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Sunday, January 25, 2015

As the Nation marches ahead celebrating Republic Day, Radio Kashmir Jammu added the colour of Qawwali to this Spirit....

Mehfil-E-Qawwali organised by Radio kashmir Jammu in connection with Republic Day Celebrations

The sounds of music, melody and thunderous applause enveloped the entire interiors of police auditorium for two hours as Radio Kashmir Jammu announced the start of Republic Day Celebrations 2015 with a soulful ‘Mehfil-e-Qawwali’ by two of the best qawwali groups of India.

As the nation marches ahead on its glorious path celebrating Republic Day in every nook and corner of the country and various pockets of the world, Radio Kashmir Jammu added the colour of Qawwali to this spirit of Republic Day Celebrations. Ustad Sadat Hussain Qawwal and Party from Lucknow and Nawaz Sabri Qawwal and Party from Delhi enthralled the music lovers of Jammu on 23rdJanuary 2015 at Police Auditorium.Ustad Sadat Hussain was born in Rampur in year 1935 (U.P). He is a renowned artist specialized in Qawali and a top grade artist of All India Radio and Door Darshan Lucknow. He was trained under the guidance of his Guru Padma Bhushan Ustad Mushtak Hussain Khan of Rampur. Sadat Hussain was awarded with U.P Sangeet Natak Academy award in 2001 and has had the honour of presenting his talent in front of august names like the then President of India late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Former Prime Minister, .Smt, Indira Gandhi. He has performed at many celebrated music Mahotsav’s all over the country and abroad.Nawasz Sabri and party is from Delhi and is a disciple of famous Saabri brothers. It is a musical tradition that stretches back for more than 700 years. Originally performed mainly at Sufi shrines or dargahs throughout South Asia, it has also gained mainstream popularity

Of late the audience of Jammu was not presented with this age old Musical form and it is on the demand of public that Radio Kashmir Jammu organized such an evening and what better an occasion than during the celebrations of Republic Day. Every now and then, the audience broke into thunderous applause as the skilful rendition of qawwalis by the magicians invoked them to break loose and join the qawwals often singing in unison with the masters adding a different flavour to the concert. It seemed as the evening came as a much needed relief to the audience of Jammu who have always appreciated good artists and generously showered their love and respect to the visiting artists.

The evening started with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the DDG engineering RKJ, Mr K.K. Singh, Programme Head Sh. V.K.Sambyal. The house was than thrown open to the audience for uninterrupted flow of music from the maestros to the audience. Often sung in the praise of God it seemed as the blessings were showering direct from Heavens into the auditorium and on our Republic that is gaining strength from strength.
The proceedings were conducted in a professional manner by Ravi Kant Sharma and prominent citizens of Jammu were present in the concert in large number. The auditorium was jam packed during the entire concert and the audience longed for more. This was an evening that is going to remain etched in the minds of the audience who were present in witness this concert. Whereas the announcer came up on stage to wind up the proceedings, neither the Qawwal Ustad Sadat Hussain Qawwal would stop singing, neither a soul in the auditorium would leave the stage demanding more and more from the Qawwal. At the grand old age of 80+, the singer mesmerised the audience with Sufi, patriotic and romantic nazams all with equal ease. As all good things have to end, the concert also ended but the melody is going to remain etched out in the minds of all those present for times to come.

Contributed by:V K SAMBYAL 'Rangeeley Thakur',

DD digitizes 20,000+ hours of archival recordings; to outsource digitization

Doordarshan, which commenced digitization of its archival recordings in 2003, had spent Rs 9.57 crore until October last year out of the allocation of Rs 19.21 crore allocated for the purpose under the Eleventh Plan.

DD was allocated a further Rs 16.32 crore under the 12th Plan, which as remained unutilized until October last year.

In addition, DD spent sums of Rs 4.59 crore (out of the available Rs 4.82 crore), Rs 3.35 crore (out of the available Rs 3.56 crore), Rs 3.47 crore (out of the available Rs 4.27 crore and Rs 2.89 crore (from the Rs 4 crore) for 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively for this digitization from the Internal Extra Budgetary Resources (IEBR) of Prasar Bharati.

Doordarshan has digitized 20,139 hours of recordings. Among these, AIR digitized material include archival records of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Maulana Azad, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and many other national leaders and Doordarshan recordings are under 38 categories, which include rare archival records of several national leaders.

Prasar Bharati sources told that it plans to outsource the digitization process, and has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) calling for applications from private entities for digitization of its archival / legacy programmes.

However, as per sources, digitized archives of Doordarshan are not accessible to the people through mobile phone applications.

Forwarded by:- PB NewsDesk

DD to introduce new infrastructure for 35th National Games

Indian pubcaster Doordarshan is planning an expansive coverage of the 35th National Games through its main sports and numerous regional channels. This will include live telecasts, highlights and news based programs of the Games.

Doordarshan will start telecasting special programs on Games from 31 January to 14 February, 2015. This includes the opening and closing ceremonies of the National Games.DD sports, DD National and all other regional language channels including DD Malayalam will telecast the opening and closing ceremony of the Games, live. These channels will also air special programs during the National Games.

From 1 February, Doordarshan will telecast the events live on most of its regional channels. Round the clock coverage of the Games including highlights, news based programs and interviews are also on the cards.Most of the popular games like athletes, aquatics, football, basketball, kabaddi, tennis, gymnastics, handball, badminton and boxing will be telecast live on Doordarshan. Other events will find space as highlights.

To make the Games a visual treat, Doordarshan is planning to bring in its entire resources and high-tech equipments including HD OB vans, under water cameras, high - tech graphic technologies etc.High Definition camera used in international events like Commonwealth Games will be used for the first time in the forthcoming National Games.

The 35th edition of the National Games will see more than a total of 9515 participants, among them 7464 are athletes and 2051 of them are non-playing participants such as coaches, team managers and other supporting officials.Run Kerala Run, the curtain-raiser to the Games, turned out to be a huge success on as people of all walks of life thronged the streets to make it a phenomenal event. It was an occasion for the people of the State to join hands and pledge support to the Games being hosted by Kerala for the second time since 1987. From Parassala in the South to Manjeswaram in the North the simultaneous Run, at all its 21 mega points, 226 mini mega points, and over 10,000 ordinary points, attracted extraordinary crowds.

Sachin Tendulkar held centre stage in the capital, while the other district headquarters had its own star attractions, notably Malayalam film heroes Mohanlal in Kochi and Dileep in Kottayam.

Broadcast Technology History: 1945 - 2000

In 1999, the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society celebrated its 50th anniversary. The second oldest technical society (the group that became today's Signal Processing Society is slightly older) has a history that stretches to the formation of the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1912. This exhibit highlights just a few of the many accomplishments of broadcast engineers. Sponsored by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the IEEE History Center.
The Society: Radio Engineers and the IRE
The engineers who formed the core of the original Institute of Radio Engineers in the 1920s and 1930s were mostly from the broadcast industry. For about the first 30 years of its existence, "radio" was virtually synonymous with "broadcasting." But the years after World War II brought drastic changes to the field of electrical engineering. Electrical technology was moving rapidly; radar, computers, television, solid-state electronics, and space exploration were burgeoning fields.

Radio broadcasting emerged in the first decade of the 20th century and flowered in the United States and Europe during the 1920s. By the 1930s, virtually every country in the world had a network of radio stations and broadcasting engineers were in demand. The World War II years saw a considerable expansion in the use of broadcasting, as the U.S. and other nations established new networks to serve the entertainment and information needs of the military.Television:- Regular television broadcasts began in 1936 in England and France and 1939 in the United States, but World War II delayed its widespread adoption.

After World War II :- 
The effect of the war could be seen in the membership of the IRE, which grew from 5,200 in 1940 to more than 18,000 by 1946. Membership continued to climb rapidly during the 1950s, finally surpassing the rival AIEE's membership in 1957, when total IRE membership, including students, reached 64,773. Students represented a fifth of that total, and the accelerating growth of the IRE's student membership was evidence of a society that was successfully riding the wave of a technological revolution.Postwar Broadcasting :- By the time the BTS held its first meeting in 1949, radio broadcasting was undergoing important changes. Commercial AM network broadcasting reached a peak soon after the end of World War II. The broadcasting field in the late 1940s was clearly ripe for change. IRE (and later IEEE) engineers contributed to the reconstruction of broadcasting, designing new technologies that lowered costs and allowed local stations to produce their own programs. These innovations included station automation and studio equipment that allowed stations to run virtually unattended. Stations became less dependent on live programs, turning instead to recorded programs.

Television :-
A major innovation of the postwar period was the magnetic tape recorder, which could be used to record and reproduce programs of almost any length, and could be set to run automatically. The Ampex and Magnecord Corporations developed a variety of recorders that became standard equipment in broadcast studios by the early 1950s. Broadcasting engineers also innovated an entirely new radio medium called Frequency Modulation. First proposed in its modern form by IRE member Edwin H. Armstrong, FM promised higher quality sound and virtually no interference. But despite initial enthusiasm for the new technology FM took hold slowly in the United States (it had somewhat more success in Europe). In fact, most FM broadcasters did not show a profit until the 1970s. FM broadcasting was the subject of considerable experimentation, as engineers looked for ways to enhance its appeal.

After a brief lag in 1946 and 1947 due to reconversion to civilian production, television receiver sales took off in 1948 and 35 million U.S. families had a TV by 1955.

Cable TV :- 
Zenith Corporation offered a simple type of subscription television service in 1951, but the development of coaxial cable distribution opened the door to the adoption of cable distribution in the 1960s and 1970s. Cable saw its greatest success in the U.S., where there were over 26 million subscribers by the early 1980s.

In Living Color!:- 
One major development affecting television cameras, video recorders, processing equipment, and receivers was the appearance of color. The FCC authorized color broadcasts in the U.S. in 1950, using the "color wheel" system of CBS. Later, the FCC reversed its decision and standardized the all-electronic color system developed by RCA, which was compatible with monochrome receivers. This backwards compatibility was a wise choice, as it turned out, because the number of color receivers in use was quite low until the late 1960s.

Standards, Standards, Standards:-
Of the many pressing technical issues facing engineers was the establishment of broadcast standards. Engineers in different countries argued for different standards for such things as the number of lines on the screen. The United States and much of Europe went for a system sponsored by RCA (the European system was slightly modified for 50 Hz power), while France and Great Britain developed their own standards. A considerable amount of engineering effort went into problems related to interference between stations and the limited number of available channels. In 1953 the UHF band was opened for television broadcasting, but it became a "second class" band in part because of the way television receivers were designed. More successful in solving program distribution problems was cable distribution.

The Merger:-
By the early 1960s, the IRE and the AIEE were discussing the possibility of merging, and on 1 January 1963 that union was accomplished when the IEEE was officially born. The new organization continued the IRE's structure of Professional Groups representing particular technical interests. This plan had been proposed in 1945 in response to the fear that audio engineers might form their own organization separate from the IRE (which they eventually did despite the formation of an IRE Audio Group in 1948).

From Elevator Music to Quadraphonic Stereo:-
Single-sideband, for example, allowed beleaguered station owners to transmit fax messages, "background" music services, or other information on unused sidebands. Stereophonic broadcasting became widespread by the 1960s and eventually proved highly popular, but quadraphonic FM broadcasting won almost no fans. By continually striving for improvement, engineers found ways to make radio broadcasting a profitable medium in the face of competition from TV. Radio broadcasting has actually expanded since 1949; in that year there were about 2600 radio stations in the U.S., while there were almost 10,000 in operation fifty years later.

From Professional Group to Society:-
The second of the new Professional Groups, authorized in 1948, was the Broadcast Engineers Group. From the first meeting of the group in 1949 to 1976, the Broadcast Engineers Group was not concerned with broadcast receivers, but in 1975 merged with the Consumer Electronics Group (formerly known as the Group on Broadcast and Television Receivers). There were other name changes before AIEE/IRE merger in 1963. The IEEE Professional Technical Group on Broadcasting, as it was called after 1963 absorbed the Committee on Video Techniques and the Television systems Committee in 1967 but was merged into the IEEE Broadcast, Cable, and Consumer Electronics Society following the re-organization of the Institute into Technical Societies. Then, in 1982, the Society assumed its current form when the Consumer Electronics society was made independent.

Only five countries had television service in 1950, but that number had risen to 138 in 1980, when there were an estimated 400 million sets in use. Broadcast engineers contributed fundamentally to the establishment and upgrading of TV service around the world.

Satellites and HDTV:-

From the 1970s to the present, broadcast engineers contributed to the development of satellite distribution. Many different systems were proposed or built, including the early satellite-based, High Definition Television system in Japan, direct satellite broadcasting for remote areas such as Alaska or the African continent, and the more recent DBS consumer satellite broadcast system. High Definition Terrestrial Digital Television is being implemented throughout the world. Digital Television stations are going on the air in the United States and will run concurrent with NTSC stations until the build-out period has been completed.

Forwarded by:- Swamy DN

There is more to January than Republic Day, DD Bharati programmes show

The onset of the Basant Panchami festival and the month of Magh in the Hindu calendar will be marked by DD Bharati with the launch of its special series “Maihar Gharana.”

The series features four stars of Ustad Baba Allaudin Khan Maihar Gharana: sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Sharan Rani Backlliwal and Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Ustad Baba Allauddin was regarded throughout India as a musician saint and remained a student of music till the age of 70 completely mastering the Dhrupad and instrumental compositions of the Seni Gharana and adding innumerable new compositions and many new Ragas, such as Hemant, Shobhavati, Durgeshwari etc.

Basant Panchami, announces the arrival of spring (Basant), the bosom friend of Kamdev – the god of love. DD Bharati commences the series with a special archival performance of sitar player of country and abroad, Pt. Ravi Shankar, followed by Ali Akbar Khan in the next week. The series commences on 24 January at 9 pm and repeat telecast at 5 am and 1 pm.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s broadcast to the nation will be telecast on 25 January from 07:30 pm to 8 pm on all DD channels. 

The 66th Republic Day Parade will be telecast from 9 am on 26 January on all DD channels.

The Beating Retreat ceremony, which officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities, will also be telecast live. It is conducted on the evening of 29 January, the third day after the Republic Day. It is performed by the bands of the three wings of the Defence forces: the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force. The venue is Raisina Hills starting from Rashtrapati Bhavan and the adjacent Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south blocks of the Central Secretariat towards the end of Rajpath from 04:45 pm to 06:15pm. It concludes with the lighting of the entire Central Secretariat and all Government buildings on both sides of Rajpath.

Forwarded by:- PB NewsDesk

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The “Traditional Day” celebrated at VBS Mumbai

The “Traditional Day” celebrated at VBS Mumbai. The “Traditional Day” celebration was to represent Indian culture.The whole office was in different Indian outfits. The event was an effort to contribute to remember our culture and celebrate the event with great enthusiasm and gusto. Lunch was arranged and photos were clicked to cherish the memories of the day. The day included Shri Satya Narayan Katha with distribution of Prasad.
Contributed by :- Neha P Khare, EA,VBS Mumbai

Doordarshan relaunches website to increase accessibility

In keeping with its pledge to give a new look to all its properties, Doordarshan has revamped its

The new look of the website is fresh, vibrant, contemporary and colourful. The emphasis is as much on aesthetic appeal as it is on content and administration related details. The new website also offers ease of navigation as it has dedicated pages of each national channels including one for DD Kisan channel, which is yet to be launched.

Touted to be the corporate website, Doordarshan’s new launched website further links the user to all regional channels existing websites. The latest topics on the homepage range from specific details on the only free to air DD Free Dish to news headlines to scheduled movies of the week and easy social media accessibility. Also, via website, users would be able to access the live streaming of DD News.

The website also offers a clickable option for the users to view the website in four different colour themes. The users can also change the sizes of the fonts for ease of legibility. An added new feature that merits mention is the dynamically updated programme schedule of national channels with regular update being done remotely by “What’s On India.” This channel guide allows users to view the programmes being telecast for that particular time band on each channel, as well as the programmes lined up for the entire day.

The multi-media gallery section incorporated in the newly launched website details the users on the latest developments and upcoming events at Doordarshan.

For greater speed and ease of navigation, superior technology has been incorporated while designing the website. Access to sub-sections has been made quicker and easier. The browsing experience on has been made richer.

This mobile-friendly and content rich website is being maintained by the National Informatics Centre.

Forwarded By: PB NewsDesk ,

अशोकनगर को मिलेगा एफएम रेडियो

अशोकनगर(निप्र)। शहरवासियों को एफएम रेडियो की सौगात जल्द मिलेगी। साथ ही यहां दूरदर्शन प्रसारण केंद्र का आधुनिकीकरण होगा।यह बात सूचना प्रसारण मंत्रालय भारत सरकार के सचिव विमल जुल्का ने पत्रकारों से बातचीत करते हुए कही। वे बुधवार को एक दिवसीय दौरे पर अशोकनगर आए थे। इस अवसर पर उन्हें शहर के लिए एफएम बैंड शुरू करने एवं दूरदर्शन प्रसारण केंद्र के आधुनिकीकरण को लेकर एक ज्ञापन सौंपा गया।

इस मौके पर उन्होंने स्वीकार किया कि अशोकनगर में एफएम बैंड की आवश्यकता को देखते हुए यहां एफएम बैंड शुरू किया जा सकता है। इसके लिए वे कार्रवाई शुरू करेंगे। साथ ही उन्होंने एफएम बैंड शुरू कराने और दूरदर्शन प्रसारण केंद्र का भी आधुनिकीकरण कराने का आश्वासन दिया। इस अवसर पर देवेन्द्र ताम्रकार, नीरज शुक्ला, कमलेश गुप्ता के अलावा कांग्रेस नेता रमेश नायक, पूर्व विधायक गजराम सिंह यादव, प्रमोद जैन आदि उपस्थित थे। उल्लेखनीय है कि विमल जुल्का सन्‌ 1980 के दरम्यान अशोकनगर में एसडीएम पद पर एवं इसके बाद गुना कलेक्टर भी रह चुके हैं। अशोकनगर आगमन पर उनके पुराने मिलने वालों से उन्होंने कुशलक्षेम भेंट कर पुरानी यादें भी ताजा की।

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Doordarshan all set to make Republic Day parade an iconic visual treat

An artist gives final touches to a 
painting of president Obama
in Amritsar on Wednesday.PTI
Indian security establishment has not yet given up hope to persuade its US counterparts to let the US PresidentBarack Obama arrive as the chief guest for Republic Day parade accompanying President Pranab Mukherjee in his limousine.

Highly placed sources said that while all the other security issues have been sorted out, President Obama's arrival to Rajpath and departure still remains open and the security staff accompanying POTUS may relent and agree to their request.

"It is still being debated and we hope that instead of traveling in his separate limousine called the Beast, president Obama will arrive and depart in our President's car. We have met and answered all the concerns of the US security staff accompanying president Obama," sources said.

In case US relents and agrees, it will be the first time that president Obama would travel in a limousine other than the Beast.

The reason for India's insistence perhaps lies in Modi government's keenness to showcase the Republic Day parade as an iconic event and make it a visual treat to be telecast across the world.

Sensing an opportunity to make brand Modi a global success with president Obama seating next to him in Republic Day parade, the PMO had instructed Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, a couple of months to put up a majestic show of the parade.

In turn, Doordarshan requested the ministry of external affairs to request all Indian embassies and missions abroad to put up giant screens in their compounds to see the parade. Doordarshan has also made arrangements to beam live broadcast of RD parade to SAARC countries and Australia.

It has also made all arrangements to beam the telecast live even to US in the NTSC system if the US authorities desire so.

Doordarshan will be using 24 top end high definition Sony cameras (last year there were 18 cameras) to beam the parade from various angles. To cameras will be put atop India Gate to give full scale panoramic view of full Rajpath – from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan.

It has roped in two commentators each in English and Hindi to give live commentary of the parade - Komal GB Singh and Gaurav Dhawan Lal for English and Shivendra Chaturvedi and Sanjeev Upadhyaya for Hindi commentary.

Doordarshan has hired over 100 professional engineers and cameramen to make the RD parade a never before visual treat and be remembered for years to come. Before the parade starts, Doordarshan has planned to show a short documentary of four minutes each on president Obama and president Mukherjee. The national broadcaster will do rehearsal of the live coverage on January 23 to clear any glitches.

Friday, January 23, 2015

AIR Bhopal से महामहिम राज्यपाल का प्रदेश की जनता के नाम संदेश का प्रसारण .

आकाशवाणी भोपाल द्वारा गणतंत्र दिवस के अवसर पर महामहिम राज्यपाल का प्रदेश की जनता के नाम संदेश का प्रसारण किया जायेगा। .
आकाशवाणी भोपाल द्वारा 26 जनवरी, 2015 (सोमवार) को गणतंत्र दिवस के अवसर पर प्रदेश की जनता के नाम मध्यप्रदेश के महामहिम राज्यपाल, श्री रामनरेश यादव के संदेश का प्रसारण प्रातः 08.30 बजे से किया जायेगा।
राज्यपाल के इस संदेश को मध्यप्रदेश स्थित अन्य सभी आकाशवाणी केन्द्र भी प्रसारित करेंगे।
Contribution-Rajeev Shrivastav, AIR Bhopal, Blog Report-Praveen Nagdive

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