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  • Shadow Realm is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a teenager 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?
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Episodes
  • 13 - The Shape-shifting Rakshasa

    Jan 27 2022
    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 findA beautiful deer appears and they begin to follow it through the forestArya falls under the shape-shifting rakshasa spell and is led deep into the dark forest, leaving his friends behindWhen the trance is broken, Arya is alone and trappedArya 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.
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    11 mins
  • 12 - The Medicine Woman

    Jan 20 2022
    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 areArya meets the Medicine Woman and immediately feels drawn to her. He’s convinced they have met beforeAs 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 valueIn 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.
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    13 mins
  • 11 - Pandu's Injury

    Jan 13 2022
    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 needsArya 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 informationUsing 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.
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    7 mins

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