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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.

TASTE OF THE PAST


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
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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 :)

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Seconds glimpse of Soap drama back in the Days!!

A Rare footage on Life and work of Swami Vivekananda


I would like to thank Mr.Shashank Goel for sending me this link and letting us know about this program which was aired on DD in the 70s and couple of times in the 80s as well, but I guess some of us may never have got a chance to watch it or even if did, I m sure we might have been too young to remember it now. I have been a Huge fan, believer or follower of Swami Vivekananda ji's work and been reading his books from long time. Swami ji's visions have helped Millions of minds and influenced many souls including me.

Recalling those years earlier when we were forced by our folks to read n understand the knowledge imparted by Swami Vivekananda but only it was later in my Adolescent years, when it started making a lot of sense and its been thought provoking since then.

I watched this clip and wish the youth of the world watch it too. Now that its on YouTube, it may help shape the mind and inspire to achieve great spiritual heights. I m Sorry the quality of the picture in the video is little poor in between for few mins but the narration is perfect and uninterrupted.
 
This has been a Films Division Govt. of India, Production, there are two Narrators one who is telling the story and the other who is the Character. I was totally mesmerized listening to Vivekananda ji's Character Narrator's voice, its so intriguing. The other thing about this presentation what I loved is the beautiful peaceful sketches depicting the happenings in his life, one of which, was the Grand welcome after returning from His successful tour from the West and the continuation of the whole journey of his Life is all so well captured in the Presentation. On the whole, the way they have narrated and presented the difficulties, Recognitions and Achievements of Swami Vivekananda is really remarkable. Unfortunately to find such a great Character Narrator with such voice of dramatic, depth, intensity, poise and composure in today's era, I assume is difficult to find. Have this strong feeling that the Character's voice is none other but Swam ji himself from one of his speeches.

Swami Vivekananda: The Parliament of the World's Religions at Chicago in 1893.

Some info from the Web I read about the Great speech, He had made in Parliament of the World's Religions:
Here's a little summary:
When Swami ji gave the welcome address opening of the World Parliament of religions, HE spoke and started with these few words: “Sisters and Brothers of America.” The 7,000 people in the audience, immediately feeling the depth of his sincerity, rose to their feet and according to reports, “went into inexplicable rapture with standing ovation and clapping, that lasted for more than 3 minutes. He went on, "It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us".

Something Cool I thought to share with you all. Below is a photograph that I took in 2006 when we were fortunate to live in that pretty city for sometime, Chicago of Illinois state in the United States, a wonderful place to be too :) We were driving around the Downtown and I spotted this Street sign of  "Swami Vivekananda Way" and I just lit up feeling so proud. A great Philosopher from my Motherland had made His Mark in a totally different part of the world and a whole street was dedicated in HIS name, right in the heart of Chicago, with Honors and Stars on it..How AMAZING is that folks!! : )
The Parliament of the World's Religions LIVE Recording!
You can listen to this live audio originally tapped on September 11,1893 cut into 4 parts here.
Part 1

Part 2


Part 3


Part 4



All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.

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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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