This is my second communication to all my followers.
Colour Television started in the year 1979 during the ASIAD games held in Delhi that time.Prior to that Black and White sets existed.
The national channel of India was Doordarshan with government control over the content to be broadcasted.This was a golden era for Television history in India.The midas touch happened to Doordarshan in the airing of the televised version of the mythological epics, Mahabharat and Ramayana.Then onwards,there was no looking back.There was the best historical docu-dramas of all times Bharat..Ek..Khoj (based on Jawaharlal Nehru's work, Discovery of India) directed by Shyam Benegal.
To name a few mesmerising serials, viz: Buniyaad, Humlog (which went on to become the longest running T.V. series ever.) , Phir...Wohi Talaash, Farmaan, Kirdaar, Mitti Ke Rang, Fauji, Circus, Karamchand, Mungerilal ke haseen Sapne, Yeh Jo hai Zindagi, Neem Ka Ped(based on Munshi Prem Chand's stories),Nukkad, Byomkesh Bakshi etc. In the 1990's during P.V.Narasimha Rao's term alongwith the advent of Globalisation, Television Channels from oversas entered the scenario.
We also know that this was the time when highest production costs were recorded on making of serials which exceeded filmaking.This was the time when We saw serials like The Sword Of Tipu Sultan ( based on Montreal writer,Bhagwan S. Gidwani's best selling historical fiction). It highlighted the sacrifice of 18th century India's most energetic and visionary rulers .
These shows have stood the test of time and will become models or yardsticks in understanding the inticracies of human society from Historical, Sociological, Cultural, Religious, Political and Economic backgrounds.
We would all like to thank Doordarshan for making our mornings and Evenings memorable with the generations having viewed these productions urging for repeat telecasts.
Let us ruminate the good old days!