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DD Bharati to dig up archives to present shows and regional cinema

MUMBAI: DD Bharati is continuing its endeavour of constantly refreshing its programming in a bid to attract more viewers. It is now set to dig up its archives to present a range of shows and regional films this month.

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti on 6 November, the channel will live telecast a special programme from the Golden Temple, Amritsar from 7 to 7:45 am.

Another live telecast on the occasion is Kirtan Darbar from Gurdwara Sri Ber Sahib, Sultan Pur Lodhi on the occasion of Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Nanak Ji from 8 to 10 pm. It will feature a compilation of various Gurbanis, Kirtans darbar and kathak in adoration of Guru Parv. DD Bharati will also air Nanak Naman at 10 pm, with a repeat the next day at 6 am and 2 pm.

In the wake of competition thrown by private channels, DD Bharati is trying to revive lost glories of Doordarshan by showcasing archival and new programmes from their collection. Besides, the channel will also bring a fresh look through their collection of regional movies.

It will air a Malayalam movie ‘Athmakatha’ on 8 November, and a Marathi film ‘Ek Cup Chya’ on 15 November at 6:30 pm with a repeat the next day at 2:30 am and 10:30 am in the channel’s Best of Indian Cinema slot.

Premlal’s directorial debut ‘Athmakatha’ will narrate a moving tale of a dad-daughter duo, while ‘Ek Cup Chya’ will tell the story of Tukaram Sawant, a bus conductor who questions authorities using the Right to Information Act and its provisions when he is slammed with a huge electric bill.

Besides movies, DD Bharati will air a documentary on threads on 6 November at 6 pm, with a repeat the next day at 2 am. At 10 pm, it will showcase Malgudi Dreams, a film on the life of R K Narayana.

On 8 November, viewers can stay tuned for ‘Born Again’ at 6 pm, with a repeat next day at 2 am and 10 pm. Also starting on the same day at 9 pm is a new show ‘Gunijan’, which is a dialogue with classical musicians, art critics, music historians and literature. It will launch with an interview of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

A special show ‘Trailblazers’ will host Ghulam Sheikh on 9 November and Alyque Padamsee on 16 November at 10 pm, with a repeat the next day at 6 am and 2 pm.

Another special program has been scheduled on 10, 11 and 12 November at 10 pm, which will present ‘From Maya to Matter: A tribute to the Rare Renaissance Woman, Dr Maya Rao’. It will have a repeat next day at 6 am and 2 pm featuring the works and path breaking contributions immensely in the field of performing arts with Rao’s innovative choreographic dance numbers. The programme is a historical documentation as well as the celebration of the work and life of Dr Maya Rao.

From 11 to 13 November, the channel will present the show ‘Instrumental Journey Part 3’ at 9 pm, with a repeat at 5 am and 1 pm.

‘Balnritya Katha’ is scheduled on 13 November at 10 pm, and will mark a celebration of Children’s Day. The programme includes a series of narratives introducing DD Bharati’s young audience to a range of popular folklores through the creative medium of dance interpretations.

The programme begins with a Ganesh Vandana in the form of puppetry from Southern part of India followed by the depiction of the popular fairytale, Snow White in the form of a Bharatanatyam Ballet ‘Himsweta’ conceptualised by Jayalaxmi Eshwar. The programme ends with a revisiting of the historical narrative of Jhansi ki Rani as interpreted in the lines of Subhadra Kumari Chauhanl through the medium of dance.

On 15 and 16 November at 11 pm, the channel will also air a teleplay ‘Zevar Ka Dibba’, based on a story by Munshi Premchand. The story is about a diligent teacher who is employed by a rich businessman to tutor his son. The amount he earns from this assignment helps him pull on with his small family of two. When his student is to get married, the Thakur puts the entire responsibility of wedding arrangements on this very dependable teacher. And then one night the jewellery box gets stolen and his life changes dramatically.