August 12, 2015

Hoopdarshan Episode 14: Independence Day special with Prashanti Singh!‏

68 years ago, India won Independence from the British Empire, and in 2015, we are still thankful for the nation's most glorious day. Feeling a whiff of patriotism, the Indian basketball podcast Hoopdarshan - hosted by Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok - bring you our Independence Day special episode. Join us as we recount and discuss the greatest milestones in Indian basketball history, from the first ball bounced in Kapurthala to the first Indian drafted into the NBA. We finish the episode with a special interview with former Women's NT captain Prashanti Singh on her biggest moments in a Team India jersey, the struggle for women in the sport, and getting marriage proposals from random fans.

Part 1 of Episode 14 will be a history lesson in Indian basketball, from 1930 to the present day, recounting great moments like the formation of India's basketball federation, our first (and only) Olympics Basketball appearance, beating China in Wuhan last year, and recalling some of the game's greatest players.

In Part 2, we chat with Prashanti Singh as if we were sipping chai on the steps of the ghats of her hometown, Varanasi. Prashanti is from the illustrious 'Singh Sisters' who have dominated Indian and Delhi basketball in recent years. She has played in several key international and domestic tournaments for India and continues to be one of the most popular players in the country.

Hoopdarshan aims to be the true voice of Indian basketball, and since we're such hopeless fans of the game, it will become the voice of everything basketball related we love, from the NBA to international hoops, too. On every episode of Hoopdarshan, we will be inviting a special guest to interview or chat to about a variety of topics. With expert insight from some of the brightest and most-involved people in the world of Indian basketball, we hope to bring this conversation to a many more interested fans, players, and followers of the game.

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