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Ghayab Aya! Ghayab Aya!

ghayab cartoon seriesGhayab Aya was India's first completely "Made in India" serialized animation film. The film, serialized in 10-part, was first shown on the National television network Doordarshan on June 17, 1990. The story revolved around the adventures of Ghayab the friendly always do- gooder 'Casper type' naughty ghost.

Ghayab Aya was directed and animated by Suddhasattwa Basu, who first started his career in 1981 as a designer and an illustrator for the famous TARGET magazine for children.

Episode 8 of Ghayab Aya has been uploaded to Youtube by its maker Suddhasattwa Basu. A big thanks for bringing it all back! Do visit his page and say your thanks. And here is the video:

Link to part 2

The much loved peppy title song still rings in my ears sounding like GaYa Baya GaYa Baya. Ghayab somehow, for no reason, reminds me of those sweet pink bubble gums that always came molten stuck to their paper wrappers. When I watched this video, I realized that the face of the bumbling bad guy had somehow got stuck in my memory. Also, I shockingly realized that the series was actually in Color! To hear friends say that it was in color is one thing, and to actually see it with your own eyes is another. We had a B&W those days.

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Here's the much loved title track of Ghayab Aya, have cleaned it up a bit using a sound editor:
Ghayab Aya Ghayab Aya [1.37 min,128kbps,1.5 MB, .MP3]

3 comments:

  1. thanks a ton!!!
    i have been wanting this for years!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Hi!
    Thanks a ton for this ! I was waiting to show this to my 4 year old son !
    feels so good.. .cant help but remember those fun filled days !

    cheers,
    Nikhil.

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  3. Brilliant, I loved Gayab Aaya. First of all there were hardly any cartoons or foreign comic books in small towns. Feeding on foreign cartoons was fun but they never represented Indian kinds. Gayab Aaya was the first Indian cartoon... Hence it felt our own

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