NEW DELHI: Doordarshan turned 60 on Sunday bringing back memories of a golden period when entertainment in the country revolved around serials such as Mahabharata, Fauji and Malgudi Days.
People turned nostalgic on Twitter to mark the public service broadcaster of India's 60 years with several of them asking on social media "which is your favourite DD shows".
Some posted its iconic logo that used to appear before the start of programmes with its characteristic tune.
There were many who shared their fond memories associated with Doordarshan and remembered iconic shows that made their childhood days memorable.
Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said, "It's a moment to recognise that it's not that Doordarshan has gotten older, but it is getting newer for digital audiences".
"It is not only that Doordarshan has turned 60 but the history of television broadcasting in India now spans 6 decades - a milestone for all of TV industry in India," he said.
सत्यम् शिवम् सुन्दरम्— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) September 15, 2019
60 Glorious years in the service of the Nation.
The iconic National Broadcaster of India #Doordarshan celebrating its 60th Birthday today. #60GloriousYearsOfDD@PMOIndia @PrakashJavdekar @mediasurya @shashidigital @supriyasahuias @MIB_India @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/P3u8bM2vhc
Doordarshan Director General Supriya Sahu said, "Doordarshan is in the DNA of India. Happy Birthday Doordarshan. 60 Glorious Years of DD. May you continue to enthral generations of Indians".
"Starting off as an experiment in 1959, Doordarshan can take pride in the fact that it has emerged as one of the leading broadcasters in the world," Sahu said in a video message.
From the days of Ramayana, Hum Log, Buniyaad, Surabhi, till today Doordarshan gives high-tech coverage of national and international events, she said, adding that Doordarshan has been a "trailblazer".
Doordarshan, which began as an experiment on September 15, 1959, became a service in 1965, when it began beaming signals to reach television sets in living rooms in and around the national capital.
Generations of Indians have grown watching #Doordarshan. Thank you for being the pioneers. We remember you all with gratitude and cherish your contribution to the momentous journey of Doordarshan.— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) September 14, 2019
By 1972, services were extended to Mumbai and Amritsar and then to seven other cities by 1975. All this time, it was part of the national broadcaster, All India Radio.
On April 1, 1976, it transited to become a separate department in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Over the years, Doordarshan has grown into a network operating 34 satellite channels, besides providing free-to-air DTH service having 104 in its bookings.
Many a career were launched on this platform, including that of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan who became a household name after his serial Fauji, and many shows went on to become classics.
Entertainment shows like Chitrahaar, Mahabharat, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Fauji, Malgudi Days, among others, captured the imagination of the Indian public in the late 80s and early 90s, and still remains etched in people's minds as pure entertainment that brought people together.