• Remember the days when the entire family would gather around the TV set and remain glued to favourite serials on our good old Doordarshan. The likes of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Chitrahar, Hum Log, Buniyaad, Gul Gulshan Gulfaam, Karamchand, Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne, Tu Tu Main Main, Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, Flop Show and dozens of others are etched on our minds and hearts. Now Doordarshan is seeking to recreate that magic with its newest offering ‘Swaraj’.

Starting August 14, DD National will air this 75-episode hour-long historical docu-drama series ‘Swaraj – Bharat Ke Swarantrata Sangram Ki Samagra Gatha’, produced in 4K/HD quality, at 9 p.m. every Sunday.

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Claimed to be a highly well researched mega show, Swaraj will, for the first time ever,  comprehensively illustrate the glorious history of India’s freedom struggle right from the 15th century onwards, bringing to life its several lesser known aspects and unsung heroes.

Popular film actor Manoj Joshi is the ‘sutradhar’ (narrator) of the serial.

Taking the media through a preview of the mega show, 25 episodes of which have been shot so far, Additional Director General (Region), Press Information Bureau (PIB) Chandigarh, Rajinder Chaudhry said on Friday that the serial’s 75 episodes commemorate the 75 years of our independence from British rule.

He expressed confidence that the in-depth portrayal of the struggles and sacrifices made by sung and unsung heroes from all regions of the country during the 449 years - from the time when Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first set foot on Indian soil in 1498, right up to 1947, when the country finally attained independence - will be an eye-opener and source of immense pride and inspiration for an entire new generation of Indians.   

Swaraj will first be aired in Hindi on DD National at 9 p.m. from August 14 and subsequently in several regional languages on Doordarshan’s regional network. Every episode will be repeated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will also be dubbed in English for the international audiences. Its audio version will be broadcast on All India Radio (AIR) network from 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Doordarshan has had a history of offering a bouquet of popular informative, authentic and entertaining programmes right through the 1980s and 1990s, some of them produced by well known professionals from various fields.

Some of the dozens of unforgettable serials in various categories which come to mind are Mahabharat, Ramayana, Shri Krishna, Chanakya, Tamas, Buniyaad, Bharat Ek Khoj, Surabhi, Katha Sagar, Hum Log, Malgudi Days, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Byomkesh Bakshi, Flop Show, Udaan, Khandaan, Tu Tu Mein Mein, Gul Gulshan Gulfaam, Mirza Galib, Wagle Ki Duniya, Fauji, Karamchand, Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne, Mowgli – The Jungle Book,  Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, Zabaan Sambhalke, Kahan Gaye Woh Log, Air Hostess, Rajani, Kakaji Kahin and Param Vir Chakra.

Now, when in the 75th year of independence, the nation is celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’, the National broadcaster is preparing to reinvent itself based on the theme ‘Naye Bharat Na Naya Doordarshan’.

Apart from Swaraj, a number of other “high quality serials” are also coming our way soon, one among them being ‘Startup Champions 2.0’ showcasing the entrepreneurial culture fast growing in the country. Featuring successful journey of 46 national award-winning startups, it will be aired on DD News at 9 p.m. on Saturdays and on DD National at 12 noon on Sundays. The English version of this show will be on DD India at 10 p.m. every Saturday.

Some other upcoming serials with messages of patriotism and women empowerment are ‘Jai Bharati’, ‘Corporate Sarpanch’ and ‘Yeh Dil Mannge More’.

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