In a three-part voyage of discovery into the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent, art historian Dr. Sona Datta, former curator of the South Asia collection at the British Museum, travels\u00a05,000 years into the past along\u00a0the arterial Indus River. Giving\u00a0its name to the region, the waterway\u00a0flows from Tibet, through India and Pakistan as far as Karachi on the Arabian Sea. From an extremely well informed viewpoint Datta highlights how the changing course of the Indus has shaped\u00a0the artwork, architecture and people of an area long-riven by religion over the course of millennia, now all too frequently associated with\u00a0the Taliban and the export of\u00a0Islamic extremism. Ali Sehti, a young writer and musician interviewed in Lahore, states that his native Pakistan is\u00a0"politically very young and culturally very old".\u00a0The country gained independence from British rule just\u00a0a little over 70 years ago and\u00a0Datta is\u00a0acutely aware of the effect that the past continues to have on the present in the Indus basin and its millions of inhabitants. The first\u00a0installment, which begins and ends in the vibrant and spiritual Punjabi provincial capital, looks into the changing perception\u00a0of Buddha and representation of Buddhism in antiquities and architecture. We travel by train to the ancient City of Harappa, which dates\u00a0back to the time of the pyramids; to Hund and Sirkap - where the Hellenic influence of a conquering Alexander the Great\u00a0altered the physical image of Buddha we are familiar with to this day; and lastly to Taxila and a monastery used as a centre for learning. Just as the river continues to flow, works of art destroyed by ISIS demonstrate how history has a tendency to repeat itself - conflict and religious\u00a0discord remain intertwined. Dr. Datta's 'Treasures of the Indus' promises to provide viewers with an element of adventure and wanderlust as well as engaging historical, anthropological and cultural material\u00a0which lifts the veil on this region's past and proves you must know where you have been to know where you're going.