Tuesday, October 2, 2007

AIR to embark on nostalgic trip

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 – Melodious numbers sung by icons of yesteryear are going to be back on the air to send you on a nostalgic trip, with All India Radio (AIR) planning to release popular numbers of selected artists. Though AIR does not have any proposal to release CDs of artists like Jyoti Prasad, Bishnu Rava, and Parbati Prasad among others, they are releasing some of their songs. This was disclosed by Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi in reply to a question by Anwar Hussain in Lok Sabha.

Prasar Bharti has informed that songs of some of the popular artists were available with Guwahati AIR and were being broadcast in various programmes.

The recording of the following artists has been preserved, the Minister said.

The seven artists included Jyoti Prasad Agarwala (25 minutes), Bishnu Rabha (80 mts), Parbati Prasad Barua (100 mts), Dr Bhupen Hazarika (360 mts), Rudra Barua (45 mts), Rekibuddin Ahmed (60 mts) and Pratima Pandey (300 mts).

Meanwhile, 25,000 Direct to Home (DTH) sets are proposed to be rushed to the Northeast to cover the uncovered areas of the Region as part of the special package for the Northeast cleared last year, the Minister said in reply to a separate question.

Action for procurement of these sets has been initiated by Doordarshan. Installation of the sets will have to be carried out by the State Governments, he added.

As part of DD’s project of KU band transmission, 1095 DTH units have been provided free of cost in the uncovered villages of Northeast for demonstration.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 27 Feb 2007