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Friday, October 31, 2014

Following are some of our friends who will be superannuating from AIR & DD on 31.10.2014 after giving in their valuable contributions to the organization. 

01. Smt. Sharada, Pex                                   AIR, Mangalore     
02. Smt. Valsakumari C.D., UDC                  AIR, Thiruvananthapuram    09496422556
03. Dr. Meera Jha, Sr. Announcer                 AIR, Bhagalpur      
04. Shri. Hrushikesh Ayachit, Sr. Announcer   AIR, Nashik      
05. Shri. Tapan Prasad Rath, Cameraman Gr. II DDK, Bhubaneswar       09437011159
06. Shri. Gangadhar Acharya, Graphic Artist    DDK, Bhubaneswar     09437630177
07. Smt. S.A. Barthakur, LIA                          AIR, Pune                        09405352773
08. Shri. Abdul Salim Khan, AE                     AIR, Indore   09074213979/  07869637807
09.  Dr. Ravi Shankar, SD                              AIR, Varanasi    
10. Shri. K.P. Yadav, AD (OL)                      AIR, Panaji                    09421086656
11. Shri. R.V. Ramanathan, Instrumentalist      AIR, Tirunelveli               09994721827
12. Shri. S. Rangarajan, Instrumentalist           AIR, Tiruchirapalli            09944226611
13. Shri. Balasundaram N, Helper                  TVRC, Mayiladuthurai       DMC, Puducherry
14. Smt. Vandana Sharma, PEX                    DDK, Mumbai      
15. Smt. V. Nagamani, HC/SSK                   AIR, Visakhapatnam      

These officers have given 30-35 years of their prime life to the organization and their contributions have helped AIR and Doordarshan stand as proud public broadcasters of the country. We thank these officers for their services to the organization and wish them a happy retired life.

Information about other retiring officers (of all grades and disciplines) may be added on the blog. Please mail details of retiring friends from your station to

Retiring friends may also like to address their friends through this blog for which they can send their photo & write-ups to for possible upload on the  blog.

Compiled by: Shri.Suryakant S.Kadam, AIR Pune,

Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture....

 All India Radio has been hosting the “Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture” annually since 1955 as a mark of respect to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, India’s first Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

Sh. F. Sheheryar, Director General, All India Radio welcoming Dr. Chandan Mitra, Hon'ble Member of Parliament and Eminent Journalist on the occasion of Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture- 2014.
Dr. Chandan Mitra, Hon'ble Member of Parliament and Eminent Journalist delivered the prestigious “Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture- 2014” on 'Marxism, Socialism & Integral Humanism' this evening in Delhi.
Source - Akashvani Prasar Bharti FB, Blog Report-Praveen Nagdive

आकाशवाणी इन्दौर के श्री सलीम खान आज होंगे सेवानिवृत्त...

अपने सेवाकाल को पूर्ण कर श्री सलीम खान, सहायक अभियंता के पद से आज सेवानिृवत्त हो रहे है ।
Blog Report-Praveen Nagdive,ARU,AIR Indore

Viewers are running to DD from noise on private news channels: A. Surya Prakash

The Prasar Bharati chairman on autonomy for Doordarshan and turning DD News into a top-class news channel . 

A. Surya Prakash, consulting editor at the English daily Pioneer and a fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, was appointed the chairman of Prasar Bharati earlier this week. In an interview at the Prasar Bharati office in New Delhi, he spoke of autonomy for Doordarshan and turning DD News into a top-class news channel. Edited excerpts: 

What is your agenda as chairman of Prasar Bharati, considering Doordarshan seems to be under government control? - Since the idea is to have an autonomous corporation, I think everyone should strive towards that whether one is in the government or in Prasar Bharati. As far as my agenda is concerned, whether it’s digitization or other new technologies that we need to adopt, we have to get the volumes and look at their commercial viability. These are ideas that we need to pursue. 

Would you push for autonomy of Prasar Bharati during your term?- I was looking at the budget of Prasar Bharati. The budgetary support was Rs.1,400 crore about four-five years ago. In the current financial year, it is Rs.1,950 crore. Out of a budget of approximately Rs.4,000 crore, 50% is coming from the Union of India. I don’t think this is a good idea. We need to look at that. These are my preliminary views on the matter. I need to sit with colleagues and ideate on some of these things. I’m very troubled that public money of Rs.2,000 crore is going to Prasar Bharati on an annual basis. Do we really need that kind of budgetary support from the government? The corporation must, therefore, look at its assets. We must objectively bring about an improvement in the commercial viability of the organization. There needs to be a 10-year plan where Prasar Bharati can stand on its own feet. We need to look at some recommendations made by the Sam Pitroda committee or anything that is good and will take us towards strengthening Prasar Bharati as an autonomous institution. 

So far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used both Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) to communicate with the people. What will be the role of the state broadcaster in the new political philosophy of this government? Today we have a Prime Minister who is so strong on social media and it’s a very big advantage compared with the past where the priorities of the Prime Minister were something else. His (Modi’s) whole idea of communicating and reaching out is pretty good. My media instinct tells me that his show, Man Ki Baat (on AIR), will be very popular. Don’t look at it purely in political terms. Look at it as a national leader who wants to communicate with citizens on a weekly or fortnightly basis. He is speaking on radio and 100 television channels are taking the feed and broadcasting it. This is also totally unprecedented. I think every Man ki Baat episode will have lots of news value. I also think people will go back to radio sets to listen in rather than watch it on a news channel. 

How do you plan to differentiate your brands from private news channels? - When all the private players came in, I thought these guys (DD) are going to have a tough time. How will DD survive? But look at DD over the last four-five years, it’s no longer a “sarkari” channel like it used to be in old times. If you look at its news coverage and programmes, the environment has enabled it to have a decent run order of stories which can match up to all the other channels. I thought private competition from all sides would finish the viewership of Doordarshan. But that hasn’t happened, because, luckily for the public service broadcaster, there is a lot more noise during prime time on the private news channel. There are lots of citizens who are troubled by it and who are running away from the private channels for this reason. And they are going to Doordarshan. I’ve heard this from friends for some months now. So let them (private channels) fight it out. We need to be a top-class news channel. I think we can get there and we must get there. Even for AIR, nobody can say it’s a “sarkari” channel. In democratic terms, we have come some distance in this country. The democratic environment is such that people in power are far more tolerant today of the other point of view than they were 40-50 years ago. You can see that in the way people conduct themselves. So the environment itself is conducive to a more independent news environment. 

Source & Credit : Vidhi choudhry, FIRST PUBLISHED: FRI, OCT 31 2014. 12 52 AM IST

Forwarded by : Jainender Nigam


AIR, Dharwad has once again bagged awards in AAA-2013 – Second prize in the category of musical features and Certificate of merit in the category of Best Science programmes.

‘Kappe Anupama Varna’ – a musical feature written and produced by Shri.Diwakar Hegde and produced by Shyri.Diwakar Hegde, PEX, AIR, and Dharwad has bagged the Second Prize.


A feature about the contrast between black and white in based on the life and message of Lord Krishna. Krishna’s is a story of darkness leading a person holding his hand. It is a story of darkness colouring a life with various hues. The visible varieties of God which flash through the mind are indeed rarer than His visible appearance. Krishna being black has given more space for imagination. Had he been white this much of imagination would not have been there.
This feature narrates the story of Krishna high lighting the contrast of Black and White throughout his life, with the help of songs sung by saints and hymn from Bhagavadgeeta.

Diwakar Hegde, Programme Executive , All India Radio Dharwad, Karnataka. Poet, Play wright. Published four books. Artist of Yakshagaana. Karnataka Nataka Academy Award, K R Prakash Ranga Prashasti, for theater activities. K V Subbanna Award for play writing. Twenty four years of experience in broadcasting. Produced more than fifteen series mainly on the matters of public concern. Got three awards in Akashvani Annual Awards Competition.

‘BAADADA BALLI’ – a documentary written and produced by Smt.Kirti Nidgundi, PEX, AIR,Dharwad has been awarded the certificate of merit in the category of Best Science programme.

About the Programme-Baadada Balli that means the ‘The unwithering Cord’ deals with the research and achievements in the field of umbilical cord blood banking. As soon as optimism surfaced in the research of stem cells, there arose possibilities of regenerating organs of the body and repairing of damaged parts. This led to the world wide intensive research in the field of stem cell treatment. India has been no exception. Umbilical Cord Banks sporadically sprung up when it was known that parents could preserve the tem-cell-rich umbilical cords of their new borns.
Though these stem cells can cure some select diseases,there arose a hype that these stem cells were a panacea for all diseases. The documentary ‘Baadada Balli’ revolves around umbilical cord blood banking, it’s limitations, technology as well as the commercialization that is associated with it.

About the producer- Smt.Kirti Nidgundi, PEX, AIR, Dharwad is basically Engineering Graduate. She has won the first prize in innovative programme category in AAA -2010 and the first prize in Special Topic Documentary in AAA-2012. Besides, she has also won many State, AIR, awards for her programmes.

Contributed by:- Achyutha D Air Dharwad Karnataka

आज आकाशवाणी भोपाल का स्थापना दिवस... होंगे विशेष कार्यक्रम.......


आकाशवाणी भोपाल के 59वें स्थापना दिवस पर 31/10/2014 (शुक्रवार) को विशेष कार्यक्रम ”बदलते परिवेष में आपकी आकाशवाणी से अपेक्षाएं” का प्रसारण आकाशवाणी भोपाल से रात्रि 08:00 से 08:30 बजे तक तथा इसी कार्यक्रम का प्रसारण विविध भारती भोपाल के एफ.एम. 103.5 Mhz.

आकाशवाणी भोपाल से कल 31/10/2014 को प्रातः 11:00 बजे से दोपहर 12:00 तक सजीव-फोन-इन कार्यक्रम “आओ आगनबाड़ी चलो” का प्रसारण। श्रोतागण अपनी जिज्ञासाओं के समाधान 0755-2660902 तथा 2660903 पर फोन कर प्राप्त कर सकेंगे। हर्टज पर षाम 06:30 बजे से रात्रि 0700 तक। विज्ञापन प्रसारण सेवा 103.5 मेगा हर्टज पर आकाशवाणी वार्षिक पुरस्कार 2013 के युववाणी वर्ग के अंतर्गत मैरिट प्रमाण पत्र प्राप्त कार्यक्रम “रफ्तार” का प्रसारण प्रातः 11:02 से प्रातः 11:30 बजे तक ।

Contribution-Rajeev Shrivastav, Blog Report-Praveen Nagdive


Memories of AIR, Nagercoil on 30th Anniversary

AIR, Nagercoil, first Local Radio Station in India is celebrating and completing 30th Anniversary and enter into the 31st year. Inaugural function was  held on 30th October 1984  Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, Min. for Information & Broadcasting,Govt of India inaugurated the station onthis occassion Minister of Irrigation, Govt of Tamilnadu Shri. Y.S.M. Yousuff was also present. Folk festival was organised by AIR, Nagercoil in the year 1986.

Contributed by:- air nagarcoil 

N.Balasundaram Helper retires on 31st Nov 2014

He was born on 21.10.1954 at Velangudi village, Tiruvaraur District in Tamil Nadu. He finished his High School at Tiruvarur.Soon afterer finishing high school he joined Army (EME) as vehicle mechanic in 1974. After getting training at different places like Nagpur, Secunderabad, Pune, Belgaum and Patankot he was posted at Beramullah, (Kashmir), Bhopal, and retired from service on 1991 at Ambala.
He is a sportsperson and represented Service team in national Kabbadi and weightlifting team.

He got married in the year 1980 and has one son and two daughters. With his small earnings his son finished M.Tech. (IT), elder daughter graduated alongwith teacher training and younger daughter finished BE (EEE) and made him a proud father.After retiring from service he joined our organiasation as Helper at TVRC Mayiladuthurai under DMC Puducherry on 31st Auguat 1994.

During his service he actively participated in all the activities and earned good rapport with his superiors and colleagues. He is to be retired from service with full satisfaction on 31st October 2014.

Contributed by:-sedmc pondy

Our Cultural Heritage - हमें जिन पर नाज़ है।- डाॅ. लक्ष्मण सहाय

डाॅ. लक्ष्मण सहाय

डाॅ. लक्ष्मण सहाय का आकाशवाणी ग्वालियर से 1975 से निरंतर प्रसारण, आकाशवाणी से बारह नाटक प्रसारित: पहला रेडियो नाटक ‘मकान खाली है’ । रेडियो फीचर। भोपाल से दो घण्टे की बातचीत मेहरून्निसा परवेज़ और लक्ष्मण सहाय। इसके अतिरिक्त समय-समय पर वार्ताओं/कहानियों का प्रसारण

साहित्य के क्षेत्र में योगदान - प्रकाशित पुस्तकें -
1. व्युतपत्ति शतक,
2. मरूथल का यात्री निराला,
3. विश्व हिन्दी भाषा और साहित्य कोश खण्ड तीन के प्रमुख लेखक
4. रंगकर्म और नाट्य सृजक (प्रकाशनाधीन)
5. मेहरून्निसा परवेज के उपन्यास साहित्य में मध्यमवर्ग (प्रस्तावित)
6. जिनको याद करू (संस्मरण)
7. देश के अनेक चर्चित राश्ट्रीय पत्र-पत्रिकाओं में निरंतर प्रकाषन।

डाॅ. सहाय के साहित्यिक कृतित्व पर जीवाजी विश्वविद्यालय ग्वालियर से शोधार्थियो ने शोध कार्य किया और पीएच.डी. की उपाधि प्राप्त की।
सम्मान पुरस्कार - मनीषा साहित्य सभा, भारतीय स्टेट बैंक पोरसा, एवं जीवाजी विश्वविद्यालय ग्वालियर द्वारा सम्मानित। कबीर, रैदास, सूर, तुलसी, मैथिलीशरण गुप्त, हजारी प्रसाद द्विवेदी, केदारनाथ अग्रवाल, समकालीन कथा और कविता जैसे विषय इसे प्रमाणित करते है।
कविता - वार्ताओं के अतिरिक्त कविताओं का भी समय - समय पर आकाशवाणी ग्वालियर से प्रसारण हुआ है।

रेडियो रूपक - वार्ता और कविता के साथ ही बाबुलपीर न जानी और स्वप्न हुए साकार शिर्षक से लिखे हुए पाॅच रेडियो रूपकों का भी लेखन।

साहित्य के क्षेत्र में योगदान - लगभग 15-16 वर्श की वय से आरंभ काव्य रचना का क्रम पारिवारिक और स्थानीय परिवेष में विकसित हुआ। बाद में लेखन की विधाएँ कविता समीक्षा और लोक साहित्य पर केन्द्रित हो गयी। ‘धर्मयुग’, हंस, वर्तमान साहित्य, युद्धरत, आम आदमी, अक्षरा आदि साहित्य की प्रतिनिधि पत्रिकाओं में कविताएँ और समीक्षा लेख प्रकाषित।

कृतित्व - राणा प्रताप (खण्ड काव्य) अप्रकाशित । स्कन्द गुप्त: एक अध्ययन, अप्रकाशित (समीक्षा), समीक्षा लेख - प्रकाशित प्रसारित - 100
प्रकाशाधीन - शोध - पीएच.डी. का शोध प्रबंध, कविता - संग्रह - फसल बनती उम्मीदें
प्रकाशित कृतियाँ - पुश्पगंध (कविता - संग्रह), ऐसा क्यो होता है (कविता - संग्रह)
संपादित - दतिया: उद्भव और विकास (संदर्भ ग्रंथ), ज्ञान ज्योति (पत्रिका), अस्मिता (पत्रिका),

सम्बन्द्धता - म.प्र. हिन्दी साहित्य सम्मेलन , म.प्र. साहित्य अकादमी (संस्कृति परिषद), राष्ट्रीय स्तर की संगोश्ठियों में विषेशज्ञ व्याख्यान, तृतीय विश्व हिन्दी सम्मेलन दिल्ली में प्रतिभागिता

Contributed By:- SD AIR Gwalior

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Akashvani and Doordarshan have a special significance as the grand old National Public Service Broadcasters and both of them have very rich and glorious history. Almost every renowned singer, celebrated dancer and distinguished and eminent writer have been associated with Akashvani, especially in the 1940s-70s and beyond. Many of them were associated with Doordarshan as well. Doordarshan has also contributed to the blossoming of many Film Directors, Artists, and Producers. PB Parivar calls upon each of its members to join hands in building up this data base and saluting our veterans and send such stories at

Doordarshan to commemorate martyrs on 50th year of 1965 war

To pay homage to the martyrs of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Delhi Doordarshan has conceptualised a new programme called ‘Smarananjali’. The programme is being organised by DD in association with All India Radio, Directorate of Film Festivals and Subramaniam Foundation at Siri Fort auditorium on 30 October from 6 to 8 pm. The programme will be subsequently telecast on DD National, DD Bharati and DD India. It will be a lyrical tribute by artists on stage to the martyrs in the presence of their families and the Minister of Defence and the chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force and paramilitary forces. Religious leaders from different religious groups will also be present to pay homage to the martyrs.

Renowned musicians like violin maestro L Subramanium and singers Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pankaj Udhas and Suresh Wadkar from Subramaniam Foundation will pay a musical tribute to the martyrs. The musical tribute will be interlaced with dance performances to patriotic songs by Manjula Parmesh and group. An additional attraction will be an on-the-spot painting by painter BS Verma and dance by soldiers from the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) to the song ‘Ma Tujhe Salaam’. Defence minister Arun Jaitley, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, and the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air force and paramilitary forces will pay homage to the martyrs by lighting a candle before a replica of the Amar Jawan Jyoti. Three Param Vir Chakra awardees—Capt Bana Singh (Retd), Sub Yogender Singh Yadav and N/SUB Sanjay Kumar—will also be honoured at the tribute event.

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