Katha Sagar (translation:"A Sea of Stories") is an Indian television series that aired on DD National in 1986. The series featured a collection of stories by writers from around the world, including Katherine Mansfield, Guy de Maupassant, Leo Tolstoy, O. Henry, and Anton Chekhov.[2] Each episode was directed by one of eight well known Indian directors, including Shyam Benegal, Kundan Shah, Ved Rahi and Satyen Bose. Most of the stories in the series were one-episode long.[3]

Katha Sagar
Directed byShyam Benegal
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes44[1]
Running time22 minutes
Original release
NetworkDD National
Release1986 (1986) –
1986 (1986)

Many years after its original run,[when?] the series was again produced by Prem Krishen Malhotra and Sunil Mehta, founders of "Cinevista Communications Limited".[2]



The series included about 37 stories based on different titles like "Fear" by Guy de Maupassant, "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol, "A Cup of Tea" by Katherine Mansfield, "Where Love Is, God Is" by Leo Tolstoy, and many others. Some of the stories were adapted to fit an Indian context but the adaptation embodied the essence of the original story very well.


No.TitleDirected byBased on
1"Pratiksha"Krishan Sethi"Where Love Is, God Is"
by Leo Tolstoy
2"Karz"Kundan Shah"The Clarion Call"
by O. Henry
Cast : Deepak Kejriwal, Rajendra Gupta, Rama Vij
3"Teen Sadhu"Satyen Bose"The Three Hermits"
by Leo Tolstoy
Cast : Satyen Kappu, Anup Kumar, Brahmachari
4"Ek Bhool"Kundan Shah"The Lion's Share"
by Arnold Bennett
5"Sannata"Ved Rahi"The Father"
by Guy de Maupassant
6"Roti Aur Pyar"Anil Ganguly"Love And Bread"
by August Strindberg
7"Kalakriti"Shyam Benegal"The Last Leaf"
by O. Henry
8"Bahut Der Kar Di"Kundan Shah"The Grasshopper"
by Anton Chekhov
9"Dard"Anil Ganguly"The Father"
by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
10"Musafir"Krishan Sethi"On The Journey"
by Guy de Maupassant
11"Qaidi"Anil Ganguly"The Long Exile"
by Leo Tolstoy
12"Nandu Ki Chitthi"Shyam Benegal"'Vanka"
by Anton Chekhov
13"Ward No. 6"Shyam Benegal"Ward No. 6"
by Anton Chekhov
14"Sahara"Narendra Nath"Simon's Papa"
by Guy de Maupassant
15"Sunheri Yaadein"Krishan Sethi"The Cripple"
by Guy de Maupassant
16"Sauda"Shyam Benegal"The Little Cask"
by Guy de Maupassant
Cast : Waheeda Rehman
17"Bhulava"Kundan Shah"Hearts and Crosses"
by O. Henry
18"Ek Khula Hua Darwaza"Shyam Benegal"The Open Window"
by H. H. Munro
19"Saboon Ki Tikiya"Shyam Benegal"Dusk"
by H. H. Munro
20"Chai Ka Ek Cup"Shyam Benegal"A Cup of Tea"
by Katherine Mansfield
Cast : Sharmila Tagore
21"Nayi Fasal"A. Salam"The Story of a Farm Girl"
by Guy de Maupassant
22"Do Raaste"N/A"The Trimmed Lamp"
by O. Henry
23"Girgit"Shyam Benegal"The Chameleon"
by Anton Chekhov
24"Gehra Zakhm"Kundan Shah"The Invisible Wound"
by Károly Kisfaludy
25"Pachtava"Krishan Sethi"The Adopted Son"
by Guy de Maupassant
26"Tarannum"Krishan Sethi"Lulu's Triumph"
by Matilde Serao
27"Zameen"Krishan Sethi"How Much Land Does a Man Need?"
by Leo Tolstoy
28"Dushman"Kundan Shah"Squaring the Circle"
by O. Henry
29"Woh Ek Ladki"Anil Ganguly"The Girl Who Changed Her Mind"
by Baldere
30"Chahat"Shyam Benegal"A Service Of Love"
by O. Henry
31"Nayi Sherwani"Shyam Benegal"The Overcoat"
by Nikolai Gogol
32"Anjam"Ramesh Gupta"The Inn"
by Ivan Turgenev
33"Do Tasveerein"A. Salam"The Debt"
by Guy de Maupassant
34"Maria"Kundan ShahThe Fury
by Paul Heyse
35"Parvarish"Krishan Sethi"The Godson"
by Leo Tolstoy
36"Zamana"A. Salam"The Marquis de Fumerol"
by Guy de Maupassant
37"Sabse Bada Darr"N/A"Fear"
by Guy de Maupassant




  1. ^ "Cinevistaas - Library of Programmes". Cinevistaas. Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "There is lot of confusion". Indian Express. 11 August 2003. Archived from the original on 9 September 2003.
  3. ^ Awaasthi, Kavita (16 May 2016) A touch of class: Shyam Benegal remembers the stories of Katha Sagar Archived 24 July 2022 at the Wayback Machine in Hindustan Times. Retrieved 26 July 2020