On public demand, Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayan’ makes comeback during lockdown

Carla Harmon
March 28, 2020

NDTV anchor Akhilesh Sharma had tweeted tagging Doordarshan and Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar that there's a huge demand for the mythological classics - Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan and BR Chopra's Mahabharat, owing to the 21-day lockdown, which will see most of the citizens confined at home. One episode will be telecast in morning from 9am to 10am every day, while another will be telecast from 9pm to 10pm.

The CEO of Prasar Bharati thanked Mr Javadekar and the Sagar family for the initiative saying "Thank you, Sir for all your guidance and support in making this happen at this time".

"Heartfelt thanks to the Sagar Family for this service to the nation during this moment who took vast effort to mobilise their resources and made available content to Team @ddnational in Mumbai on a war footing", the Prasar Bharati CEO said in another tweet. Not just Mahabharat even Ramanand Sagar's directed "Ramayana" which was a popular series in the late 1980s will have a rerun. The show which was originally telecast from 25 January 1987 to 31 July 1988, also featured Late Dara Singh as Hanuman and Arvind Trivedi as Ravana.

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown in the entire country, the public broadcaster- Prasar Bharati has made a decision to bring back the epics like Ramayan and Mahabharat on small screen.

As India entered the third day of the 21-day complete lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, the public seems to be already bored sitting idle at home. The reruns of the show too are legendary.

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