Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A DD staff recalls the 1970s Natyanjali

This will be the last Natyanjali that Doordarshan staffer Bhupalan from the DD Chennai Kendra.
He retires in a month after a long innings at DD during which among many key events, Bhupalan has been part of the teams which beamed out the annual saint Thyagaraja aradhana from Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur and the Natyanjali in Chidambaram.
Bhupalan says that when he first came here in 1975, the scene was different. A go-shala was located along the wall of the outer yard where the dance recitals take place now - and the TV crew had to work from a temporary shed that was erected for the Natyanjali next to the cow shed!
Wild bushes ran all around the yard and some would be cleared for people to sit and watch the recitals.
Also, the DD team, a small one would travel by a Mahindra van, carrying men and equipment.
Today, some 30 plus people made the DD team though the cameras are of vintage quality.

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