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New Delhi: Responding to people’s demand for a re-telecast of Mahabharat and Ramayan during the nationwide lockdown, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Wednesday said the public service broadcaster was “working” with “rights holders” to air the mythological series on Doordarshan.

Shekhar’s tweet came in response to the request made by Akhilesh Sharma, political editor and anchor of NDTV India.

ThePrint tried to contact Shekhar through calls and messages but failed to receive any response till the time this copy was published.

A senior Prasar Bharati official, who did not wish to be identified, told ThePrint that concrete details on airing the two series will only be finalised after formalities are completed.

Series ‘acted as magnets’ earlier

With the majority of citizens being forced to stay indoors, in order to avoid transmission of coronavirus, many Twitter users have written how the Ramayan and Mahabharat had earlier “acted as magnets that quarantined people” and that it still can.

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Some even said the two mythological series will also help reduce stress.

Users particularly demanded the re-telecast of film director Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan that was first aired in 1987 on Doordarshan.

The series was based on the Hindu epic Ramayana written by Valmiki around 300 BCE. This epic poem was first composed in Sanskrit and documents Hindu deity Rama’s journey.

People also demanded the telecast of film director B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharat which was first aired in 1988 on Doordarshan. Mahabharat, based on Sage Vyasa’s epic, narrates the struggle for “sovereignty” between two groups of cousins, the Kauravas and Pandavas.

(With inputs from Amrita Nayak Dutta)

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73 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Respected sir,
    Can you re-telecast other three famous serials -HINDUSTANI, RAJA-RANCHO, YUG.
    Please sir, it is a humble request. I hope you have an eye on this matter.

  2. आज महाभारत डीडी भारती चैनल पर देखी तो मन प्रसन्न हो गया। Very good for Indian culture.

  3. Thank you for re-telecast of epic show Ramayana. Loved watching it again. Please start buniyad also in prime time slot.

  4. Heavens! The Ramayana is not ‘a Hindu’ Epic as described,it’s a true blue Indian epic. The authors /writers are extremely narrow minded in their thinking. It’s like explaining Homer’s Iliad to be a Christian epic.These epics are nothing but Chronicles and Ballads of heroes of the past ,penned by exceptionally talented poets How does Religion come into this? And then we blame others of being communal!

  5. Aaj Ramayan ka first episode dekha man khush ho gya .bachpan ki yaden taja ho gyi .mere bachcho ne bhi yah dekha .dhanywad for se dikha k liye .please BR Chopra ki mahabharat bhi re telecast ki jay

  6. I feel it’s great, if the epics are retelecast. Children will know our culture and elders will recall our great old culture and heritage leisurely. Eagerly awaiting.

  7. अच्छी खबर सभी खुश हैं।जल्दी प्रसारण कीजिए

  8. यह कब से प्रसारित किया जाएगा ।समय जल्द ही बताए सभी को बड़ी उत्सुकता है पुनः देखने की

  9. I am eagerly awaiting the telecast.
    The telecast should start early so that it will be completed during the lockdown period.

  10. Brilliant idea if started immediately during the lockdown period. Younger generation will have an opportunity to watch these great series.

  11. Great idea if it is started immediately during lockdown period. Younger generation will have an opportunity to watch these great series

  12. Great idea if it is started immediately during lockdown period. Younger generation will have an opportunity to watch these great series

  13. Only yesterday we all family members were talking about same issue & today we come to know this good news. All of we are waiting for telecast of two all time hit serials

  14. Yes, Ramayan and Mahabharat should be telecasted during the lockdown period. This would be a great time pass with knowledge of our epics. We are waiting for early telecast.

  15. The only base of life is Krishna which we can proved through the leelas of the supreme lord in form of Ramayan and Mahabharat.

  16. Modi-Shah’s BJP has nothing for future to offer to its voters. So it desperately keeps recycling outdated entertainment so people will forget their misery that has been on an increase under this Modi-Shah regime.

    • You will never change
      You see everything in political angle
      You better admit to some mental hospital to get treatment
      Or else leave India

  17. I have seen this seiral already when I was 16 years old but I want to see again with my family . I think my children will also something learn from it please it on DD national.

  18. Very brilliant idea to keep people indoor during 21 days Janta Curfew.
    Plus the epics will provide an opportunity for people to emulate India’s rich ideals and values through the highly entertaining and enlightening episodes of two classic epics

  19. Please telecast Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan during this lock down period & B.R.Chopras Mahabharata on D D National channel.

  20. Really it’s wonderful and right time to retelecast o the great Epics Ramayan and Mahabharat that relieves stress of all of us.

  21. Please; start transmissionof these programmes as well as serial “Yug”.Our up bringing generation must know about this.

  22. Very nice idea please do telecast both the serials continuously so that people may not wander here and there , Jay Ram ji ki

  23. जय श्री राम
    शुभ कार्य मैं देरी क्यों भगवान

    आज सभी के परिवार घर पर बैठे है सब परिवार के साथ देख पाएंगे बच्चों को भी कुछआदर्श सीखने को मिलेगा
    लोग बाहर भी नही घूमेंगे । आप से प्राथर्ना है कि आप इसे पुनः प्रसारित करा देवे । जिससे भारत की संस्कृति का अनुभव भी मिलेगा ।
    जय श्री राम । *प्रभु राम अवश्य सुनेगें*

  24. Yes, this is the right time for telecasting the two serials “Ramayan” & ” Mahabharat”to keep the people’s in home.

  25. My keen desire to see RAMAYAN again on DD…….. eagerly waiting….I want to memorize again …… my parents will be happy…..so I request to DD channel ……pl Broadcast again…pl..pl

  26. हां जी राम राम बी आर चोपड़ा की महाभारत और रामायण में और अन्य धार्मिक पुरानी जो भी रचनाएं हैं वह पुरानी दूरदर्शन के माध्यम से शुरू की जाए जिससे कि आने वाले पीडी संस्कार भी अच्छे बने और पीढ़ी भी संस्कारवान बने
    नहीं तो आजकल यह फिल्में भी बेहूदी फिल्में न जाने क्या क्या दिमाग में घुस कर देती है जो चोरी डकैती और बलात्कार जैसे करते हो को जन्म देती है

  27. Yes it will help the children to know our mythology and it will easily spend time. Most welcome step if broadcasted..

  28. Dekhne se zyada follow karein.. Ki ram ji ne hinsa ka kabhi saath nhi diya. Hameeshat ahinsa ka saath diya he.. Har dharm ne insaan banaaya he. Na ki shaitaan aaj ram ji ka naam let kar kitna galat kaam hota he.. Wo he purshootam ram…

  29. waiting for transmission in the DD free dish.
    mahabharat (jaysanhita) is not myth…this is the real history of Bhart.


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