RiTV to dish out film and music fare to mark festival season

MUMBAI: RiTV has decided to get active during the festival season this monsoon.

The network will spruce up its August programming with special shows on both Lashkara and Gurjari, in keeping with the festivals that dot the month.

The network has decided to celebrate the Hindu month of Shravan with special shows on days that coincide with Nag Panchami, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan and Janmashtami. The first show on 8 August on Lashkara, the network's Punjabi channel, is a special edition of the weekly Moti Punjab De, a chat show that will feature an interview with Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi. Viewers are to get an insight into the life of Daler, his trials and triumphs, his music and his plans for the future on the show. 

Both Lashkara and Gurjari, the Gujarati channel, will air a two hour show, Lux Tak Dhina Teen, with dance performances by film actors Raveena Tandon, Chunky Pandey, Kashmira Shah and singer Mika. The show will be telecast on 11 August from 8.30 pm.

The channels will celebrate Independence Day with one hour shows featuring patriotic songs at 11.30 am on both channels. Titled Jashn-e-Azadi on Lashkara and Ay Mere Pyare Watan on Gurjari, the shows will pay tribute to freedom fighters who fought for the country's independence, says an official release. The same day at 7.55 pm, the channels will telecast Madhuri Magic, the concert featuring actress Madhuri Dixit along with actors Sanjay Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee and others. The show has earlier been telecast on Star Plus recently. 

The network will celebrate Rakshan Bandhan on 22 August and Janmastami on 30 August will some more entertainment. Split into two episodes, Lashkara Golden Moments comprises live performances by prominent personalities from the world of music, recorded exclusively for the channel. Among the artistes featured on the show to be telecast in two and half hour capsules at 7.55 pm on both days are Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Jassi, Harbhajan Maan, Richa Sharma, Anamika, Ashok Masti and Penaaz Masani.

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