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How a non-profit in India is fighting corruption with fake money

Inspired by the nonviolent activism of iconic social reformist Mahatma Gandhi, the activists from a group called 5th Pillar are addressing the problem of corrupt officials, one bribe at a time. The key? An innovative tool called the Zero Rupee note. This blatantly false, oversized purple bill, complete with Gandhi's portrait, is handed to any officials who ask for a bribe in order to shame them into changing their behavior.

Music

Remembering the man who reinvented an ancient Indian musical style

Carnatic music is an ancient Indian style that relies on compositions hundreds of years old. But Uppalapu "Mandolin" Srinivas was the first man in history to introduce a Western instrument to the genre, earning him adoration from artists and fans. Srinivas died earlier this month after a liver transplant.

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Miles Davis and India

The World's Marco Werman introduces us to "Miles from India," a musical collaboration between jazz musicians from the United States and India that was inspired by the music of the late Miles Davis.

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Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Chennai, the new name for the city of Madras and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It's where you can get an unusual salon treatment called the fish pedicure. It's just what it sounds like.

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Global Hit

Anchor Lisa Mullins tells us about a new release by the Bombay Dub Orchestra. The recordings took place in India and were mixed in London.

Music

Remembering the man who reinvented an ancient Indian musical style

Carnatic music is an ancient Indian style that relies on compositions hundreds of years old. But Uppalapu "Mandolin" Srinivas was the first man in history to introduce a Western instrument to the genre, earning him adoration from artists and fans. Srinivas died earlier this month after a liver transplant.