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DD Bharati reinventing with new programming

MUMBAI: DD Bharati is well on its course to reinvent its programming. The public broadcaster will be launching an array of new shows every month.

Catering to the different tastes of its viewers, DD Bharati is launching a series of new shows around the occasion of Diwali.

The channel will first showcase a film ‘Pita’ based on the play ‘The Father’ by August Strindberg. The special is produced and directed by renowned director Govind Nihalani and will air on 18 and 19 October at 11 pm with a repeat telecast the next day at 7 am and 3 pm.

DD Bharati will also introduce musical programmes with a specially curated series ‘Remembering Legends’. Airing this weekend at 9 pm, it will showcase archival performances of the Hindustani Classical Music aces like the legendary Dagar Brothers, Rampur Seheswan Gharana and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. The episodes have exclusively been curated and represented by Shri Yatindra Mishra and Smt. Kumud Diwan.

On the occasion of birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the channel will telecast a special programme on 17 October at 6 pm, with a repeat telecast at 2 am and 10 am.

In the best of Indian Cinema slot, ‘Kharghosh’ will be telecast on 18 October at 6:30 pm, and a repeat telecast at 2:30am and 10:30 am. Director Paresh Kamdar’s ‘Khargosh’ is based on a short story by Hindi writer Priyamvad. ‘Beli Mattu Hola’ will air on 25 October at 06:30 pm. ‘Beli Mattu Hola’ is a Kannada movie directed by P. R. Ramdasa Naidu and focuses on the futility of the system of governance prevailing in the villages of South India.

A series of programmes will also take viewers to the homes of trendsetters through ‘Trailblazers’. It will showcase various fields of classical dance like kathak, theatre, art and advertising along with a glimpse into the personal and professional life of the artists. On 19 October it will showcase B V Doshi at 10 pm and repeat next day at 6 am and 2 pm.

A film by Mallika Sarabhai ‘Let us talk about food’ will air on 19 October at 10:30 pm. It is a journey into India’s food heritage and the biodiversity of its crops. It delves into the reasons for the shrinking of this diversity and the homogenisation of our food preferences. The journey also takes the protagonist into a search for the larger repercussions of this homogenisation of tastes and demands – the health ramifications and the effects on farming, soil and cropping patterns and ecology.

On 20 October, DD Bharati in association with MEA will telecast a programme, ‘Kolkata Blues’, at 10:30 pm, with a repeat telecast at 6:30 am and 2:30 pm. It will present a glimpse into the wide range of musical traditions that Kolkata possesses.

This show will be followed by a new series, ‘Taste ki Baat Hai’, featuring different cuisines and traditions of India.

Launching on 23 October, it will air at 4 pm every Thursday with a repeat the next day at 12 midnight and 8 am. It will showcase different cuisines and lifestyles through families from different backgrounds.

With India being a diverse country even from a culinary point of view, cooking styles vary from state to state and people to people. Little is known about the food and manners of lesser known regions and communities like Kutchi Memons, the Baghdadi Jews of Mumbai or the Chettiars of Chennai.

The food show will see each episode exploring the cuisine of a particular community. A member of that community plays host to the viewers and brings to life the food and culture of that place. The audience is introduced to a variety of cuisines along with titbits about the community’s culinary culture. It will give the audience an introduction to the etiquette of Indian cuisine by sharing a meal with a family from the featured community.

Some of the communities explored in this series are Anglo Indians, Assamese Bodos, Chettiars, Goans, Kashmiris, Kolis, Mizos, Parsis, Sindhis and more.

A special programme on Diwali ‘Jagmag Jag Karle’ will air on 23 October at 6 pm with a repeat telecast at 2 am and 10 am. The show will talk about the importance of lights, and it will be followed by another programme ‘Parv Tarang’ at 6:30 pm showcasing Diwali celebrations across India.

DD Bharati will also pay homage to Manna Dey on his death anniversary by telecasting some programmes from the archives of Doordarshan. It will present ‘Tu Pyaar Ka Sagar Hai’ on 24 and 25 October at 10:30 pm, with a repeat telecast at 6:30 and 2:30 pm.

The channel will launch ‘Nritya Nava Kalpana’ from 27 October, airing at 10 pm. The show is a special curation of the new imaginations of dance emerging from the thoughts of contemporary ideas, imaginations and texts.

Dr Arshiya Sethi, who has compiled the series, said, “The compositions of Nritya Nava Kalpana take the dancer out of the comfort zone intellectually and artistically. We get to see an unfamiliar treatment of dance moulded by re-imagined direction of thoughts.”

The series includes dance productions of veteran dancer Uday Shankar who started a new range of contemporary dance in India followed by works of the choreographers like Smt. Amala Shankar, Guru Singhajit Singh, Vidushi Sonal Mansingh, Smt. Bharti Shivaji, Aditi Mangaldas, Ileana Citaristi, Manjushri Chaki Sarkar and more. In the subsequent months, special programmes on the works of Pt. Narendra Sarma will also be showcased.