In 1996, members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness celebrated the centennial of the movement’s founder, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The celebrations inspired Hare Krishna devotees everywhere to do whatever they could to spread knowledge of Srila Prabhupada and his teachings.
Like many others, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami felt a strong desire to offer something special to his spiritual master on the occasion.
Bhakti Charu Swami wanted to do more than just glorify Srila Prabhupada. He wanted to present Srila Prabhupada’s life and achievements through a screenplay that would bring out his struggles, triumphs, and disappointments, and tell his story in detail.
The epic serial, based on the biography Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta by His Holiness Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, is entitled Abhay Charan (Srila Prabhupada’s birth name). It was originally shot and edited for Indian television in episodes of twenty-five minutes. The first episode aired on September 7, 1996, the day after Srila Prabhupada’s Centennial Appearance Day. The shows were then broadcast every Saturday, reaching millions of people all over India.