Yes, this channel once use to be Nation’s favorite channel…. you’ll be surprised to know that that DD India is broadcast internationally via satellite. It is available in 146 countries worldwide.
Well, Doordarshan has been part of our lives since 15 September 1959, but the regular daily transmission started in 1965 as a part of All India Radio. National telecasts were introduced in 1982. In the same year colour TV was introduced in the Indian market with the live telecast of the1982 Asian Games which were held in Delhi. As on today 90 percent of the Indian population can receive Doordarshan (DD National) programmes through a network of nearly 1,400 terrestrial transmitters.
Let me take this opportunity to ask you a question “When was the last time you switched on Doordarshan” ..Well my answer would have been the same as yours….. ” I don’t remember”. There was an era when Doordarshan had some amazing Serials and some amazing shows. Who can forget Hum Log (1984) , the voice of Ashok Kumar and the amazing cast. And and Buniyaad (1986–87), a drama-series that was directed by Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti Sarup. As a kid, i used you always hear people talking about these two serials. Soon it was followed by Nukkad (1986 – 87), staring Dilip Dhawan, Rama Vij, Pavan Malhotra, Sangeeta Naik. Doordarshan not only had a series of some amazing serials, but also had the key India’s favorite show Ramayan (1987–88), written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. Sunday at 9:30am was prime time.. yes….. It was time for the entire family to switch on their television. The same thing happned with B. R. Chopra’s Mahabharat (1989–90). You would not believe the streets would be empty once these shows were aired. People used to finish all their work in advance, and be glued to the television. Any my all time favorite serial Surabhi , it was a popular Indian cultural magazine show hosted by Renuka Shahane and Siddharth Kak
Today’s generation might ask, what about musical shows….? Did Doordarshan have such shows in those times….. Well, do you remember Chitrahaar, Rangoli, Ek Se Badkar Ek and Superhit Muqabla. They were a huge hit. Mornings were all about Rangoli and its amazing presentation, simple yet effective. So, we are done with Daily Soups, Mythological shows and Musicals show, so what’s next. Some of the amazing Crime thrillers like Barrister Vinod (starring Parikshit Sahni), Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Aparadhi Kaun, PC 1008 (starring Kanwaljeet), Police File Se, Byomkesh Bakshi (starring Rajit Kapoor), Reporter(Shekhar Suman), Tehkikaat and Janki Jasoos, Suraag (starring Sudesh Berry) we part of Doordarshan’s wide variety of series.
Am i missing something, oh yes, what about kids… did they have a great time watching Doordarshan !!! There were Super Hit Shows that were targeted at children like Vikram Betaal, Malgudi Days, Tenali Rama, Potli Baba Ki (puppet show), He-Man, Knight Rider, Street Hawk and a horror serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989). Do you recollect the amazing disney cartoons Talespin & Duck Tales. Uncle Scrooge McDuck and his great-nephews and their crazy stories. Did I mention about India’s Original Super Hero – Shaktimaan aka Mukesh Khanna and his enemies Tamraj Kilvish and Dr. Jackal. The dialouge “Andhera Kaayam Rahe” was such a huge hit. No doubt Shaktimaan was one of the most popular and longest-running television series for Indian children on the Doordarshan channel…
I hope that you might be trying to get back to your childhood days and relive those amazing days and the time you’ve spent watching television. Do try to catch some of the shows on YouTube, as they are real classics.
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