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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Akashvani Rampur Gazal Concert


C. Lalrosanga is new Director General of Doordarshan

Shri C. Lalrosanga has been entrusted current duty charge of the post of Director General of Doordarshan w.e.f. 01.04.2015. Originally hailing from Mizoram Sh. Lalrosanga ( fondly known as Ka pu), till recently was serving as Additional Director General (NER I & NER II) looking after the programming and Administrative needs of AIR and Doordarshan situated in North East. Shri Lalrosanga has rich experience of Radio and TV both. He has served many years at Shillong, Meghalaya as Director, All India Radio Shillong and Director North Eastern Service. He also served a very sucessful tenure as Director Doordarshan Kendra, Aizwal, Mizoram, before he took over the reins of ADG(NER) from Mrs. Sekhose.

The Pubcaster has earlier seen strong  DG from North East - Shri UL Barua, , who is widely known for his famous book -' This is Akashvani'  which gives details about the functioning and growth of the Indian Broadcasting Organisation and will look forward for another memorable Leader / Visionary / Performer in Sh. Lalrosanga.

Prasar Bharati Parivar extends it's best wishes to Shri C. Lalrosanga and prays that he too reaches similar heights in his tenure.

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Sh.Ashok Kumar Bhat,Receptionist ,Doordarshan Kendra, Jammu Retired on 31.03.2015.

Sh.Ashok Kumar Bhat working as Receptionist at Doordarshan Kendra, Jammu after rendering 36 years app. of service to this Organization attained superannuation on 31.03.2015. He was given a touching farewell by the staff members of Jammu Doordarshan. We all the members of Prasar Bharati Parivar wish him a happy and  prosperous retired life.

Contributed By: Rishikmalla ,

देहदान पर आधारित ''दरवाज़ा नहीं टूटेगा'' 4 April 2015 को.....

मृत्युपरांत देहदान पर आधारित डॉ. सुरेश यादव द्वारा लिखित एवं कार्यक्रम अधिकारी श्री सिद्धनाथ सोलंकी द्वारा प्रस्तुत नाटक ''दरवाज़ा नहीं खुलेगा'' का प्रसारण 4 अप्रेल 2014 को प्रात: 08.30 बजे  किया जाएगा ।
समन्वित नाटक की यह प्रस्तुति आकाशवाणी इन्दौर केन्द्र की है जिसे मध्यप्रदेश और छत्तीसगढ़ के सभी आकाशवाणी केन्द्रों से प्रसारित किया जाएगा । इस नाटक में भाग लेने वाले कलाकार हैं — संतोष जोशी, दिलीप लोकरे, शांति सिं​ह, सिद्धनाथ सोलंकी, आदित्य सोनी, संजीव मालवीय, अलका पुरन्दरे, रीना ज़िंदल ।
ब्लॉग रिपोर्ट — प्रवीण नागदिवे, ARU आकाशवाणी इन्दौर

Sh. Ramesh Kapoor, Senior Announcer, CBS, AIR, Chandigarh was awarded by UNFPA and Chief Electoral Officer, Election Department, Chandigarh.

Sh. Ramesh Kapoor, Senior Announcer, CBS, AIR, Chandigarh received award first for year 2008-2009 and then for year 2013-2014. First award was given for Electronic Media Hindi Best Radio play “Udan-e-bulbul”. It was awarded by United Nations Fund for Population Activities. UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2007 (Received in 2008 from Governor Punjab Sh. Rodregues and Smt. Laxmikanta Chawla Health Minister Punjab.) A Girl child campaign addresses an important social issue, the bias against the girl child makes her unwelcome in many families. The Laadli Media Awards for Gender sensitivity are instituted to highlight, acknowledge and celebrate the commendable efforts by various media at providing gender just perspective, portrayals and analysis.
UNFPA Laadli Media Awards for gender Sensitivity 2007 Electronic Media Hindi Best Radio play. For presenting the much needed emphasis on the law on sex selection. Conceived and produced by Ramesh kapoor, udaan-e-bulbul examines the burning issue of sex selection in Punjab. The play tackles the legal framework that goes against this menace rather than merely an emotional appeal.
Second award was given as Special Award to motivate & Aware Voters. It was awarded by Chief Electoral Officer, Election Department, Chandigarh. Award distributed by Sh.Anil Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, during 2013-14.
Contributed By :- Shri. Jaswinder Singh Kainaur <>

All India Punjabi hasya kavi sammelan


Radio Kashmir Jammu capped an eventful March with a bouquet of fun and laughter packed in two hours long National Comic Poetic Symposium in Punjabi. Aptly entitled Thahake-Hasyan de Patakhe, the star studded event made all the audience go into splits of laughter with every poet. The event was held in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir academy of art, languages and culture at K.L.Sehgal hall attracted audience from all walks of life who appreciate the efforts of Radio Kashmir Jammu for filling their life with so much fun and colour.

The event started with traditional lighting of the lamp by Station Director Radio Kashmir Jammu Mr.V.K.Sambyal, Additional Secretary J&K academy of Art Languages and Culture Sh.Arvinder Aman prominent Punjabi short story writer of Jammu Sh Khalid Hussein, Sh.Satish malhotra and smt.Renu Raina, senior programme executives.

Prominent humorous Punjabi poets from Punjab, Haryana and Jammu participated in this poetic symposium. The poets who enthralled the audience with their poetry included, Jang Singh Fattar from Sangrur, Jagsir Singh from Muktsar, Jagjit soofi from Ambala cantt., Hari Singh Dilbar from Sirsa, Sewak Singh from Bhatinda, Lal Singh Lali from Jallandhar , Hardeep Dhillon from Abohar, Amarjit waraich and Paramjit Singh Virk from Patiala. The local poet bhupinder Singh Bharghav’s poems also evoked huge round of applause from the audience.

Station Director RKJ Sh.V.K.Sambyal thanked the invited poets for gracing the occasion and coming to Jammu from far of places on our invitation and lavished praises on their poetry that filled us with laughter all through the afternoon. Speaking on the occasion, Asst. director JKACL Sh.Arvinder Aman informed the audience about the activities of the Academy and its association with Radio Kashmir Jammu. He further informed the house about future programmes of Academy and Radio Kashmir Jammu.

The proceedings of the function were professionally conducted by Nitish Arora, voice of Punjabi Programme of Jammu.

Contributed by: Shri V K SAMBYAL 'Rangeeley Thakur'

DD reinvents its dance production with excellent results

I wonder how many reading this have DD Bharati entered on your TV remote favourites list? If not, you are definitely missing some excellent original dance and music programmes together with great performances from the DD archives treasury. During the days of black and white television in India every Indian with access to a set at home or in the neighborhood or village had a familiarity with the classical and folk performing arts of the country. This was both by intention; it beautifully supported the theme of “National Integration with Unity in Diversity” and by default; the visual media lent itself perfectly showcasing the performing arts.

Transforming part of the ’80s Asian Games village into the Doordarshan Central Production Centre with state of the art facilities and trained staff initiated an era of high quality broadcasts of dance, theater and music. Eventually, CPC was reduced to news broadcasting and Indian modern and classical performing arts have been eclipsed in the national broadcaster’s program priorities. Without an overarching DD policy regarding arts and other programming, let alone strategic planning, to determine what could best serve the nation meet the challenge of the plethora of private television channels, current generations of Indians are growing up with minimal exposure to their rich cultural heritage provided extensively on television earlier. Local Doordarshan Kendras and DD Bharati National Channel continue to do what they can to present regional and national performing arts programmes to some extent.
Recently the DDK, Bhubaneswar produced a truly groundbreaking live broadcast of a three day classical dance festival they organized in their open air auditorium. This festival was pioneering in several ways and clearly the considerable efforts that went into it bore fruit. It was a real pleasure to see Doordarshan rise like a phoenix. I hope that it is rebroadcast and that you get to see it and that it opens the door to more such presentations that emulate some of its achievements.

While many dance festivals these days present only group performances, this festival presented eight different classical dance forms by soloists over three evenings with group presentations by leading Odisha dance schools fittingly concluding each evening.The selection of artists to perform was thoughtfully refreshing. While all are established artists, most are not seen often enough on stage given the caliber of their talent; kudos go to the producer Shri A.Maheswar Rao, DDP for the effort and care in crafting the balance and selection of artists. Clearly in appreciation of this opportunity, several of these artists took pains to create new choreographies for this festival which added to richness of the art and artists offered to the viewers and invited audience.

The inaugural day of the DDK, Bhubaneswar’s Dance Festival-2015: Bharatiyam opened appropriately with Odissi by the most senior artist of the festival, Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal. Her raga/talamalika pallavi choreography composed by her eminent brother, Madhup Mudgal was well appreciated as was the Odia mugdha nayika composition.The achievable advantages of presenting Kuchipudi by Padmashri Ananda Shankar Jayanth in this media were fully exploited in the use of the overhead cam as she performed not only the vibrant Tarangam, but especially her Simhanandini. Creating the face of a Lion as she moved over cloth while dance could be fully appreciated by the viewing audience due to great technology whereas audiences in the theater always have to wait unit the dance is completed before the cloth is held up for their delight. The nattuvangam by Renuka Prasad was remarkable for the continuous vigor and clarity of the many varied talas used in this praise of Ma Durga.

I have never heard better music audio quality from a live broadcast and, again, this can most probably be attributed to the producer, A.Maheswar Rao, who is also a senior vocalist and music composer. Of course, his sense of music balancing would not be sufficient without considerable team work support from the Doordarshan electricians and sound engineers.Dr Neena Prasad’s Mohini Attam was simply beautiful. Slow, composed and packed with internalized spiritual energy. Her sanchari on Ananda Lahari brought to life the public humiliation of Ambika’s astrologer devotee who praises her out loud as the full moon, purnima, just as the raja asks for a prediction during the dark of the moon. The goddess answers his prayer to save his reputation by throwing her nose ring to become a full moon.

Camera work from the top is ideal for group compositions. The formations and excellent tableau of students of the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar performing Mangalacharan, Mohana Pallavi & Abhinaya on the first night, students of Utkal University of Culture presenting Yuge Yuge Barsha from Kalidas’s Meghadoot, as well as poetry of Jayadev and medieval and modern Odia poets, and Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack students presenting Panchadeva Mangalacharan followed by Shankarabharan Pallavi were all shown off at their best as cameras shifted from overhead to telescoping in-and-out long shots.One quite brilliant and imminently logical element of this unique dance festival I appreciated was including well crafted video introductions to the various dance styles from the respective regional DD Kendras. With 8 styles of classical dance represented in the festival this certainly enhanced the appreciation and understanding of the dance style that followed.

Purva Dhanashree performing Bharata Natyam to open the second evening was a real treat, especially since she is most often invited to perform Vilasini Natyam. While she may be the leading exponent of her guru Swapnasundari’s reconstruction of the devadasi tradition of Andhra Pradesh, her Bharata Natyam is no less evolved and involving. She is certainly one of India’s finest Bharata Natyam artists as seen in her new choreographies as well as traditional repertoire which this evening comprised a Binayak Prarthana followed by a classic Ragamalika Jatiswaram in Mishra Chapu talam composition of Tanjore quartet choreographed by Guru Sikkil Ramaswamy Pillai and ending with a beautiful interpretation of a unique padam on Tama Saksha, a composition of Moovullu Sabhapataiyya. Dr Anwesa Mahanta’s Bandana (Ramdani) & Sribandan in Sattriya Dance, the newest genre to enter the list of classical Indian dances was elegant and did full justice to this beautiful style.

The third evening began with Dr. Sruti Bandopadhay’s Manipuri presentation of Dashabatara (Jayadev’s Das Avatar), Dyuti Sambada & Krishna Nartan were very appropriate for the invited Odia audience and aesthetically shared the subtle elegance of Manipuri. Richa Jain is a Kathak dancer with a difference. She has eschewed the little affectations that sometimes clutter the performances of her peers and offered a finely openhearted abhinaya in her Sufi Gyan Aaree Sakhi More Piya Ghar… and a refreshingly gentle sparkle to her Nritta in Raag Adana in Teen Tal concluding to the tune of Achyutam Keshavam. One doesn’t see this artist enough on stage and she was a delight. The final classical style of the festival was a superb Kathakali duet taken from Dakshya Yagna performed enchantingly by Jayadeva Varma & Meera. The only weak points in this groundbreaking Doordarshan achievement were some aspects of the setting and lights. I appreciate that television requires some set pieces to maintain our visual orientation when there are cuts from one camera to another, but the well intentioned cameos of different styles framed in red, Nataraj backdrop framed by 4 golden lamps and stylized arches all finally added up to too much, especially with the bright red and white bands of geometric patterns crossing just behind the artist at two levels. The otherwise good lighting switched to Jatra style for illuminating the set by alternately bathing the ornate gold lamps and arches with hot pink or green lighting. Too much of good thing as background distracted from some of the excellent abhinaya which was best in the moments when a plain background framed the artist as well as whenever we saw them in close and mid shots. Fortunately this was often enough to make this live broadcast festival of 8 solo styles by DDK, Bhubaneswar a path breaker.

Sharon Lowen is a respected exponent of Odissi, Manipuri and Mayurbhanj and Seraikella Chau whose four-decade career in India was preceded by 17 years of Modern Dance and Ballet in the US and an MA in Dance from the University of Michigan. She can be contacted at

Forwarded By :- PB NewsDesk.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vijaya Laxmi Chhabra DG Doordarshan retires on 31.03.2015

Smt. Vijaya Laxmi Chhabra Director General Doordarshan is retiring on superannuation on 31.03.2015. Smt. Chhabra had taken over the Charge of DG, Doordarshan in July 2014 and had a very successful tenure. Earlier She had worked as ADG (programmes) in All India Radio and had served a long innings at Regional office Mumbai and later as Additional General Programme at AIR HQ, Akashvani Bhavan New Delhi. 

Smt. Chhabra has been associated with AIR and Doordarshan in senior managerial capacities for over 33 years. During this period, she undertook several assignments such as creative content production in Hindi and English, channel marketing of AIR and Doordarshan, human resources, planning and organisational development. She specialised as a Features/ Documentaries producer while working at All India Radio, Delhi and Mumbai.

Prasar Bharati Parivar extends it's best wishes to Mrs. Chhabra for a happy life ahead. You can also wish her by posting your comments below this post.

Shri. K.Chandran, EA ,Hosahundi. Mysore Retires on 31.03.2015.

Shri. K.Chandran, Engineering Assistant is retiring on attaining the age on superannuation today ie., 31.03.2015.The Officer has put in more than 38 years of eventful Service at various All India Radio and Doordarshan Centres across southern states.

Prasar Bharati Parivar wishes him a very happy, healthy, peaceful and contended retired life.

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Contributed By :- T.Nalini. DDE, Doordarshan Maintenance Centre, Hosahundi. Mysore-570025.

Y.Lakshmana Swamy U.D.C. of DDK HPT) Visakhapatnam Retires on 31.03.2015.

Shri Y.Lakshmana Swamy , U.D.C of Doordarshan( HPT), Visakhapatnam is retiring on 31.03.2015. He joined the Govt service on 14.11.1979 as L.D.C in CSCS cadre in Main secretariat of MIN of I&B New Delhi. On request he was transferred to DMC Rajahmundry in 1984. On promotion to U.D.C he was transferred to AIR Anantapur in the year 1991. Finally he joined Doordarshan HPT, Visakhapatnam on15/3/1993.

He was a sincere and dedicated staff member and a very positive minded person. He was actively involved in the national games and the south zone zonal meet at Visakhapatnam for coordination,purchases etc . Due to his active involvement in Hindi implementation, HPT Visakhapatnam received a medal from town hindi implementation committee. He nurtured his children well as a result one of his daughter studied in IIM Lucknow and another daughter doing final BSC but secured three jobs in the campus selections. All our wishes for his good health, wealth and happy retirement life. His mobile no 09705021093.

Prasar Bharati Parivar wishes him a very happy, healthy, peaceful and contended retired life.

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Contributed By :- Shri. C.Subbarao, DIR.(E), DDK(HPT),Visakhapatna. ;

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