The archive section of India’s largest Public Service Broadcaster, Prasar Bharati will be opening up its Sale Counter on December 8th, 2016. The counter which will be inaugurated by CEO, Prasar Bharati and Director General, All India Radio will consist of over 180 ACD’s, CD’s and DVD’s from AIR and Doordarshan’s vast and culturally rich trove.
All India Radio has a long tradition of broadcast of devotional music which listeners find an edifying experience. As it is rightly said the radio serves as an accompaniment to the rhythms of daily life.
Over the years, AIR has been preserving, in its archives for posterity, choicest fare of devotional, classical and Carnatic music over the years. This treasure trove of AIR has many precious nuggets which AIR brings out through CDs to help the common man to sing, meditate and, imbibe the values that every religion preaches.
All India Radio got the opportunity to record, broadcast and preserve the renditions of all the major musicians over a period of time. Today it has a rich repertoire of Indian Classical Music, both in Hindustani and Carnatic. Since April 2003, AIR Archives has started releasing selection from its precious music collections under the banner “Akashvani Sangeet”. So far 105 music albums have been released from the Central Archives.
Some of the most popular ACD’s/CD’s and DVD’s from the archives are those of Manna Dey, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ramcharitra Manas and Bharat Ek Khoj (a 53-episode television series that dramatically unfolds the 5000-year history of India, from its beginnings to the coming of Indian Independence in 1947). Akashvani has become one of the major digital libraries in the broadcasting network with internationally accepted norms.
The archives apart from being available online on www.prasarbharatiarchives.co.in will now also be available over the counter at the Akashvani Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi.