] His process of writing music  [10:50] Explaining lyrics and Sanskrit [13:40] The Medicine Woman [16:55] Rishiji’s Theme [25:57] Where to find the music [28:30] Episode 8 of Shadow Realm [29:03] The Vanar’s theme [39:06] Rishiji’s theme    KEY TAKEAWAYS: Shadow Realm is a young adult fantasy fiction story about Arya, a 15-year-old boy who fell through a fault and finds himself in the land of the Ramayana. He has to fight demons in this mythical world in order to get back home to save his mom and tackle demons in his ordinary world Dr. Kanniks’ main inspiration came from his travels to the ancient village of Hampi in India The vanar represent the prehistoric people descended from old world tribes, best translated as monkeys or monkey people For the “Vanar March,” Dr. Kanniks used Sanskrit chants to create a joyful chant to go along with the vanar as they joyfully frolic and jump around For “Rishiji’s Theme,” Dr. Kanniks used the pentatonic scale, most commonly known for meditation, to create a serene humming that captures the magic and mysteriousness of the mystical mentor The Medicine Woman is a representation of a source of wisdom for us all Dr. Kanniks created a total of 14 tracks to complement the podcast project which is now available on Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming platforms.    BIO: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran, an internationally renowned music composer, educator, and scholar is known for his sustained contribution to music and community for the past 25 years. His recent viral video ‘Rivers of India’ featuring Bombay Jayashri and Kaushiki Chakravarti has received critical acclaim. Kanniks is regarded as a pioneer of Indian American Choral music and for bringing together ancient chants in Indian ragas with choral and orchestral polyphony; his far reaching work in this area has personally touched the lives of over 3500 performers, has inspired the flowering of community choirs in over 12 cities in the United States, has built new audiences and collaborations. His composition ‘Mahavakya’ was performed at the historic reception accorded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Gardens in 2014. Kanniks has been described as a renaissance personality who effortlessly traverses diverse disciplines such as music, spirituality, and innovation. He is a recipient of several awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, the McKnight Residency, the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, and more. He can be reached at kanniks@gmail.com. Connect on Social Media:  Facebook Twitter Instagram   LINKS: https://www.thearyachronicles.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1E17: Hanumana!

S1E17: Hanumana!

2022-03-0314:49

At first light, Arya and the vanaras begin their descent to the dark side. They reach the place where Arya has to plavang — jump, leap and fly, to get to the Ramayana. He is terrified but with the Rakshasas closing in he doesn’t have a choice. He digs deep into his being, seeking energy from Brahman Shakti, and before his own eyes, he is transformed into a powerful warrior. He leaps and soars from island to island, getting closer to the funeral pyre where the Ramayana is poised to burn. The vanaras follow, fighting the Rakshasas as they go. As soon as Arya lands near the book, the pyre beneath him erupts in flames, set by none other than Ravana. Arya had fallen perfectly into Ravana’s trap.   IN THIS EPISODE: [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm [00:31] At first light, they begin their journey to the canyon [03:58] Arya transformed into a powerful warrior [05:08] Arya leaps and soars from island to island [06:44] The army of vanaras and monkeys descend upon the Rakshasas [08:33] The vanaras help Arya when he’s trapped on an island [09:25] Ravana sets the funeral pyre on fire [10:50] The vanaras retreat on Arya’s command [11:20] A lone vanar stays behind to fight [13:14] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles [13:32] Next episode teaser  SYNOPSIS:  At the call of the leopard, Arya and the vanaras begin their journey to the dark side Arya digs deep, accessing the energy of Brahman Shakti and was transformed into a warrior Arya’s skin glistened with the essence of creation and he was able to leap hundreds of feet from island to island, getting closer and closer to the Ramayana The army of vanaras and monkeys revealed themselves from behind the trees and distracted the Rakshasas The vanaras and Arya fight against the Rakshasas, making their way further into the canyon Just as Arya reaches the pyre with the book, Ravana sets it on fire. The Brahman Shakti protects Arya from being burned Arya commands the other vanaras to retreat, but a lone vanar stays to fight. Arya realizes it is Hanumana! On the next episode: Arya comes face to face with Ravana   CREDITS: Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’  An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (http://www.kanniks.com/). Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.  The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson) The podcast features  Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/) Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose. Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl  Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify. If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter.  Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles. For more information visit thearyachronicles.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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