“The world is
a book and those who do not travel
read only a page:” Saint Augustine
inquisitive man always wishes to
read every page of the great
book-the world itself. This is the
reason why the term ‘Sancharam’
(Travel) has attained such a wide
who doesn’t like to visit the
different countries in the world and
have a direct glimpse of the various
civilizations... the remarkable
features of Nature, the relics of
history, the lifestyles and so on?
All of us are eager to get a direct
experience of these spectacular
sights that we have only heard of.
But most of the people are not able
to visit each country and see these
things close for themselves. It is
such a situation wherein ‘Sancharam’,
the visual travelogue, serves a
historical and significant purpose.
Present the world to the common
people on the TV- this was the urge
that arose in my mind when I was a
visual media journalist. People are
used to reading travelogues. But
then, the reader merely gets an
imaginary view of the things
However, the visual travelogue
‘Sancharam’ provides the viewer with
a direct experience of each place.
Through ‘Sancharam,’ I aim at
enabling the viewer to have an
experience similar to witnessing
things on the spot. Now I claim to
have achieved certain success in
realising this aim. Today,
‘Sancharam’ has become one of the
most popular television programme
that has a viewership of over
millions of people. Sancharam has
lived up to their expectation. This
is the simple reason behind the
grand success of the programme ‘Sancharam’.
It was in the year 1997 that I had
started my globe-trotting. The first
country I visited was Nepal. I
travelled through Kathmandu, the
capital city and other main cities
as well as villages with a heavy
camera. The ‘Sancharam’ (Travel)
through this Himalayan country was
really enjoyable and encouraging.
The next journey was to the
Maldives, another neghbouring
country. I copied the images of the
capital city of that Island nation
and its enchanting natural beauty
and also its surrounding Islands.
Then it was to Singapore, Malaysia
and Thailand that I conducted tours.
I went on visiting countries one
after the other. I had by the
covered about fifty countries in
Asia, Europe and Africa within a
span of nine years.
I had already presented innumerable
amazing sights from different
countries of the world through ‘Sancharam’.
The Great Wall of China, the
Forbidden city in Beijing, the Nazi
Concentration Camps of Germany, the
Kremlin Palace and the Red Square of
Moscow, the Leaning Tower of Pisa,
the Colosseum of Rome, the
Buckingham Palace of London, the
historic city of Petra in Jordan,
the Ice palace on the top of Mount
Jung Frau, in Switzerland, the
Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri
Lanka, the Wildlife Sanctuaries of
Kenya, the Cape of Good Hope in
South Africa are a few of them.
The lifestyles of different nations,
the dietary habits, dress codes and
art forms of the people there, the
panorama, the transportation system,
Education, Agriculture and tourist
spots, of those places are all
depicted beautifully and genuinely
I opted to choose a variety of
conveyances like cycle rikshaws,
motor cycle, taxis, horse carts,
vans, cars, buses, trams, trains,
airplanes, boats and ships for
travel through different countries.
I voyaged through the Red Sea, the
Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean sea,
the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific
Ocean and the Baltic Sea. I also
sailed through the historic rivers
such as the Thames in London, the
Rewa in Fiji, The Nile in Egypt, the
Volga in Russia, the Danube in
Hungary and the Mekong in Vietnam.
He continues his ‘Sancharam’ through
those lands yet undiscovered by him.
I have been doing this
globe-trotting all alone. I neither
carry a wide range of equipment nor
keep company of technicians to
assist me. I carryout all the
shooting single-handed. My earlier
experience with cinematography was
an added advantage in endeavours. I
had always been alone in my journeys
in pursuit of rediscovering the
world and presenting them before the
viewers of ‘Sancharam’.
The Asianet News channel has been
telecasting ‘Sancharam’ from 2001
onwards. It is being telecast at
10.30 am on every Sunday.
The post-shooting work is carried
out in a High-Tech Video Editing and
Recording studio, which I own in my
place. The state of the art
technology for editing and other
advanced software and devices ensure
the quality of the product. The mass
production of Sancharam CDs is also
undertaken in this studio.