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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

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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!!

New additions of clips and Info on old Doordarshan Sitcoms!

CHUNOTI 1987 Episode Clip

In this episode you can figure that, they have exposed the bad management of running an Institute as in not providing good lab facilities for the students who sincerely want to study and their struggle to rebel against the management. On the other hand the bad guys; Tony want to canvas for a leader in the form of Electing a GS of the college who can run the show on his terms. Ramakanth is a noble student who tries to find the good in very student and wants to take these bad students into a Right path and seeks for support from the students to change all this.
Known stars: Suchitra Krishnamoorthy is pretty young in this Episode :)


This show was made in mid 80s. Life revolving around some friends living under the limitations of the society, trying to hide some true feelings or emotions about one another. This is what I assume and think the sticom was farily about, after watching the clip. Please add your info about this show if you know something.
Known stars: Amol palekar, Rameshwari and Naresh Suri
Here's a Clip:

I have no idea what this show was all about. Just have this detail thou received from a viewer of this Blog and that is, Shrikant was TV adaptation of a  classic novel by late Sharat Chandra Chatopadyay in Bengali. If you do know more about this series please add your comments.


This was a beautiful show but I really cannot recall the story line. There are these 3 House-Boats in Kashmir, I think of Gul, Gulshan and Gulfam three Brothers and the family drama. You can find more info about the cast from this link 
Here's a Title song of the Sitcom:


I used to simply DIGG for this show and the Host was so adorable. She made it so interesting with her story about the great individuals who used to perceive Life totally in a different manner i suppose and discovering certain cultures and places which were quite different from a normal life. I really liked the show she brought so many strange yet great facts about People, Cultures and places. If you do know her name please share with us. I remember this show was a Big HIT!.


This was another Good Television series which had different stories in each episode.
Here's more info from a website:-
Old TV Serials On Doordarshan, Katha Sagar is a celebration of Genius, Watch Shyam Benegal and other renowne directors translate the works of internationally renowned authors into the language of celluloid. Chekhov,Maupassant,Munro,O'Henry,Tolstoy,to name afew Brought alive through the sensibilities of the masters of modern Indian Cinema. An exploration of the mind of man, An expperiment unique in cinematic history, Episode-Wise Breakdown Of 37 Stories
Source: Youtube
Watch a Clip of Katha Sagar:

Param Vir Chakra is the highest award in Military. One of the very great shows made in 90s Doordarshan Channel which always made me proud of my country.
"Shaan Teri kabhi kam na ho, aye WATAN, mere WATAN.... Mere WATAN!!"

I wouldn't stop singing this title song after I watched the series which got me emotional as I learned about my country's real HEROES who unselfishly fought for the security of the Motherland, Who live a real life. I must say lived their lives always on the Edge to protect us from the enemies and managed to make the Country proud always. I SALUTE them with my whole heart. Great series dedicated to all the Lost Brave souls and to inspire the youth to be more proud about our Country and Serve. Watch the Title track of the Series here :)

Fulfilling your every Desire.

This was a huge hit too based on Business family drama aired in early 90s on Doordarshan. You can find some info about the cast thru this link:


Written by R K. Laxman

TV stars:
Bharati Achrekar and Anjan Srivastav

the beautiful tale of a middle class Indian man. The show was based on the characters created by the Legendary cartoonist Padma Vibhushan R K Laxman and He had scripted this beautiful serial.

Read more at: NDTV.com cartoonist

It was a marvelous entertainer, which, in some ways, embodied TVs ubiquitous appeal over the language barrier. The concept was simple and clean, which only focused on the world of the quite essential common man ‘Wagle’. Each episode is a separate story about this middle class family and their day to day, almost mundane, yet exciting life. Anxieties, anticipation, apprehensions, appreciations, appalling incidents, … all form a part of their small and simple world. The serial was as much loved in North India as it was in the South.

There was this one episode from the serial, which I somehow always remember during the Diwali Festival. In that, Wagle goes shopping for new fabric that was to used for the new curtains for their small house for Diwali. He forgets how much meter he was required to purchase, by his wife. And he lands up buying much much more then needed. Now to use the extra fabric, the family decides to use it by making shirts and other household items, out of it. So on Diwali eve, we see the whole family in same clothes, with same curtains, dinning mats and bed sheets….it was simply hilarious.

Source: Desibaba

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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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