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Doordarshan to commemorate martyrs on 50th year of 1965 war

MUMBAI: To pay homage to the martyrs of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Delhi Doordarshan has conceptualised a new programme called ‘Smarananjali’.

The programme is being organised by DD in association with All India Radio, Directorate of Film Festivals and Subramaniam Foundation at Siri Fort auditorium on 30 October from 6 to 8 pm. The programme will be subsequently telecast on DD National, DD Bharati and DD India.

It will be a lyrical tribute by artists on stage to the martyrs in the presence of their families and the Minister of Defence and the chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force and paramilitary forces. Religious leaders from different religious groups will also be present to pay homage to the martyrs.

Renowned musicians like violin maestro L Subramanium and singers Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pankaj Udhas and Suresh Wadkar from Subramaniam Foundation will pay a musical tribute to the martyrs. The musical tribute will be interlaced with dance performances to patriotic songs by Manjula Parmesh and group.

An additional attraction will be an on-the-spot painting by painter BS Verma and dance by soldiers from the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) to the song ‘Ma Tujhe Salaam’.

Defence minister Arun Jaitley, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, and the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air force and paramilitary forces will pay homage to the martyrs by lighting a candle before a replica of the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

Three Param Vir Chakra awardees—Capt Bana Singh (Retd), Sub Yogender Singh Yadav and N/SUB Sanjay Kumar—will also be honoured at the tribute event.