Ponggal holds a special place in the hearts of many and as the new year sets in, this is the one of the most anticipated festivals. Astro is set to mark this auspicious occasion with a variety of captivating local and international Ponggal premieres for our customers on TV, Astro GO and On Demand.

Prem Anand, Vice President, Indian Customer Business, Astro, said, “Ponggal is a time for togetherness with families and as inspired by this year’s theme #NandriyaiVithaippom (Seeds of Gratitude), let us sow the seeds of gratitude by graciously appreciating our loved ones and those around us through little deeds of compassion. We are delighted to provide our customers with more entertainment and great value through compelling local and international premieres this Ponggal such as drama telemovie, game show, travelogue, musical show, family drama series and more. We would like to thank our customers for their continuous support and for those celebrating, a very Happy Ponggal.”

Customers can enjoy premiering local Ponggal specials including:

Payanam @ Island

A fun-filled special episode of travelogue, Payanam@Island directed by local filmmaker Loaeswaran Mahalinggam featuring Shamvanan and Shana Rao who will accomplish Ponggal related tasks at Penang. Payanam@Island premieres on 15 January, 8pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.

Kaathal Maathiri

Heartwarming family drama series, Kaathal Maathiri starring popular local talents, Kavitha Thiyagarajan, Sasikumar, Seelan Manoheran, Thinesh Sarathi and more. Produced by renowned local artiste, Seelan Manoheran and directed by Singaporean artiste, Mathialagan Manikkam who also acted, Kaathal Maathiri premieres on 15 January, 9pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.

Pasanga Ponggal

Fun game show, Pasanga Ponggal hosted by prominent local talent Uthaya (RAAGA) stars a prominent cast of notable Pasanga series including Denes Kumar, Vikadakavi Magen, Moon Nila, Nithya Shree, and many more. Pasanga Ponggal premieres on 16 January, 9.30pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.


Riveting drama telemovie, Nalavenba starring popular local talents, Kishok, Logan, Komala Naidu, Viswa, Kuben Mahadevan and MJ Nada revolves around Mr. Pugalenthi and Nalan who join forces to create magical recipes and uplift their restaurant ‘Nalavenba’. However, things take a turn when people get jealous and plan to tear them apart. Directed by local filmmaker, Vigraman Arjunan, Nalavenba premieres on 17 January, 9.30pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.

Rajathanthiram: The Piano

The story revolves around a special piano that holds a precious secret. Many years ago, a man by the name of Arumugam receives a wooden box as a gift from an anonymous Englishmen for his kindness. Upon inspecting the wooden box further in his house, Arumugam discovered a precious pink diamond, with no intention of selling the diamond, he and his piano-maker friend designed and built a custom-made piano that has a secret compartment that can only be unlocked by playing a unique tune. Arumugam splits the tune into four and teaches his four children separately. Years passed and Arumugam develops Alzheimer's disease, forgetting about the piano's secret, neither does his family had any knowledge of it but things started to go for the worse when several dangerous and mysterious figures finds out the piano's secret and goes after Arumugam's family for the diamond. Rajathanthiram: The Piano premieres on 15 January, 10pm on Astro Vaanavil (Ch 201), Astro GO and On Demand.

Customers can also look forward to Ponggal favourites from India such as:

Margazhi Thingal

Drama film, Margazhi Thingal directed by Manoj K. Bharathi features Shyaam Selvan, Rakshana, Bharathiraja, Suseenthiran and more. Marzhazhi Thingal premieres on 14 January, 9pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.


Thriller film, Vivesini directed by Bhavan Rajagopalan stars Nassar, Kavya and Suraj. Vivesini premieres on 18 January, 9.30pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.

Let’s Get Married

Comedy romance film, Let’s Get Married starring Harish Kalyan, Ivana, Yogi Babu and more and directed by Ramesh Tamilmani premieres on 19 January, 9pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.

Sounds of Madras (New Gen Music Fest 2023)

Electrifying musical show, Sounds of Madras (New Gen Music Fest 2023) featuring famous Indian singers including Sean Roldan, Dharan Kumar, ADK, Sathya Prakash, Sam Vishal, Nithya Shree and Kalyani Nair alongside esteemed local talent Mugen Rao showcasing energetic musical performances. Hosted by Ma Ka Pa Anand and VJ Anjana Sounds of Madras (New Gen Music Fest 2023) premieres on 21 January, 9pm on Astro Vinmeen (Ch 202), Astro GO and On Demand.

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