Doordarshan 1987 and RamayanaMay 02, 2020 12:56 PM
The year was 1987 and two things that perhaps garnered plenty of Television viewership. Both genres were diametrically opposite to each other, nevertheless, swayed the Indian audience from all walks of life. In those days Doordarshan was the only window of entertainment and information. And the two things were (1987 Cricket World Cup, Ramayana serial). It was a curfew and a self-imposed lockdown when the episode of Ravana death was telecasted. Everyone cherished the triumph of good over evil. It never happened in the history of Indian television that every Indian was delighted to see the creation of Ramrajaya and the destruction of Lanka. Those were the good old days when Maryada Purushottam Ram had nothing to do with Indian politics. People from every religion watched the serial. There was no Fatwas and Mullas- only mythology and wonderful moral lessons.
It’s an old cliché that history repeats itself, but no one ever thought it would repeat in 33-years. DD had once again telecasted it in the lockdown, and the reception had been exceptional. The viewership had increased and the enthusiasm is the same from where it left in 1988. According to Limca Book of Records Ramayana remains the most-watched mythological serial in the world.
Ramayana is a proven antidote for those who cannot remain at home and fail to maintain social distancing. The serial’s magnetic effect would certainly work on culprits desperate to meander around. Ramayana in 1987 had a spellbinding effect on every Indian that they never left the TV sets on every Sunday at 9.30 a.m. It is indeed reducing the burden on Police who are using Dand and Bhed. DD telecasting the serial is akin to Saam and Daam. Hence relive the moments and the nostalgia.
My suggestion to DD is to start Malgudi Days and Discovery of India. It would take the goodwill to the next level. The previous generation would deeply appreciate this gesture.