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Pratima Puri:

Doordarshan was born as an experimental broadcast in a makeshift studio with a small transmitter in 1959. Six years later, Pratima Puri, India's first female news presenter, presented a five minute news bulletin. Puri, who was born Vidya Rawat in Shimla, started her career with the All India Radio (AIR), before shifting to Doordarshan. The grand dame of news presentation went on to interview several famous personalities, including cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Puri passed away in 2017.

10 Doordarshan news anchors to take you on a trip down nostalgia lane

Think of news today, and the images that come to mind are of opinionated journalists, panel discussions with participants shouting each other down and a general cacophony as everybody tries to make their views heard. In the midst of the whole din are the poor viewers who, most often, have no idea what’s going on.

However, how many of us remember the good old days of Doordarshan, before cable TV, digital TV and social media bombarded us with non-stop content, where dignified newsreaders and anchors would hold the fort, delivering the news the way it was, without adding their own personal biases or opinions to it. These were anchors the whole nation looked up – they set trends in the way they spoke, dressed, and wore their hair and makeup.

For all of us who remember the beloved 70s, 80s and 90s, let’s take a walk down memory lane to track down some of our favourite Doordarshan anchors and see what they are up to these days: