• A Ramayana on Air

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI:
• A Ramayana on Air

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This chapter shows what happened when the Ramayana moved into the medium of television. For eighteen months in 1987 and 1988, the writer-producer Ramanand Sagar succeeded in gluing the eyes of the entire nation to the screen on Sunday mornings. The chapter pays close attention to the changes that occurred when Tulsidas's sixteenth-century Hindi Ramayana made its transit from stage to screen, but also comments on the surprising continuities from medium to medium. Sometimes the new medium was insufficient. To the surprise of many, the TV Ramayana succeeded in generating its own brand of ritual etiquette.

Keywords: Ramayana; television; Ramanand Sagar; Tulsidas

Chapter.  7360 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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