Today (May 1) is not just celebrated as Maharashtra Day but Gujarat Day too. EPIC channel will showcase day-long programmes on lesser-known stories from the regions. The shows, which will start from 12 noon and continue till 7 pm, will include the story of Sita-Haran (the kidnapping of Sita by demon king Ravana) in Nashik and the formation of Krishna’s city Dwarka in Gujarat.
Viewers can also get to see the abandoned sea-fort of Vijaydurg situated along the Konkan coast of Maharashtra and the story about the fort of Roha in Gujarat (both of which witnessed tales of riches to ruins), and a show dedicated to Mallakamb — a sport that traces its origins to Maharashtra in the 12th century.
Actress Juhi Chawla will travel to Trimbakeshwar and Somnath temples in Sharanam — Safar Vishwaas Ka. A special show on food of these regions including the streets foods of Mohammad Ali Road, aromas of Irani cafes and bhel puri at Juhu Beach, will also be screened.
Speaking about the special content line-up, Akul Tripathi, content and programming head, EPIC TV, says, “We live in a land of legacies built by interloping cultures that have created an astonishing diversity, with layers that tell stories not just of places and people, but of us as a country. Our Maharashtra and Gujarat Day programmes is an attempt to showcase the unique essence of the states and is an outstanding collection of narratives that cover the lesser-known locations, cultural heritage and culinary history of the regions.”
Ask him about the kind of research that has gone into the making of the shows and he replies, “We have conceptualised and scripted each series based on an exhaustive research undertaken by a team which includes historians and other domain experts. India and its untold stories are at the centre of our programmes and our team travels across India in search of these unique stories.”
Akul says that the research was undoubtedly the biggest challenge for the team. “There were several practical difficulties on executing the shows given that such shows are a rarity on Indian television, but the team had the skill to execute them. While practical difficulties could be learnt and hence predicted over time, the research was a consistent challenge — and that made it all the more exciting and fun to accomplish,” he adds.
What has been the most memorable story? He replies, “Singling any one out over the others will not be fair. All of us on the team have our own personal favourites.”
About the kind of response such content has received over the years, Akul says, “EPIC has a unique positioning and is the only Hindi language Indian Infotainment channel in the genre, and has the highest number of viewers.”
ST Reader Service
Catch Maharashtra and Gujarat Day special shows today from 12 noon to 7 pm on EPIC TV