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- Event to mark 50 years of Doordarshan

Ranchi, Sept. 15: It was Governor K. Sankaranarayanan’s first encounter with Jharkhand’s tribal folk art and dance, as he inaugurated an event held to mark 50 years of Doordarshan at the Doordarshan Kendra today.

From now, Doordarshan Kendra Ranchi will telecast programmes for four hours from Monday to Saturday, instead of three hours. On Sundays, it will beam shows from 6.30pm, said Shailesh Pandit, the director of Ranchi Kendra.

Doordarshan made its modest beginning on September 15, 1959, in New Delhi. Today, it operates 25 channels, including five all-India ones, 11 regional language satellite channels, eight Hindi-belt networks and one international channel.

Sankaranarayanan lauded the Ranchi Kendra for launching regional programmes in Ho, Kharia, Mundari, Santhali and Oraon.

“The channel has fulfilled its role of being the best public service broadcaster,” he said, adding: “What is laudable is that they did all this without compromising national and cultural spirit of the country.”

The governor also felicitated 10 state personalities, including Ram Dayal Munda, Dineshwar Prasad, Mukund Nayak, Siddique Muzibi, Kumari Basanti, Savita Roy, Chandramohan Khanna, Somra Tirkey, Ajay Malkani and Bullu Imam.

The inaugural four-hour schedule began with a panel discussion on “Fifty years of Doordarshan” attended by representatives of different fields who discussed the channel’s role in shaping the rural psyche especially in matters of health, agriculture, and socio-cultural content.

As many as 15 programmes, including dances and skits in tribal languages, were staged under the programme Mor Hira Nagpur.

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