I finally found it. The one series, that to me, in many ways was the definition of television in my childhood - Malgudi days. The voice and direction of Shankar Nag, the title track, R.K. Narayan's story telling, the characters - Swami, Mani and the all those Kannada television extras (who my dad would identify by name) and the cricket match. All these bring back great memories.
You can find all 38 episodes here:
Hats off to Shankar Nag. One man you could have revived Kannada cinema. It's unfortunate that he had such a short life.