From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
moletrole, MegaAveron25, rj4712, and Tanawat2002

Captures by

Editions by
Tabit, Tanawat2002

Video captures courtesy of
Doordarshan National


Doordarshan is a state-owned media company in India. Doordarshan has been in service since 1959 when it began as a radio station. Its popularity did not rise until Indian PM Indira Gandhi realized its full potential as a television station. Doordarshan was serving 8 major cities in 1975. Nationwide transmission began in 1982 when the Asian Games were held in Delhi. Until 1991, Doordarshan was the only channel in India, before the inception of privately owned channels such as Star World.

1st Station ID (September 15, 1959-April 1, 1976?)

ID: On a black background, we see the All India Radio logo with the text "दूरदर्शन" (Doordarshan) below it. Below the Doordarshan text, the words "EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION" appear in a smaller font.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extinct. It was recently discovered on an AP Archives video.

2nd Station ID (April 1, 1976-1993?)

Doordarshan (1972-1993?).jpeg

ID: On a black background, we see a red circle outline with the black swirly vortex inside, zooming towards us. In the center, two red streaks of gas appear orbiting around the center. The vortex disappears. While two streaks continue to orbit, a solid red circle appears in the middle. As we continue to zoom closer, gas streaks solidify into two crescent arcs to form the abstract eye. The word "दूरदर्शन" (Doordarshan) appears in the pupil. The entire logo zooms back to a comfortable distance to reveal more Sanskrit words under the eye.

Trivia: The Doordarshan eye was designed by Devashis Bhattacharya, a former National Institute of Design (NID) student. [1]

Technique: Scanimate animation done by RL Mistry.

Music/Sounds: A slow instrumental arrangement of the patriotic song "Tarana-e-Hindi (Anthem of Hindustan)", composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Availability: Extinct.

Legacy: A favorite of many Indians.


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