Buddha Jathagam was a TV serial aired on Doordarshan. Buddha Jathagam is a compilation of two important stories from the Jataka tales, namely Vidhura Jataka and Ummakka Jataka. A high production cost combined with many special effects, Buddha Jathagam combined both techniques of live action and virtual reality and presented it beautifully. Jataka tales tells about the stories of the previous births of the Buddha, in both human and animal form.
Buddha Jathagam was a 13 episode series aired on Doordarshan. The story of Vidhura Jataka was directed by Gita whereas the story of Ummakka Jataka was directed by Lata. The screenplay was written by A.S. Nagarajan with Valampuri Somanathan penning the dialogues. The cast for the series included
Shyam Ganesh, Master Sridhar, Srinivasan, Sachu, Priyadarshini, Kanchi Inita, Shanthi Ganesh, Manoj, Ravi Ragavendar and many more. Buddha Jathagam was produced by Krishnaswamy Associates, a production house headed by S.Krishnaswamy. Other popular shows to come out from the production house of Krishnaswamy Associates include Aalayam, Ezhu Thalaimurai Ezhuchi, Unmai Sudum,
Thuppariyum Sambu, Oorarinda Rahasyam and others. Krishnaswamy is also known for producing and directing documentaries like India 5555, From Indus Valley to Indira Gandhi and others. Buddha Jathagam is now made available on DVD/VCD formats by Moserbaer.