Ramayan (1986 TV series)

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This article is about the 1987 TV series. For the 2008 TV series, see Ramayan (2008 TV series). For the 2012 TV series, see Ramayan (2012 TV series).
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Ramayan promotional poster
Created by Ramanand Sagar
Starring Arun Govil
Deepika Chikhalia
Sunil Lahri
Sanjay Jog
Arvind Trivedi
Dara Singh
Vijay Arora
Sameer Rajda
Mulraj Rajda
Lalita Pawar
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi (primary)
Awadhi (minor)
No. of episodes 78
Running time 35 minutes
Original network Doordarshan
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.[1] The remake of Ramayan series was again presented by Sagar Arts and which aired on NDTV Imagine in 2008.[2][3]

It is a television adaptation j the ancient Indian Hindu religious epic of the same name, and is primarily based on Valmiki's Ramayana and Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanas.[citation needed]

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.




  • Karp, Jonathan and Williams, Michael. "Reigning Hindu TV Gods of India Have Viewers Glued to Their Sets." The Wall Street Journal, 22 April 1998
  • Lutgendorf, Philip (1991). The Life of a Text: Performing the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-06690-1. 
  • Lutgendorf, Philip (1990). "Ramayan: The Video". TDR/The Drama Review. The MIT Press. 34 (2): 127–176. doi:10.2307/1146030. ISSN 1054-2043. JSTOR 1146030. 
  • Lutgendorf, Philip (2006). "All in the (Raghu) Family: A Video Epic in Cultural Context". In Hawley, John Stratton; Narayanan, Vasudha. The Life of Hinduism. The Life of Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 140–157. ISBN 978-0-520-24913-4. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. "Lessons of the Epics: The Ramayana". EdSITEment Lesson Plans. Available online from http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=599 (18 January 2006).

Rajagopal, Arvind, Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

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