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Updated on July 21, 2008
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Malgudi days


Malgudi days is one of the finest serials aired on Doordarshan

in the later 80's and early 90's.the serial was directed by the

famous cartoonist R.K.Narayan.the serial was shot in the

kerala town of Malgudi became a house hold name

even when it began airing on DD.the famous

Tanana tnae tanenaa.... music background is now available

as a ringtone for the cell phones..

Here's the Download link for Malgudi Days Title Track:


House where malgudi days was shot

About Malgudi Days

Although television had arrived in India in the 1950s it wasn't a mass media due to its high cost and logistics. The Government of India undertook several steps to popularise the medium. The 1970s and 1980s saw a boom in television programming as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting invited independent producers and directors to shoot television serials on a regular basis.Hum log,Buniyaad, Nukkad, Karamchand Jasoos were some of the memorable serials of this era. Malgudi Days was one such television serial which left an indelible mark on the Indian television scenario.

Based on the collection of short stories penned by acclaimed author, R.K.Narayan, the serial narrated focused on the trial and tribulations of a small Indian town of Malgudi. According to R.K. Narayan, Malgudi is a town "habited by timeless characters who could be living anywhere in the world" and is located on the banks of river Sarayu and surrounded by the Mempi Hills.

The serial was directed by acclaimed Kannada actor, director Late Shankar Nag and was shot entirely near Agumbe in Shimoga District, Karnataka. The music was rendered by L. Vaidyanathan and was produced by T.S. Narasimhan of the Padam Rag Fims. It included many of Narayan's short stories and novels like "Swami and Friends" and "Vendor of Sweets".

"Vendor of Sweets" narrated the story of a sweet vendor, Jagan, his business and confrontation with his son who had returned from abroad. The title role was played by Kannada actor, Anant Nag. While "Vendor of Sweets" was a serious subject dealing with father-son relationship, "Swami and Friends" revolves around a mischievous, ten-year old boy Swaminathan or Swami as he was fondly called by his friends and parents. Swami portrays the growing pangs of a boy who despises school, makes excuses and likes to roam around Malgudi with his friends. Swami's father works in a government office and his mother is a housewife. At home, Swami shares his adventures with his aged granny, who lovingly addresses him as "Chamy." Swami has two best friends, the hotheaded, club swinging Mani and the cocky, brash, rich kid, Rajam.

Swami's character was brilliantly enacted by Manjunath who was a regular feature in many of Shankar Nag directed movies. R.K. Narayan has reportedly mentioned that Manjunath had portrayed the character of Swami as he had envisioned it. The sketches for the serial were done by Narayan's brother and acclaimed cartoonist, R.K. Laxman. 39 episodes of "Malgudi Days" were telecast on Doordarshan and it became an instant hit. Subsequently, it was re-telecast on Doordarshan and later on Sony Entertainment Television. Now "Malgudi Days" is telecast on children's channel Pogo TV. Currently, director Kavitha Lankesh is scripting and directing new 26 episodes of "Malgudi Days" in Hindi based on R.K. Narayan's short stories/novel. It is a treat for people of all ages, enabling the young to enfuse their lives, and the old to revisit their nostalgic memories.

Excerpts from : Wikipedia

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About R.K.Narayan

R. K. Narayan (October 10, 1906 - May 13, 2001), born Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Narayanaswami,is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists writing in English.

R.K. Narayan Malgudi. Most of Narayan's work, starting with his first novel Swami and Friends (1935), captures many Indian traits while retaining a unique identity of its own. He was sometimes compared to the American writer William Faulkner, whose novels were also grounded in a compassionate humanism and celebrated the humour and energy of ordinary life.

Narayan lived till age of ninety-four, writing for more than fifty years, and publishing until he was eighty seven. He wrote fourteen novels, five volumes of short stories, a number of travelogues and collections of non-fiction, condensed versions of Indian epics in English, and the memoir My Days.



R. K. Narayan was born Madras (now called Chennai), India on October 10, 1906. His father, Rasipuram Venkatarama Krishnaswami Iyer, was a provincial head-master. He was the third of eight surviving children and an elder brother to popular Indian cartoonist R K Laxman. His full name was Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Narayanaswami.


Narayan's mother, Gnanambal, was quite ill after his birth and enlisted a wet nurse to feed her young son. When she became pregnant again, the two-year-old Narayan was sent to Madras to live with his maternal grandmother, Parvathi, who was called "Ammani." He lived with her and one of his uncles, T. N. Seshachalam, until he was a teenager. He only spent a few weeks each summer visiting his parents and siblings. Narayan grew up speaking Tamil and learned English at school.


After completing eight years of education at the Lutheran Mission School near his grandmother's house in Madras, he studied for a short time at the CRC High School. When his father was appointed headmaster of the Maharaja's High School in Mysore, Narayan moved back in with his parents. To his father's consternation, Narayan was an indifferent student and after graduating high school, he failed the college entrance exam in English because he found the primary textbook to be too boring to read. He took the exam again a year later and eventually obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Mysore.

One of the few Indian-English writers who spent nearly all his time in India, he went abroad to the United States in 1956 at the invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation. Narayan's first published work was the review of a book titled Development of Maritime Laws of 17th-Century England.He began his literary career with short stories which appeared in The Hindu, and also worked for some time as the Mysore correspondent of Justice, a Madras-based newspaper. He also took up teaching at a government school, but left the job within two days.

Writing career

His writing career began with Swami and Friends. At first, he could not get the novel published. Eventually, the draft was shown to Graham Greene by a mutual friend, Purna. Greene liked it so much that he arranged for its publication; Greene was to remain a close friend and admirer of his. After that, he published a continuous stream of novels, all set in Malgudi and each dealing with different characters in that fictional place. Autobiographical content forms a significant part of some of his novels. For example, the events surrounding the death of his young wife and how he coped with the loss form the basis of The English Teacher. Mr. Narayan became his own publisher when World War II cut him off from Britain.


R. K. Narayan passed away on May 13, 2001. He was 94. Until his very last days, he remained an avid critic of the changes occurring around his Alwarpet apartment in Chennai, and was also a voracious reader.

Writing Style

Narayan's novels are characterised by Chekhovian simplicity and gentle humour. He told stories of simple folks trying to live their simple lives in a changing world. The characters in his novels were very ordinary, down-to-earth Indians trying to blend tradition with modernisation, often resulting in tragi-comic situations. His writing style was simple, unpretentious and witty, with a unique flavour as if he were writing in the native tongue. Many of Narayan's works are rooted in everyday life, though he is not shy of invoking Hindu tales or traditional Indian folklore to emphasize a point. His easy-going outlook on life has sometimes been criticized, though in general he is viewed as an accomplished, sensitive and reasonably prolific writer.

Awards and Recognition

Mr. Narayan won numerous awards and honours for his works. He won the National Prize of the Sahitya Akademi, the Indian literary academy, for The Guide in 1958. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, a coveted Indian award, for distinguished service to literature in 1964. In 1980, R. K. Narayan was awarded the AC Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature. He was an honorary member of the society. He was elected an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1982 and nominated to the Rajya Sabha - the upper house of the Parliament of India - in 1989. In addition, the University of Mysore, Delhi University and the University of Leeds conferred honorary doctorates on him. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2000. R.K. Narayan was short listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times but never won. Literary circles often joke that the Nobel Committee ignored his works, mistaking them instead for self-help books due to their curious titles (The English Teacher, The Painter of Signs, etc.). His works were translated into every European language as well as Hebrew. His admirers included Somerset Maugham, John Updike and Graham Greene, who called him the "novelist I admire most in the English language."


Though Narayan's writing have been extremely popular amongst the masses, the upper, literary classes never really warmed up to him. It has been said that his writing was pedestrian, with his simple language and stories of village life. One of his most outspoken critics has been Shashi Tharoor.

Excerpts from: WIKIPEDIA

Episode Story-- A Horse and Two Goats

An impressive statue of a Horse and Warrior stands on the outskirts of a sleepy village named Kritam, not too far from Malgudi. Muni, the local goat-herd and his family (wife and two goats) have obviously seen better day. Hunger seems to follow them about like shadows? because the shop-keepers terms are "strictly cash". And so, penniless, dreaming of drumstick curry and other such delicacies, he grazes his goats each day - lazing in the shadows of the great Horse.

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On one such typical day, an American tourist happens to run out of "gas" near the statue.The unlikely characters meet and an interesting conversation is soon in full swing.The American speaks only English while Muni speaks chaste Tamil. Not a single word is understood by either, yet they go on like long lost friends. Finally, an unexpected bargain takes place between Muni and the American that has surprising results for Muni. The story brings out R.K. Narayans earthy sense of humor, dealing with communication and the language barrier.

Story Excerpts:Rajshri entertainments

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      ishan 3 years ago

      it is not coming in hindi I want it in hindi.

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      shreya gupta 5 years ago

      i was wanting to know whose writing the serial malgudi days is based . but they told me about the R.K Narayan

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      zuheb 5 years ago

      its reminds me those old childhood days .. it was so much fun where money was not at all important .. it brings me tears in my eyes thinking of those days . i know i cant get them back :-( life is jus about memories so guys dont loose ur loved ones

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      rose 5 years ago

      i am reading malgudi days and it's awesome!

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      manisha 5 years ago

      I love malgudy days & please come back malgudy days

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      Nitin 5 years ago

      @Adithya Dude i appreciate you, What these are dealing with that false statement , Malgudi was shot in near agumbe in Karnataka

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      Adithya 5 years ago

      Hello, the info on the top of the page Malgudi in Kerala, shot by cartoonist R K Narayan what the crap, whoever uploaded has gone nuts with Kerala, do have some ... R K Narayan was a well read Novelist his son RK Lakshaman was a Cartoonist. Malgudi a fictional village and serial was shot by late Kannada actor director Shankar Nag, who still lives in many Kannda hearts and was entirely shot in Agumbe, Western ghats, Karnataka. Don't hijack the fact, just because internet is free.

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      daksh 5 years ago


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      uv 5 years ago

      i liked it

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      bipasha 5 years ago

      why is this not coming

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      tanish 5 years ago

      why are not smallstory coming because i am a girl

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      Sunil Kumar 6 years ago

      Hello, this serial was directed by the legend Kannada actor and director ShankarNag based on the Novel Malgudi days written by RK Narayan. And even the shooting was done in Agumbe(Cheerapunji of south India) village of Shimoga district, Karnataka and not Kerala.

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      Rahul 6 years ago

      malgudi day................The best serial in my life and for malgudi days no word to express feelings

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      Mili Mehta 6 years ago

      its juz ossem..............scule pan amne anu j chapter karave che...............malgudi dayzzzz...........aand mcc!!!!!!!!!!!

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      renuka 6 years ago

      malgudi.......down to earth...reflects my childhood...

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      A.R.VISWANATHAN 6 years ago


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      tunnu 6 years ago

      a lovely article i jst love this serial

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      pradeep kumar 6 years ago

      i love love love this serial

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      Ishmeet 6 years ago

      yaar mujhe koi malgudy days ki book mai se koi bhi 3 stories ki summary de do plezzzzz..............mai pagal ho gyi hu dhundh dhundh ke......... m gonna die........(

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      Pavan a desai 6 years ago

      I have no words to say it is too good

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      Richa 6 years ago

      i love malgudi days by R.K. Narayan

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      AAYUSH 6 years ago


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      ksivanaik 6 years ago

      very good stories and it contains our old days and traditions

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      pallavi 6 years ago

      I loved watching d serial this is my one of the fav in my childhood days please start it again on tv

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      srajendhar 6 years ago

      i love malgudi days

      am feel lot of

      i lik rk narayan garu

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      Anam 6 years ago

      Actually, need it for assignment.

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      Dharmik 6 years ago

      There are best stories in MALGUDI DAYS.

      I really like it.

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      Jana 6 years ago

      Could someone tell me where i can get tamil version of md? Thanks

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      vidyalaxmi 6 years ago

      can i get the character sketch of swaminathan

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      Nupur 7 years ago

      The English Teacher is the perfect autobiography of author`s life,very touching.

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      karan  7 years ago

      malgudi days is nt a book as some of u wud be thinkin @pawan ...the the tv serial was inspired by novel swami and his frnds and also by other short stories by r k narayan which include vendor of sweets...

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      sarthak 7 years ago

      desi meeti ki khushbu

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      PAWAN 7 years ago


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      guru 8 years ago

      links are not working any new links

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      Yogita Taneja 8 years ago

      How can i download this novel

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      Chethan 8 years ago

      All the people who want to pick up the DVD of 54 episodes of malgudi days......good news....u have it on ebay for Rs get it...

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      Rahul 8 years ago

      I am a big fan of the serial.what a portrait of characters.......

      It happens rarely that a novel adaptation becomes a superhit on a TV or a Cinema.

      Hats off to the writer and to the director of the serial too.

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      amitk 8 years ago

      http://www.malgudidays.netMalgudi Days Watch Online VideosWatch Online Full Episodes, About Malgudi Days, and Biography of R.K.Narayan

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      amitk 8 years ago

      http://www.malgudidays.netMalgudi Days Watch Online VideosWatch Online Full Episodes, About Malgudi Days, and Biography of R.K.Narayan

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      shivani 8 years ago

      i luv that serial. and want full series of stories

      Kindly tell me how can i do it.

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      shivani 8 years ago

      i luv that serial. and want full series of stories

      Kindly tell me how can i do it.

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      V.P.Nityananda Prabhu 9 years ago

      It is wonderful article.i love those moments were i use to wait to see the serial Malgudi Days in DD .and the Title song. still now.I feel the aroma of that song and humming taanaa nee taane nane nahneh ... taanaa nee naanee nah....naaaaaa....beautiful.awasome.!I felt that i would have been in that time.special thing about the serial is all the names or south indian treditional.i don't know wheather the volume is availeble in CDS. OR DVDS IF SO please let me know.




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      anurag 10 years ago

      i want to book in hindi

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      ghanashyam 10 years ago

      a good article.i remember the serial


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