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Saturday, August 15, 2020



Ramayan on Doordarshan: Director Dibakar Banerjee looks back at the time that laid the ground for today

May 15, 2020 12:27 pm

In the midst of a pandemic that levels all — the chosen and the downtrodden — many of us fantasise about a return to a golden, simple past, but that leapfrogs over the reality of caste

Ramayan: Look at the show from the moral prism, not religious

May 15, 2020 12:24 pm

Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan (1987) was an unprecedented landmark in the DD era. As the record-breaking epic is all set to be re-telecast from this morning, here's rewinding to the time when Lord Ram's morality tale brought India to a standstill.

Dipika Chikhlia on Ramayan rerun: Don't know if people will have the patience for it

May 15, 2020 12:23 pm

Actor Dipika Chikhlia on playing Sita in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan, the show's rerun on Doordarshan and more.

Ram Ram, India: The return of Ramayana, the return of the 1980s Sundays

March 27, 2020 6:22 pm

Ramanand Sagar’s epic will be back on Doordarshan from March 28 onwards. This time we will get to see it in the morning as well as evening (9-10 am and 9-10 pm).

Light and Life

October 29, 2019 3:58 pm

On Diwali, readings of the Ramayana show us the light, and warn us against darkness. Listen, first, to Sita in Dandakaranya, counselling Rama.

Did a strong sense of morality make Vibhishana the first 'anti-national'?

October 27, 2019 7:27 am

Every regime insists that the praja, or citizens, stand by its regressions from the founding ideals of the republic in the name of nationalism.

Ravana was a spectacular king. He just fell for the wrong girl

October 28, 2019 10:50 am

The mists of mythology, history and conspiracy theories render him elusive. Yet, in Sri Lanka, the search for Ravana remains a quest for validation.

Long ago, by the Sarayu

October 27, 2019 8:53 am

The tussle to stake ownership over Ayodhya, and define it by the Hindu-Muslim question, has concealed the myriad other factors that have gone into making the city and, by implication, India.

Why we need to remember the civilised Rama, and not the angry one

October 28, 2019 10:51 am

Rama is eulogised as Maryada Purushottama, the supremely civilised being, by the poet, for constructing the Rama rajya. Sita, his loving wife, on the other hand, personifies nature.

Mythology will not remember Kaikeyi kindly. But what if she was just playing her part?

October 28, 2019 10:49 am

Mythology will not remember me kindly. Everyone needed a fall guy and that was me. Kaikeyi.


Looking back at Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan

March 28, 2020 8:45 am

Before you get to experience the epic TV show from March 28, here are some posters and photos of Doordarshan's Ramayana to take you on a nostalgia ride.

The tattooed rebels: Chhattisgarh's Ramnamis fight caste with full-bodied 'Ram Ram' tattoos

January 13, 2016 9:10 am

The Ramnami Samaj is a religious movement founded by Scheduled Caste Ram devotees in the late 19th century in Chhattisgarh. Denied entry to temples and forced to use separate wells, these low-caste Hindus first tattooed their bodies and faces more than 100 years ago as an act of defiance and devotion.