Gospel on small screen

February 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Church, India, newsletter-india, Uttar Pradesh

Matridh AmashramUttar Pradesh, February 16, 2012: Nutan Dhara, the only Hindi Catholic program telecast all over India, is getting strong viewership. A Christian renewal program aired on television is attracting many viewers even as soap operas rule the tube.

Nutan Dhara (A new Spring), the only Hindi Catholic program telecast all over India, is getting strong viewership.

The program, which was started five years ago, seeks to make the Word of God known to more and more Indians.

Indian Missionary Society’s Fr. Anildev, who is also the acharya (head) of Matridham Ashram in Varanasi, usually anchors the programs.

“We get calls from Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc, which is indicative of its popularity outside the Hindi belt,” said Fr Anildev.

The program is directed by the IMS priest and produced by Fr. Ranjeet with special assistance from Mukhteshwar Misra, Rajesh Srivastava and Fr. Anand Mathew of Vishwa Jyoti Communications.

Father Anildev said that the program is an extension of the ashram ministry for those who cannot visit it.

He asserts that it is a full-time ministry, but rues that he doesn’t have enough people to man it.

Sr Lucretia, who has spent 11 years in the ashram, said “At times there was the apprehension of the program shutting down for want of funds, but viewers pleaded with us not to do so.”

Sr Kamal, who has been in the ashram for 7 years, said “It is our duty to share the Word of God with those who have not yet heard it. Nutan Dhara has touched the lives of many.”

The latest program is by lay leader Chhotebhai, whose episodes are titled “Masihi Satsang” (A Christian search for Truth). They are interactive sessions of adult catechesis, based on both scripture and real life.

– chhotebhai

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