ALL INDIA RADIO has been playing a pivotal role in the preservation and propagation of the two streams of Indian Classical Music i.e. Hindustani Music/Uttaradi Sangeet/North Indian Music and Karnatic Music/Dakshinaadi Sangeetha/South Indian Music.
All India Radio, besides its regular music broadcast of various forms on its stations spread all over the country, has endeared itself to its classical listeners with the broadcast of prestigious programmes which include the National Programme of Music broadcast on Saturday s and Sundays in the National Hook up, a month long Music festival- the Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan Concerts. Artistes of eminence as well as promising ones are featured in these concerts.
The Trinity and Vaggeyakara Music Festival (Music Composer’s festival) and an annual event- the direct relay of Tyagaraja Aradhana Music festival and group rendering of the Pancharatna Kritis of Tyagaraja from Tiruvaiyyaru are notable broadcast from All India Radio for Karnatic Music lovers.
Every year, All India Radio Music Competition for the youth, who are of the age between 16-24 years. The concert of winners is being organised at four stations. This concert even includes Hindustani as well as Carnatic Music artists.
Under Software Plan Scheme AIR stations organise two concerts in a year, in which one of the concerts is of folk music.
Mahatma Gandhi was scheduled to visit Kurukskhetra on 12th November 1947 and address 2.5 lakh Indian refugees camping there. But since he could not reach Kurukskhetra due to certain unavoidable reasons, an arrangement was made for Gandhiji’s live broadcast from All India Radio for them. Consequently, Gandhiji visited the Broadcasting House and addressed the refugees at 3.00 PM.
To commemorate 50 years of this historic visit of the Father of the Nation to All India Radio, a function was organised at AIR premises on 12th November 1997 at 3.00 PM. Later on, in the year 2001, the day was officially declared as Public Service Broadcasting Day.
Introduced in 1956, the Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan (National Symposium of Poets) is an endeavor to provide a creative platform to national integration and linguistic harmony through mutual interaction and coordinated presentation of the best in contemporary poetry of all Indian languages. Its uniqueness is underlined by the fact that it is the only programme of its kind, wherein eminent poets 22 Indian languages now come together on one stage to offer their creative best. Poems in all these languages are presented by the poets themselves before an invited audience, followed by the rendering their Hindi versions translated by eminent poets of different languages. A two –hour recording of this programme is broadcast on the national network of AIR on 25th January, on the eve of the Republic Day at 10 P.M. At the same time, regional language versions of this programme are broadcast from concerned AIR stations. Thus, this programme reaches across the length and breadth of the nation.
In 2005, four new languages, namely, Dogri, Mathili, Santhali and Bodo were added to the list of languages taking the total to twenty two languages.
This programme is a reflection of the rich cultural and literary shared heritage of Indian languages, incomparable with any other programme in its status and grandeur.
Akashvani Annual Awards were instituted in 1974 to promote professional excellence and to bring out the best form the staff working at various radio stations and installations. Significantly some of the award winning programmes under this scheme have also won international acclaim. More...
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lectures are organized by All India Radio every year in commemoration of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India’s first President. The Lectures seek to thoroughly evaluate the nation’s political, social and cultural environment. The achievements and the future prospects of the country are also critically analyzed in these lectures. Noted scholars and thinkers of India deliver the Lectures on a subject of their choice before an invited audience. More...
This series of lectures was started in 1955 in the memory of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, India’s first Minister of Information & Broadcasting. Fondly remembered as the ‘Iron Man of India’. Sardar Patel made a remarkable contribution to nation building by means of consolidation of the princely States. A galaxy of eminent leaders, scientists and historians has adorned this podium in the past of deliver the Lecture. Some of the prominent names among them are Dr. C. Rajagopalachari, Dr. Zakir Hussain, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Shri Morarji Desai, Dr. Karan Singh, Shri Vasant Sathe, Dr. K. Kasthuri Rangan, Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Justice (Smt.) Leila Seth, Dr.(Miss) Romila Thapar, Shri J. N. Dixit and Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The recording of this lecture is broadcast on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary i.e. 31st October on the national hook-up. More...