How TV channels celebrated Dussehra and Durga Puja

Live programmes, contests, celebrity shows are part of this year’s festive line-up.

MUMBAI: Festivals bring joy and happiness in our lives. The season of Dussehra and Durga Puja, which marks the victory of good over evil, is one of the most auspicious periods of the year. In these tough times when festivals cannot be a grand celebration, channels have taken up an aggressive stance, churning out a great amount of content to maximise viewership during the festive season. brings you a compilation of some of the finest television shows that will be aired on the top TV channels during the Durga Puja-Diwali period:

Dangal TV

Hindi GEC Dangal TV has brought back the revered magnum opus Ramayan for 21 days in its one-of-a-kind initiative.

Launched on 5 October 2020, the channel timed it as the countdown for a special programming line-up for Dussehra and termed the show as - Saar Ramayan Ka – Mahagatha 21 Dino Mein. Besides this, the channel is all geared up to provide its audiences some dramatic twists and turns with its original show Aye Mere Humsafar – weekend dhamaka.

Sony Aath

Sony Aath is trying to dial up the celebrations with a slew of fresh programming. As part of Sunday Funday, the most popular slot on the channel, it will air special Durga Puja-themed episodes of hit family shows - Gopal Bhar, Nut Boltu and NIX. Along with the the recent premiere of new show Baalveer during this festive season, the channel’s also lined up six Honey Bunny movies.

Colors Bangla

While this year, pujo will be different, what will not change is the zest for amongst Bengalis for the festival. On Colors Bangla, Sree Sree Sarodiya Durga Pujo will air at 10 am and provide viewers with a spiritual experience by showcasing the various rituals associated with pujo. Golpe Gaane Pujor Adda, a programme with singers and actors entertaining the viewers with popular music and memories, will air at 5 pm. Presented by Hellman’s Mayonnaise and powered by Brooke Bond Red Label, both these shows aim at celebrating the fervour of Durga Puja.

Keeping in mind the movie lovers and the channel’s wide repertoire of 200+ Bangla titles; Colors Bangla has dedicated each day of the pujo to a superstar – from saptami being dedicated to fans of Jeet to ashtami being earmarked for Mithun Chakrabarty.

Zee Bioskope

With the onset of Navratri and Durga Puja festivities, Zee Bioskope has launched a special movie festival titled — Naari Ek Roop Anek. The channel has lined up an array of movies that aired from 19-24 October.

This week-long celebration will conclude on the occasion of Dussehra with the world television premiere of the Bhojpuri blockbuster Kahani Kismat Ke on 25 October at 6 pm. The movie’s star cast features Arvind Akela Kallu along with Viraj Bhatt and Subhi Sharma. 

Colors Marathi

Colors Marathi is all set to treat its viewers during the festive season with the debut of two new shows.

Sukhi Mansacha Sadara will launch on 25 October with a special episode and will air every Monday to Saturday at 9:30 pm. This will be followed by the second new show on 11 November, titled Chandra Ahe Sakshila. To celebrate Dussehra, the channel has come up with Aaj Kay Special.

Colors Tamil

Colors Tamil has launched an all new mini-series, Nalam Tharum Navarathri. It features orator-author Sumathi Sri sharing facts and interesting stories about the rituals followed throughout the nine-days of the Navarathri festival in Tamil Nadu. The series will air from 17 October to 26 October 2020, at 7:30 am, and each episode will take the audience on a divine journey by unearthing legends about the nine forms of Goddess Devi.

Big Ganga

The channel welcomed the festive season by introducing Bhojpuri dandiya show Ding Dong Dandiya. Regarded as the first Navratra original in the region, it is slated to telecast for nine-days from 17 October, at 5 pm, and culminate on 25 October 2020. It also had the first of its kind Jagrata line-up on ashtami. This will be followed by a month-long festive line-up of many other category firsts.

Featuring the biggest celebrities and musicians of Bhojpuri industry like Pradeep Pandey, Chintu, Kajal Yadav, Priyanshu Singh, Payas Pandit, Ayushi Tiwari, Ayesha Kashyap, Rini Chandra, Mamta Raut, Mohan Rathod, Nisha Dubey, Manoranjan Jha, Pawan Pardeshi, Ravi Pandey, Alka Jha and Setu Singh, the one-hour special music and dance show will ring in the festival through the comforts of viewers home.

Colors TV

Focusing on the special days including Navratri and Dussehra, Karva Chauth and Diwali, the festive special Shandaar Ravivaar will be hosted by the comic duo Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa starting 25 October, 12pm on Colors. Joining the festivities and performing some interesting acts and gags will be the lead actors of the Colors shows Barrister Babu, Choti Sarrdaarni, Ishq Mein Marjaawan, Pinjara and Shakti.. Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii.

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