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Mumbai Doordarshan circa 1970s – The Black and White TV Era

Posted in TV, Entertainment & Movies by Amit Paranjape on June 29, 2009

Can you imagine Television programs for about 4 hours a day, with only one channel to choose from? Well that was a reality not that long back. I am talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s. This blogpost is an attempt to simply list the programs, serials, characters and advertisements from those Black & White TV days. Hoping that readers will contribute further to this list, as well as share their thoughts around these programs.

Television made its debut in Mumbai in the early 1970s. The production and broadcasting organization was known as ‘Mumbai Doordarshan’ (Doordarshan = Remote/Distant View). The reach of this programming was soon extended to Pune, via the Sinhagad fort transmission tower.

Throughout the 70s, the programming was limited to a few evening hours. There were no ‘commercially’ produced shows. Essentially, majority of the programming was developed by the Mumbai Doordarshan Studios in Worli. There were some real good international programs as well. Cricket matches were one exception when programming was available all day. Infact my earliest memory of watching TV is the 1974 India England tour, when Tony Greg was the England captain.

Here is a list of  TV programs that come to mind…

Marathi 

Marathi programming was quite prominent in those days, prior to the ‘National Programming’ invasion from Delhi around the time of the 1982 Asiad Games.

 ‘Gajra’ – This was a weekly program focussing on a variety of small skits that were very well made. The program was light and funny, and was one of the stars of the week.

‘Chimanrao Ani Gundyabhau’ – This was probably one of the first (if not the first) Marathi serials on Mumbai Doordarshan. And it was a classic. Even today, it is probably the gold standard for Marathi comedy serials. The serial was based on the ever popular book series by C.V. Joshi. Dilip Prabhavalkar was simply amazing as Chimanrao, with Bal Karve playing the interesting character of Gundyabhau.

‘Saptahiki’ – This program summarized the upcoming weekly programming. It was like a weekly ‘TV guide’.

‘Amchi Mati Amchi Mansa’ – This program was targetted for the farmers. It provided a lot of valuable information as well as some entertainment.

‘Kilbil’ – No! I am not talking about the Quentin Tarrantino movie :)  .  This was a speciality children’s programming.

‘Batmya’ – For many years, the Marathi news were set at 7:30pm. Famous news personalities included the likes of Bhakti Barve.

‘Saturday Marathi Movie’.

Gujarati

After Marathi, Gujarati programming was also given a good deal of priority. Note, I only understood a little bit of Gujarati, but my father and grandparents had spent many years living in Ahmedabad and were fluent in the language. Hence these programs were watched with good interest at our home.

‘Aao Mare Sathi’ – This program was analogous to the Marathi ‘Gajra’.

‘Santakukdi’ – This program was similar to Marathi ‘Kilbil’ and was targetted towards the children.

Hindi

‘Chayageet’ – This was one of the most watched programs. As the name suggests, this program presented a nice medley of Hindi film songs.

‘Phool Khile hai Gulshan Gulshan’ – Interesting program focussed on ‘Bollywood’. The anchor, Tabassum was extremely good at interviewing the celebrity guests.

‘Sunday Hindi Movie’ – This program was probably the most anticipated program of the week. In the days before the VCR, this was the only opportunity to watch a Hindi movie outside a movie theater.

‘Samachar’ – The Hindi news were scheduled everyday at 9pm.

English

‘Magic Lamp’ – This program was targeted towards the children.

‘Sports Roundup’ – This was a weekly program that was anchored really well by Frendrun Devitre

‘What’s the Good Word?’  – One of my favorites. This quiz-type show was a classic. Sabira Merchant anchored it in her distinctive style.

‘News’ – The English News were set for 10pm everyday.

International

These shows were terrific. They were usually sourced from UK and US.

Charlie Chaplin

I love Lucy

Goodies

Fire Ball XL5

Tele-Match (This was another one of my big favorites)

Advertisements

Even back then, the ads were quite interesting!

Thumps Up – Happy days are here again

Fabina Suiting

L.D. Obron Suiting

Babubhai Jagjeevandas (BJ)

Mahabaleshwar Fountain Hotel

Vicco Turmeric Cream

Palmolive (starring Sunil Gavaskar)

 

Closing Thoughts

As I mentioned this list is just a beginning, and I am hoping that readers will contribute more! I also wanted to point the readers to a great blog-post that I enjoyed reading tremendously – ‘Doordharshan, Mumbai and I’ from the blog ‘Straying Around’ by Abodh.  This post describes the Mumbai Doordarshan programming in the mid-80s, after the advent of color.

Oh did I mention the TV hardware in the 1970s?! We had a 19 inch one channel Black & White TV, manufactured by ‘EC’. And in those days, they were expensive! I think in 1975, this model cost around Rs. 2800.

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  1. Neeran said, on June 29, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for tripping off some nostalgia, Amit.

    By the way, a better translation of “Doordarshan” would simply be “Television” :-)

    Another programme that many (including me) watched with morbid fascination was “Aapan yanna pahilat ka?” — where a bunch of missing persons would be described, along with instructions to report sightings to the police!

    “What’s the good word?” was one of my favourites as well. And when the same Sabira Merchant did an interview of the visiting Boney M, wow, that made my day!

    A litte later perhaps, Harsha Bhogle made his first appearance on TV, hosting a Sports Quiz. Fredun De Vitre of Sports Roundup has written a book full of wonderful cricketing anecdotes… must re-read it soon. And speaking of cricket, there was the programme “Looking Forward, Looking Back” hosted by the great commentator AFS Talyarkhan.

    Talking of the newscasters, surely you haven’t forgotten that Smita Patil started her screen career as one? A long-time stalwart was Pradeep Bhide, whom I had the pleasure of meeting once in my school-days. Closest I’d got to a “celebrity” in those days :)

  2. Amit Paranjape said, on June 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Neeran,
    Thanks for your comments. Yes, ‘Apan Yanna Pahilat Ka’ was an ‘interesting’ program. Another one that I forgot to mention was ‘Mulka Vegli Manasa’.

  3. Mayur Bhave said, on June 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Advertisements back then were ‘static'; they showed only text and images. Also when telecast would start in the evening, there was some animation (Doordarshan Logo) that we watched many times. Another feature was ‘Tuunnnnn…’ when transmission was lost frequently. Antenna was a must and in Nashik the Antenna was about 15-20 feet big to catch few waves.

  4. Sam said, on June 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Great post Amit.
    Even then I was a TV fanatic and used to watch most of the program mentioned in the post.
    I used to watch all english programs – Charlie chaplin, I love lucy, Old Fox, fireball, Telematches were my favorites. Sunday morning favorite was baban prabhu’s show [don't remember name]
    I very distinctly remember Boney M being interviewed and also performing some songs. Thats the only time I remember having put the TV on full volume :-) BTW it was a 1976 Crown TV for us. I sold it for 1500Rs in full functional state when we bought the color tv.

    With so little technology available, the quality of programs was so good that we can really remember them even now. Esp today, with so much crap being thrown at us by all the TV channels!

  5. Niranjan said, on June 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    ‘Aapan yaannaa paahilat kaa?’
    My grandmother used to often pair up the people who were missing: “This guy must have run away with the girl they showed earlier!” Good fun.

    In Marathi, one could also add ‘Kaamgaar Vishwa’, ‘Dnyaandeep’, ‘Pratibha aani Pratima’ ;))

    The Sports Quiz was also often hosted by Dr. Narottam Puri.

  6. Kaushal said, on June 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “Dnyanadeep” hosted by Akash Anand !

  7. Abhay Patil said, on June 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks Amit and Neeran. BTW I used to travel from Bandra (East) to Nana Chowk (Grant Road), to my uncle’s place, to watch the Sunday movie. Later we too acquired the best B&W TV ever made – EC. I used to check out the circle in the Doordarshan’s logo with my compass and call the tech support if it appeared even a little distorted :)

    While AFS “Bobby” Talyarkhan’s program was called “Looking Forward, L B”, the camera never used to move :) It used to be the same frame, with the grand old man’s talking head, throughout the 15 or 30 minutes! As for the newsreaders I recall – Luku Sanyal (English)- whose voice had traces of legendary singer Pahadi Sanyal (who was her father or grandfather), and of course Harish Bhimani (Hindi). As for Marathi, bearded and serious Anant Bhave was my favorite.

  8. suhaskelkar said, on June 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    How can you not mention “Dnyandeep”? :)
    Also another one was “pratibha aaNi pratimaa” on Sunday mornings.

    Most of your blog entries are on nostalgic topics. When are you going to start writing about today topics? or better yet write about tomorrow? :) Just kidding. Keep writing.

  9. Sojwal said, on June 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Amit,

    Wow..never thought I could feel nostalgic about good old Doordarshan especially those early days.. :-)

    Some features I remember other than mentioned here:
    – Magic Lamp: The english language equivalent of ‘Kilbil’ & ‘Santakukdi’.
    – Pratibha Ani Pratima: Discussions/interviews on Marathi literature & theatre.
    – Kamgar Vishwa: Equivalent of ‘Amchi Mati Amchi Mansa’ for workers.
    ..and above all:
    – Wyatyay!: i.e. ‘Sorry for interruption!”, which was quite frequent, especially when something interesting was on. (these days Tata Sky recreates this sometimes..)

    Advt.s:
    – ‘Thril’ & ‘Do It’, 2 substitute cola drinks other than Thums Up..the former had Rati Agnihotri in the advt. if I remember right.

    Amit, would be good to do a similar list for 80s TV.

  10. Nikhil Ambekar said, on June 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Good post amit,

    2 Marathi Programs came to my mind immediately while reading the post.

    “pratibha ani pratima” where famous writers and poets were interviewed and “Sundar maza ghar” was first ladies special program before Saas bahu serials.:)

    who can forget “Street hawk” and “Star-trek”.it had an almost cult like followers.

  11. sandeep said, on June 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Some Marathi Programs I remember are “kamgar vishwa” and “dnyandeep”. There used to be a short film after the Hindi movie on Sunday. Those were very popular. I still remember one of those titled “The Tree”

  12. Amit Paranjape said, on June 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Mayur, Sameer, Sandeep, Nikhil, Sojwal, Suhas, Abhay, Kaushal, Niranjan:

    Many thanks for your feedback and additions! I will wait for a few days, and then update my post with this.

    One question – was Dnyanadeep being telecast in the 1970s? I thought it started a little later in the early 1980s.

    One more gem that I had forgotten, was Films Division produced short films. How can one forget those Black & White classics?!

    Remember – ‘Ramu…ek Shetkari…Nashibaney, tyala sagla dila…’. Or…’Tyala Apla Mhana..’ Or… ‘Ek Chidiya…Ek Ek Kar Ke Anek Chidiya..’ :)

    Amit

  13. Girija said, on June 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Amit, you just reminded me of one rather shocking fact I heard recently. Dilip Prabhavalkar mentioned to my dad that Doordarshan erased *all* his classic Chimanrao tapes! The reason? They did not have enough space and needed to reuse them for some other programming!! The only episode that survived was one for which the tape happened to be temporarily in another location. Took me a while to get over this! Wonder if anyone has recorded those programs?

  14. Amit Paranjape said, on June 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    This is really sad! I hope they have some back-ups somewhere.

  15. Nickhil Jakatdar said, on June 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Amit, I cant recall when they started showing Star Trek on Sunday mornings but that was one serial I looked forward to. The latest Star Trek movie with the young James Kirk and Spock and the old Leonary Nimoy were a fun throwback to those times. Thanks for the great post.

  16. Amit Paranjape said, on June 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Nickhil,

    Thanks for your comments. Actually, I am pretty sure Star Trek started after Aug 1983 (since I remember watching it from the very beginning…and I have always watched it in Color).

    Yes, I am looking forward to seeing the ‘new’ Star Trek.

    Amit

  17. shaista said, on June 30, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Thank you Amit!! I loved reading this one a lot!! Brought back many memories from my childhood!! I had thought of a lot things.. but after the blog when i read the posts above.. they have covered pretty much everything I had to say!!

    I still hum the “Ek Chidiya.. Anek Chidiya” to my girls.. and i remember “the Tree” too!!

    Fireball.. that rings a bell.. was that the space cartoon?
    or was that Thunderbird? cant remember

    I do remember “Apan yahla pahilat ka”… i was very young.. and used to wonder why the lady kept repeating “passport” “passport” but later realized she was saying “Panch foot” for the missing people’s height!!

    My Grandfather used to work for Godrej.. and he was probably a small technician.. but when Godrej ads came.. he would swell up with pride!! :)

    Thank you once again..
    Shaista

  18. Nilesh Sane said, on July 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Nice post. Took me on a nostalgic trip just like everyone else on here.
    I wasent too much into TV in the 70’s (due to age factor) ;-), but I do recall the serials of the 80’s pretty well. An incident which I can recall is from the early 90’s and the cartoon series of Jungle Book. It was such a hugh hit that 3 of my friends dropped out of NCC because they didnt want to miss the serial :-). Fortunately I had a programmable VCR and continued my drills and watched the serial when I was back.
    We used to crash out early in those days, and I saw my first 10pm serial (Karam Chand) when I was in 8th :-)

    Thanks for the trip.

  19. Manisha said, on July 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for taking us down memory lane.

    Some of the things I remember are

    ‘Vyatyay’ – I guess someone has already mentioned it.
    Sundar Maze Ghar – Suhasini Mulgaokar with her special hairstyle and smile!
    English News- Dolly Thakor,
    Hindi News – Sarita Sethi, Kumud Mirani and later Salma Sultana
    Marathi news – Smita Talwalkar, Charushila Patwardhan

    There used to be hindi show by Kamaleshwar , but don’t remember the name.

    English serials – ‘To the Manor Born’, ‘Yes Minister’, ‘Odd Couple’, ‘I love Lucy’, ‘Spiderman’ and of course ‘Star Trek’

    Earlier the show time used to be 6 Pm to 10 PM. We used to wait for the Doordarshan opening score to start and have also watched those color bars many times.

    And the ads! Remember Neena Gupta in ‘Hawkins ki siti baji !’ , the garden vareli saris and RoopSangam

    It was so simple and still entertaining!

  20. Amit Paranjape said, on July 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Manisha,

    Thanks for the additions.

    Originally, I was thinking of updating this post, but with the amount of new info that readers have contributed, I might even think of a ‘Part 2′ of this post.

    One point – except for ‘I Love Lucy’ all the other English serials you have mentioned were post the 1982 Asiad (Color TV era).

  21. Sam said, on July 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Amit – Do write a circa 1980 :-)

    The most hilarious brit comedy I still remember from 80’s is “R u being served?” among others.

  22. Unmesh Mayekar said, on July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Anyone remember the cartoon “Swimmy”? One hindi word I had picked up from it was “khadeda” (that was when the big fish devours all the little ones). Another thing I remember is a snippet of a cartoon where the happy ending shows folks dancing around a tree with the music going something like “tana na tanan tanan” :) getting old

  23. Neeran said, on July 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Interesting how you can guess people’s ages by the DD programmes they remember :-)

    Amit: Any thoughts on doing a similar blog post on Radio circa 1970s-80s? I fondly remember being glued to the Bournvita Quiz Contest, “Cricket with Vijay Merchant” and so on… before I switched to the Beeb on shortwave.

  24. Amit Paranjape said, on July 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Sameer – Not sure about a circa 1980s post..but with all these comments, might write a follow-up (Part 2) of this one. Lot of good information out there.

    Unmesh – Do remember that cartoon :)

    Neeran – Not sure if I remember too much of the 1970s radio programming…but now that you mentioned, I do vividly recollect the Bournvita Quiz and Cricket with Vijay Merchant (including the theme musics of both shows!). They were really good. Sadly, doubt if there were any good follow-ups.

    As far as BBC was concerned, I didn’t switch to it actively until 1988, when I got this great 10 SW Band Sony World Receiver Radio. After that, I was literally ‘surfing’ across these SW channels..remember listening to broadcasts from over 20 countries..maybe someday will write a post on that.

    Amit

  25. api said, on July 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    remembered our childhood days in pune !!!! great

  26. Saket Jamkar said, on July 11, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Remember Zakaku? Some rather elementary sci-fi show in Hindi that used to follow Star Trek. (?) That used to be hilarious.

    Also remember DeeDee’s comedy show!

    I used to like this other Hindi sci-fi show about a kid making a time-machine. He uses it to into the future. Can’t remember the name though.

  27. suneal said, on September 7, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Prateebha ani Prateema

  28. Ashwini Deo said, on December 5, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Nice post Amit! How can one forget the quintessential Chitrahaar on Wednesday evenings??!!

  29. Vijay Kini said, on January 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Amit, its a wonderful post. While reading, I was recollecting the Black & White images which we used to see on the tv when we were young. Very eager to wait for Sunday evening movie announcement during the week and if and good movie, then we used to finish our studies before 5 pm. Those were the day, even in limited hours of telecast, we were happy. We all should once request Doordarshan to revive their old archives and re-telecast old serials like Chimanrao, Phool Khile hain Gulshan Gulshan, Kilbil etc.etc…including those old ads also. Hope some body reads my request. Good work Amit
    Vijay
    Muscat

  30. Vijay Kini said, on January 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Manisha
    Serial name of Kamleshwar as Parikrama. If I am right, this used to be on Monday or Tuesday. I am not sure. And as you mentioned, the signal bar in black and white will always be in our memory. Present generation has missed this real fun what we enjoyed

  31. sanjay said, on January 31, 2010 at 12:07 am

    gr8888888

  32. Ashish said, on February 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    And how can we forget the famous Doordarshan Tune which used to play before start of evening broadcast?

  33. Viswanath Iyer said, on March 7, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I am from Mumbai and I wish to share my thoughts on this topic.

    The best part of these programs was to see the enthusiam in eyes of the kids to see the shows by visiting the neighbours house. Sometimes, while walking on streets and if did hear the audio of the program, you would know what day of week it was ( O that is start of Chaaya Geet , so it is Thursday ).

    If some one put the old gajra programs on You tube it will be great.

    I remember once seeting Nata Samrat on TV and it was excellent.

  34. Amit Paranjape said, on March 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hi Viswanath, Thanks for your comments. Haven’t watched ‘Nat Samrat’ in ages..need to get a DVD! Amit

  35. Dilip Maydeo said, on March 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

    There used to be programmes featuring Manohar Mahajan for Children in Hindi ,Surabhi by Renuka Shahane and Siddarth kak on culture curry,In marathi there was a programme hosted and compared by a girl by surname Naik for children,Another personality was Prof Yash Pal who used to do a programme on science

  36. Suman said, on March 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Nice review about doordarshan.
    http://www.ddnational.blogspot.com has more such nostalgia.

  37. Amit Paranjape said, on March 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Suman, Thanks for your comments, and for the link. Will check it out.

  38. Madhuri said, on April 14, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Nice post Amit

  39. Nilesh said, on April 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Nice post and comments, this took me to my child age and i staretd remembering old tv programs.

  40. Shantanu Das said, on May 31, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Amit,

    It was such a wonderful experience to be taken down memory lane (around 35-40 years) back to the era of the advent of B & W TVs in gud old Bombay.

    During those days, just a handful TV manufacturers existed, & consumers had to choose from either a JK TV, or a Televista, or a Telerad brand. A TV purchase was a big event in the family, & I vividly remember when my parents started considering buying a TV, my Mom & myself being with him at some big TV-store in Dadar, & the salesman explaining us all the technicalities to us & eventually Telerad was the 1st TV to enter our home :)

    The DD Programs that come to mind are:
    Sundays: Science (9 am), followed by Saptahiki (I think 10.45 or 11 am), & the evening Hindi movie (5 or 6 pm);
    Thursdays: Chhaya Geet (8 or 9 pm);
    Fridays: Phool Khile Hai Gulshan Gulshan with the ever smiling & jovial Tabassum (9 pm).

    Other notable Programs that come to mind were:
    Tele-Match – awesome & imaginative, & v.enjoyable & always hillarious competitions;
    Amchi Mati Amchi Mansa – even though it made little sense to me as a kid, I still watched it;
    Fireball XL5 initailly, & later Star Trek – both these serials fired-up my imagination & interests in astronomy & the galaxies;
    Here’s Lucy, I Love Lucy – though as a kid, I had a hard time understanding Lucille Balls’ fast-paced American accent, I enjoyed & tried to understand the intended humour in both these serials.
    What’s the Good Word – Thank You Sabira Merchant for increasing my English vocabulary during an important phase of High School;
    Hillarious joke shows by Babban Prabhu & Yakub Sayeed.
    Der Alte (German)/Old Fox (English) – great serial for the investigative minded folks, that came later on.
    News Readers: Dolly Thakore, Luku Sanyal, Bhakti Barve, Pradeep Bhide, Sarita Sethi, Salma Sultan, all of them bring on vivid memories of my childhood.

    Socializing was also different … building neighbours, alongwith their kids used to sit glued in front of the TV when it was time for some popular program like Chhaya Geet, or Sunday evening movie, etc.

    Watching any TV-Program was strictly only after the School home-work was finished with. Since it was the pre-VCR era, watching the Sunday evening Hindi movie was the only alternative to visiting the cinema hall … watching a Hindi movie free of cost was the understanding … so missing that was not an option at all, LOL ! All tasks needed to be completed before the start of such programs. I used to watch this Sunday evening movie so that I could participate in discussions with my class-mates next day during the lunch-break at School (otherwise I’d be left out of a v.important discussion/exercise with my class-buddies) :)

    Oh yes, no Sports/Cricket fan could forget that signature/theme tune of Fredun de Vitre’s Sports Round-Up :) It was such a swinging & a lively (maybe an African or a Caribbean) instrumental ping-pong ball type sounding tune, played/created on either a bongo or a congo (or maybe I’m mistaken) instrument. Ever since the advent of the Net, I’ve been searching for that tune so that I can make it my mobile’s ring-tone. Does anyone remember this tune, or it’s name or its composer … most importantly & does anyone know where (which web-site ?) on the Net can one download this famous track from ? I just couldn’t locate this on You Tube, as I have no clue of this track’s or composer’s name !

    Shantanu

  41. Amit Paranjape said, on May 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Shantanu, Thanks for your detailed comments! Yes, that Sports Round-Up tune was great. Do let me know if you find it.

    Amit

  42. D V SAMANT said, on June 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I REMEMBER – STAR TREK / PRATIBHA ANI PRATIMA / HAAS PARIHAAS BY BABAN PRABHU AND YAKUB SAID / A SERIAL PROGRAMME IN “AMCHI MATI AMCHI MANSA”
    BY SHIVAJI FULSUNDAR WITH RAVI PATVARDHAN, JAYANT OK AND CHARACTER HAUSABAI, DON’T REMEMBER THE ARTIST. SAPTAHIKI. ALSO NOTE SOME OLD ADS SERIALS ON DD CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM SITE – oldidiotboxblogspot.com
    BY THE WAY P L HAS SELECTED “PRAKASHWANI” FOR DD

  43. Suman Bajaj Kalra said, on June 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Amit, since you plan to write another nostalgia piece on Bombay Doordarshan, please make it a wee bit more cosmopolitan. There were several noteworthy programmes in Hindi & English also. Arohi gave Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pankaj Udhas, Sadhana Sargam, Suresh Wadkar and several others to the film industry. Smita Patil trained under me. Farouque Sheikh was my find and Mithun Chakravarty first appeared in my programme as a dancer with Salome Roy Kapur. What’s The Good Word was started by Adi Marzban, when I took over as producer, Sabira M. came in to host the programme. Superb!!

    One of the biggest names in the entertainment world today, Ronnie Screwalla is also a product of Bombay DD. Vidhu Vinod Chopra was a frequent visitor looking for exposure. There are many tales and anecdotes as well asmany eminent personality who were first introduced by DD.

  44. Amit Paranjape said, on June 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Suman, Many thanks for your comments! Arohi was great. As I have mentioned some of my favorites were Sports Round Up, What’s The Good Word and ‘Ful Khile Hai Gulshan Gulshan’.

    It will be great if you can add the anecdotes you are mentioning here as comments, or even better – as a separate blog post.

    Thanks
    Amit

  45. Suman Bajaj Kalra said, on June 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Amit, in fact you have really sent me on a nostalgia trip. I must consider a blog. Thanks for the idea. Some of the other names of celebrities who appeared in my programmes fairly often are Alyque Padamsee (wrote in Express “light has gone out of Bombay TV” when I moved to Delhi), D.V. Nadkarni, Gerson da Cunha, Pearl Padamsee, Kabir Bedi, Nissim Ezekeil, Soni Razdan, Rohinton Mistry…..the list is endless.

    How did u get interested in this subject? Those were the days when people like Raj Kapoor & Sunil Datt had the generosity to pick up the phone and call the director to talk to the producer to compliment for a good prog.

  46. Amit Paranjape said, on June 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. I started blogging in 2008 and write about a wide variety of topics that interest me. History (recent and not so recent) is a big topic of interest. Also had many childhood memories of Black & White TV growing up – hence this post!

    Amit

    P.S. Definitely do blog.. I look forward to reading your first hand account of Mumbai Doordarshan in the 1970s.

  47. Abhay Pimplikar said, on July 11, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Amit accidently came across your blog..very nice post !! ..Great amount of details from many contributors, all tracing down the in the good old memory lane…

    I remember my first TV watching experience at my neighbours house sometime in Yr 1977/78.
    TV was an amazing thing. Marathi Batmya (news) was my first TV experience..Batmya had the loud dhyan dhyan dhyan introductory music with many photes appearing from nowhere in random including the BARC dome picture (that I remember). I do remember Bhakti Barve on news.

    We used to have a Dyanora B & W model. It had a shutter door that used to slide and disappear in the sides when opened…

    I watched most of the listed programmes and especially the Diwali Gajra used to be special.

    “Shwetambara” was probably the first Marathi serial (1982/83 ?) Some of you might remember Raghuveer Nevrekar with his fearsome eyes…

  48. Ninad Bapat said, on July 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Hi

    Thanks Amit for reviving old memories
    Is there a way these old gems (especially Mumbai doordarshan programs-Marathi) could be bought/found anywhere in any form.
    These could be preserved for eternity

    Unfortunately the internet did not give any details except the odd ones on youtube.
    @Shantanu Thanks for reminnding me of the sports round up tune cant remember it fullt though and who would forget the ever smiling presenter of sports round up Fredun De vitre who started the show with “Hi friends”
    Thanks
    Ninad

  49. Amit Paranjape said, on July 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Abhay – Thanks for your comments. Yes, “Shwetambara” was a good popular series..though it started dragging on after a while. I remember a Marathi Play (think it was Berde’s ‘Tour-Tour’) that joked about someone moving very slowly by comparing him with “Shwetambara” :).
    Raghuveer Nevrekar was pretty impressive..

    Amit

  50. Amit Paranjape said, on July 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Ninad, Thanks for your comments. I had raised this question earlier as well (getting access to the old tapes, and making them available to the general public..). Haven’t gotten any responses here thus far. Amit

  51. Pankaj Rathod said, on July 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Dear Amit and friends,

    Thanks for taking us through the the 1970 doordarshan lane….good old days of controlled television…i feel the world was a better place then…if only i had a time machine.
    I remember watching a one-to-one interview program wherein a host of different personalities from all walks of life would be interviewed by one Mr. Kamleshwar and the program was called “Vibrations”….correct me if m wrong.
    Also we used to have this yoga program with the great OSHO…..he used perform various yoga asana’s.

  52. Sameer Malhotra said, on July 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Kamleshwar’s program was called ‘Parikrama’. There was Yuvdarshan for youth in Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati. Farouqye Shaikh would compere Hindi Yuvdarshan. I remember Meena Naik doing the Marathi children’s program ‘Kilbil’. There was a program to read viewers letters in Marathi it was Vishwas Mehendale and Vinaya Dhumale in Hindi it was T P Jain and Sudha Malhotra.

    Some of the Gajra program wer great especially bu Daya Dongre and Arun Joglekar. Some of the Marathi newsreaders I remember were Jyotsna Kirpekar, Anant Bhave, Pradeep Bhide, Charusheela Patwardhan. In Hindi Kumud Mirani was my favorite.

    Suhasini Mulgaonkar and Ashok Ranade were great in ‘Pratibha and Pratima’. It was fun to watch Bhakti Barve doin Saptahiki. In Diwali I remember all the ladies would dress in nice Maharashtrian dresses.

  53. Ketan Mehta said, on July 25, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Anuradha Paudwal and Suresh Wadkar were regular on Aarohi, I think she became famous because of Mumbai Doordarshan. I remember they used to show Marathi films on Saturdays. There was a time when they would show every Saturday Jayshree Gadkar Marathi movie.

    Adi Marzban was compering Avi Maari Saathe. Ketaki Dave, Jhankana Desai, Siddarth Randeria and host of Gujarati stage actors were part of Avo Mari Saathe.

    Wednesday was short dramas mostly Marathi, Thursday was Chhaya Geet and Friday was Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan

  54. Amit Paranjape said, on July 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Sameer – Thanks for your comments and additions.

  55. Amit Paranjape said, on July 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Ketan – Many thanks for your comments and additions. Amit

  56. Anil Dhawan said, on August 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Amit,
    It was great going thru the blog and it did bring back a lot of memories. Stangely, since yesterday I have been on this trip of digging stuff on the net for the 70s and early 80s. I discovered you blog reading about Amin Sayani and Binaca Geetmala on radio Ceylon.
    I think some of the programs that still haven’t got a mention are ‘Young World’ that was hosted by Rony Screwalla and the Urdu program hosted by legendary Ali Sardar Jafri, the ‘Mehfile Yaran’.
    The documentary that comes to mind is the one on ‘Aravali’ and the commercial of ‘Nirodh’.
    The yoga program was not by Bhagwan Rajneesh, as mentioned by Pankaj, but it was one of the other yogis who was connected with the political parties in Delhi. Cant seem to get his name now.
    The news readers that still stay with me are Harish Bhimani, Selma Sultan (who never smiled), Kumud Mirani, Komal GB Singh, Gitanjali Iyer, Tajeshwar Singh and Siddarth Kak.

    Anil

  57. Amit Paranjape said, on August 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Anil – Thanks for your comments and additions. I think the yoga program being referred to was by Dhirendra Bramhachari? I found this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhirendra_Brahmachari

  58. Hemangi said, on September 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Mehfil- e -Yara hosted by Sardar Jafri(?) who we were so excited to spot from our car at Crawford Market an outing as kids and more when he waved to us :) The only reason we knew about the programme was because it preceeded Chaayageet so we switched on the tv well before it started when ‘Yara’ would still be on.

    Aapka Swaasthya on Sunday nights hosted by Padam Singhvi which my Doctor Grandpa who otherwise had a disdain for movies and tv, watched so avidly.

    Shame -e Ghazal whose anchor was murdered and it was the most scandalous thing to hit the news those days!

    And there was one which was hosted by Melville De Mello (the broadcaster who my dad always told us, made his debut relaying live commentary of Mht. Gandhi’s funeral over AIR) who I think interviewed International personalities.

    Parikramaa by Kamleshwar which interviewed anyone right from a street /slum child to the rich, basically people from all walks of life. And when he once came home to meet with my maternal grandfather’s literary companions and colleagues we looked at him in awe!

    We actually even waited to watch Saaptahiki!! the programme on forthcoming schedule of the week :D that was more often than not hosted by Bhakti Barve.

    Pradip Bhide and Jyotsna Kirpekar were pretty popular. We had to hear the story ad nauseum for a few months from the building liftman when Bhide visited a friend in the building!

    Those were the days of real celebrityhood if one can call it that; unlike today when they are so in your-face that and growing out of ears nose and everywhere! The charm is lost.

    And how we cribbed about everything DD did like cutting off the Sunday movie right at the very fag end if it stretched into the news time. That news time and hour was sacrosanct. They took the viewers for granted

    But a whole lot of programmes set the trend and path for the ones that you see today on multifarious channels For instance Aarohi – the one which introduced budding singers like Kavita Krishnamurthy and Alka Yagnik. Today you see over the top talent hunt shows for singers and like. That simplicity is lost and so also the focus which should be for what the programme is that is singing.

    And last but not the least participating in Santakukdi was great fun and I still remember my answer to a quiz question that made us one up on the rival team :)

    We even remember the time and day of the programmes!! I guess DD did leave its mark somewhere despite its drawbacks galore. But that was the time of ‘being happy with whatever little entertainment one received right at home and the halls at home resembled a movie theater on Sunday evenings which I guess was in a way far better than today’s overkill on the television.

  59. Amit Paranjape said, on September 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Hemangi – Thanks for your detailed comments.

  60. Hemangi Vyas said, on September 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Sure Amit I just happened to stumble upon your page I dont know how, and it brought back a rush of memories which poured onto the page spontaneously.

    About your question on accessing old tapes..since you have respondents like Suman Bajaj Kalra who mention the (now) big names , you could ask him for help! I am sure if not through old contacts just by virtue of his having been at helm in whatever capacity at some point may work.

    I remember asking for the tape at DD many moons ago and i think they said that they didn’t have it or didn’t know where it was. I guess maintaining archives(surprisingly so) wasn’t an important part or even considered. What a loss! But I have a feeling they surely must have old tapes somewhere and its just that no one wants to make an effort to go through what is in all likelihood a disorganized pile.

  61. anil vasant sawant said, on October 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Amit,
    During diwali sai paranjape produced Gajara on Diwali-kal aaj ani udya.
    Do you have any memories on that Gajara? in the beginning Sai Parajape read one poem on Diwali. Can anyone send this poem to me?

    Regards,
    Anil Sawant

  62. Amit Paranjape said, on November 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Anil – Thanks for the comment. I don’t remember that episode, but hopefully someone might be able to respond.

  63. subhash said, on December 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Amit,

    We should come together and try if we can get these old tapes of programmes like “Gajra” etc.from DD.What is there in making an attempt.What do you say?

  64. Sanjeev Dee said, on January 20, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Mom, when critical of tv addiction would call it “durdarshan!” (prefix ‘dur’ having all kinds of negative connotations in sanskrit.. ala duryodhan, etc) :)

  65. Riddhi said, on February 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Amit,

    Your blog came up when I was looking online for information on some old DD programs. My search is a little unique in that I am looking for episodes of Sports Round Up that were hosted by my father (yes!). He had co-hosted this program for some time and after all these years, he continues to talk about it very fondly. In a few weeks, it is going to be my father’s 60th birthday and we would love to gift him a an old episode.

    Do you know if DD maintains an archive? Is there anyone at DD you recommend that I can connect with in order to get more headway?

    I’d appreciate any help!!
    Thank you in advance

  66. Amit Paranjape said, on February 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Hi Ridhi – Many thanks for your comments. Please do wish your father a very happy 60th birthday from me! I was quite young back then, but still remember the show quite well. It was great.

    Many readers have enquired about the DD archives. Unfortunately, I am not aware of the details. Best might be to directly check with Mumbai Doordarshan. Another person worth checking with is – Suman Bajaj Kalra (see earlier comments).

    Thanks
    Amit

  67. Riddhi said, on February 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks Amit! My dad was on the show for about I year I believe. He recalls seeing Smita Patil at the studio- apparently she had a show around the same time. Our next step will be to approach DD directly, I’ll be sure to let you know if we make headway.

    Thanks once again!

  68. Vijay Kini said, on February 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Amit
    Its almost a year now after I commented on your page(21.01.2010). I had too requested then, if there is any way where we all can sign up a letter requesting DoorDarshan for re-telecasting old programmes from their archives. I am sure, you will find plenty eagerly waiting for this. I tried to find if any available on youtube…but couldn’t find any. There are serial like Banegi apni Baat, Yeh jo hai zindagi etc. I hope somebody take this up. Nice reading and I keep visiting your page to read all the new comments. Regards Vijay-Muscat,Oman

  69. Amit Paranjape said, on February 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks Vijay.

  70. Subhash said, on February 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Vijay,

    Yeh jo hai zindagi already available on Shemaroo video.You can also download from internet.Definately was blockbuster of Friday nights.Banegi apni baat was zee tv serial(of early 90’s).

    Great idea.Let’s do that.Let’s sign some apllication note and send to DD.It’s worth watching great old serials like Ados Pados and Chote bade.I wanted to contact Saee Paranjape for video tapes of above serials.But not able to contact her.

    And remember “Choti badi baatein “on Sunday afternoons and “Aa bail mujhe maar” on saturday afternoons.

    Amit—–I am waiting for your reply.You need to take lead as you have brought all of us together.

    Subhash

  71. Amit Paranjape said, on February 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Subhash – Thanks for your comments. I have been a bit busy. Here’s a suggestion for better interaction – if you have some time, maybe you can create a google group mailing list or a facebook group centered around this topic? Those would be much better forums for interaction, than blog comments.

    Thanks
    Amit

  72. Sachin Kondke said, on February 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    after reading somethings above , i wud like to add to the above some of my old memories

    English Serials:
    I Love Lucy
    Some Mothers Do Ave ‘em
    Goodies
    Sherlock Holmes
    A Tale of Two Cities
    Star Trek
    Fireball XL5
    History of Man (cartoon series on man’s development)
    Spiderman
    He Man & The Masters of the Universe
    Fairy Tales
    Wonders of the Sea (Captain Cousteau)
    Johny Sokko and his Flying Robot
    Alice In Wonderland
    Different Strokes- sadly the young black child artist is now dead
    Yes Minister
    Telematch
    Didi’s Comedy Show

    Ads:
    VIP Luggage- Ud Ud Jaye Ud Ud Jaye Dil Mera Ud Ud Jaye
    Palmolive Shaving Cream- Sunil Gavaskar and then Kapil Dev where each shave represented a new pitch for shots played / balls bowled
    Surf & Saritaji

    Indian Serials / cartoons:
    Vikram Betal
    Dnyanadeep
    Films Division- Tree of Unity
    Films Division- on cleanliness
    National Programme for Dance & Music
    Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniya
    Ek Do Teen Char
    Thats Cricket- Ravi Shastri
    Sunil Gavaskar Presents
    The World This Week- Pranoy Roy
    Karamchand
    Space City Sigma – a flop Indian made series (inspired after Star Trek)
    Rajani- Priya Tendulkar
    Zhopi Gelela Jaga Zhala- Dilip Prabhavalkar
    Mr Yogi- Mohan Gokhale
    Quiz Time- Siddharth Basu
    Swami- on life of Madhavrao Peshwe- Ravindra Mankani & Mrunal Deo
    Aisa Bhi Hotal Hai
    Bante Bigadte
    Bharat Ek Khoj
    Gopichand Jasoos
    Idhar Udhar
    Air Hostess

    Not to forget our other staples:
    Tintin, Asterix, Amar Chitra Katha, Chandoba, Loat Poat in Aawaj Diwali Magazines, Mandrake, Phantom, Bahadur, Rip Kirby, Hardy Boys, Flash Gordon, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Tinkle & Suppandi , Green Lantern, Famous Five, Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Three Investigators, James Hadley Chase, cricket with richie benaud and channel 9, cricket without mandira bedi and all the gadbad satellite channels are offering

    Sachin Kondke – sachinleena2002@yahoo.co.in

  73. Sachin Kondke said, on February 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    forgot the regular- ‘Santawani’- rhymes from compositions of our revered saints like Dnyaneshwar, Tukaram, Eknath Maharaj

    Old Fox, To the Manor Born, ……….hmmmm, lets see, shwetambara (with horror music),

    Hope DD repeats all the old ads and old serials. This will beat all the satellite channels at one go. DD, make me ur President /Chairman/ Director or whatever

    Really, we experienced a classic era whenfrom even our school teachers remember us and vice versa

  74. Venkat said, on March 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    The Hindi prog of Babban Prabhu was called Haas Parihaas inwhich he Yakoob Sayyed as his friend.

  75. M M Bhingraj said, on March 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Amit,

    Nice post and nicer comments left by everyone.

    I remember the ’70 doordarshan when Smita Patil first appeared as newscaster and later went on to stardom. She had a ‘presence’ even as a news reader.

    Actually looking for some help to see if I could get some episodes of “What’s the good word”. I was a contestant, went on for about 3 episodes and then was called back for a “Live” episode.

    I cannot imagine a way to get hold of those episodes. Any help?

  76. Jeetendra said, on April 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Great BLOG !!!!
    I think everybody who is searching for some sort of old doordarshan images or audio files must be visiting the blog (similar to me :))

    “Vyatyaya” was one of the funny screen I always use to see – that broken word use to get smile on our face and anger on older once :)

    That time similar to ek chidiya one more animated message use to broadcast on save trees.. that was tooo good.. never find it still searching …. :(

  77. Atul Jayavant said, on April 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    The timekeeper or the scorekeeper (don’t remember exactly) on What’s the Good Word was Scherazade Mody, the vivacious girl with the sweetest smile ever.
    Then there was an english serial based on P.G. Wodehouse’s stories called Wodehouse Playhouse.

  78. Subhash said, on April 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hi All,

    Recently Udaan serial DVD’s released by BIG HOME VIDEO.It’s really worth watching.

    Unable to understand how come great and still famous serials like Hum log and Buniyaad are not accessible?

  79. Manoj kumar anand said, on May 11, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Hi all,There was a serial called ladoo Singh taxiwala played by Paintal in 70’s.A films division ad “saher saaf rakho and Short cut fatafat”.

  80. dhirenvyas said, on May 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    chhayageet phool khile gulshan whats the good word parikrama kamagar vishwa aamchi maati aamchi manas,the goodies heres lucy charlie chaplin and many moreeee,but when the election time was there and counting was going on dd use to telecast continous movies it was funn sorry for the breakkkk,and when due to some reason the flim was not aired than had mood off,and we use to come out of homes,can any one give clips of old prograames i wl be thankfulll pls replyyyyyyy fasttttttttt

  81. Himanshu said, on May 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Can any one please tell me the starting time of Sunday Hindi Movie (which was probably after 4 pm) ?

  82. Amit Paranjape said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Himanshu – I believe it started at 6pm.

  83. Kenny said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Amit ,

    The doordarshan days are real nostalgic , specially on sundays with baban prabhu & yakub sayeed’s haas parhaas , the saptahiki to just get a glimpse of the forthcoming sunday movie and songs on chayageet . not forgetting ladoo singh taxiwalla on tuesdays . gyandeep , santkukudi , pratibha ani pratima , I love lucy , amchi maati amchi manse , phool khile on Fridays , I still remember Sanjeev kumar and amjad khan had come to two continious weeks .

  84. Niranjan Chavan said, on June 3, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Amit,
    i am reading ur blog n comments for last 1 hr .its 1.20 am.Truely great n nostalgic. Was searching for dr padam singvi n dr batra who were once upon comperers of health shows on DD in late 70’s n early 80’s. Not heard of them lately except dr batra is know in to homeo clinics all over indiA.
    No tv till 1979 in my house.we used to go to karuns house Harinarayans to c all these progrms.n of course cricket for hrs together from 9 ti
    L 12 3o pm then lunch break, again tea break at 3 30 pm for 15 min.till 5 pm on test match days for t next 5 days. also collect cricketers photo n t visiting teams photos n stick them in t notebook.namely west indies,kallicharan,lyods etc n england teams tony greig, australian team too.
    C chayageet ,phul khile..,Xl 5 AT 8 pm in the eveng tuesday n star trek at 10 am helped my imagination to grow,..LATTER had dyanora tv bw with sliding cover,then color tv during asiad 82.Catherina czabo gymnast s from romania made a big impression on my mind then.

    Thanks amit to take me down memory lane of 70s miss those days in karuns house to watch TV .Was at DD on 22nd may11 for” Hello Doctor” progrm at worli studio…never imagined this place is more then 4 decades old gn….

  85. Amit Paranjape said, on June 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Niranjan – Thanks for your comments.

  86. heytal said, on June 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    How can you forget the “Rukavat Ke Liye Khed Hai” ?

    Also, I am one generation ahead of all the folks here, but Rangoli on Sunday mornings made me wake up early on weekends :-)

    Chitrahaar on Wednesday, Chhayageet on Thursday and Rangoli on Sunday. The discussion next day between moms was about which songs were shown. Pehla ye dikhaya and dusara ye dikhaya. Then suddenly one of the aunties would be sad for missing the program just for that particular song.

    Buniyaad, Nukkad etc were the stuff that we grew up with. There was another program called “The Crystal Maze” which was my personal favourite.

  87. vivek shukla said, on June 29, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I still remember when India played West Indies in the Carribeans with their pace attack spear headed by Michael Holding, Andy Roberts ….. the highlights of the test matches used to come much later and were really looking forward to watch those highlights. Also there was one English serial The Count of Monte Christo which was very popular.

    I still remember the Marathi skit of the legendary P.L. Deshpande “Varyavarchi Varaat”

    Thanks Amit for refreshing old memories!!!!

  88. manish joshi said, on July 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Guys you just made me cry , those days were like, if someone tell me to define heaven then i would just tell them the memories of those old days.

  89. GIRISH AURANGABADKAR said, on September 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    can anybody pls gv me the old marathi tv serial episode of ‘gajra’ which was aired on 1st sept 1978. i need it very badly coz it was my moms last performance in that and she died very next day so pls pls

  90. Subhash said, on October 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Girish,

    Very sorry to hear about your mother.She must be a great actress having worked in noted serial like Gajara.

    I suggest you approach Mumbai doordarshan,but I doubt they have preserved such great gems.

    I wish you could find the episode wanted by you.

    Regards
    Subhash

  91. Veedee (@Veedeeda) said, on October 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Nostalgia !!
    Relived memories of those wonder years in my life.. truly a blissful heavenly experience as manish joshi (above) mentions.
    I remember almost all of the the programs mentioned and the early days of colo(u)r television in 1983 when we saw India winning world cup in England, live midnight in India!!

  92. Samson Divekar said, on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Read all comments. Guys, I re-lived the old days. I am 46 today but felt like a 12 year old – Geley tey din geley!

  93. Amit Rao said, on December 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Great post, thanks Amit! :)
    The 70’s was indeed the golden age of Indian TV, and Mumbai Doordarshan was the best…

    There was also a program on Sanskrit literature, called ‘Amrutmanthan’.. the veena playing in the theme of that was awesome.. :) Also, there was an early Hindi serial called ‘Biwi Natiyonwali’ from Lucknow DD.. long before Hum Log came on the scene.. anyone remember these? :P

    I am horrified to know about DD just deleting the Chimanrao tapes – it is a criminal destruction of a cultural gem :( I do hope someone has a private recording and this classic can be revived..

    Also, there used to be some really nice documentaries (some are already mentioned above – the Ek Chidiya, the one about garbage, the one about nutrition and the human body, and another nice one called Swimmi on strength in unity).. also some nice group songs (vrindagaan) in various Indian languages from Akashwani Gayak Vrinda, typically conducted by Kanu Ghosh..

  94. Naresh Soneji said, on January 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Here are a few more:-

    Aamchi Maati Aamchi Mansa
    Kamgaar Vishwa
    Pratibha ani Pratima
    The unforgetable duo Yakub Sayed and Baban Prabhu in Haas Parihaas that used to come on Sunday mornings
    Phool Khiel Hain Gulshan Gulshan
    Wlliam Tell
    Sir Francis Drake
    Olympic & Common Wealth Games Highlights

    Those were the days indeed…….!

    The elevision and cable network is no longer any fun as all we watch is miserable news channels and crazy soap operas, the culture that has widespread only after a few western soaps like Dallas, Santa Barbara, Bold & Beautiful were telecasted through the cable network.

    Bring back those days..

  95. shishir kumar said, on February 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    hi could u please tell which was the first tv commercial of that time i.e. 1970s specifically 1978 when tv commearcials started..n can u attach a link of that ad (if available).

  96. Durgesh said, on February 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    My My…. everyone who commented remembers practically everything as if it just happned a couple of years back…and why not Mumbai DD really had quality programmes in those days…It was more of quality than quantity compared to the thrash in the name of serials being dished out today( eg…a shocked face of actor being showed from all angles…accompanied by by background score of swishhhhh swisshhhhhh…which makes it more irritating)….as for me i just loved & wanted to watch all possible programmes..but we didnt have TV in those days and were dependent on our neighbours for the same…..by the way the only thing remember most vividly was that i was locked up in my home during my exam time to prevent me from seeing my most favourite programmes including the Sunday Movie…to sum it up ..which i think most would agree…the situation earlier was…… we wanted to watch TV but did not have TV….and now we have TV but dont want to watch the trash doled out in the name of entertainment……Lastly i recollect seeing The Great Javed Jaffrey in the Ad of Babubhai Jagjivandas dancing among the flickering strobe lights….somebody correct me if am wrong

  97. Kirtir said, on March 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Great amit,
    Actually wanted to show my kids the best tv program I have ever watched ,Chimanrao gundyabhau. Happen to read this nostalgic blog. Thanks.
    But was very upset to know that non of the episod exists now. If anybody has the serial recorded can it be uploaded?

  98. Dr.Gokulsingh Rajput cricket commentator said, on May 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Its a great article . Still Doordarshan is the popular channel in most of the rural areas . Some changes necessary for the developement of the channels of Doodarshan .

  99. Amit Paranjape said, on May 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for the feedback!

  100. Sekhar said, on June 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    One English serial I would not miss was ” The Invisible Man”. It really was very thrilling to watch in B&W..

  101. narayan said, on June 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    But my best was, HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, MICKEY AND DONALD. News for the hearing impaired.( with a fat women conveying news beautifully), I miss, neethi ravindran.

  102. Prasad Kulkarni said, on June 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Wow nice post and i straight went to my child hood, thanks Amit for taking me to these goood old days. One thing which i recollect we use to go to anybody’s house to watch tv programmes like Chaya git,Sunday movie. there was no hang to go and simply sit in their drawing rooms. Cant think our kids doing this. I remember my mother use to serve Farsan,Chiwda or some eatable to all who use to visit our house to watch TV programs. Wow those were the days everyone one was so simple and clean at heart….!!

  103. Srinivas said, on July 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    The Yoga Program was by Dhirendra Brahmachari ……

  104. Srinivas said, on July 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Some of the slogans of 70s and 80s on Doordarshan in Mumbai… Rukavat ke liye khed hai….
    For Marathi …… Chitrapata cha urvarit bagh batmya nantar…….

  105. Srinivas said, on July 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I still remember watching India Vs West Indies .. the great Windies team with Greenidge, Fredericks, Richards, Kallicharan, Lloyd, Deryck Murray, Keith Boyce, Bernard Julian, Young fast Andy Roberts and Vanburn Holder… In addition to Lance Gibbs, Willet and Parry as Spinners.. I watched the ’75 Windies Test tranmission live from Wankhede….. What a joy it was to watch them play… Truly nostalgic…..India lost the series 3-2… But it was great fightback down 0-2…..Those were the days…..

  106. Srinivas said, on July 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The Olympic Coverages – Highlights – One hour was a viewing event by itself… Still remember Nadia Comaneci from Romania win Gymastics with Perfect 10 scores from Montreal ’76…….Also late 70’s and early 80’s watching Cricket Highlights from England and Australia especially….. were a pleasure to watch as Radio Commentary was all we had for overseas cricket tours… I totally agree with earlier comments … Quality from ’70s and ’80s vs Quantity from today …. I also watched a lot of Marathi Dramas and Plays… especially Vasantrao Deshpande’s …..’Katyar Kaljat Ghusali’…. Ajit Kadkade in some others … do not know the names… Also a lot movies with Chandrakant, Suryakant, Arun Sarnaik, Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo, Jayashree Gadkar…etc….

  107. Sarvesh Walia said, on July 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    It’s tragic that Doordarshan could not archive those golden moments like Chimanrao’s, Haas Parihas and , immortal classics like Vasantrao Deshpande’s “.’Katyaar Kalzaat Ghusali’ or the rib-tickling
    ” Vastraharan”

  108. dhiren vyas said, on August 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    can any one upload film division presents category tree of unity,keep city clean ,manav machine etc dnt tell you tube they are also having ek aur anek not that ,secondly on dooradrshan website all other documentary are there only 3 are pending

  109. Vinayak Gokhale said, on September 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks Amit,
    Great post. I felt nice while reviving the memories, by so many sharing.

  110. Bala said, on September 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

    The sports round up program intro music I believe was the theme song from soundtrack of the movie Shaft. Still remember listening some 30 years ago….

  111. Manish said, on October 2, 2012 at 2:14 am

    First I thank to the Amit Paranjape’s Blog, the old days returns….
    can u favour and upload the title music of “BATMYA” in mp3 format which use to telecast at 7.30
    I am very eager to hear the old lost days…. or suggest the site where I can found.

  112. ketanw@gmail.com said, on December 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hey All………….It was so nostalgic going through all your posts that I feel almost like a school kid. Rushing home post evening plat to watch Baatmya , followed by Dinner & sound sleep. However even with those limited programmes & limited dual coloured picture, watching TV was so much fun & interesting. Those Filmdivision cartoons……Stop chan Pull chain……….or an educational short film to increase awareness pertaining croccing a railway line( used to start ith a filmn a truck driver drinking & drving)……..Oh!!!! it was so simple. I guess innocece was not just being a kid but in tv serials (Sorry Programmes as they used to be called then :) )of those days too. If I may add am not sure but was ” The World of Sports” that used to be aired on Sunday afternoon used to be air around the same time……..? Hope some one sheds light on this please.

    And Amit many thanks for starting the post& sharing in such a simplistic yet passionate words. And thankyou all for addying to it …………. I really feel like a child once more……….

  113. Vijay D.Kini said, on December 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Amit..thanks once again for bringing us all together. Very nice to read Ketan’s comment which really reminded me of my child hood days. Even when I chat with my childhood friends on social media, we do discuss of watching hindi movies on sunday at my friends place as that was the only television we had in our society and do remember other instances we used to spend together in front of the b/w tv…great days and great fun…

  114. Niranjan Karnad said, on December 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This was so interesting and Nostalgic reading….. It took me back 40 years to the days when we did not have a TV set and would sneak out of the house to go to those who had one. Then my father bought one for us in 1974. I remember all those programmes mentioned above and do not want to repeat all those over again… just a few which I feel people forgot or missed out…
    1. Man in the Suitcase (supense serial eveing 9.00 pm)
    2. Ascent of Man I think was Sunday mornings
    3. Cosmos On space I think compered by some Seagal
    4. Kandil at around 6.30-7.00 pm
    5. Documentaries like Skin in the Bin and Tree of Unity
    6. Budd Abbot and Lou Castello
    7. Soldiers (by BBC on War)
    8. Apan Yanha Pahilat ka?
    9. A Sindhi programme similar to Gajra(Marathi) and Avo Mare saathe(Gujrati)… I do not remember the name.
    10. Marathi Sangeet Natya… many of them
    11. Someone had mention Dilip Prabhavalkar in Zhopi Gelela Jaga Zhala…. However the actors were Atmaram Bhende, his wife Asha Bhende and Late Baban Prabhu. There was also a sequel to it Dinu chi Sasubai Radhabai.

  115. Niranjan Karnad said, on December 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    One day a few years ago, I had met Atmaram Bhende and his wife Asha Bhende. They said that those days they acted at the studio and the programmes were transmitted live. He said then the Doordarshan did not have facilities to record these programmes, and so we will never be able to see most of the programmes relayed during the lates 70s.

  116. Niranjan Karnad said, on December 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Does anyone remember the Marathi Play, in which the great veteran actor Vikram Ghokale as Villain, who is cheating on his wife and trying to prove her insane by creating a situation of someone is impersonating him.

  117. Amit Paranjape said, on January 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Niranjan – Thanks for your comments. Amit

  118. roby said, on January 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    those days life was so simple and healthy.we used to love the outdoors and playing outside with your friends was a must.I guess we are the lucky generation who were witness to the beginning of the INFORMATION WORLD,but at the same time we never lost the fun of those innocent outdoor child hood games and pranks.for me the marathi picture on saturday was a must,i could not miss that even if i missed the hindi movie on sunday.probably bcoz marathi movies were more realistic and meaningful rather than the fantasy filled hindi ones.

  119. MILIND VAGAL said, on January 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Amit yaaar i dont know how to thank you…mitra i grew up seing all those wonder years now iam in USA..but those girgoan days when me and my sisters we went to watch tv to neighbours and then our first black and white TV …another prog was yakub sayeed and baban prabhu then of course ladusingh taxiwal..paintal was starrin it and plsssss guys if any one remembers a ad which i think was for sosyo jingle was “now that you are ready for alittle fun..a little more exciyment and little more grown up like you”the girl was in ad i was her fan and at age of 7 she was my first crush plsssssssssssss if any one knows who she was plssss mail me at mvagal@hotmail.com…thanks Amit god bless you all guys

  120. Meera sriram said, on January 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    When I tell my kids that we had a tv which had four legs and was encased in a wooden cabinet which served a dual purpose as an ironing board too, they were she’ll shocked. Tv with legs! They have seen TVs only on walls.

  121. Amit Paranjape said, on January 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Milind – Thanks for your comments. Hope someone has the answer!

  122. shankar Bhandarkar said, on February 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Dear Amit
    Actully I had seen the sangeet natak Katyar Kaljat Gusli,on DD but at that time it was not possible to Record it, having seen it I can easily say since than I have never seen anything like that till date, Dr. Vasantrao Despande at his best, there is no word to express the greatness of the whole group who worked for this on DD. Its a shame that DD mumbai still can’t re broadcast the same from their records, I did request them but with no responce, There must be someone who might have recored this program do you know anyone….?

    In the Old days the programs were limited but they were really good, Now you have too many but meaningless junk is being fed to the public,with moderiisation the ESSENCE is lost.
    Thanks of reminding us of what we lost.
    Regards
    Shankar Bhandarkar Worli Mumbai

  123. Arun said, on February 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The Sunday show was “Haas Parihaas”

  124. Vinay Naik said, on February 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    @Niranjan- The Vikram Gokhale Serial you mentioned was name “Dwidhata”. Each episode was interesting and filled with suspense .It was one of my favourite serials.
    To add a few more which I can recollect.
    – There was a short 10 min slot for a crime awareness program called “Hoshiyaar” just before Chayageet (Chitrahaar ??) which used to caution people on city crimes.
    – “Ladoo Singh Taxiwala” was one of the earliest non-sponsored serials I remembered starring Paintal as the friendly neighborhood taxiwala.
    – Regarding, short animations/docu , there was one which a Fat mustachioed guy eats meals from a steel plate wasting food and later a thin guy does eats his plate clean . Once they leave, the plates look at each other animatedly with a frown and a smile :) I loved that one.
    – The “keep streets clean” animation in which the frustrated Guy shouts like hell in the end and expertly kicks rubbish back in homes ..HaHaHa..Priceless !!
    – Cartoon which had a friendly mole/rat..(mole stories ??)
    – “Only Vimal” Ad.One of the more frequent ads. starring Model Deepak Parasher .
    – Kridangan .Sports program in Marathi
    – Khel Khilone – A kilbil equivalent hosted by Manju Singh
    – Woodwards Gripe water ad: Kai jhaala ? ..Bal radat hota…..tu lahaan astana me hi tula hech det hoti.

    I remember we had a ‘licence’ for the B/W TV…I wonder if that was really needed ?

    BTW, I admit I got really emotional while reading all the comments. Life was so different then. We were so happy with so little. Plenty of time to play, come home with excitement to watch TV. Watch with family, neighbors and friends.

    Can someone invent a time machine please ? I really want to go back and relive those moments.

    God bless you’ll

  125. Jay said, on February 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Please get your facts right. Tony Greig was not the Captain of the England side in 1974 as you have mentioned. It was Mike Denness. Tony Greig in fact captained England in India during 1976-77.

  126. Amit Paranjape said, on February 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Jay, Thanks for the correction.

  127. Ashok Gokhale said, on February 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I came across this blog quite accidentally, I was surfing the net from my home in Illinois, where we have about 4-5 inches of fresh snow. Anyway, all the comments were refreshing, I remember that I appeared (I guess live) on Sabira Merchant show in about 1980, I remember the question: It was about the Suez Canal, I got it right!That was my two seconds of fame! Before the actual show, we had to go through elimination rounds. It was some experience being at the Doordarshan studios. I distinctly also remember that day (about 4 pm or so), Smita Talvalkar was rehearsing her 730 pm news in Marathi. The other show I remember was called ‘VALAYANKIT’, I think hosted by one Gadgil, this show had interviews with kids of the rich and the famous. One episode I remember was about the Shantanu Kirloskar family…We bought a Dyanora TV in 1974, remember watching West Indies vs India, live from Wankhede, The TV was on all day long including the breaks, The TV was really hot literally! The Doordarshan starting tune was very nice. The sunday movies was always a big attraction.. One sunday, I believe it was May 22 1978 or so, Raj Kapoor’s Jagte Raho was being telecast, I really wanted to watch it, but I was cramming for my finals, next day was my last exam at UDCT. In short, I focussed on the studies but could ‘hear’ most of the movie from the other room! Nostalgia is a great relief always, it is amazing how memories from 10-20-30 years spring forward! Have a good day all.

  128. melbin said, on February 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    -The 1st Marathi serial or an attempted serial was a Marathi Natak called “Shwetambra” – it was shown in 3 parts and it was shown twice

    -Aamchi Mati Aamchi Manse and Gyandeep would alternate at the 7 pm slot. Gyandeep would be the more boring of the two and I think it used to air on tuesdays and thursdays

    – Batmya used to air at 730pm and I still remember their opening and closing lines :

    opening – Namaskar aaj chya thalak batmya ( they wud repeat this toward the end of the news too)
    closing – Aata ya barobarach aajchya batmya sampla , udya paryant baghoo ya Namaskar ( this was the cue to call everybody to continue watching sat/sunday films )

    – Bhakti barve used to read marathi news and even the 9 pm hindi news used to air from mumbai . Bhakti barve used to do hindi news too sometimes

    – Thurday 8pm they used to air a boring show called ‘Charcha’ . Thursday TV used to suck

    – Marathi chayageet was called ‘Chitrageet’ and it used to air on Tuesdays

    – Most of the Laurel n Hardy / chaplin used to air whenever there used to be a calamitous proposition called “Interruption”

    – Sometimes they would suck and show a marathi natak on saturday evenings instead of a film

    – Almost all of the saturday marathi films would feature “Suryakant” and “Jayashri Gadhkar” or Ashok Saraf and Ranjana

    – There used to be fillers in between programs and in this they would show what was called ” Samooh Geet” or group song

    – There used to be a person/lady who would introduce the days programs and she wud appear the end of the day to say ‘namaskar’ too

  129. Sonia said, on March 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Does anyone remember a marathi song by Kavita Krishnamurthy they used to play on DD in the 80′.s. It was not really a song but more like a ad for a program or for inspirational song. unfortunately that is all I remember. Please post if anyone remembers

  130. Sunildutt said, on May 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    hi kiti mast aathvani aaly dolyasamoar, its really missing every moment of childhood , eakach channel pan khoop majja. there is no question of marathi serial we follow as Gajara , Chimarao GundyaBhao,Aamchi Mati Aamchi Manse , Marathi Saturday Films, but as a child we also follow the Giant Robo , Star Trek .
    i am searching from long back the GAJARA & Chimanrao & Gundyabhao , but still i couldn’t suceed. It is my request if any one is having the same or any information please pass the same to me ASAP.

  131. Kenny said, on May 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Folks , this is getting even more nostalgic , I was quite a kid in the 70’s , but it seems you folks were quite grown up as you still recollect the names of the news readers and the programmes like Mulka velgli mansa , sundar mazaa ghar , kamgar vishwa , kilbil etc . but I cant forget the duo baban prabu & yakub sayed . I am seeking those serials . There was also a time when the Hindi movies were scheduled in the mornings .There was also sports round up , paintal’s ladoo singh taxiwala , star trek ,

  132. Rathi menon said, on May 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Not to miss the science quiz programme contributed by Calcutta doordarshan named QUEST with two teams,Einstein team and Bose team- the questions were always followed up in school!

  133. Savita Govilkar said, on July 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I still remember the news readers. Smita Patil who became famous actress. Then there was Kumud MIrchandani whose smile was out of the world. And everyone waited till the end to see it. Also Dolly Thakore . Shobha Tungare was our class teacher. Her daughters too became new readers later. Her younger daughter Asavari is famous Hindi serial actress.There was one Ms Shelke too. I forgot her first name. Sharma had very deep and thoughtfull voice. Pradeep Bhide was handsome.News Readers in those days kept voice modulation to its minimum. In fact the news of some politician’s death was told in the same fashion as celebration of some politician’s birthday.

  134. Anand V. Orpe said, on July 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Anand Orpe

    I was one of the luckiest person to have a Television set right on the first day Doordarshan started.Those were the days when a T.V.mounted small antenna in the shape of ‘V’ used to be there.On the first day i.e.in 1971 or 72 I don’t remember almost 100+ people were peeking through all the windows of our flat and giving different opinions about how the antenna should be placed so as to get a clear transmission.We were having a German make PYE T.V. with an inbuilt filter so as to protect the eyes.
    Indeed the above comments have revived all my old memories.It is indeed a commandable idea Amit.Few programs have been missed out it seems.I don’t remember the name of a sports review program which used to be hosted by the great Bobby Talyarkhan at 9.30 p.m.Around 8.30 or 9.00 there used to be Flinstones,Invisible Man,and one serial Sir Francis Drake.All these used to be in B & W.And ofcourse how can we forget the days when elections used to be there.It used to be a bonus since throughout the day along with the votes update there used to be hindi movies.

  135. mumbaikar_sinha said, on July 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Let’s not forget – “Young World”, “Reflections” and Sports Commentary by AFS Talyarkhan on Saturday nights. Science Today on Sunday nights. Halla Gulla Pathshala – Harindranath Chhatopaddhya would occasionally grace Magic Lamp, Dnyadeep…

    Do you remember the call sign being AIR? The Doordarshan logo and theme music came a bit later, perhaps 1975-1976,

    Wonder what happened to all the stalwarts of Mumbai Doordarshan – Sabira Merchant, Luku Sanyal, Nirmala Matthan, Smita Talwalkar, TP Jain, Fredun deVitre, Gerson da Cunha, Pratap Sharma….

    Some alas are no longer with us – Bhakti Barve, Smita Patil.

    Mumbai Doordarshan was a class apart, it just wasn’t the same after the nefarious “National TV” got shoved down our throats ca 1982.

  136. Neelesh said, on August 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Worli Doordarshan Kendra, Mumbai has a library and Smt Haldankar is the librarian. They do have DVD’s CD’s for sale However only selected programs are for sale because they have sent many request to New Delhi for permitting them to sell serials like Pratibha Ani Pratima but the response from Central Ministry is very pathetic. This was my impression when I visited a few times. I am writting this so that some influential person presses the ministry to act quickly on the pending que. We need to get an entry pay to meet the librarian and buy the treasure.

  137. Neelesh said, on August 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Please read “We need to get an Entry Pass at the gate”

  138. Pradeep Hardikar said, on August 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Does anyone remember serials like “Fireball XL5″, “William Tell” and program’s like Parikrama (Kamleshwar’s), Madhyam …. It used to make very interesting viewing.

  139. Uttam Padukone said, on August 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    The exact date on which Doordarshan started was October 2, 1972. A little known fact is that the first Sunday Hindi movie telecast on Bombay Doordarshan was Albela starring Bhagwan.

    ———-

    On a different note, one of the tapes that was erased was that of the Marathi Sangeet Natak – Katyar Kalzaat Ghusli – which featured Dr Vasantrao Deshpande in the role that he made his own. The reason? The tape was required to be spared for the Asiad.

    There were many requests for a re-telecast of that play and the asses in Doordarshan then revealed that it was erased to release it for recording Asiad sporting events. These requests probably came in 1983 after he had passed away.

  140. vijay sahte said, on September 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    i was searching for chimanrao gundyabhau clip to show it to my daughter. Wrongly i reached to a place where everybody of my age want to go ! that reminds me my childhood memories !! I am 44 now. Yesterday only i was telling about my childhood days to my daughter while watching the t v as she was surfing channels. as she wait hardly for 2-3 minutes for a particular channel and changes to next . i told her we had no choice in our days . One incident i must tell about the sunday picture … t v was a luxury in those days in my area only three tv sets were there and their son were my fast friend. To watch the programme we have to pay for watching picture on saturday – Marathi Picture and Sunday- hindi Picture. Now if i tell ,in those days they were charging (!) 00.05 paise for Chhayageet , 00.20 paise for Marathi picture and 00.20 paise for hindi pictures. (which they never asked me !!) when i told this to my daughter (She is 12 yrs) she laughed and said only 00.05 and 00.25 paise ??? yesterday only i downloaded fireball XL5 ,Street Hawk , star Trek episodes to show her a ZALAK of my(our) time classic entertainmen programme .
    I told my daughter the quality of programme -technically also comparing with these days advanced technology was excellent!
    now there so many channels are there having daily telecast for more than 10 to 11 years with no story theme. During my better to say our time serials were ending in max 13 episodes- telecasted one in a week was having standard .
    Amit a big thanks !!!!!!!!!!

  141. vijay sathe said, on September 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    DD – Doordarshan had launched regional channels to compete with private channels. In earlier days upto i think 8 or 9 p.m was regional programmes were aired then national programme -from delhi doordarshan obviously in hindi — During earlier days Doordarshan relay starts at 5.00 p.m and ends up at 11.00 pm (if I am not wrong )
    some classic english movies were also aired at 10.30 or 11.00 on saturday night . In those days All english movies were falling under ADULT movies even bruce lee was not exception !! Can’t recollect exact year — about which our senior collegues narrates to us in school days –.

    It remembers Me and my friends were WATCHING all engish series star trek ,fireball .lucy’s show as the english ascents were not familier to us ..

    Very next day in the school one of our senior friend tells the story of that english serial /movie !!
    Star Trek had given us an idea of cell fone – we took two match box which was tied with thread thru , that cause punishment to me and my friend ,

    During festival time Doordarshan do air “Khas Karyakram” thru GAJARA . now all channels are telecasing festive KHAS KARYAKRAM in serial as per their requirement LIKE ganpati , diwali ,mangalagor,vatsavitri etc.

    What we expect is that there should be some Dnyan Prasar / sandesh thru serials which is well maintained by D D only !!!
    Now also dnyan / Sandesh is there thru serials — You can see impact / message delivered by channels like extra marital affairs / family break-ups / pub culture though were there in early days but was not glorified as is shown in channel programmes !!

    I am working with electrnic news media but seeing the tickers as LIVE at night of the incident took place in morning is not happening with DD. Breaking news is not the motto of the DD !! Yet DD is of india’s channel.

    You can enjoy all programmes WITH FAMILY !!!

    Really we were happy with so much of little .

  142. Nikhil Shetty said, on September 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

    The 1st television commercial on Mumbai Doordarshan was of Point Dettergent Powder a product by Govt of Karnataka U/t ,Mysore Sales International makers of Mysore Sandal Soap .

  143. Seema said, on September 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I wanted to know about the Marathi Serial Shvetambara…. Can anyone help me with the CD of the same?

  144. Anil Dhumal said, on September 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I still rememner a Marathi Play in which Amol Palekar has acted. I didn’t remember actress oppsite him but might be Reema Lagoo.I think it may be telecasted in 1979 / 1980.

  145. Preeti Bhatia said, on November 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Does any one remember around the world in eighty days cartoon. Was that in the eighteens or seventees.

  146. seema dwivedi said, on December 19, 2013 at 2:27 am

    the information u shared is going to help me in my research. thnx :)

  147. Ramesh Palvanakar said, on December 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I still remember 02 Oct 1972 when TV started in Mumbai.We were watching JK TV .It was a JK Jumbo TV .There was inaugrala speench by Me Indrakumar Gujral and then therewas a Marathi play Ghele Shingavar

  148. Ramesh Palvankar said, on December 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    The TV transmission used to begin with Retma Chart.The test matches were telecast without any commercials and so scenes on the field at drink intervals were also possible to view. Many people preferred to keep radio commentary instead of patchy TV commentary. Harsha Bhogle in those days was appeaning in Sprorts Round up.’Cricket with Vijay Merchant’ after ‘ Bournvita Quiz Contest’ at Sundays 1:30 Pm were popular programmes,so also Aaplee Aawad and Kamgar Sabha on Bombay-B .Gone are those simple & hence lovely days.

  149. Amol Sakhalkar said, on December 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    The name of Baban Prabhu n Yakub Saeed comedy was Haas Parihaas.

  150. Uttam Padukone said, on January 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    One of the most egregious case of bullying by Delhi Doordarshan happened during Cricket World Cup final match between West Indies and India.

    After the telecast of Asiad and the creation of National Network, the earlier in the day programs would be locally produced while the programs from about 830 pm or so would be simultaneously telecast but sourced from Delhi Doordarshan. On some days, when Chitrahaar was scheduled at 8 pm, Delhi’s programs would be from 8 pm itself.

    But the first program when the Delhi sourced programs started each day was the News in Hindi.

    On the World Cup Finals day, there was uninterrupted live telecast of the match. India had been all out for a low score of just 180+. And Balwinder Singh Sandhu had already removed Desmond Haynes. And India seemed in with a chance.

    In walked Vivian Richards with his customary swagger, started middling the ball and all of us were watching the match slip from India’s hands…… when Delhi Doordarshan interrupted the telecast for the expressionless face of Salma Sultan reading the news.

    As we gnashed our teeth, hoping for some updates about the score during the news telecast, we were to be disappointed.

    All of a sudden we (living in a colony in Bombay) heard a loud roar of voices in the streets below. My dad and I looked up and I said, “something big has happened….” Hurriedly, we tuned to the BBC which had a live commentary and learned that Vivian Richards had been caught by Kapil Dev with an incredible catch.

    …. And we waited for our Good Ol’ Doordarshan to give us some updates on this fall of the wicket – remember Clive Lloyd was NOT in form in that tournament while Richards was – and Salma Sultan did not digress even ONCE from the script, did not get one more wrinkle on her face to smile, read everything that was put in front of her – AND IT DID NOT INCLUDE THE FALL OF RICHARDS’ WICKET!

    To date, I can never forget the bullying by Delhi Doordarshan that day!

  151. Milind Gokhale said, on February 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Amit,

    As a matter of fact, I met Pradeep Bhide’s (Marathi News reader in 70’s) son yeaterday while travelling to Nigeria. That took me back in 70’s B&W TV era and I started recalling the names of various programs Doordarshan used to telecast. All those faces such as Pradeep Bhide, Jyotsna Kirpekar, Bhakti Barve, Anant Bhave, Suhasini Mulgaonkar, Meena Naik, Tabassum, Dolly Thakur (English News reader) and their respective programs went through my mind. Those were indeed fabulous days.

    TV programs watching was a kind of get together and I remember that even the kids from Gauliwada (Near Aranyeshwar, Pune) used to come home to watch Saturday and Sunday movies. Not to forget Saptahiki as well.

    As a matter of fact, I recalled that the very first telecast was realised at OCS’s (Overseas Communication Services) Dighi center in 1971 or 1972. I was hardly 7/8 years old and the reason to remember is that my Mama was working with OCS those days.

    Milind Gokhale

  152. sadanand raje said, on February 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    What was that program which Manju Singh used to do for children?

  153. sadanand raje said, on February 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Ok I found out the name. It is Khel Khilone. Also brings me memories of the programme by Kamleshwar where he would interview different people. I think the name was Parikrama.

  154. Priya Daftardar Shaikh said, on March 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Atyante abgaari aahe, very nostalgic reading your blog. By any chance would you have access to any of the programms? Kilbil quva Gajra, tried to check other sites but no luck.
    Regards, Priya

  155. Ashwin Shetty said, on March 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    My fav TV ad of that time ….(early 70’s)
    Liril soap !!!

    Then there were these other TV ads that came up frequently….
    Century Mills
    Ranipal
    VIP suitcase
    Hawkins Pressure cooker
    Light-o-lier Lamps/Tubelights
    Woodwards Gripe Water
    (something) cough syrup ??
    Farex baby cereal

    Air India ads (particularly during the 1976 Montreal Olympic games)

  156. Vivek Prabhu said, on March 5, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I had been watching Bombay TV since 1973 and in those days we used to go to a friend’s home to watch TV, The “Invisible Man”, “Man in a Suitcase” and “Fireball XL-5″ were English favorites. In Marathi we used to watch “Aamchi Maati Aamchi Manse” especially the Gappa-Goshti part. Kilbil, Magic Lamp, Chayageet, and Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan were the eternal favorites, apart from the mandatory Hindi movie on Sunday evenings.

    I also remember that in 1974 or so, we needed a license to operate a TV, and had to get it renewed each year at the Post Office. In 1976 or 77 only did the Govt. do away with the license, but we still needed the external
    antenna (7 section multi-element) which was connected via co-axial cable to the TV tuner down in the home. At the time there was only 1 channel and so the frequency was the same, and if someone had a TV on nearby and had a clear signal, a neighbor could get a ghost image. We were lucky to see the transition from single-channel B&W Doordarshan transmission, to Color TV with Cable TV and later on with 24/7 channels transmitting everything locally or internationally sourced over satellite.

    Kids today have no clue sometimes of what was, and are able to watch streaming videos on the iPads and smartphones and have so short attention spans for the TV programs now. TV then was entertaining and educating (I remember the Indian SITES experiment) which used to broadcast educational programs in science, geography, biology etc.

  157. devdas nambiar said, on June 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    thanks for posting old nostalgia and one of the most successful weekly programmes was ‘Parikrama’ anchored by Writer ‘Kamaleshwar’

  158. ranjana goel said, on June 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

    hi need help to find an old marathi tele play –bai baiko calendar that was telecast in mid 1973- any links will be appreciated -want to show it to my kids and grandkids as that was my debut and only teleplay
    thanks

  159. Mihir Shah said, on July 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    @Milind Vagal
    I just came across this blog… five years after it was first posted.
    Anywas the ad that you refer to was for a drink called “Tripp” from Pure Drinks.
    The jingle went something like this:

    you know you are ready for a little more in life
    a little more daring
    a little more excitement
    a little more grown up like you
    what Tripp has got that the others have not…
    it’s got a little… more!

    I’m sorry I don’t recollect who the girl in the ad was though. :(

  160. Mihir Shah said, on July 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    @Milind Vagal
    Sorry a correction to the lyrics:

    you know you are ready for a little more in life
    a little more daring
    a little more excitement

    *a little more heady with a little more tang…*
    a little more grown up like you
    what Tripp has got that the others have not…
    it’s got a little… more!


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