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The show covered a range of topics, from the Harappan Civilisation to the freedom struggle, along with mythological epics.
First published in 1947, the magazine survived for six decades and now loyal fans have taken to preserving its comics online.
Industry insiders say the TV landscape is likely to look very different even once the lockdown ends, with social distancing keeping reality show shoots on backburner.
Latest industry estimates suggest DD National continues to be the most-watched channel during the lockdown, but there are fewer takers for Ramayan sequel Uttar Ramayan.
These classic Doordarshan shows developed a massive fan following when they first aired, and have inspired remakes and revivals.
The jump in the week of 28 March-3 April is significant as DD National was not even among the top 10 channels in the Hindi GEC category the previous week.
BARC-Nielsen report says 5.1 crore saw Ramayan episode on Sunday while DD officials say the show along with Mahabharat & Shaktimaan have doubled Doordarshan’s YouTube traffic.
In the post-Matrix world, it will be tough to go back to the slow-moving arrows of old Ramayan, especially when newer shows have been our experience to TV mythology.
Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.
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