The iconic TV series ‘Ramayan,’ crafted by Ramanand Sagar, is set to re-air from 5th February. This news has reignited interest in the epic saga that has touched millions of hearts since its first airing in 1987. But what sparked the creation of this cherished show? Let’s embark on a journey to uncover the inspiration behind this cultural phenomenon.
A Spark Ignites
In 1976, during the filming of ‘Charas’ in Switzerland, a profound awakening stirred within Ramanand Sagar, affectionately known as Papaji. He sat in a quaint roadside café in Les Deblecaire with his sons, Subhash, Anand, and Prem. As they watched a French film on a color TV, then a novelty, Papaji made a life-altering decision.
Over a glass of red wine, he declared his departure from cinema and his new venture into television. His mission was clear: to narrate the virtuous tales of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, and Maa Durga to mankind.
Rising Above Challenges
Skepticism from industry peers met the Sagars’ transition from cinema to television. They questioned Papaji’s vision and the feasibility of ‘Ramayan.’
Despite these challenges, Papaji’s unwavering determination and deep faith in his story led him to create the iconic TV show that resonates with millions today.
His perseverance stands as a testament to the power of conviction and determination.
The Resounding Impact of ‘Ramayan’
Debuting on Doordarshan (DD) National in 1987, ‘Ramayan’ quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Its engaging storytelling, memorable performances, and deep cultural resonance earned it immense popularity. The success of the show marked a significant milestone in Indian television history and paved the way for other mythological shows. It transcended entertainment boundaries, instilling moral values and sparking a spiritual awakening in viewers. Today, it symbolizes the golden era of Indian television.
The Legacy Lives On
The public’s overwhelming demand has brought about the return of the iconic TV series ‘Ramayan’ to the small screen. The anticipation is palpable as fans across the nation eagerly await the re-run of this beloved show. Mark your calendars, as the epic saga is scheduled to start its re-run journey from 5th February, promising to rekindle the magic and nostalgia of the golden era of Indian television.
Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayan’ is more than a television show. It’s a testament to one man’s vision and determination to narrate the virtuous story of Shri Ram to the masses. Despite the challenges, Papaji’s unwavering faith led to the creation of a show that continues to resonate with millions, even decades after its original broadcast.