was in January 2001 that faith channel Aastha set a landmark
of sorts with the live telecast from Allahabad of the 45-day
religious mega-event - the Maha Kumbh Mela. There is no comparison
in terms of scale but Aastha is currently broadcasting the
"Ram Katha" by Sant Morari Bapu live from Mauritius.
Scheduled as a nine day telecast from 18 May, the "katha"
(religious discourse in a story format) is being held at Hindu
House, Port Louis, Mauritius. The venue of the "katha" has
been established with the objective of propagation of Hindu
Dharma, says the channel. This broadcast, says an official
release, is particularly significant because it is for the
first time that any "katha" will be telecast live on a satellite
An official release states that the show will be viewed by
people in 156 countries across the world - in Asia, Africa,
Europe and Australia. The telecast will also provide glimpses
of Mauritian life, culture and the natural beauty of the island
Over 1,000 devotees, mainly from the UK, USA, Europe, East
and South Africa and India, are expected to be present for
Mauritius was chosen as a venue because nearly 54 per cent
of the 1.2 million citizens in the country are of Indian origin,
the release says.
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