Ramanandsagar - An Epic Life – Barsaat to Ramayan
The recently released biography of Late Dr. RamanandSagar by Westend publications, a branch of Amazon India is written by his son, Mr. PremSagar titled, “An Epic Life – RamanandSagar, From Barasaat to Ramayan”. The poignant book contains the personal memoirs written by a devoted son for his loving and ideal father. It details the life of RamanandBedi (birth name Chandramouli) from his birth in a small hamlet called Asal-Guruke near Lahore in Undivided India in the year 1917 to his journey as a human being and a writer as he was destined to make the Ramayana series at the ripe age of 70 years for which he achieved worldwide fame and recognition. It also traces back his ancestry to the early 17th century to a wealthy Punjabi Khastriya “Chopra” family from Peshawar (current day Pakistan) who migrated to the valleys of Kashmir.
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From a clapper boy in the silent movie "Raiders Of The Rail Road" in 1936, Dr. RamanandSagar rose to be a successful film maker, writer, director & producer to be reckoned with. He not only mastered the art of cinema, but also entertained the masses in the long run.
As an independent film writer he wrote about 29 films He established his own film production company "Sagar Art Corporation" in 1950. His first production was "MEHMAAN", which was written, directed & produced by him. Later his group of companies produced over 25 motion pictures till 1984 with over 15 of them being big box-office bonanzas, some of them having crossed 75 weeks theatrically, and some have become evergreen hits in the annals of Indian cinema. The block busters included Silver jubilees - six in a raw "GHUNGHAT", "ZINDAGI", “ARZOO", "GEET", "LALKAR", "HAMRAHI", "CHARAS", "PYAARA DUSHMAN", “RAM BHAROSE”, "BHAGAVAT" and a diamond jubilee "ANKHEN".
In Mid 70's, Dr. RamanandSagar and his sons while shooting for "Charas" in France, visited a French home and the whole family watched television together.
As a visionary man, he foresaw that TV will ultimately surpass the big screen.The realization that it was the right medium that brought families together to watch respectable programs, He along with his sons took the biggest stride in TV history which gave them international recognition.
A thought process born in 1975, finally saw the light of the day in 1985.The Sagar Group were the first to enter into TV software production & created some of the most memorable programs in Indian Television.
… the ‘RAMAYAN’ has stirred the imaginations of millions of viewers. It has imbibed the great Indian culture, tradition and moral values specially in the young …— On its launching in 1987, Prime Minister of India Shri RAJIV GANDHI
… the ideals and life style in the epic ‘RAMAYAN’ are valid for humanity forever…— Former President of India SHANKAR DAYAL SHARMA
…‘RAMAYAN’ was so popular even with non-Hindus, that some Christian Churches rescheduled Sunday services so that parishioners wouldn’t miss it…THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – N.Y. (front page)
… 3200 Year old Indian epic -‘RAMAYAN’ – streets became deserted as Indians abandoned work and chores to watch the adventure of Lord Rama…CNN
…‘RAMAYAN’ is India’s most successful television serial, watched weekly by an estimated 40 million people…THE TIMES – London
A book titled ‘NO FULL STOPS IN INDIA’ – by Mark Tully – BBC Correspondent – devoted one complete chapter with 27 pages toRamanandSagar’s ‘RAMAYAN’ and its unbelievable popularity.
5 VOLUMES OF RAMAYAN were translated in Japanese language for OSAKA University of Foreign studies and taught by Prof. TomioMizokami to Japanese student in OSAKA University.
…‘RAMAYAN’ is the Biggest Block Buster in the History of Indian Television …THE TIMES OF INDIA
…‘RAMAYAN’ is a Divine Sensation…INDIA TODAY
“…‘RAMAYAN’ generated significant Nelson rating when telecast on “Eye on Asia” in New York…NELSON Ratings
‘RAMAYAN’ has been read in countless tongues, written and televised in myriad languages. It has found a home in simple villages and sophisticated cities all over the world. Since its telecast in Eightes ‘RAMAYAN’ has been hailed as a MODERN DAY MIRACLE. The media also hailed its director RamanandSagar, as modern day TULSIDAS and VALMIKI. ShobhaYatras and victory processions were held all over India to felicitate the man who made ‘RAMAYAN’ a miracle, who brought ‘RAMAYAN’ to every home. These processions these ShobhaYatras, these Honours and Awards were an everyday affair after the telecast of ‘RAMAYAN’.
|1949 - Raj Kapoor’s BARSAAT (The Rain) – (Writer)||
1950 - BIRTH OF SAGAR ARTS with MEHMAAN (The Guest)– (Producer Director & Writer)
Starring Nimmi, Premnath, Sajjan and Poornima
1950 - BADI BAHU (The Daughter-in-Law) – (Writer)
Best story Award Mussoorie Film Festival
1951 - BAZOOBAND ( The Armlet) – Producer - Director & Writer)
|1951 - JAAN PEHCHAN (Acquaintance) – (Writer)||1951 - POONAM (Moon Light –Writer )|
|1952 - SHIN SHINAKI BOOBLA BOO – (Writer)||
1953 - SANGDIL (Stone Hearted) –(Writer)
Starring DilipKumar and Madhubala
|1953 - SHAGUFA (The Bloom) –(Writer)||1954 - ILZAAM (Accusation) – (Writer)|
|1954 - DIDI (The Sister) – (Writer)||1955 - RUKHSANA (Princess Rukhsana) – (Writer)|
1955 - INSANIYAT (Humanity) – (Writer)
Starring Dilip Kumar, Dev Anandand BinaRai
|1956 - RAJTILAK (The Coronation) –(Writer)|
1957 - PAIGHAM (The Message) – (Writer)
Starring Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Vijayanti Mala.
“Film Fare Award” - Best Dialogue ● Award presented by President of Egypt Abdul Gamel Nasser ●
1958 - RAJ KUMAR (The Prince) –(Writer)
Starring Shammi Kapoor and Sadhana.
1958 - KOHINOOR - (Writer)
Starring Dilip Kumar and MeenaKumari.