Sunday, July 12, 2009
Nowadays television has become very much commercialized and in the name of entertainment the level of “entertainment” itself has gone too low. If one channel starts some kind of reality show, the other follow the same way trying to get as many celebrities and “cooked-up dramas” that they can get into the show. Same way if some channel started some serial or show in the name of comedy then others follow soon. Unfortunately the “Indian audience” is happy to see all this and almost every one wants to have their 10 seconds fame by coming into one of these shows. Even parents are trying to get their small children into this business!
When I see all these channels, I am reminded of Doordarshan – by far the best channel in television. Today, Doordarshan also has all kinds of sobbing serials and 1-2 reality show but then it’s not in such large scale as in other private channels. Despite these, they still have some good shows like Jalsa – which is telecasted every Sunday, trying to show several forms of music in India (classical, Hindustani, folk, ghazals etc)
For those who have watched Doorodarshan some 15 to 20 years back, am sure they will have nostalgic memories of it.
One cannot forget watching - Mahabharata, Ramayana, Shri Krishna on Sunday mornings or regional movies on Sunday afternoons. Rangoli and Chitrahaar used to keep people glued to their television sets. For kids – Jungle book, Danasur and many cartoons used to be shown. Many won’t forget serials like Shanti(which made MBndira bedi a household name!! ;)) and Junoon.
Even the news was well presented and covered all the areas of news. Even today watching Doordarshan news is better than likes of NDTV and CNN-IBN who are more interested in keeping sports and entertainment gossips as their “Breaking News”.
I don’t watch much television now but know that Doordarshan still does its bid of telecasting various things about India though unfortunately the numbers of people watching it have reduced.
Here are some of my favorites from Doordarshan which I loved to watch. They are not serials or reality shows but shows the in simpler way importance of different things of India like patriotism, education, music etc.
So all those who used to love watching Doordarshan, Enjoy these links :)
Mile sur mera tumhara
Light of freedom
Doordarshan Signature Montage
Doordarshan Ads part 1
Doordarshan Ads part 2
The Spirit of Unity for national integration
P.S – I might have missed naming a few shows of yesteryears, so if any one remembers any apart from these do let me know. :)