May 26th, 1966 was a historical day in our Country…an era where our Country gained Independence from Britain, thus ‘British Guiana’ was renamed ‘Guyana’.
Television seemed almost impossible.
However, a very flourishing and vibrant entrepreneur the Late Mr. Ganga Prasad who was the Grandfather of NTN’S Managing Director opened the doors of entertainment with the DELUXE CINEMA in Diamond
E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N–M-E-N-T for the Late Mr. Ganga Prasad along with his three sons extended to Georgetown when they acquired ownership of the STRAND DELUXE and PLAZA CINEMAS. The next great strike of Ganga Prasad & Sons Limited was when they became the Distributors of WARNER BROS PICTURES/ORION PICTURES, COLUMBIA PICTURES and FLAMBOUYANT FILMS.
A cousin of NTN and deemed the great ‘showman’ of the clan, the Late Mr. Jack Persaud and Mrs. Chandra Naraine, sister of Anand took control of the Film Distribution and were assigned Area Managers. From Burbank, California to GT they both took ultimate pride in advertising, releasing and distributing movies throughout Guyana. Movies such as ‘DJANGO’ – ‘JOHNNY YUMA’ – ’ENTER THE DRAGON’ – ‘DEATH WISH’ – ‘ST. IVES’ – ‘MAD MAX’ – ‘SERPICO’ – ‘DIRTY HARRY’ – ‘MAGNUM FORCE’ – ‘THE EXORCIST’ – ‘THE TOWERING INFERNO’ – ‘I’LL DIE FOR MAMA’ – ‘SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS’ – ‘ABBA’ – ‘SPARKLE’ – ‘ANGELA’ – ‘BLAZING SADDLES’ – LETS’ DO IT AGAIN’ – ‘DIE HARD’ – ‘GANDHI’ – ‘DR. NO’ – ‘FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE’ followed by the other James Bond movies were amongst so many listed as great releases at THE STRAND – THE CINEMA IN COMMAND. ’CHALTE CHALTE’ & ‘KASAUTI’ created quite a stir at the PLAZA.
The Persauds continued to work together in the field of entertainment where Chandra, Anand and Brahma saw no limits as to their affiliation with live shows out of India.
In the 1980s the STRAND DELUXE CINEMA was modernised with new seating and crisp
surround-sound, however, there was a downfall in the cinema world due to piracy of movies thru video and later dvd thus causing many cinemas worldwide to close – almost all in Guyana. Hopefully with advance technology the Persauds would once again be only too excited to see the STRAND DELUXE in its magnificent glory of screening movies.
By the year 1997, approximately 46,000 Guyanese had televisions using video players.
Anand saw the opportunity to once again entertain Guyana. Thanks to the Government as in October 1997, NATIONAL TELEVISION NETWORK – Channel 18/Cable 69 was launched.
Again always thriving to bring the best in E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T- NTN was the first Television Station to broadcast LIVE the Guyana’s Annual Diwali Motorcade from the LBI Community Center on November 7th, 1999.
NTN promotes multi-religion and multi-ethnic culture. NTN embraces family oriented values with open and non-discriminatory policies. NTN specializes in all types of programs ranging from Bollywood to Religion and Sports.
‘SA-GE-GA-MA’ – one of NTN’S original program was founded by Anand who enjoys the simplicity of old classical Indian songs.
6 Years ago (2007) NTN-TV Inc signed an ongoing deal with Sportsmax Jamaica. Sportsmax, originated out of Jamaica and is solely a sports cable company, broadcasting Cricket, Soccer, Boxing, Olympics etc. NTN deemed well known as the cricket channel of Guyana, airing IPL series, West Indies, India, Australia, Pakistan etc
In February 2013 another event will unfold…. The launching of NTN RADIO – 89.1 FM
makes the Persauds once again very proud as they have done it again in the field of
E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T upholding the same values and keeping up with traditions and events as they unfold.
NTN RADIO – 89.1 FM offers a portfolio of programs for listening pleasure ranging from Talk – Music – News – Religious – Sports – Health – Beauty etc as we keep our Community at heart.
Let NTN TV and RADIO bring to you…..
THE BEAUTY OF THE SKY…..
THE COLOURS OF THE FLOWERS….
THE FRESHNESS OF THE BREEZE…..&
THE GENEROSITY OF THE SUN……….
ALL IN E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T