is a treasure house of many memorable
the great artistes who have contributed to
India’s rich music and dance heritage.
This is an endeavour to
bring some of the exquisite performances of
enduring beauty to reach out to a
larger audience celebrating
the spirit of a singing and dancing nation.
As modern India’s national channel, Doordarshan holds India’s master cache of archival material on her exquisite and arcane performing arts that survived independently of “formal documentation” as understood by the transcribing tradition of western societies.
Today, Doordarshan Channels : DD1 National, DD-Bharati, DD-News, DD-Sports, DD-lndia and eleven Regional Channels, substantially cover the Millennia-Old Heritage of the sub-continent of India.
Many genres in music, dance and theatre in India, now termed “classical”, flourish in today’s “contemporary” milieu in a fascinating flow of continuity and evolution for over 2,500 years.
Doordarshan celebrated the centenary of recording music in India (1902-2002) with its first set of 07 VCDs and ACDs in January2003 and a second setof 11 inJunethatyear.Thethird set featuring the Bharat Ratna Awardees M.S.
Subbulakshmi and Ustad Bismillah Khan was released in the year 2004. These series are now in their second edition.
More will be available in 2005, the culled performance highs of the last quarter of a century.