Television
×

Ganesh festival high on regional channels' agenda

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/02/18/dd.jpg?itok=Fot2CnG0

Television channels are trying to outdo each other in a bid to come up with the most innovative and original in coverage of the Ganesh festival....

Interactivity is the buzzword for channels during this year‘s Ganesh festival.

Regional as well as religious channels seem determined to sqeeze the most out of the 11 day festival that starts Tuesday. The god, considered the most auspicious in the Hindu pantheon, appears to have driven the channels into a frenzy of contests, exclusive coverages and creative programming. For the first time, most channels are going interactive - quizzes, talk shows, painting contests and ‘live‘ ‘abhisheks‘ (ritual baths) vie with one another for viewer attention.

DD‘s Sahyadri has devoted all 11 days its popular phone in talk show Hello Sakhi to Ganpati related issues - a ‘modak‘ (Ganesh‘s favourite savoury) special, a ‘sarvajanik‘ ganesh special, and a festival decorations special. The channel is slated to air the hit Marathi film Ashtavinayak at 2:40 pm on Tuesday with a repeat at 10:05 pm. While DD will telecast the inauguration of the Pune Ganesh festival live at 5:15 pm on 13 September, it will also be on hand to cover the ‘visarjan‘ (submersion ceremony) from key locations like Girgaon and Juhu chowpatty in Mumbai on 20 September.

Among DD‘s Ganesh specials are a talk show with well known astrologer Jayant Salgaonkar and Ganpati specials of its regular shows like Antakshari and Ek Raag Ek Rang. From 11 September, the channel will report on attractive public Ganeshotsavs across the state, says Sahyadri‘s programming head Shivaji Phulsundar.

ETV Marathi has adopted a novel tack this time round - it will commence an Ashtavinayak darshan (eight holy Ganesh shrines in Maharashtra) from 11 September, along with eight other Ganesh temples in Ratnagiri. The channel will also offer an ‘abhishek‘ (ritual ceremony) at all the temples in the names of viewers who had offered to participate in the novel scheme, says ETV Marathi business head Sameer Bhole. The ‘abhisheks‘ will be performed and telecast live on the channel between 8.30 am and 9.30 am from 12 to 19 September.

From tomorrow, ETV will also stage ballets on stories and myths surrounding Ganesh, the elephant headed god. A competition for pandal decoration has also been declared for public Ganesh pandals in Maharashtra and Goa, the results of which are to be decided by a public vote. A painting contest has also been announced, as is a quiz contest, winners of which will be declared on each of the 11 days, says Bhole. ETV is the only Marathi channel which will telecast live the ‘visarjan‘ from Pune, famed for its Ganesh idols.

Not to be outdone, InMumbai from the Hinduja stable, is ready with its 24-hour live telecast of the ‘sthapana puja‘ (idol installation ceremony) at the Siddhivinayak temple in central Mumbai. The channel has also announced a prize for the best Ganesh pandal in the city. InMumbai is also planning a webcast of its daily Ganesh coverage for the next 11 days on www.india.com. A similar webcast for Janmashtami had drawn over 20,000 hits from surfers in US and Europe, says the channel.

Religious channel Aastha is cashing in on the Ganesh fever too. The ‘My Ganesh‘ competition will give cash prizes for the best idol, best theme mandap. A bumper prize of Rs 21,000 and a revolving trophy will be given for the mandal with the best idol, best mandap and other decoration and arrangements, says the channel.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/foodfood.jpg?itok=gCF4k0Ki
FOODFOOD announces veeba cook off powered by Daawat Basmati Rice and Tata Sampann

Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this! FOODFOOD Pro an initiative of FOODFOOD, India's premier 24x7 Food and Lifestyle channel is proud to announce an intense and exciting eleven - episode series, VEEBA COOK-OFF, a challenge, that is purely ‘By the Professionals and For the Professionals'. This...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/sony-max.jpg?itok=Rmc_jk74
Celebrate Republic Day with megastar league on Sony Max 2

MUMBAI: On Republic Day get ready for an all day long movie marathon with India’s iconic Hindi movie channel from Sony Pictures Networks, SONY MAX 2. Binge-watch the movies of some of Bollywood’s megastars throughout the day on 26th January with SONY MAX 2’s Megastar League. 

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/star-gold.jpg?itok=aEnqdAVj
2017 blockbuster hit 'Golmaal Again' will make its television premiere on star gold this friday

Star Gold is kicking off the year with the World Television Premiere of one of the most succesful films of 2017, Golmaal Again, that raked in over 200 crores at the box office and set it on fire with its unmatched gags and action. The film that left audiences in splits of laughter and many ‘...

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/myleeta.jpg?itok=Jp2DoL6W
BBC Worldwide India announces partnership with Applause Entertainment

BBC Worldwide India has announced a partnership with Aditya Birla Group’s Applause Entertainment that will see the two organisations working together to develop and produce Indian versions of iconic BBC formats.

Television Production House Non-Fiction
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/us.jpg?itok=F5fKKb42
Bring in Republic Day with the award-winning political comedy VEEP on Star World

Our 68th Republic Day is just around the corner and considering the political scenario in our country and globally, Star World has lined-up a marathon of a show that is not only entertaining but also takes a satirical view into what goes on behind-the-scenes in government policy-making and...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/icai_0.jpg?itok=Zpp1ilCw
ZEEL president - Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Avnindra Mohan conferred prestigious "CA Distinguished Achiever - 2017" Award by ICAI

Mr. Avnindra Mohan, President – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has been selected as the winner of the prestigious award in the category “CA Distinguished Achiever-2017” for exceptional performances and achievements by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/karan.jpg?itok=mCWRXjXX
Discovery India ties-up with Reliance Animation to produce kids IP

Discovery Communications India has commissioned Reliance Animation to produce a new disruptive Indian original content series Little Singham, an animation series inspired by the movie Singham. Targeted at kids in the age-group 4-8 years old, Little Singham will make its debut on television in...

Television TV Channels Kids
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/Shubhranshu_singh.jpg?itok=OUkY580T
Star Sports EVP and marketing head Shubhranshu singh quits

MUMBAI: Star Sports Executive Vice President and Head Marketing Shubhranshu Singh has quit the company after a four-year stint.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/22/bajaj.jpg?itok=z_mfKL62
Discovery bags nine sponsors for Battle Ops

Battle Ops, Discovery Communications India’s (DCIN) integrated television and digital offering, has received a resounding response from the advertiser community. The show, which will premiere on Discovery Channel and Veer on 26th January, has already sold out with nine sponsors on board.

Television TV Channels Specialised and Niche

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories