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Titled "A Tribute to CLASSIC Doordarshan Entertainment". Recall, Refresh and Cherish sweet childhood memories.
A blog all about recalling the "Good times" we grew up watching as a child in 70s thru early 90s on Doordarshan national channel. This blog calls to have Fun refreshing and cherishing some unforgettable and memorable television momments on DD. I'm just glad to express my personal views and opinions along with our Blogger fans who send us amazing Fan mails about few Shows and Sitcoms aired on retro Doordarshan. Isn't it a great feeling to find those great stories we had once watched when we were just kids? Don't you feel those retro shows still connect to us in the present time someway or the other? well, I assume we do and why not! there has been some kind of good influence on our minds after all we have had a great association with the past shows that aired till the mid 90's :) So Let's keep cherishing those lovely memories right here in this Blog.

Here's a Wonderful chance to "RE-LIVE" those Heartwarming Moments.

So ENJOY the Info and Clips of few Retro Hindi and English sitcoms aired in "GOLDEN YEARS" of Television on DOORDARSHAN National Channel!

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Nostalgic 80s n early 90s DD days

Say Hellooo! to your school years and your Childhood days :)

National programme was introduced in 1982. In the same year, colour TV was introduced in the Indian market with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by then prime minister Indira Gandhi on 15 August 1982, followed by the 1982 Asian Games being held in Delhi. The 80s was the era of Doordarshan with soaps like Hum Log (1984), Buniyaad (1986-87), comedy shows like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984) and mythological dramas like Ramayan (1987-88) and Mahabharat (1988-89) glued millions to Doordarshan. Other popular programs included Hindi film songs based programs like Chitrahaar and Rangoli and crime thrillers like Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Byomkesh Bakshi (starring Rajit kapur) and Janki Jasoos. Source: WIKI

If you would like to read more about early days of DD, you can do so by going over Here.


Do you miss the Good old Years? Hmm...do you wonder where did those days go, vanished before you could know it. Well I do. Therefore, I thought how about collecting some memories and consolidating them in one website. Isn't it interesting? Actually these shows were "something" they were simple and one could really associate their life with it cause when we watched those shows, we felt like it was like a reflection of life. So why not watch those trapped moments from the Past you may realize Simple things are so beautiful.

Here's a link of some intro clips of old Sitcoms aired on Doordarshan.

You can watch some of your Fav Old Doordarshan Serials Online here like PAYING GUEST, FLOP SHOW, MALGUDI DAYS, KACHCHI DHOOP, BYOMKESH BAKSHI and many more just by scrolling down this page. Click and enjoy!

Folks, I would like to dedicate this blog to all those people, who have cherished their childhood memories and who've educated themselves with some really good shows that aired in 70s to early 90s on doordarshan national Channel.

A Retro clip: Ek Anek aur Ekta by Films Division 1974

This Video is all about giving a positive and powerful message to the whole nation i.e.,"United we Stand, Divided we Fall". How we can create wonders by forgetting about the cast, creed and color of a man. They should still play it. I simply used to enjoy this video when I was small, still do its very inspirational too.

Alright people!! how about refreshing those days right here :) discuss n comment about your favourite shows and artists. Know more about the lost memories, just to feel good and be proud about your sweet Childhood days.

Can you name some of the old DD TV Actors?

I can think right now of some popular names like Neena Gupta, Sriram lagoo, Mohan bhandari, Alok nath mmmm how about you?

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Doordarshan Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Great memories you'll find in this video and I am happy to share a part of it with you all. Interested Viewers can follow the link within the video to watch all the parts.

So here we are talking about the Retro programs on DD and their awesome journey :) it all started when Doordarshan was introduced all over India after Television services were separated from A.I.R(All India Radio) on April 1, 1976 with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by then prime minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi on 15 August 1982. These were the times when Indian Television evolution was just beginning like News Coverage's around the world and as we see in this video they talk about how they broke more barriers in developing the Network.

Memories refreshed about Entertainment Programs that started becoming more and more popular like Feature Films, Chitrahaar, Sitcoms like Hum-log earning them good TRP and there was this one particular program which is considered to have broken lot of records and ratings, it was the greatest hits of that time "Phool kile hain gulshan gulshan" for which the host Ms Tabassum, expresses her experiences doing the show which are sweet as herself. Many such faces, shows and programs make you feel nostalgic when you watch it after all these years. Doordarshan here also recalls about the experiences of the early Reporters and New readers national and International like Ms Salma if you remember, the beautiful News reader from the 80s who shared her First day experience of News reading in the Studio which was a bittersweet experience as this network was just in a initial stage.

There came many events as the Evolution of Indian Television was just beginning like there was telecast of Asian Games, National programs and that when color was introduced on the Independence day of 1982. I assume the Biggest and greatest unforgettable event was the Victory of ICC World cup Championship 1984, in the same year the Indian viewers enjoyed and were so proud to watch the telecast of the First Indian cosmonaut "Rakesh Sharma" with team who spent eight days journeying around the Earth's orbit in a space station called Salyut 7.

It might have been great experience for Doordarshan to have reached these many years with Telecast of Good shows and educate us with informative films, Documentaries, Movies, sitcom/TV series, Events and various programs National and International and its still goin' on Good.

Congratulations on 50! We wish you all the luck for years to come.

Here's a Video of some Sweet memories of Retro DD.

Pyar Ki Ganga Bahe video

Enjoy this most awaited clip aired on DD somewhere in the early 90s featuring all the Hit Bollywood stars of that time. A beautiful song on HARMONY and Peace :)


Spread the Light of Freedom

Good Times Old Doordarshan:)

Doordarshan Signature Montage.

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Seconds glimpse of Soap drama back in the Days!!

Late night on 80s Doordarshan - Billboard Hits

Hey!! Remember those late night shows on Doordarshan somewhere from mid to late 80s, Movies and there were series of English songs..Ring a bell? popular among College students in their time and to us it was School Nights but somehow thru big brothers and sisters, we got the Music Mania heat too. Western Music was new and Fantastic! learned about Billboard Countdown show n lot of amazing hits of that time. One among them was this song by Various artists called "We are the World" got popular around the town in English medium schools then. There was no chance that we couldn't get hang of it :) always singing in Chorus for competitions or talent shows, it just felt Good. So guess it was quite a HIT, might have been played in no. of convent or Bishop Schools of the country at Christmas time to bring Peace and Harmony.
There were many other popular songs that did well in India like Summer of 69 or Just beat it!... Another brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd and so forth.

Many of them thought, Billboard hits was similar to the "Chitrahaar" program as in English nos, it was a series of English songs with ratings and unlike Bollywood movie songs here there were no continuous Hollywood movie soundtracks but just a few. In the West from decades together the concept was of an Independent Music Album of an Artist or a Band produced by the Record Co'es and after many years by mid 90s, this type of concept was introduced in the Indian Music industry too. The Indi-pop culture came up and it did pretty Good in the market, I recall of the early artists like Baba Sehgal, Suchitra Krishnamurthy or Apache Indian(UK artist) who did some albums in India.
Funny fact: For sometime, people thought Billboard hits had got to do something with Hoardings of ads that we see all over the cities :)

Billboard is a Music chart that shows the top 100 songs from around the world. Actually its a Magazine all about Music News from the Music Industry and the frequency of hits were determined every week. It showed the top 100 charts of the week and the most popular were called as HOT 100 singles and again there are other titles like top Billboard 200 and so on. Just found out from the web that it is one of the the oldest trade magazines in the world. The First Issue by the United States was started way back in 1894...Wow!
Thinking about the show, I remember one of the Host, a girl named "Kennedy" who presented the Billboard  in a very cool manner, made it very interesting by giving us some funny facts about the Artists and also talking about their achievements which was inspiring to us. I couldn't find her in any of the present programs as I was curious to know - what was she upto now? Yeaah some lost memories still diggin' for it!

Friends, if you have watched this show on the good old doordarshan channel, do you have any memories? I guess we fairly got to know about a lot of international artists from the 80s, their Albums and great songs.  At that time my most fav nos were of Madonna "Papa Don't preach",  Bangles "Walk like an Egyptian", Cyndi lauper "Girls just wanna have fun", George Michael "Wake me up before you go go", Bruce Springsteen
 "Born in the USA", Bon Jovi " Blaze of Glory" and other famous artists like Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Tina turner, Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston...n also if you remember from the 70s till 90s there were many Great Rock bands from the US, UK Australian and Canadian countries and I assume in India the US and UK Bands were more popular to name a few in Rock bands are Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin..and in Pop there were ABBA, Genesis, Bee Gees, Beach boys, The Beatles and the list could go on, I better stop :)

So all this info we got to know better from this particular show "Billboard hits" aired on Doordarshan for a very short period of time which rocked our world for sometime and then it was cancelled for certain reasons which I do not know. Anyways if you're lucky you could find your favorite Music videos on Youtube.
Please follow this Playlist if you would like to enjoy some of the Billboard Hits of 80s!

Here's a collection of some videos, hope it refreshes your memory.





  1. wow! ur posts are very comprehensive :-) keep up the good work.

  2. Hey Thanks for Sharing Info, I just want to know name of movie which was shown Doodarshan in 1994-95-96 i don't exactly remember year however movie was about vehicles. comedy movie i have ever seen. please if possible could you find the the name of the movie?


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Watch the Pilot Episode, right here ;) its called "THE FIRST LESSON".

This may have not been aired on DD national channel in the 70s or 80s but I must tell ya, its pretty entertaining. I am sure you guys would love it the plot is based on the Foreign students who join the Adult School in UK England i believe, to learn "English as a Foreign Language" this is the course they are "Unrolled for" as one of the student puts it to the school's pompous and tight-fisted Principal, Ms Courtney, when the student is looking to find the Classroom (what he means is Enrolled for) Mr Brown who's the English teacher learns himself the trouble and humor in different cultures from the students as he is teaching them. I love this sitcom enjoyed watchin' very episode n its really hilarious to listen to the students when they innocently mis-interpret things or mis-pronounce words while they are learning. Watch n Enjoy:)">


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