Ramayan (1986 TV series)
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Ramayan promotional poster
|Created by||Ramanand Sagar|
|Country of origin||India|
|Original language(s)||Hindi (primary)
|No. of episodes||78|
|Running time||35 minutes|
|Original release||25 January 1987 – 31 July 1988|
|Followed by||Luv Kush|
Ramayan is an Indian epic television series, which aired during 1987-1988, created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. The remake of Ramayan series was again presented by Sagar Arts and which aired on NDTV Imagine in 2008. Ramayan introduced the concept of Hindu mythology to Indian Television and went on to become a cult classic, it was aired on Zee TV in mid-90's. Also, it was aired on Star Plus and Star Utsav in 2000's. 
The serial was brought to the small screen by Sagar Art Enterprises. The list of technicians is as follows:
Screenplay & Dialogue - Ramanand Sagar; Special Effects - Ravikant Nagaich; Technical Advisor - Prem Sagar; Lyrics & Music - Ravindra Jain; Title Music - Jaidev; Executive Producer - Subhash Sagar; Second Unit Directors - Anand Sagar & Moti Sagar; Produced & Directed - Ramanand Sagar.
- Arun Govil as Ram
- Deepika Chikhalia as Sita
- Sunil Lahri as Lakshman
- Sanjay Jog as Bharat
- Sameer Rajda as Shatrughna
- Dara Singh as Hanuman
- Bal Dhuri as Dashratha
- Jayshree Gadkar as Kaushalya
- Rajni Bala as Sumitra
- Padma Khanna as Kaikeyi
- Lalita Pawar as Manthara
- Sulakshana Khatri as Mandavi
- Anjali Vyas as Urmila
- Poonam Shetty as Shrutakirti
- Arvind Trivedi as Ravana / Sage Vishrava
- Vijay Arora as Indrajit
- Nalin Dave as Kumbhakarna
- Mukesh Rawal as Vibhishana
- Aparajita Bhooshan as Mandodari
- Mulraj Rajda as Janak, king of Mithila
- Urmila Bhatt as Sunaina, Janak's wife, queen of Mithila
- Chandrashekhar as Sumanta
- Shyamsundar Kaalaani as Sugriva / Vali
- Vijay Kavish as Shiva / Valmiki/Mayasura
- Murari Lal Gupta as Akampana
- Ramesh Goyal as Maricha
- Rajshekhar as Jambavan
- Bashir Khan as Angada / Prahasta
- Bandini Mishra as Parvati
- Sudhir Dalvi as Vasishta
- Anita Kashyap as Trijata
- Shrikant Soni as Vishwamitra
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