Following a social media campaign for a re-telecast of Mahabharat and Ramayan during the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday announced that Ramayana would be rebroadcast on DD National from March 28, Saturday. Two episodes of the iconic mythological serial of the 80s will be broadcast -one in the morning from 9am to 10am and another in evening from 9pm to 10pm.
“Happy to announce that on public demand, we are starting retelecast of 'Ramayana' from tomorrow, Saturday March 28 in DD National, One episode in morning 9 am to 10 am, another in the evening 9 pm to 10 pm,” Prakash Javadekar said in a tweet.
Ramanand Sagar's epic serial Ramayana and BR Chopra's Mahabharat were popular across the country, during the 80s and 90s. People have started discussing about the Ramayana and Mahabharat serials on social media after the government declared shutdown. Users demanded the Doordarshan to re-telecast the serials as it can reduce stress in the times of coronavirus.
Ramanand Sagar directed Ramayana featured Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita and Sunil Lahri as Lakshman. The show also featured Late Dara Singh as Hanuman and Arvind Trivedi as Ravana. The show was originally telecast from 25 January 1987 to 31 July 1988.