sans serif records the demise of J.V. Raman, the Delhi University economics professor who read the news in Hindi, on Doordarshan, back in the days when the state-owned channel was the only TV news vehicle.
Mr Raman taught at the capital’s Rajdhani College, whose website proudly records that he was among the college teachers associated with the media.
A blog post on Doordarshan’s newsreaders recorded Mr Raman thus:
“Let’s now come to some male Hindi newsreaders. And the most iconic of them would be J V Raman. Being a South Indian, his Hindi was immaculate. Thick black-rimmed glasses occupying most of face, he would comb the long-grown leftover over his bald pate. An average-looking gentleman, he had charmed Indian population like no one else could. If J V Raman was reading the news, everyone listened. Exceptionally clear and crisp voice, JV was the iconic figure for DD news.”
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Talking to Barkha Dutt on NDTV 24×7, Ms Sultan recounted the harrowing experience of having to read from the teleprompter and the challenge of having to correct the script even while reading from it.
“Once the prompter was supposed to read: Purane zamane mein auraton ko band kar rakhthe the (in the olden days, the women used to be held in purdah).
“But some letters were transposed and there was a spelling mistake. The prompter read: Purane zamane mein auraton ko bandar khathe the (in the olden days, monkeys used to eat up women).
“We had to correct and edit ourselves on our fly. But there was great energy and bonding, and I cherish those memories even today.”
Photograph: courtesy The Hindu
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Tejeshwar Singh: A baritone falls silent watching the cacophony
“Sans Serif” records with regret the demise of Tejeshwar Singh, an iconic voice of the State-owned “Doordarshan” channel in its pre-satellite heyday.
Indo-Asian News Service reports that Singh suffered a heart attack while watching television in his Mussoorie home on Friday night. He was in his early 60s.
Singh, a theatre actor, eventually went on to set up an independent publishng house, Sage Publications, which turned 25 in 2006.
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