Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories by R.K.Narayan that 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 the late Kannada actor and director, 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 Films. It included many of Narayan’s short stories and novels such as “Swami and Friends” and “The Vendor of Sweets”.
The sketches for the serial were done by Narayan’s brother and acclaimed cartoonist, R.K. Laxman. Thirty-nine episodes of “Malgudi Days” were telecast on Doordarshan . Subsequently, it was re-telecasted on Doordarshan and later on Sony Entertainment Television.
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.
R.K Narayan was born in Madras, South India, and educated at Maharaja’s College in Mysore. “Malgudi has been only a concept but has proved good enough for my purposes. I cant make it more concrete however much might be interrogated.” Said by the man himself.