‘Mausiqi ke Rang-Urdu Service ke Sang’ Golden Jubilee Celebration of Urdu Service
New Delhi, 11th Sep., 2015: In a prelude to the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Urdu Service, External Service Division, All India Radio, had organised an evening of soulful music: “Mausiqi ke Rang-Urdu Service ke Sang.” Urdu Service was launched on 24th October, 1965. Rhythm and pace of the evening was beautifully sculpted by two eminent ghazal singers Vidushi Dr. Radhika Chopra and Shri Chandan Das. The day witnessed presence of dignitaries, diplomats, officers and listeners from all walks of life.
Shri Chandan Das recalled his 40 years back first radio broadcast which was via Urdu Service. Mood heightened when Shri Das began rendition of “Khuda ka zikr karein ya tumhari baat karein...” Equally reverberating and melodious were ghazals sung by Vidushi Radhika Chopra who filled the hall with her “Meri sadgi dekh kya chahta hoon, tera samna chahta hoon...”
It was an evening which evoked emotions and musings from the days when Urdu Service was still a baby. Today half century later this service has magnitude of programmes in its coffer like News, News Commentary, Current Affairs, Music Plays, Features, Programmes for Children, Youth and more. The celebration of reaching this milestone had started with showing their journey so far and with promises to spread its reach.
Shri F. Sheheryar, DG, AIR said, “It has completed half century in the Indian Subcontinent and is beamed terrestrially and through internet for audiences across the globe. It gives pristine entertainment, focuses on sanctity of heritage and carries as well as transmits Indian point of view on contentious issues. It has its lovers in the areas that are catered by no private operator in India.”