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Revisiting 20 Old Doordarshan News Readers and Anchors

in: Doordarshan

salma-sultanToday, I am going to revisit the charm of 20 Old Doordarshan new readers and anchors, who ruled the hearts of billions of Indians with their charm, presentation and distinctive style. In the days of 24 hours non-stop private new channels, it is really a nice experience to remember the good old days of Doordarshan. Now it has been more than one and half decade, but still I cannot forget the wonderful Doordarshan news readers and anchors who used to enlighten our minds with the current affairs and latest updates in the ephemeral eighties and nineties when TV meant one single channel called Doordarshan.

Salma Sultan worked as an anchor in Doordarshan for 30 years from 1967 till 1997. She was famous for her signature rose tucked under her left ear in her hair,and draping the border of her sari around her neck in a unique style. And you know, what was the reason? She later disclosed the reason; "I did not have so many blouses to match with each sari so I created a style to hide them." All the lady newsreaders used to wear only sari and nothing else; forget business suits and skirts, even salwar suit was ruled out.

 salma-doordarshan

After her retirement, Salma Sultan moved to directing serials on social topics for Doordarshan under her production house Lensview Private Limited. Her popular serials were Panchtantra Se, Suno Kahani, Swar Mere Tumhare and Jalte Sawal.

Salma Sultan gave the first news of assassination of Indira Gandhi on Doordarshan’s evening news on 31 October 1984,more than 10 hours after she was shot.

Ramu Damodaran

Ramu Damodaran never looked at the script even before the tele-prompter came into news studios. He was the son of diplomat A.K. Damodaran. Later he left the new reading job and became private secretary to Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. He also served in the Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow and at the United Nations.

Tejeshwar Singh

Tejeshwar Singh was a famous English newsreader during 80s and early 90s. He had a statesque appeal, known best for his well kept beard and deep baritone voice

Prannay Roy Doordarshan

Prannay Roy started his career with televised coverage of India’s general elections On Doordarshan, he hosted news programs "The News Tonight" and "The World This Week" (which were nominated as one of India’s 5 best television programs since independence. Later he started India’s first 24-hour English news channel NDTV 24×7.

Geetanjali Iyer

Githanjali Iyer was an elegant and erudite yesteryear Doordarshan newsreader.

Rini Simon Khanna Rini Simon Khanna was handpicked from Radio to anchor the National news on Delhi Doordarshan in 1985, co-anchoring news with Tejeshwar Singh. In addition to presenting news, Rini was an experienced Voice talent, rendering commentary and voiceovers for documentaries, advertisement films and feature-films. She also played the role of anchor in many international and national conferences, cultural shows and seminars for prestigious organizations, UN agencies, corporate groups and Government agencies.

 

Neethi Ravindran

Neethi Ravindran used to grace our screens with poise  and her crisp voice every night during 1980s and 1990s. After golden Doordarshan days, she has been keeping busy as a voiceover artist, making documentaries, short films and anchoring special programs. It was her voice that led us through the death of Mother Teresa in 1997 and she was the brainchild behind award-winning documentary Fifty Years of India’s Independence, made for the Ministry of External Affairs through the United News of India.

Usha Albuquerque 

Usha Albuquerque entered into media and journalism, appearing as the English newsreader for Doordarshan, and writing for several magazines. Soon she was producing, and sometimes anchoring, television news features, quizzes, talk shows, and documentaries for corporate houses, the Air Force, Ministry of External Affairs and international organizations, such as the World Bank and Portuguese and Brazilian TV.

Shammi Narang

Shammi Narang was selected from among 100,000 candidates into Doordarshan and became the ‘face of Doordarshan news reading’ and Indian Television during the 1970s – 80s. He was a master or high quality voice and unique style. Even today, he is a very popular and successful voice artist. All Hindi in-train and in-station voice messages and announcements of the Delhi Metro, Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon, Mumbai Metro, Bangalore Metro and the upcoming Hyderabad Metro Rail and Jaipur Metro are also recorded in his voice.

Manjari-Joshi

Manjari Joshi is another evergreen faces of yesteryears’ Doordarshan.

Komal GB Singh

Komal GB Singh was in limelight for ten years and became a household name due to her news reading.

Minu Talwar

Minu Talwar had a long association, almost 35 years, with Doordarshan, as a newsreader and anchor.

suneet tandon

Sunit Tandon was associated with Doordarshan until 2007.

Avinash Kaur Sarin started her career as a presenter on Door Darshan, India, subsequently was promoted to be main newscaster on Doordarshan. She was one of the very few lady newsreaders who would always sport a smile when greeting users. She would never keep her hair open and used to tie them together in a juda. And she had this characteristically large  Bindi always on.

Sarla Maheshwari

Sarla Maheshwari, the lady with the most grace. She had striking features and dressed with utter simplicity devoid of almost any jewellary. She had this small mole that only enhanced her appleal as a charming face that would command everybody’s attention. She looked pretty expressionless most of the times but an occassional smile of hers was quite infectious.

Vedprakash

Ved Prakash was also a well known Newsreader and voice artist associated with Doordarshan, Chief Editor of ‘Student Today’, author of over 100 articles with leading Newspapers and Magazines.

Shobhana Jagdish

Shobhana Jagdish joined DD quite late but quickly became a popular newsreader because of her absolutely magical voice. She would come neatly dressed in starched sarees, with a small bindi always adorning her forehead.

Kaveri Mukherjee, another elegant and erudite Doordarshan newsreader.

Vinod-Dua

Vinod Dua has been the face of Indian television since 1974. He has seen and been associated with Indian television’s transition from a government controlled, black and white, single-channel entity to the present-day multi-channel transnational satellite T.V.industry.

narottam puri

Narottam Puri was the face of sports on Doordarshan for almost 3 decades. His sports quiz on TV during the 1970s and 1980s was a much watched show. His Cricket commentary was well recognised the world over. He is also an acclaimed ENT specialist.



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  • 1

    DD social message videos

    Does anyone have old clips of DD social message videos on cleanliness entitled : Aur Isska Kya karein?

    ashwinikumar on October 2nd, 2014
  • 2

    WOW .. u remind me of those golden days .. when watching news was big event of the day. i almost forgot all these faces but seeing them reminded of those golden days. thx

    GURUNATH on October 3rd, 2014
  • 3

    Thanks for reminding me of those beautiful people

    ravi narwal on October 24th, 2014
  • 4

    you had forgot Mr.J V Raman,the 1 among top 5 of doordarshan news reders ,many of these are not populer as him…
    without him,this list is not only incomlete but also with editor’s error..

    sushil thakkar on October 25th, 2014
  • 5

    ग्रेट लिस्ट, थैंक्स फॉर शेयरिंग.

    Sunita Aggarwal on October 27th, 2014
  • 6

    yes i agree sushil thakkar, where is Mr.J V Raman more popular personality you forgot him ?

    jitu on November 14th, 2014
  • 7

    This above given faces and names are the take-1 stage of tele-news services broken in by doordarshan. These collections have really reminded us those golden childhood moments sitting infront of the most wonderful T.V. sets. There news reading qualities are unmatchable and they used to read the news in a specific reading style which has now changed with the time and this change has created their imprint on our mind for ever.

    Bidisha Biswas Dubey on November 30th, 2014
  • 8

    Wonder why Sashi Kumar didn’t appear in your list. Was’t he the first English news reader in Delhi Doordarshan Kendra, and one who is remembered fondly as a news anchor par excellence on the national channel?

    rajuda on December 4th, 2014
  • 9

    nostalgic. these faces are integral part of our childhood. hindi newsreaders list will be incomplete without JV Raman sirs’name. please add his pictures too.

    madhavi dubey on February 8th, 2015
  • 10

    Very nostalgic to see these 20 adorable faces. Shri J.V. Raman has died in August,2014.May the holy soul rest in peace.

    Harsh Gupta on February 26th, 2015
  • 11

    OH THOSE WHO FILLED OUR EARS-YEARS WITH THEIR CHARMING FACES,SWEET VOICES,MANNERISMS,POISE,GRACE !!!!
    IT WAS SHEAR DELIGHT WATCHING THEM DOING THE JOB THEY LIKED MOST-NEWS READING,DISCUSSING-SPORTS,ENTERTAINMENT,LITERATURE,WHO IS WHO AND MUCH MUCH MORE!
    DOORDARSHAN WILL DO THEM AN HONOR IF THEY START A SERIES OF THESE STALWARTS. IT CAN COVER THEIR PRESENCE DURING THEIR DD DAYS, THEIR LIFE AND THEIR OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATION/SOCIETY OR MEDIA.THEY WERE FANTASTIC AND DD WILL ONLY HONOR ITSELF BY REFRESHING THE PAST.ALTHOUGH I M A NOVICE IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM I WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE MY EFFORTS IN THE PRESENTATION . FINANCE HARDLY MATTERS AS MILLIONS WILL BID THEIR LUCK , JUST TO REHEAR AND RE LOOK AT THESE HEROES.HOPES ALWAYS COME TRUE! I BELIEVE.AND U Mr DD ?

    VIRENDRA PRATAP SINGH on March 24th, 2015
  • 12

    U CAN FIND SOMETHING ABOUT ME ON FACE BOOK AND TWITTER !I M HAVING BALL WITH MY TIME . I WAS A WARRANT OFFICER IN INDIAN AIR FORCE. MY UNIFORM REQUIRED ME TO RESTRICT MY THOUGHTS TO ME AND WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION, BUT NOW THAT I AM RETIRED I FEEL LUCKY TO CONTRIBUTE MY MIGHT, MY THOUGHTS, MY VALUES AND MY BELIEFS IN HUMANITY WITH THE WORLD.I UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF WORDS AND IMPORTANCE OF MEDIA.I HAVE WORKED ON RADAR. A RADAR IS MEANT TO TRANSMITT ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES IN TO THE SPACE WITH AN INTENTION OF FINDING OUT WHAT IS IN THE AIR.WE ALL ARE WALKING RADARS(RADIO DETECTION AND RANGING).WE CAN TRANSMITT MOTIVATING,ENTERTAINING,INFORMING ETC ,THE MASSES AND CREATE A DIFFERENCE IN Today’s AND TOMORROWS.
    WORDS ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS TO MAKE PEOPLE SEE REASON ,CREATE A VISION AND REDIRECTING ENERGY OF OUR YOUTH.TODAY THE YOUTH HAS ALL THE ELECTRONICS AT HIS HAND AND THERE IS NO DEARTH OF USEFUL INFORMATION.WE CAN CHANNELIZE THEIR ENERGY BY MAKING THEM FEEL REQUIRED AND MAKING THEM FEEL-WANTED.

    VIRENDRA PRATAP SINGH on March 24th, 2015
  • 13

    SORRY FOR SPELLING MISTAKES !

    VIRENDRA PRATAP SINGH on March 24th, 2015
  • 14

    DD U ARE THE BEST.U SERVE RICH SAMPLES OF CULTURE,SCIENCE,LITERATURE,INFORMATION ABOUT PEOPLE,SUBJECTS RELATED TO SOCIETY,ANY THING UNDER THE SUN WHICH IS PRODUCTIVE AND AIMS AT ENRICHING THE MIND.VERY WELL DONE !!!!!!
    QUDOS TO U DD! SALUTE TO U GRAND MASTERS!!!

    VIRENDRA PRATAP SINGH on March 24th, 2015
  • 15

    TODAY MORNING I SEARCHED KOMAL GB SINGH WHO HAD NOT ONLY PLEASANT PERSONALITY BUT HER GOLDEN VOICE,MANNERISMS,GRACE AND WIT——-ALL THESE ARE TRAITS —-YES PERSONALITY -A SINGLE WORD COVERS EVERY THING!
    AND LOOK WHAT HAVE STUMBLED UPON ?
    EUREKA EUREKA! I HAVE Aladdin’s MAGIC LAMP IN MY HANDS.

    VIRENDRA PRATAP SINGH on March 24th, 2015
  • 16

    DD YOU ARE UNIQUE! WHAT YOU SHOW AND SERVE, NO ONE CAN ! KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL JOB !!!!!LONG LIVE YOU-Mr DOORDARSHAN !!!!DD -NOW YOU LIKE ? HAHAHAHAHAHHA!

    VIRENDRA PRATAP SINGH on March 24th, 2015
  • 17

    I have no word to say these great people

    bhanu on May 5th, 2015
  • 18

    hi i love watching NIDHIKUMAR ENG NEWS CASTER SHE DOES LOOK LIKE SHARMILA TAGORE AND HAS CLASS BUT IT SEEMS PEOPLE AT DD NEWS WANT SUBSTANDARD NEWS READERS SO WE DONT GET TO SEE MUCH OF HER

    MUSKAN on May 12th, 2015
  • 19

    i I SIMPLY LOVE WATCHING NIDHI KUMAR SHE REMINDS ME OF MY FAV ACTRESS THE GLAMOUROUS SHARMILA TAGORE PL WATCH HER ON THU NIGHT AT DD NEWS AND WATCH THE MAGIC OF DD RETURN

    MUSKAN on May 12th, 2015
  • 20

    Dear Sir,
    The names of two DD stalwarts also need a special reference–
    1. Mrs. Pratima Puri– DDs first news reader, in 58 who was a regular till late 70s
    and,
    2. Ms. Mukta Shrivastava– again a regular

    Dr Kaushal Kumar on May 16th, 2015
  • 21

    Dear Sir,
    The names of two DD stalwarts also need a special mention–
    1. Mrs. Pratima Puri– DDs first news reader, in 58 who was a regular till late 70s
    and,
    2. Ms. Mukta Shrivastava– again a regular

    Dr Kaushal Kumar on May 16th, 2015
  • 22

    Really Thanks a lot !! for bringing all TV personality at one place I want and we all family members wants to see all again on one stage in any TV big program and they all can be notminated for awards They are all real deserving for AWARDS We all saw them all from my childhood

    Thanks once again
    9953332547
    Suresh K Dev

    Suresh K Dev on May 27th, 2015
  • 23

    AND ONE MORE POPULAR ENGLISH NEWS READER NAME IS MISSING.
    THE NAME IS SANGITA V.BEDI SHE HAS ALSO A UNIQUE APPEARANCE.

    IBM JABRI on June 3rd, 2015
  • 24

    Nostalgic memories of those days…
    Very familiar faces of those day’s which has been forgotten for the past one and half decade…
    Thank you for refreshing the memories of these people who where an integral part of our childhood..

    Ashwin on June 7th, 2015
  • 25

    Great !old days
    Those were the day when all of us waited eagerly for the news and famous serials to be broadcast .
    In-fact the news readers were unmatchable to today’s news readers
    Most of the readers now a days don’t even have the time to pronounce the word distinctly .
    Oh! My God what has happened to this country and its culture

    Chandrachur Bose on June 9th, 2015
  • 26

    Yesteryear news readers had an impressive smile and an unrivalled mastery of their presentation skill

    Chandrachur Bose on June 12th, 2015
  • 27

    Great personalities

    Chandrachur Bose on June 12th, 2015
  • 28

    Will feel obliged if somebody can similar post for Marathi News readers and anchors Most of them became Actors fo fame like Bhakti Barve,Smita Talwalkar,Smita Patil etc.

    Narendra Kane on June 13th, 2015
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    It was an era where news reading was not merely confined to transmitting the information; it rather brought with it a class; sophistication and pride..
    People used to epitomize these figures for their style statements..
    Shobhna Jagdish for her puffed hair bun and cotton seedha pallu saaree and salma sultana for her georgette and chiffon saaree and a big red/pink blossomed rose tied neatly on the side of her open long hair..

    Sonia on June 14th, 2015
  • 30

    What should i mention in the website bar?

    Sonia Jain on June 14th, 2015
  • 31

    The list of yesterday News reader is not complte w/o the mention of :JV Raman, Salma Sultan,Tejeshwar Singh, Usha Albuquerque, Shammi Narang,Komal GB Singh.

    SANJAY KHANDELWAL on June 14th, 2015
  • 32

    where is Smita Patil’s photo as a newsreader ?

    sulu_82 on June 15th, 2015
  • 33

    I am chitra.i finished BE.i am interested in news reader.

    M.Chitra on July 15th, 2015
  • 34

    how can anyone forget deepak vohra

    Sonika Malhan on July 16th, 2015
  • 35

    This is great feeling for me to see all these great faces, who enriched our knowledge by their style of news reading.

    Sudhakar Dubey on August 9th, 2015
  • 36

    They all had grace and poise, not like today’s imposters who masquerade as news anchors. I shudder to think what the Rajdeeps and Arnabs of today would have done if they had existed when major events like Indira Gandhi’s assassination and man’s landing on the moon took place. I guess they would have fallen of their chairs, shouting and yelling themselves hoarse.

    Alka BZ on August 26th, 2015
  • 37

    there is another newsreader you have missed out sadhana srivastava

    narayanan on September 6th, 2015
  • 38

    JV Raman name is missing. He was one of THE BEST

    Anil Pujary on September 8th, 2015
  • 39

    Where is Ms Pratima Puri

    Ashok Malik on November 3rd, 2015
  • 40

    I would like to know the name of a english news reader who used to read in the years of 1999-2000. Please let me know if anyone of you guys know about her. I searched everywhere but couldn’t find. She was little bit chubby FYI…

    Prashant on November 4th, 2015
  • 41

    its a great time with unforgettable faces. these faces have there own identity and we easily identify them from there job, at that time we use to call them “news wale uncle or aunty” because at that time we didn’t know there name.Such a great time…… missing. I request please update google with these unforgettable memories.

    pranav upadhyay on December 2nd, 2015
  • 42

    it revived my old memories. Thank you very much for the article

    amit on December 8th, 2015
  • 43

    I remember all the above readers, and those also missing, and specially Deepak Vohra’s Quiz Show——it was amazing—-I think worth viewing even now ,…..and the Siddharth Basu’s Quiztime…………….awesome………..Kids should be given an opportunity to view them today also…………….what amazing knowledge they would gain………only if these popular channels can borrow them from DD and telecast them again.

    POONAM SAREEN on December 23rd, 2015
  • 44

    Luku Sanyal, Dolly Thakore – their name is also missing.

    Tanna on December 30th, 2015
  • 45

    I am very happy to see all these treasure at one place.always like to see ,listen,.want to see fututer too.
    madanjee.

    madanjee mishra on January 1st, 2016
  • 46

    Good looking Sadhana Srivastava is missing.

    RK on January 2nd, 2016
  • 47

    I like Avinash kaur sareen dressed traditionally in saree & big maroon bindi. Looks beautiful & her voice was mesmerizing. I would always eager to watch news whenever she is reading the news.

    nagaraj on January 17th, 2016
  • 48

    I was searching for these golden names since some time and got all of them at this place. Thanks. I became emotional to go back to 80’s and memorize all of them. It was all in Doordarshan.

    G Tripathy on January 22nd, 2016
  • 49

    Can Doordarshan re-telecast its old exercise program DUS KADAM anchored by Dr Narottam Puri. It was really an excellent program.

    N Hazari on March 10th, 2016
  • 50

    I chanced on this wonderful piece when my sister wanted to get some information about a DD serial. And it took me on a nostalgic trip. ‘Doordarshan’- what an idea and what a source of healthy ‘infotainment’. It enthralled, educated and united India. The news was the most eagerly awaited item and the news readers were almost like film stars. Each of them had and have loyal followers even today. I remember very well anxiously waiting for The Indian Express to read the critical and sometimes scathing comments of seasoned journalist and critic Amita malik on the news readers of DD. There was some kind of personal touch in the presentation of news which was less professional but more pleasant. We still remember those mellifluous signature tunes ( before the news, morning telecast, Rangoli etc)and the magic of DD still lingers on. For me and those who grew up with DD (born in the seventies)it is only DD.

    K.Sekhar on March 15th, 2016
  • 51

    Come back, 80’s…

    shiva on March 16th, 2016
  • 52

    J V Raman, Dolly Thakore, Sadhana Srivastava, Shivendra Kundra, Salma Sultan, Sukanya Balakrishnan — missing

    SYAM PRASAD on March 18th, 2016
  • 53

    really nostalgic moments…watching them reading news on our black and white tv…..and slow and steady got first colour television…..also watching ramayan serial was awsm….

    ajay on March 29th, 2016
  • 54

    Yes, I very much remember these familiar faces. The view filled my mind with nostalgia about those olden days.

    Two or 3 years ago, I read in The Times of India that some of these newsreaders of the yester-years were spotted together at a wedding. The news-item carried their photos in conversation.

    P Nayak on April 6th, 2016
  • 55

    Being a ladies man, I never missed an opportunity to watch Rini Simon Khanna and Shobhana Jagdish. There also was this pretty anchor by name of Mita Chaudhary. Anyone knows what these wonderful DD male and female anchors are doing?

    Harish on April 17th, 2016
  • 56

    Why my favorite new reader -sukanya balakrishnan was missed in this article.

    Bala on April 28th, 2016
  • 57

    Hi,

    You must have given more about Minu who is unique news reader also missing Mrinalini, kabir Bedi, J.B.Ramana and announce Muktha Srivatsava.

    Manohar

    Manohar Sakare on May 12th, 2016
  • 58

    Hi,

    You must have given more about Minu who is unique news reader also missing Mrinalini, kabir Bedi,suresh kumar,Appan Menon , J.B.Ramana and announce Muktha Srivatsava.

    Manohar

    Manohar Sakare on May 12th, 2016
  • 59

    A golden years my childhood days, will never forgate in the life.. Just request you please upload in youtube videos news of all anchor between years 1985 To 1995.

    Lok Nath Mishra on June 3rd, 2016
  • 60

    hello, I was thrilled to locate yesteryears real stars on doordarshans .

    Among hindi news makers ( i hate word news readers for these gems they never looked like reading a page viewer as they looked eye to eye in camera). they all had good given bass in their voice cords , just like big B..

    long leave salman sultan , komal singh , nithi R . greate loss in demise of Tejeswar .

    god blees them all ,

    can some one give me their cell no pl

    arun deshpande , nashik

    arun on June 19th, 2016
  • 61

    OnIndian TV in the 1960s, there was a lady who ran the program ‘Bacchon ke liye’. Not sure what her name is. Any information, pictures will be much appreciated.

    Ramaswamy on June 20th, 2016
  • 62

    There were a couple of ladies who use to give details on next day programme or provide a synopsis before the movie starts , one i remember her last name to be some koli.

    Prem on June 27th, 2016
  • 63

    what about Sadhana Srivastava, Prabjyot Kaur, Raman ? can you include them aswell?

    Mohan on July 13th, 2016
  • 64

    Took us back to the good old days and many more memories of those days .feeling nostalgic.
    Will be obliged if you could inform me where to get Vedic of a very popular programme of DD on aerobics -Dus Kadam

    bushra ahuja on August 4th, 2016
  • 65

    Took us back to the good old days and many more memories of those days .feeling nostalgic.
    Will be obliged if you could inform me where to get Vedio of a very popular programme of DD on aerobics -Dus Kadam

    bushra ahuja on August 4th, 2016
  • 66

    Yes, I remember Mr. Raman also!!What about him? Any ways all these personalities were just awesome. Going through these memories is very nostalgic. Felt very very good!!

    Yogesh A. on August 9th, 2016
  • 67

    Jyotsana also, she was not a newsreader, but she compered other programs. main announcer also

    Deewakar Kumar on August 11th, 2016
  • 68

    There is no mention of Minu & Sheela Chaman.

    Vrindesh on September 24th, 2016