RAMAYANA (NDTV IMAGINE) tells the story of Lord Ram who was the eldest of the four sons of Dashrath, the king of Ayodhya. Ram was to become the king of Ayodhya after his father’s retirement. But his stepmother Kaikeyi whose mind was poisoned by Manthra wanted her son Bharat to become king.
Remembering that Dashrath had once promised to grant her any two boons she desired, she demanded that Lord Ram should be banished to the forest for fourteen years and Bharat should be crowned as the king. The helpless and heartbroken Dashrath had to keep his word. So, he asks Ram to leave for the forest. Lord Ram happily accepts the exile and leaves for the forest along with his dutiful wife, Mata Sita and younger brother Lakshman. When Bharat learns that his mother is responsible for Lord Ram's exile, he requests Lord Ram to return to Ayodhya. But, when Lord Ram refuses to do so Bharat obtains Lord Ram's sandals and places them on the throne as a gesture that Lord Rama is the true king.
Bharat then rules Ayodhya as a representative of Lord Ram for the next fourteen years. Later, Ravan, the evil King of Lanka, abducts Mata Sita. How Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman along with Lord Hanuman and his vanar sena rescues Mata Sita, and how Lord Ram slays Ravan forms the rest of the story.
Ravindra Jain - Music Director
Playback Singers - Kavita Krishnamurthy and Suresh Wadkar
Set Design - Omang Kumar
Costume Design - Nisha Sagar
Director - Anand Sagar, son of Ramanand Sagar
Location - Sagar Film City, Baroda
Gurmeet Choudhary - Lord Ram, Debina Bonnerjee -Sita, Ankit Arora - Lakshman, Vikram Sharma - Hanuman, Akhilendra Mishra - Ravana, Punkaj Kalraa - Dashrath
Epic Mahabharat by B. R. Chopra
Mahabharat is an Indian television series based on the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. The 94-episode series originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990. It was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son, Ravi Chopra. The music was composed by Rajkamal. It was shown in the UK by the BBC, where it achieved audience figures of 5 million, unheard of for a subtitled series being aired in the afternoon.
Famous TV Serial on CHANAKYA
Chanakya (Devanagari: चाणक्य) is a 47-part Indian television historical drama written and directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi that was originally telecast on DD National from September 1991 to August 1992. Produced by Prakash Dwivedi, the series is a fictionalized account of the life and times of 4th century BCE Indian economist, strategist and political theorist Chanakya (aka Vishnugupta) and is based on events occurring between 340 BCE and 321/20 BCE, starting with Vishnugupta's boyhood and culminating in the coronation of Chandragupta Maurya. Chandraprakash Dwivedi played the title role of Chanakya.
The series is divided into three major parts
- The early life of Vishnugupta in the kingdom of Magadha and the circumstances leading to his self-imposed exile, particularly the persecution (and subsequent death) of his father at the hands of Dhanananda, King of Magadha.
- The invasion of north-western India by Alexander, his death and the rebellion led by native Indian kingdoms under the leadership of Chandragupta Maurya against Alexander's successors in India.
- The attack on and overthrow of the Nanda rule in Magadha and the crowning of Chandragupta as the King of Magadha.
Within this framework, Dwivedi portrays the politics and backstabbing that governed relations between various kings and officials of that time. He also covers the workings of the early Indian republics and the way of life of ordinary Indians during those times.
Chanakya is critically acclaimed and has been hailed as a "milestone on Indian television." At the same time, it has also been the subject of political controversy. It has been televised in many countries around the world and has won five Uptron Awards.
(Taken from Wikipedia)