KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – A new television series in Hindi language is scheduled to begin nationwide broadcast from Saturday, 11 February 2012. The four new episodes subtitled as “MASIHI SATSANG ” (A Christian Search for Truth) under the direction of Chhotebhai (Noronha) of Kanpur is part of 5-years running Christian TV programme called NUTAN DHARA (New Spring) featuring the Acharya of Matridham Ashram Varanasi, Indian Missionary Society Father Anildev.
The telecast can be seen on the following channels:
ZEE JAGRAN TV (All India) – Every Saturday and Sunday 9.30 pm
SUVIDHA CHANNEL (Vasai & Virar) Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30 pm
PBL NAZAR CABLE (Ranchi) – Every Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 pm
AIYAR CHANNEL (New Delhi)
PARARTHNA BHAWAN CHANNEL (Ludhiana)
It may also be viewed on YouTube by clicking on MATRIDHAMASHRAM or ANILDEV
The programme displays contact numbers for viewers to call in. Fr. Anildev says that they get calls from Gujarat, Chhatisgarh,Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc, which is indicative of its popularity outside the Hindi belt. Nutan Dhara is directed by him, and produced by Fr. Ranjeet IMS, with special assistance from Mukhteshwar Misra, Rajesh Srivastava and Fr. Anand Mathew IMS, of Vishwa Jyoti Communications.
The Indian Missionary Society was founded in 1941 by Rev Gaspar Pinto, a Mangalorean priest of Trichy diocese, and nurtured by Msgr A.E. Fernandes of Chennai. It was founded as an indigenous organisation based on Indian culture and heritage, way beforeIndependenceor the inculturation reforms heralded by Vatican II in 1962-65. Matridham was established in 1954 at Christnagar,Varanasi, with several holy and visionary priests as its Acharya.
Fr. Anildev took over in 1995, when there was an upsurge of Khrist Bhaktas (Devotees of Christ). Thousands of such seekers come to the ashram. On second Saturdays the number swells to about 20,000. Many are healed; others give up vices like drinking, or experience a transformation in their lives.