Friday's telecast of iconic mythological epic series Ramayan will be delayed by a few minutes so as to not overlap with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 9 AM address to the nation, Prasar Bharti has announced. The official Twitter account of Prasar Bharti wrote on Thursday, “In view of the Important Video Message from the Hon’ble PM tomorrow morning, the telecast of Ramayan on @DDNational will be delayed by a few minutes.”
PM Modi had earlier tweeted, “At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians.”. Read below-
Ramayan was back on television on last Saturday, recalling for many those epic mornings an age ago when entire families, and even neighbours, gathered before clunky television boxes for their weekly fix of television and religion.
At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 2, 2020
कल सुबह 9 बजे देशवासियों के साथ मैं एक वीडियो संदेश साझा करूंगा।
The streets were empty, as they were nearly three decades ago when Ramanand Sagar’s serial that brought to life in vivid colour the story of the noble prince and his 14-year exile began airing every Sunday. Then, it was about people glued to television screens, some even praying before it, planning their day around that one hour a week and making sure they go nowhere. Now, it is about a lockdown in a high tech efficient world of 24-hour entertainment as India and the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s announcement that it would rerun the show on DD National at 9 am and 9 pm every day brought back nostalgia for times that were simpler and TV viewing was about community.
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