60 Years Of Doordarshan! These Top 10 DD Shows Will Make You Nostalgic & Emotional

60 Years Of Doordarshan! These Top 10 DD Shows Will Make You Nostalgic & Emotional
60 Years Of Doordarshan! These Top 10 DD Shows Will Make You Nostalgic & Emotional

On September 15, India’s first television service provider, Doordarshan completed 61 glorious years

The oldest service provider which was established on Sep 15, 1959, has given some of the iconic shows such as Ramayan, Mahabharat, Shaktiman, Chandrakanta and many more.

It won’t be an exaggeration if we say that this channel has literally shaped the future of millions of children belonging to the ’80s and 90’s generation.

On top of that, during the lockdowns, the return of shows like Ramayan, Mahabharat, Fauji and Buniyaad, Doordarshan got all the 80s and the 90s kids nostalgic.

As it stirred the childhood memories and also became a reminder of the golden era of television when content was the king and noted filmmakers contributed to the small screen some of the magnificent shows.

Additionally, enjoying these shows with the next generation is another way to teach the values of a somewhat forgotten culture.

A Walk To The Memory Lane 

Doordarshan began as a broadcaster in Delhi with a small transmitter and a makeshift studio on September 15, 1959,  61 years ago.

It was on an experimental basis. The daily transmission of the channel was started in 1965 that too, as a part of All India Radio. 

After 17 years, DD became the national broadcaster In 1982.

In celebrations, its official Twitter handle shared the classic signature tune of Doordarshan and wrote, “Celebrating 61 Glorious Years of #Doordarshan! (sic).”

These 10 shows which will make all 0s and 90s kids nostalgic and bring out the emotional side.

1.Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan

It was the first mythological show broadcasted on Indian television.

It seemed like a curfew-like situation when it was broadcasted on Sundays.

The cast, which included Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhlia and Sunil Lahri who played Ram, Sita and Lakshman parts on the show, were treated like gods.

2.Byomkesh Bakshi

The investigative show filled with suspense and thriller starring Rajit Kapur in the lead role became quite a hit with the viewers in the 90s. 

The character was called Satyanaweshi as he was interested in bringing out the truth more than solving the crime.


The show was filled with women empowerment and inspired by IPS Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya, who was India’s first female DGP. 

Basically, the story was about a woman who overcomes difficulties and becomes a highly respected IPS officer.


This mythological show also enjoyed a great viewership as it had better visual effects and was an expensive show of its time. 

Directed by BR Chopra, starring Nitish Bharadwaj, Rupa Ganguly, Arjun, Gajendra Chauhan, Puneet Issar and they had enjoyed immense popularity due to the show.

5.Malgudi Days

The show won many hearts while it was aired on Doordarshan in 1986 which was directed by Shankar Nag and based on RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days novel.

Further, the show revolved around Swami, the protagonist, and his numerous adventures.


This was the first soap-opera on Doordarshan and holds a special place in everyone’s heart from the 80s. 

The show revolved around Basesar Ram and his family and dealt with issues like gender discrimination, poverty, lack of opportunities, out-dated social-values and alcoholism.


Directed by Ramesh Sippy, this show dealt with partition and its aftermath.

So it was very much popular in India as well as Pakistan. 

It was a story about a Punjabi family, which begins in Lahore in 1915 and ends in Delhi in 1985. 

8.Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi

It was the first sitcom of Indian television starring the late Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi, Satish Shah and Tiku Talsania.

The whole show revolved around a quirky couple Ranjit and Renu Verma and their day-to-day life. 


Directed by Kundan Shah, the show was about the trials and tribulations of the labor class in the cities.


The story was based on the life of a fiery naval officer, Nikita Sachdev (played by Pallavi Joshi) who strived to prove that women are equal to men. 

Written and produced by Pallavi Joshi, the show was quite ahead of its time.

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