Ramayan is a brand new series based on Valmiki's Ramayan and Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanas. Produced by Sagar Arts, the family that introduced mythology on television, this age old classic is retold with grand sets, a new star cast and lilting music.
The enthralling production values and fresh approach to the storytelling gives the new Ramayan an appeal that will entertain and delight viewers across all age groups.
Grand sets have been erected at Sagar film city, Baroda to depict key areas in the kingdom of Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram. This new version has the advantage of being produced in times of huge technical advancements which will greatly enhance the story telling in a compelling new way.
The Sagar family, which scored television's biggest triumph in the Eighties with the classic blockbuster Ramayan, takes you back to the story of Shri Ram in an all new spectacular magnum opus television serial. The new Ramayan comes with fresh screenplay, dialogue, sets, music and cast. It now has visual special effects and technical finesse at the disposal of the makers. Their ultra modern post-production studios will embellish the new production with skillful special effects. Painstaking research of the period has yielded rare information that is creatively harnessed to give authenticity to the sets and costumes.
Ramayan is a tale for every generation. It is multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional... and this brand new daily version of the timeless classic has been interpreted to cater to the taste of a shining modern India. Television is all about great stories well told, and for us, Ramayan is India's greatest story ever and we hope to re-tell it in a compelling, entertaining manner. This evergreen epic saga of Lord Shri Ram undertaken by the next generation of Sagars promises to take this magnum opus to greater heights.
The launching of this serial was a grand event as NDTV imagine as a channel was launched simultaneously.
The “RAMAYAN’ narrates the life and times of Shri Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is the first ever Ramayan Mythological to be made.
Ramayan says the saga of Lord Rama’s incarnation. Gods pray Lord Vishnu, King Dashrath’s yagya to be blessed by a son. Rama is born, his childhood and fundamental education is imparted in Gurukul. After completion of education, Rama returns to Ayodhya. Rama accompanies Vishwamitra and slays Tadaka. Vishwamitra bestows divine weapons on to Him and Rama and Lakshman proceed to Mithila. In Sita Swayamvar Rama breaks the Shiva Dhanush and Sita garlands Rama, after which Janak sends the message to Dashrath and the four brothers are married to the four daughters of Janak and his brother. The four daughter-in –laws are welcomed in Ayodhya. King Dashrath decides to appoint Rama as his heir. Manthara provokes Kaikayee and she asks for two promises from Dashrath. Bharat is hailed as the future king and Rama is sent in exile to the forest for fourteen years. Dashrath relents for his promise. Sita and Lakshman also accompany Him and Shri Rama and Lakshman go to Valmiki’s ashram, build a hut in Chitrakoot and stay there. Dashrath dies. Bharat
develops a hatred for his mother Kaikeyee and he decides to crown Shri Rama in the forest and return with him. Bharat arrives in the forest. Bharat returns to Ayodhya with Rama’s paduka and installs it on the throne of Ayodhya. Rama, Lakshman and Sita are living in Panchvati. Ravan kidnaps Sita and in the forest Rama and Sugriv become friends. Hanuman recognizes Rama and Bali is killed by Rama. Sita is in Ashok Vatika. Hanuman appears in front of her and ravages Ashok Vatika. He returns after meeting Sita and conveys her message to Rama. Shri Rama wonders how to cross the sea. Nal and Neel with the help of others construct a bridge and Rama crosses the bridge along with the Vaanar sena. A fierce battle is fought between Rama and Ravan and Shri Rama kills Ravan with the Brahmastra. Shri Rama along with others leaves in the Pushpak Viman and Ayodhya rejoices.
Year of telecast:
Ramayan is being telecasted since 21st January, 2008 on NDTV imagine. The channel NDTV Imagine also was launched with the launch
of this serial.
Direction and casting:
Ramayan is being directed by Anand Sagar and produced by Subhash Sagar, Prem Sagar.
The characters in Ramayan are being essayed by a new generation of actors - Gurmeet Choudhary will play the lead of Lord Ram, while Debina Bonnerjee plays Sita. The 3 key characters - Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughan are being played by Ankit Arora, Vije Bhatia and Lalit Negi respectively. Some of the country's best talent is associated with the show:
The music of Ramayan has been composed by Ravindra Jain. The extravagant sets have been designed by renowned art director Omang Kumar Celebrated designer Nisha Sagar has created the costumes and accessories Kavita Krishnamurthy and Suresh Wadekar have lent their voices for the title track.
International Film Festivals
Ramayan received three awards at the Gold Awards 2008: The award for the Best Art Direction (Omang), Best Music (Ravindra Jain) and Best Costumes (Nisha Sagar).
Ramayan like river Ganga is sacred, timeless and unmeasureable. A dip in the values of idealism and sacrifice embodied in Ramayan is like a bath in the Ganga that purifies your thought, speech and action and washes away all evil gathered as time has moved life. Twenty years ago, our revered father Dr. Ramanand Sagar created a revolution through a blockbuster show. Now, the second and third generation recreated the same magic.