NEW DELHI :
DOORDARSHAN turned 60 on Sunday bringing back memories of a golden period when entertainment in the country revolved around serials such as Mahabharata, Fauji and Malgudi Days. People turned nostalgic on Twitter to mark the public service broadcaster of India’s 60 years with several of them asking on social media “which is your favourite DD shows”. Some posted its iconic logo that used to appear before the start of programmes with its characteristic tune.
There were many who shared their fond memories associated with Doordarshan and remembered iconic shows that made their childhood days memorable. Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said, “It’s a moment to recognise that it’s not that Doordarshan has gotten older, but it is getting newer for digital audiences.” “It is not only that Doordarshan has turned 60 but the history of television broadcasting in India now spans 6 decades - a milestone for all of TV industry in India,” he said. Doordarshan Director General Supriya Sahu said, “Doordarshan is in the DNA of India.
Happy Birthday Doordarshan. 60 Glorious Years of DD. May you continue to enthral generations of Indians.” “Starting off as an experiment in 1959, Doordarshan can take pride in the fact that it has emerged as one of the leading broadcasters in the world,” Sahu said in a video message. From the days of Ramayana, Hum Log, Buniyaad, Surabhi, till today Doordarshan gives hi-tech coverage of national and international events, she said, adding that Doordarshan has been a “trailblazer”. Doordarshan, which began as an experiment on September 15, 1959, became a service in 1965, when it began beaming signals to reach television sets in living rooms in and around the national capital.