Doordarshan turned 61 today as the autonomous public service broadcaster was launched on September 15 in 1959. It brought back memories of a golden period when entertainment in the country revolved around serials such as Mahabharata, Fauji, and Malgudi Days, Shaktimaan, Shaka Laka Boom Boom.

Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar extended his greetings on the Foundation Day of India’s public broadcaster.

“Doordarshan is a part of his life. Doordarshan gave many good programs from Ramayana, Mahabharata to the unknown. Even today, India’s public service broadcaster Doordarshan, DDNews, DDKisan, DDBharati, DDNational, and DDRetro are connected continuously through so many channels. Happy #DoordarshanDay!” wrote Javadekar.

 

Doordarshan is one of the world’s largest broadcasting organizations in terms of studio and transmitter infrastructure. Doordarshan or DD provides services on television, radio, mobile, and the internet.

 

Doordarshan Airs Old Classic 90s Serials; Mickey Mouse, DuckTales And The Jungle Book.On January 26 in 1967, Doordarshan aired Krishi Darshan programme, which later became Indian television’s longest-running programme.

 

Currently,DD operates 21 channels: two all-India channels (DD National and DD News), 17 regional satellite channels, 11 state networks, an international channel (DD India), a sports channel (DD Sports), DD Bharati, DD Urdu and DD Kisan. On DD National (DD-1), regional and local programs.

 

Doordarshan ran India’s first-ever color telecast on April 25 in 1982.

 

Salma Sultan, who joined Doordarshan in 1967, became the first news anchor.

 

National telecasts (DD National) were introduced in 1982. Colour television began in India with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 15 August of that year, followed by the colour telecast of the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.

 

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