LUCKNOW || Amid all the gloom and despair over the outbreak of Coronavirus and the 21-day lockdown, people in the state of Uttar Pradesh are jubilant over some news. Yes, you heard it right, many whom The News Agency spoke to, said they were very happy at the government’s decision to start the telecast of the popular TV serial Ramayan.
The epic which was aired between 1987-88, they say will not only let them stay at home “in peace” but also that it would be a “fresh connect to the old days“. Shrishti Mishra, who was ten when the TV Serial was initially aired said, “it is one of the best news she has heard in many days”. Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was Sunday morning appointment viewing nationwide in 1987-1988, is returning to Doordarshan. 75-year-old Rameshwar Dayal Valmiki also expressed similar sentiments.
On Friday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted to say that Ramayan will now air on DD National twice a day starting Saturday (March 28).
Earlier this week, as India prepared for a 21-day lockdown against the Coronavirus, Twitter was flooded with messages asking for reruns of Ramayan and B R Chopra’s Mahabharat, which was telecast after Ramayan ended in 1988.
One episode in morning 9 am to 10 am, another in the evening 9 pm to 10 pm,” the minister said in his tweet. Ramayan, which made stars out of Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia and Sunil Lahri, known to fans as Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshman, clocked 33 years of the show this year.