SARITA DEVI – II

Soon after publishing our previous blog we got re-introduced to Sarita Devi (सरिता देवी) as the First Character Actress from Rajasthan. We came across two articles on the veteran actress published in Rajasthan Patrika in 1993 and in 2001 soon after her sad demise. Though having overlapping content these articles gave us enough information about the actress who touched us with her performance as Mata Shabari in Ramanand Sagar ji’s Ramayan (1987). A role she considered as a fruit of her dedication and hard work all through her long acting career. This blog is a summarized translation of the two articles. Continue reading

SARITA DEVI – I

Shri Ram Katha, Ramayan has many a heartwarming events which showcase the divine relation between Bhakt (Devotee) and Bhagwaan (God). One such event is where Shri Ram meets Mata Shabari. The greatness of service, devotion and faith of a tribal woman and the grace of Guru and the Almighty to her are excellent features of this episode. The actress who played the part of Mata Shabari in Ramanand Sagar ji’s Ramayan (1987) made a permanent mark in our memory with her heart-warming performance. We have seen many artists play the part in various adaptations of Ramayan be it TV Series or Films but no one made the kind of impression she did. For years we knew nothing about her, not even her name. To our joy recently we got to know that she is veteran actress, Sarita Devi (सरिता देवी). Continue reading

MULRAJ RAJDA

Shri Ram Katha, Ramayan is full of ideal characters and each one has their own importance in the story. Apart from the leading characters, characters like Arya Sumantra, Nishadraj Guhu, Shabari, Mareech, Kumbhajkarn, etc have their own place and importance. They all leave a mark not matter how big or small part they play in the story. One such character is that of Sita ji’s father, Mithila Naresh Maharaj Janak (also known as Videhraj) beautifully played by veteran writer/actor/director – Mulraj Rajda (मूलराज रजदा) in Ramanand Sagar ji’s Ramayan (1987). Being daughters of very loving fathers ourselves, this portrayal is very close to our hearts. Continue reading

SANJAY JOG

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, the epic series aired between 1987-1989 is our all time favourite. Everyone is so perfectly cast in their roles that we love each and every artist who was part of it. Last year after we re-watched Ramayan for the umpteenth time, we could not help but wonder where most of the artists of our favourite show have been. We searched the net, found bits of information about some and sadly almost nothing about some others like the fantastic Sanjay Jog (संजय ज़ोग). We continued our search till one day we came across Senior Journalist Anand Bhisey’s blog “Bharat Darshan” (Sanjay Jog’s interview taken in 1988). In its comments section we got to know that he is no more. Continue reading