Amid Lockdown, Doordarshan Brings Back ‘Ramayan’, ‘Mahabharat’ From Today, More Iconic Shows Soon

Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia and Sunil Lahri from Ramayan (courtesy sonytvofficial)

New Delhi:

After an enormous demand on social media, nationwide broadcaster Doordarshan, popularly known as DD, is bringing again the epics of ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ for its viewers throughout the nation and overseas.

Doordarshan and DD Bharati will telecast the epics of ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ respectively from immediately, Union Info and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned.

Many social media customers had requested the airing of ‘Ramayan’, directed by Ramanand Sagar, and ‘Mahabharat’, directed by BR Chopra, amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown. Three days in the past, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati mentioned they have been “engaged on it”.

Mr Javadekar tweeted this morning saying, “Please tune in to @DDNational at 9 am & 9 pm to observe ‘Ramayan’ and @DDBharati at 12 midday and seven pm to observe ‘Mahabharat’ immediately and on a regular basis.”

Talking in regards to the method through which they’re scheduled, he mentioned “One episode will air within the morning from 9 am to 10 am, and one other episode within the night 9 pm to 10 pm.” It is going to be the identical for ‘Mahabharat’ too.

The CEO of Prasar Bharati thanked Mr Javadekar and the Sagar household for the initiative saying “Thanks, Sir for all of your steerage and help in making this occur right now.”

“A devoted crew of DD officers labored by means of the day yesterday and thru the night time to make this occur at the same time as they stayed away from dwelling and their households. Kudos to all the crew who labored on a battle footing in response to immense demand from the viewers to observe the epics,” he added.

“Heartfelt because of the Sagar Household for this service to the nation throughout this second who took immense effort to mobilise their sources and made accessible content material to Staff @ddnational in Mumbai on a battle footing,” the Prasar Bharati CEO mentioned in one other tweet.

Mr Vempati additionally tweeted about bringing again extra iconic content material on Doordarshan for all those that are nostalgic in regards to the 80s and 90s.

“Keep tuned for extra iconic content material to come back again on Doordarshan over the subsequent few days as you relive the nostalgia whereas we observe the lockdown, staying dwelling to avoid wasting lives,” he tweeted.

Based mostly on Lord Ram’s life, ‘Ramayan’ was first aired on Doordarshan in 1987 and had a large following throughout the nation. It featured Arun Govil within the position of Lord Ram and Deepika Chikhaliya within the position of Sita. It additionally included actors corresponding to Dara Singh, who performed Hanuman, Lalita Pawar was forged as Manthara, Vijay Arora performed Indrajit, and Arvind Trivedi performed Ravana. It was delivered to the display by Sagar Arts.

The opposite collection ‘Mahabharat’, primarily based on the eponymous epic, first aired in 1988 and was a present that made many actors attain iconic standing.

Earlier this week, as India ready for a 21-day lockdown in opposition to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Twitter was flooded with messages from throughout the nation asking for reruns of ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ on DD. The demand was such that ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ have been high tendencies on Twitter this complete week. Social media exploded with pleasure after Mr Javadekar’s announcement. Many advised rerun of different widespread reveals from the 80s and 90s.

(Inputs from PTI)


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