\|/ Celebrating 27 Years of Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan! \|/

Posted: 2014-01-24T19:19:39Z

Here's welcoming one and all to join in the commemoration of a moment in the history of Indian television that is truly worth celebrating. On 25th January, 1987, a veteran director from Bollywood launched a television serial. It featured a then unknown cast, an archaic storyline, an unpopular timeslot, and a shoestring budget.  But most importantly, it was made with a whole lot of heart and soul. 

That is why, in spite of all the odds stacked up against him, the director stood behind his idea and turned it into an inimitable phenomenon that brought an entire nation to a standstill.  For one hour every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM, the streets of India were completely empty as people flooded any place that had a TV to get their fill of this production as it kept then entranced and rekindled religious awareness and devotion in the viewers.

The director was Dr. Ramanand Sagar, heralded as a miracle maker by many media outlets and literary organizations for breathing life into this particular production.  The production wasRamayan, the Indian television industry's first blockbuster and the pioneer that introduced to the television landscape its still highly successful mythological genre. 

The success of Ramayan prompted several extensions to the serial, and upon popular demand by the spellbound audience, a sequel entitled Uttar Ramayan was produced by Dr. Sagar.  He brought together the same cast to continue the story of Lord Ram and Devi Sita after they had ascended the throne of Ayodhya; this too, was met with enthusiasm and inspired devotion.  Together, these two parts made up Sampoorn Ramayan with which Dr. Ramanand Sagar created a lasting legacy. 27 years later, it is still a revered favorite in many Hindu households, and much of a generation credits this serial with its knowledge of, or at least its interest in, ancient Indian scriptures and spiritual values.

Encouraged by the success of Ramayan, many directors decided to produce mythological serials of their own from various tales of Hindu lore. The epic Ramayan itself was recreated many times throughout the years since 1987, but Dr. Ramanand Sagar's version forever holds a special place in the hearts of all its fans. Far beyond a medium of entertainment, the show has served as a source of spiritual awakening for an audience whose demographics transcend the barriers of age, nationality, caste, and creed.  We are proud to celebrate its continued success, and we hope that its noble effect touches hearts and souls for many generations to come.
Please join us today as we celebrate the 27th anniversary of this priceless mythological serial, and if you were one of those fortunate people who saw Ramayan when it first aired in 1987, re-awaken those memories and share them with us. How was it to witness the standstill and popularity of Ramayan firsthand? How crazy were you and your family about the show?



Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan
Is a modern day miracle

Ramanand Sagar's mega epic TV Serial "RAMAYAN", when first telecasted in 1987, created unprecedented records. It blazed new trails all over the world with a unique distinction of achieving something which even prophets, scholars, great thinkers, religious leaders, social reformers and politicians could not achieve in centuries.

The message of "Ramayan" cut across all the barriers of caste, creed, language and political boundaries. The euphoria that "RAMAYAN" created and documented by the media during its telecast, is itself a legend.

Media Documentation
  • During that sacred three quarters of an hour, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the largest Indian State, refused to take any telephone calls.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, angry viewers attacked a power station when electricity cuts disrupted the telecast.
  • A lawyers' conference in Patna had to be delayed when its opening coincided with the telecast and nobody turned up.
  • A bride was late for her wedding ceremony in Satara in Maharashtra because she was watching Ramayan.
  • Two ministers turned up one hour late for her swearing- in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. They said they were busy watching "Ramayan".
  • The Bharat Milap scene brought in Bhopal two Muslim brothers on inimical terms, together after having lived separately for ten years. So moved was the elder brother by the serial, that he transported all possessions which were the reason of the split, to the younger brother's house.
  • In a Ranchi mental asylum, usually rowdy or violent inmates ' on Sundays ' when they were out in open pelted stones on monkeys sitting on trees in the compound, watched "Ramayan" peacefully. When they saw HANUMANJI performing various tasks for LORD SHRI RAM, their attitude towards monkeys changed. They started leaving food for the animals and even erected a Samadhi for a dead monkey.
  • In Bombay, "Ramayan" even cured a boy of amnesia. After a serious accident, the boy could not remember anything from his past life. Several efforts by his parents and treatments could not revive his memory. One day his sister asked him to see "Ramayan." A faint recollection of the theme music of the serial triggered off a positive response and the boy soon recovered with subsequent treatment.
  • A funeral procession in Muzaffarnagar was delayed by an hour to enable mourners to watch Ramayan.
  • In Lucknow, distraught patients complained that doctors and nurses had abandoned them while the show was on air.
  • A man died in Karnataka while watching "Ramayana". The family members attended to him and cremated after the serial got over.
  • Many churches all over India rescheduled their Sunday masses so that church goers can watch the serial.
  • After watching the scene in which Laxman becomes unconscious on being hit by Indrajit's arrow ' NAAGPASH ' a wealthy businessman in Madras fell seriously ill and went into coma at the shock of Laxman wounded. The credibility and source of sequence created a great furor, but the Sagar's stood their ground. But when they received a request from the business man's doctors' to help them revive the old man the Sagar unit worked round the clock and prepared a special clipping which they air dashed to Madras. Only after the man saw Laxman reviving back to life in the new clipping ' also based on the authentic research ' did he recover back to normal life from his coma.
  • A wedding baraat arrived in Lucknow station 9.30 a.m. on Sunday only to find that all the coolies as well as the rickshawallah's were engrossed seeing the serial. The bride's parents' being influential people attempted to lodge a complaint with the station master, only to find him busy watching the serial. Even threats did not get him to budge from his seat before the TV set. Exasperated, they called up a union minister to seek justice, only to be given a terse reply that the minister himself was busy watching the serial and to call up later.
  • Once, an old Muslim gentleman met Ramanand Sagar to thank him for having produced the Ramayan. Previously his children did not care for him and rarely visited him. But after they saw the serial they changed and now they take turns visiting him and looking after him. 'May God bless you for making such a morally-educative serial', he said.

Press coverage

"It has set the Saryu on fire. Why only the Saryu, the Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri, even the mythical Saraswati, appear to be affected.
Undoubtedly, "Ramayan" is a block-buster in the history of Indian television. On August 1, a crowd over 40,000 waited patiently outside Jaipur's Birla Mandir to have a glimpse of Rama(Arun Govil) and Sita (Dipika) who were due to grace the shrine. Even ministers jostled with mesmerized fans for a "darshan". In Chandigrah, guests at a wedding ceremony were kept waiting as the bride failed to arrive at the "mandap" at the appointed hour. Inquiries revealed that she had refused to get married till the day's episode on television was over.
Whether it is Ahmadabad or Patna, Chandigarh or Jaipur, a large number of viewer's, especially women, regard the serial as their main method of communion with God. Consequently, many bathe early and light sticks of incense or earthen lamps while the serial is telecast'."
The Times of India, Bombay

 "Ramayan is a modern day miracle"
Screen - Bombay 

On its launch in 1987, Prime Minister of India Shri RAJIV GANDHI said that
"' The 'RAMAYAN' has stirred the imaginations of millions of viewers. It has imbibed the great Indian culture, tradition and normal values especially in the young '"

Former President of India SHANKAR DAYAL SHARMA said "' the ideals and life style in the epic 'RAMAYAN' are valid for humanity forever'"

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ' N.Y. (front page) - 
"''RAMAYAN' was so popular even with non-Hindus, that some Christian Churches rescheduled Sunday services so that parishioners wouldn't miss it'"

CNN - "' 3200 Year old Indian epic -'RAMAYAN' ' streets became deserted as Indians abandoned work and chores to watch the adventure of Lord Rama'"

THE TIMES ' London - "''RAMAYAN' is India's most successful television serial, watched weekly by an estimated 40 million people'"

A book titled 'NO FULL STOPS IN INDIA' ' Mark Tully ' BBC Correspondent ' devoted one complete chapter with 27 pages to Ramanand Sagar's 'RAMAYAN' and its unbelievable popularity.

5 VOLUMES OF RAMAYAN were translated in Japanese language for OSAKA University of Foreign studies and taught by Prof. Tomio Mizokami to Japanese student in OSAKA University.
THE TIMES OF INDIA wrote - "''RAMAYAN' is the Biggest Block Buster in the History of 
Indian Television '"

INDIA TODAY wrote - "''RAMAYAN' is a Divine Sensation'"

NELSON Ratings - "''RAMAYAN' generated significant Nelson rating when telecast on "Eye on Asia" in New York'"

56 Events that Changed India
India Today ' August 18th 2003
Ramayan in January 1986. After the Sagars' discovered Arun Govil's beatific smile and the power pf tele visual religion, Sunday mornings were never the same again. Nor was India, with Sagar's miracle ' a ' minute amakgam of 14 different versions of Valmiki's epic keeping pace with an aggressive and unapologetic Hundutva that swept the nation

Order of the People's National Award - 'Best television serial of the year 1987'
Ramayan created unprecedented records. It blazed new trails all over the world with a unique distinction of achieving something which even prophets, scholars, great thinkers, religious leaders, social reformers and politicians could not achieve in centuries. Ramayan has been registered in the Limca Book of Records. As per BBC figures, the serial has been watched by over 650 million people worldwide of which, 40 million Indian viewers regularly watched it on its first telecast.
As a soothing spiritual balm ' The entire Nation stopped '.. Turned ' and looked back with pride at our culture, our traditions and heritage of pure ethics and hallowed principles ' RAMAYAN championed the victory of good over evil and boasted of noble virtues. The serial was portrayed in a most aesthetic manner and carried a lot of devotional value for the Indian viewer. Such was the phenomenon of Ramayan that often during the telecasts the streets always wore a deserted look.
The message of "Ramayan" cut across all the barriers of caste, creed, language and political boundaries. The euphoria that "RAMAYAN" created and documented by the media during its telecast, it itself is a legend. 


Edited by JanakiRaghunath - 2014-01-24T20:08:24Z
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Posted: 2014-01-24T19:20:27Z

Awards anAccolades

Some of the important:

  • Raj Kapoor Award for Life Time Achievement
  • By Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Life Time Achievement Award
  • By Govt. of Punjab
  • National Citizens Award
  • Popular TV. Serial
  • By H.E. Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma ' President of India
  • Rattna Shiromani Award
  • Ramanand Sagar
  • By H.E Giani Zail Singh ' President of India
  • Valmiki Award
  • Academy of Kathak Dance ' Bangalore
  • Doordarshan Kalakar Puraskar
  • Great Television Performances
  • Best T.V Serial ' Ramayan
  • The Uptron Award ' Lucknow
  • Man of the Year Award Ramanand Sagar
  • Junior Chamber Marine Lines ' Bombay
  • Kala Bhushan Award
  • Punjabi Kala Sangam ' N.Delhi
  • Cine Goers Association
  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy
  • Kala ' Shree Award
  • Contribution to the cause of Art and Culture
  • Rotary Club of Bombay ' Mid Town
  • India's Most Popular T.V. Serial
  • Lions Award
  • Best T.V Serial of the Millennium Lions Club of Chembur Ramayan.
  • Lions Club of Chembur
  • Lalit Kala Puraskar
  • Manas Sangam Kanpur ' U.P.
  • Hero Honda and Indian Television Academy Award Mumbai
  • Kalyug Valimki
  • Ramanand Sagar
  • Video boom Award
  • Shirmomani Hindustan Rattan Award
  • Padam Shri Dr. Ramanand Sagar ' D.Lit
  • By Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society ' Ludhiana
  • Udyog Jyoti Puraskar
  • Institute of Industrial Development
  • "Braj Shri" Puraskar
  • Shri Braj Mandal, Mumbai
  • The Millennium Award
  • Zoroastrian Flag of Friendliness and Brotherhood
  • Sindhu Ratna Ramanand Sagar
  • Andheri Sindhi Panchayat

Felicitations ' National:
  • All India Mayors' Conference
  • By Bombay Citizens Committee
  • Marwari Sammelan Birla Matoshri, Bombay
  • Vile Parle Kelawani Mandal Bombay
  • Jhulelal Award All India Sindhi Panchayat Association
  • Giants International Award
  • In recognitions of remarkable Achievements
  • The Film Writers Association
  • Dedicated and selfless services rendered
  • Yuva Kumbh Shimharath
  • Banjrangdal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad

  • Saraswati Ratnabhishek
  • Rashtra Gaurav Saman Samaroh
  • Samart Shiksha Samati ' Delhi
  • Dharmabushan
  • Akil Bharthiya Sanatan Dharma Pratinidhi Samelan
New Delhi

  • Sarvesh Maitri
  • Bharatiya Jain Milan ' Delhi
  • Vijay Rattna ' Award
  • Enriching Human Life and Out Standing Attainments
  • International Friendship Society of India
  • "Suramya" Felicitation
  • By former President of India Shri R. Venkataram

  • Citizens of Ludhiana
  • Millennium Great Personality of India

  • Indore Nagar Palika

  • Shree Digamber Jain Trust
  • Ramanand Sagar ' Howrah
  • Felicitations ' Rotary International District
  • Man of the Year Award

Felicitations ' Rotary International District:
  • "Maharashtra Ratna"
  • Outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema Industry
  • Maharashtra Kala Niketan
IMPAA Trophy
  • Outstanding contribution to Indian Film Industry
  • Indian Motion Picture Producers Association
  • Crusader of Ancient Indian Culture
  • Indira Ghansham Mirchandani Service Centre

  • Promoting the Ancient Indian Wisdom, Systems and practices for the benefit of the Mankind.
  • Bharat Nirman
  • Mystique India
  • Spiritual Renaissance Conference
  • "Great Son of Punjab"
  • Padamashri Ramanand Sagar
  • Bhawnakla Mandir
  • "The Great Son of the Soil" Millennium Award XIXth National All India Conference of Intellectuals
  • Contribution to TV.

  • TV and Video World Award
  • Fame Communications and Sterling Newspaper Ltd.
  • Outstanding Citizen Award 1996
  • Enriching Human life, Outstanding Attainments
  • Appreciation in the chosen field of Activity
  • International Peace and Goodwill Foundation
  • Bharat Vikas Parishad ' Varanasi
  • "Shri Tulsi Samman"
  • Tulsi Janamaboomi Surkerkat Vikas Samiti

  • Pradesh Vishwa Hindu ' Parishad Convention
  • Alandi Devachi ' Pune
  • Vishal Hindu Sammelan

  • Press Club of Kerela
  • Millennium Great Personality of India

  • Indore Nagar Palika

Citations :
  • Shree Ram Darbar
  • 125th Suswarnim Varsh
  • Ramlila Bhavan, Kanpur 
  • Ramanand Sagar ' for his Seminal Contribution to creative, Visual Productions, Popularizing and rekindling interest in our Great Epic
  • Dr. Pinnamaneni and Smt. Seethadevi ' Foundation Vijay Wada

  • "Himalaya Ratna"
  • Ratna Samman Samroh
  • Nagrik Parishad, Dehradun

  • Heritage of Punjab
  • Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh 

  • "Yug Valmiki"
  • Akil Bharat Jagannath Chetana Sansad
  • Jagannath Dhampuri ' Cuttack

  • Meritorious contributions
  • In the Field of Film, Arts and Literature Award 
    Sahir Award

Felicitations - International :
  • Viswa Hindu Parishad of America
  • Global Vision 2000 Festival
  • Centenary of Swami Vivekananda's Historic Chicago
  • Address, recognizes the outstanding contribution made by Ramanand Sagar through his superb creation of the Most Popular T.V Serial "Ramayana"
  • Rajasthan Parisad of America
  • Plague ' Hon'ble Shri Ramanand Sagar
  • In Honour and Appreciation of his Great Contribution to Humanity by Making the Classic Epic Ramayana for T.V.
  • International Punjab Society Award
    Ramanand Sagar
  • Wiltren Theatre, Hollywood ' On the Stupendous Global Success of the TV Serial "Ramayan"
  • Felicitated by MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI ' Vedantic
  • University ' Holland
  • Felicitated by the President of West Indies at Diwali Mela celebrations ' Trinidad
  • Felicitation by Sounds of Asia ' Toronto Channel 47 with Telecast of Ramayan
  • Felicitation by Govt. of Mauritius Hon'ble Prime Minister
    Mr. Jagannath

Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Honours
Devoted Services to Indian Film Industry as a writer
Decorated with PADAMASHRI by President of IndiaDOCTOR OF LITERATURE (D.Lit.)
(Honors Causa by Jammu University)

Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (Prayag) 

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Posted: 2014-01-25T09:06:30Z
Lovely thread Janu di!!ClapClapClapClapClapClap
Btw I wud like to add a few things further
Found these pics on Arun Govil's FB...actually it was shown on BBC HINDI...on Diwali special..
so a fan posted these pics...hope u're gonna like dem!

some of the pics are still unseen ..

At the bottom of each pic...u'll find a line which tells some unkonwn facts abt Ramayan...they are:
1.Where Arun Govi was Lord Ram of Ramayan, Deepika portrayed Seeta and Prem Sagar( RSji's son) chose Deepika as Seeta when he first looked at her, while shooting for a film in Natraj studios.

2. Ramayan seemed an unprofitable project to every producer, and all of them rejected to sponser the project. Finally, in absence of any producer, RSji decided to sponser it himself.

3.Ramayan was the first tele show which had the longest time slot of 45 mins. Rest all the shows used to have just 30 mins of time slot.

4.Ramayan was shot in of Umargaaon, in a studio, which was deserted since 15 years , which was miles away frm Mumbai. It was unlocked and taken on rent specially for Ramayan.

5.The making of Ramayan needed about more than 100 technicians ranging frm make-up artists to set designers. All these technicians worked all the day, because the technique that time wasn't that good that was all in a click, so they worked all the day that is, they worked 24 hrs a dayShocked
Cheers  n claps for RS Ramayan teamClap

6.Once interesting incident is also related to Ramayan, that people delayed the funeral of a man, because they were watching Ramayan.

7.After constatnt negotiations with the Indian Government, Ramayan was first aired on the government's own channel dd on 26th January 1987.
Btw 26th January is also the marriage anniversary of Arun Govil (Ram of Ramayan)


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Posted: 2014-01-25T09:08:02Z
2 more siggies I made for d occassion

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Posted: 2014-01-25T09:30:26Z
Hey Janu di...see m using ur avi n siggie u made for d occassion...but itne se mera kya hogaLOLLOLLOLLOLLOL expecting more stuffs frm you EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed
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Posted: 2014-01-25T09:34:05Z
Originally posted by arun-deeps

Hey Janu di...see m using ur avi n siggie u made for d occassion...but itne se mera kya hogaLOL expecting more stuffs frm you Embarrassed

So sweet of you Gunu, thank you! Hug Haha, will make more definitely. Just a bit tied up right now. LOL
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Posted: 2014-01-25T09:35:01Z
Happy Anniversary Ramayan! Party This was the first mythological show I ever watched and I will always love it. It has a special place in my heart forever, and I can never forget my cutiepie Deepika, one of the most beautiful and gentle Sita Ma of television.
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Posted: 2014-01-26T09:28:13Z
Originally posted by JanakiRaghunath

So sweet of you Gunu, thank you! Hug Haha, will make more definitely. Just a bit tied up right now. LOL

Okk...I'll wait...but don't forget hun...there's some1 who's always ready to use ur stuff n grab them in d siggie dabbaLOL
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