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Upanishad Ganga is an 2012 Indian television drama series based on the message in the Upanishads, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and produced by Chinmaya Mission (Chinmaya Creations). It started telecast from 11 March 2012 on DD National (DD1), has a total of 52 episodes based on the Upanishads highlighting the ideal thinking and empowerment provided by the Vedic society in India. The series was conceptualised by Swami Tejomayananda the global head of Chinmaya Mission, Dwiwedi is most known for his lead role in TV series, Chanakya (1991-1992), one of the cast is Abhimanyu Singh, who is playing 33 different roles in the series.
The music director of Upanishad Ganga is Alap Desai . He is a young singer-composer born in a family of artistes. After learning to play Tabla from the Late Ustad Alla Rakha Khan Saheb for about 8 years, he gradually shifted focus to music composition. His music traverses through various genres such as plays, dance ballets, albums and television serials. His compositions reflect the glory of semi classical music and the ambience of contemporary sounds. He has performed throughout the world and recorded with artistes like Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Jagjit Singh, Shankar Mahadevan and has a number of albums to his name
Prior to its telecast the cast and director started a promotional tour across India to cities like Jaipur, Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bhopal.
The serial-Drama revolves around the social lifestyles, customs and thinking from the Vedic Society and gives a touch of ethics which we should imply in our daily life.The program starts with an Upanishad-Chanting related to the topic of the drama and all the group of dramatists gathers for the chanting. The title song/verse of the serial is 15th verse of Ishopanishad-
हिरण्मयेन पात्रेण सत्यस्यापिहितं मुखम्। तत्त्वं पूषन्नपावृणु सत्य धर्माय दृष्टये॥
"Hiranmayena patrena satya-syapi-hitam mukham,
tattvam pusanna-pavrnu satya –dharmaya drstaye.(15)"
Meaning- "Truth lies concealed by golden vessel.
Do thou O Sun! Open the entrance of that cover
So as the Truth you so concealed be visible to me,
a devotee,who by nature is truthful,
in the light of your illuminating Grace."
The drama starts with entry of a Sūtradhāra (Sanskrit:सूत्रधार, the anchor) and sometimes a Nați (Sanskrit:नटी, a lady narrator or Dramatist) who tell us about the drama for the day and explain us about the concept in short. The Sūtradhāra explains some other vedic concepts to us while the drama continues. The drama ends up with another Upanishad-Chanting and all dramatists gather again.
The Vedic Culture is introduced in the initial episodes (1-4). Then cultural values at the levels of the individual and the society are presented in the following 18 episodes (5-22). After, thus establishing the cultural basis and ethos, the entire Upanishadic Wisdom is then presented in the next 20 episodes (23–42). The practical steps that could be taken to actualize this wisdom in one's life are then elaborated in the next nine episodes (43–51). The last episode is an expression of gratefulness for this Wisdom which has made India proud, noble, and admired the world over.
Episode 12 - The Human Goal - Moksha - Story of Kotikarna
Episode 13 - Student Life - Story of Satyakam
Episode 22 - Theory of Karma & Rebirth  - Story of Chitraketu
Episode 31 - Consciousness - The Life Principle - Story of Indra and Yaksha
Episode 32 - The Bliss
Episode 33 - Bondage - Story of Puranjan
Episode 34 - The Self & The Non-Self -Story of Jada-Bharat
Episode 35 - God
Episode 36 - Maya - The Power of The Lord - Story of Sage Narada
Episode 37 - God's Incarnations - Story of Veda-Vyas
Episode 39 - Om - The Sacred Syllable
Episode 40 - The Creation - Story of Varāhamihira
Episode 41 - God, Me & The World - Story of Prahalad
Episode 43 - Beyond hues, become the Lord's muse - Story of Meerabai
Episode 44 - Inborn Traits - Story of Mohan-Rajkumari and Story of Sant Eknath
Episode 45 - Preparatory Spiritual Practices - Story of Pundalik
Episode 46 - Advanced spiritual practices - Story of Khandikya and Keshidhvaja from Vishnu Purana
Episode 47 - The attitude when performing action, Karma Yoga
Episode 51 - Liberation - Story of Parvailla Swami
Episode 52 - Master-Disciple relation - An expression of gratitude
All the episodes of Upanishad Ganga are available on YouTube.
2, 8, 9
|Vishwa Badola||Gaurishankar||1, 2|
|K K Raina||Baba Laldas||5, 6|
|Sandeep Mohan||Ved Vyas
Iravati - the wife of Varāhamihira
Kayadhu - Mother of Prahalada
|Huma Qureshi||Pundalik's wife
|Faisal Rashid||Bhadrachala Ramadas|
|Usha Rana||Mother of Pundalik|
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