DD to telecast Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan from today

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The Union Information & Broadcast Minister Prakash Javedkar announced the most the popular teleserial Ramayana would be telecast on DD National beginning today at 9 am.

He tweeted to this effect on his twitter account saying that the announcement has been made by on-demand of Meerut MP Rajendra Aggarwal. He said that Ramayana would be telecast on DD national from Saturday at 9 am with a repeat telecast at 9 pm.

It may be recalled that the much-famous 78-episode Ramayan TV series was aired on Doordarshan from January 1987 to July 1987. Written, Directed and Produced by Ramanand Sagar, the serial became an instant hit worldwide bagging several awards and highest number of viewership. The remake of the same was later telecast on NDTV in 2008. It was also aired on Zee in mid-90s, Star Plus and Star Utsav in 2000.

It is a television adaptation of the ancient Indian Hindu epic of Ramayan based on the Valmiki’s Ramayan and Tulsidas Ramacharitmanas.

Aggarwal while thanking the Minister for reacting on his demand promptly said that he wrote in his letter to Javedkar that serials like Ramayan, Mahabharat and Chanakya should be telecast during the lockdown period as they would engage the people in view of their all-time popularity among all ages.

He further tweeted that the serial on epics and personalities like Chanakya is still very popular hence People love to view them repeatedly. Now since people are facing a lockdown which would continue for about three weeks the telecast of these serials would be a better option for them to pass their time in the home confinement during the lockdown.

He also said that this would help people enjoy the mythological epic serials in the absence of kirtans, bhajans, Jagran and Mata Ki Chowki etc due to Covid lockdown.

The MP also has another viewpoint supporting the relay of Ramayana as he says that now all children and youngsters are also staying at homes with their elders. Therefore they will also get a chance to know deep about the characters of Ramayana by watching it on TV and have better interpretations by their parents and grandparents which otherwise is not possible with the changing times.

Apart from this, the MP has been co-coordinating with authorities for providing all kinds of relief essential commodities to people during the lockdown, he said adding that he has forwarded his request to release the second instalment of Rs 2.5 crore to MPs so that they could utilise the amount helping people at this time of crisis.

The MP also has appealed people to report the cases of fever to health authorities instead of hiding the patients.