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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• A Ramayana on Air

• A Ramayana on Air

“All in the (Raghu) Family,” A Video Epic in Cultural Context

(p.140) 9 • A Ramayana on Air
The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

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

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