Saturday, 1 May 2010

The 'Star' Krishankant Sinha of Space City Sigma

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

It is a myth that the all-knowing Internet knows everything. One such myth relates to old television stuff aired on Doordarshan before 1990.

Search in Google “Space City Sigma”, the search engine would throw up reminiscent results from the people who still long for those days. Those days were really golden days.

Krishankant Sinha in the role of Captain Tara in Space City Singma


For those who have watched Doordarshan some 15 to 20 years back, am sure they will have nostalgic memories of it.

The days when possessing a now ubiquitous looking television set was a luxury. It was a neighbour’s envy product. It was a visual product to showoff, to flaunt that we have a television set. Those were the days when black and white, locked television was rarely found in homes.

The days became immortal for teleserials like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Swami’s Malgudi Days (Ta-Na-Na-Na…), Ek-Do-Teen-Char (Title song: Ek do teen char, chaaro mil ke saath chale to karde chamatkar), Wednesday 8 o’clock Chitraahar, ghost story Vikram Betal, Appu Aur Pappu (Appu aur pappu ki dekho yaari…) Aa Bail Mujhe Maar…and a lot more.

Among these bunch of television programmes, one which had its indelible impact on children was the first Indian science fiction serial the “Space City Sigma”. Year 1986!

Now after more than two decades, our memories have started fading, everything relating to those days is giving a fuzzy image, and in this course, once a hit character of Space City Sigma, Captain Tara, is also being forgotten.

Children of today cannot imagine those days and the craze for the serial Space City Sigma. They will not understand people’s love for this handsome actor, Krishankant Sinha.

Very few people know the actor Krishankant Sinha, who played the memorable lead role of Captain Tara. It is regrettable that the actor had not been properly acknowledged by the new media i.e Internet.

Do you remember Space City Sigma and Captain Tara?

Update: Watch rare pictures of the teleserial Space City Sigma

24 comments:

  1. Oh Thank you very much for writing this wonderful peace of information I loved it. I guess Space city sigma was one of the best Science fiction show i have ever watched !!! and can you tell me the name of tv Show in which a man (possibly an army fighter plane pilot) crashes into a village ruled by Blind people. He tries to escape but these smart blind people makes his attempt fail every time... tell me the name if you know it .... thanks

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  2. Bishwaroop Mukherjee22 October 2011 at 19:24

    Thanks for posting this article. I am 81 born and was quite young at that time, but I still have fuzzy memories of "space city sigma" and "Captain tara" which was a must watch. After this show as far as I remember I have not seen anything on Indian TV (or so to say even bollywood movies) that would apeal to science fiction lovers. Yes, there was Captain Vyom, but despite of the enhanced computer graphics it did not match the apeal of Captain Tara.

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  3. http://8ate.blogspot.com/2011/05/space-city-sigma-1989.html 

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  4. You also remember the 'Indradhanush" a time travel serial.

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  5. Hi, I have been searching for videos/VHS/CD's of space-city sigma for a looong time...i used to record every episode of this series in 1989 (not 1986) !....but i lost them..if only i had the maturity to save them at that time :(...

    can you please...please....let me if any of you find episodes of "space city sigma" ?...

    thanks
    ravi

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  6. HI RAVI,this is sunny, i borned in 1986 but i have also very thin memory of character which i resemble with captain vyom serial and after discussion with my elder sisters i got its name space city sigma , if you
    get vedios plz inf me,my id is shantanu.parmar@ymail.com

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  7. Hi Ravi Kant Sinha,

    I think you are Krishankant's Brother Are You ? I am Sunil Anand Krishhan's old school friend from The Union Academy. I just wanted to be in touch with Krishan  if you may please write to me at sunilaanandhotmail .com  Is he still acting in Indian Movies ?

    Best regards
    Sunil Anand
    California USA

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  8. Hi Ravi Kant Sinha,

    I think you are Krishankant's Brother Are
    You ? I am Sunil Anand Krishhan's old school friend from The Union
    Academy. I just wanted to be in touch with Krishan  if you may please
    write to me at sunilaanandhotmail .com  Is he still acting in Indian
    Movies ?

    Best regards
    Sunil Anand
    California USA

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  9. i am seraching for the shows episodes but  they r not available

    it was my fav show
    vikram

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  10. Hi Ravi Kant Sinha,

    I think you are Krishankant's Brother Are
    You ? I am Sunil Anand Krishhan's old school friend from The Union
    Academy. I just wanted to be in touch with Krishan  if you may please
    write to me at sunilaanandhotmail .com  Is he still acting in Indian
    Movies ?

    Best regards
    Sunil Anand
    California USA

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  11. thanks rishikesh.
    anuranjan

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  12. kindly try to make available the videos of sigma. long before the Spiderman and other super heros, an Indian child had seen Tara, Shakti and the Super villain Jakhaku. This was the only serial which taught us what is sci-fiction, time traval and cloning etc. once again thanks alot.

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  13. srry but captain vyom has moe appeling script and orignal thn sigma

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  14. Hello,i have been searching for the video of this serial for almost 20 years.It was a mindblowing programme telecasted in 1989.I remember captain tara,shakti,dr.luka,vaare,zakhaku,science officer seema.Does anybody know where the videos are available of this serial?Is it in doordarshan archive?Does anybody have the photo of Krishnakant Sinha?He was my favourite those days.I remember the serial ended in december of 1989 abruptly.

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  15. yes, i remember this wonderful show, that cyborg character - shakti, the villian "zakhakhu". and commander tara. its a pity i cant found even a single clip of this show on internet. but thanks fr posting this article, it reminded me of those golden years, easy goin time, no cell phones, no internet, good old days.

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  16. Hey man u r right!!!
    I still remember those childhood days. I faintly remember the plot and characters, but had never forget Capt. Tara. The "Sigma" TV series was my favourite and really miss those golden days. And its been really unfair by media to overshadow such a great and handsome actor like Krishankant Sinha aka Capt.Tara.
    It's been years and years i have tried to find DVDs or VideoCDs or VHS tapes of the series, but never succeeded.:(
    Hey man! If you have any idea about from where to get the series than it would be of great help to me.(My mail id:dhruvgamit@gmail.com)

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  17. Hi Dhruv,

    Definitely I will let you know.

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  18. Hi Rishikesh,
    I remember those days when this serial is one of the most popular serial among in children and adults, we were eagerly waiting for sunday to watch next episode on those days.
    But today after gone through your comments on this matter I proud that Mr krishnakant is well played the role of captain Tara.
    If you are having the CD of this serial please let me know.
    I would like to watch this serial many times.

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  19. I Bet that the Doordarshan or Any other channel of India could be so finest in efforts as they have taken in producing the serial. Please do remember the starting of artificial intelligence in that era with the introduction of the 'Shakti' the man whose half is a machine. The serial had the mystic valor of Indian brain power and the true scientific view. After all they have created a masterpiece in that time. But, alas, the government cannot comprehend the meaning of the culture or such things. It will do the things which are entirely the resultant of the whims of their stringent officers or if their empty mind allow them to do something. Now a days, Doordarshan has become a nasty nuisance in terms of ......

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  20. Hi is it possible to get the videos of the Legendary series on youtube.... that would e gr8.... I just want to watch the series again I used to love it as a KID...    Please see if its possible for you to upload from the very first episode...    :)

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  21. hi main amanullah kha purani yaad taza ho gae ye sereal maray liye bhut ahmeyat rakhta hai kyu ki es daramay main mera bhi choota sa rool thaa dekh kar kafi khushi hoe puranay dost ko dekh kar main aaj kal jeezan main hoon main es daramay ko load karna chahta hoon per link nahi mil raha  ye meri id hai(amanullahkhann@yahoo.com)

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  22. hii.....i think we all should contact doordarshan to make us available with cds or dvd of space city sigma or we should contact the production house of this serial.....those who want to join me contact me on braj_14@yahoo.com

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  23. you can join my facebook group...Bring space city sigma back......make ur friends also join and we willl try to get it back on tv...

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  24. friends itna plz plz.. mat likho aapne bhi dekha ki plz likhne se na koi rply dene vala hai, na upload vagerah vagerah jiske paas bhi hai upload nhi krne vala they are so MUCH SELFISH!!! vaise ek aur dekha tha screenshot dekhne se lgta hai ki unk pass hai so friends aap jeha rhte hai agar dukaan me aapka serial mil jaata hai to kharid lijia agar nhi to wait kijia ki koi upload kar de

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