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Epic serials’ re-telecast: A beautiful trip down memory lane

By Pradyu M

The decision of the Centre, as a response to heavy public demand during the lockdown days, to re-telecast the great classic Indian epic serials Ramayan and Mahabharat through Doordarshan channels DD national and Bharti have been wholeheartedly and with open arms received by the people especially the senior citizens and all at home.

Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayana’ and BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat ‘ which were telecast during the late 1980s and early 1990s redefined television viewing and viewership and paved way for the making of more and more serials based on Hindu Puranas.

Mythological serials based on the various Hindu Puranas are now being aired on the various TV channels and good to note that the number of viewers watching these is also rapidly increasing.

It was a trend in the late 1980s and the 90s when the great epics were serialised and telecast, making the Indians aware about their rich culture and heritage and now one hopes that a trend like that era returns to make our cyber aged kids and today’s ‘ tense packed adults’ to relax and purify their hearts with a  rich dose of spirituality.

The re -telecast of the epic serials no doubt is a nostalgic visit, a sort of taking a beautiful trip down memory lane for many and a new experience for the younger lot who have only heard about these serials and the actors and actresses who donned the roles of the Gods and the Goddesses, the asuras and the various characters of the Hindu pantheon!

The generation of the  1980s 1990s can never forget the mesmerising star cast of both the serials. The Ramayan had Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita, Sunil Lahri as Lakshman, Arvind Trivedi as Ravana and late Dara Singh as the mighty Hanuman.

B R Chopra-directed Mahabharat featured Nitish Bharadwaj as Lord Krishna, Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma, Gajendra Chauhan as Yudhishtra, Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi, Punit Issar as Duryodhan and so many well-known film and serial actors and actresses charmed the viewers as characters of the great Indian epics.

A comparison of the present-day serials and the mythology serials is definitely a subject that can be taken as a topic for a research study related to television media.
These mythological serials are far better than those monotonous serials, except one or two, running for months and years together having an upper-class air about them with hot bedroom-board room quarrels. Besides, mythological serials serve as a tonic for maintaining moral values. Above all the new generation gets an opportunity to learn about our epics, Puranas, ancient culture and our heritage and thereby making them aware of the value of good thinking and love life.
The messages that are given through the episodes of the deeds of the characters are truly lessons that help us mould ourselves into good human beings. Besides entertainment, the real good thing about these mythological serials is that it imparts good values for the betterment of life. (The writer is a regular contributor to City Today)

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