The Ravi Shankar tune India once woke up to

It seems so long ago that television stations began their day at a particular hour in the morning and ended it at a particular hour in the evening allowing us to go to sleep peacefully.

Back in the days before satellite TV, Doordarshan began its proceedings at 6 am with this signature tune, a variation of  Iqbal‘s Saare jahaan se achcha, composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar with Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan.

Rest in peace.

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One Response to “The Ravi Shankar tune India once woke up to”

  1. Suresh Panje Says:

    Indeed, nice of you to have recalled the morning signature tune on DD.
    As for the condolence messages about Pt. Ravi Shankar, I just happened to browse through various comments and as usual almost all but for a few have sung praises in his favour. Of course, the politicians, in tune with their hypocrisy, give the stereo-typed statements: I AM SHOCKED…… etc.
    No doubt, he was a good sitar player but not the best since there was Ustad Vilayat Khan, also a Bengali like Ravi Shankar. Unfortunately, Vilayat Khan did not cultivate the art of lobbying and hence kept a low profile. One wonders whether Ravi Shankar could play Raga Rageshwari a-la Vilayat Khan.
    In this context, I must add that music is not necessarily to draw comparisons but the fact in fact.

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