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Here Are Some Charming, Vintage Photos From The 1950s Of All India Radio

Snapshots of 'Akashvani' on #WorldRadioDay

13/02/2017 10:34 AM IST | Updated 13/02/2017 11:07 AM IST
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All-India Radio Question Hour being conducted by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Shrimati Vijayalakshmi at the A.I.R. Station New Delhi on March 14, 1952.

The World Radio Day is celebrated on 13 February every year. The national broadcaster of India, the All India Radio (AIR), has been a great source of information and education since it came into existence in 1930. In a digital age of explosion of information sources, AIR still reaches an astonishing 99.19% of the total population of the country and has programming in 23 languages and 146 dialects.

Here are some delightful, vintage snapshots from the government archives of our own public radio service over the years, to mark #WorldRadioDay.

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Princess Ashraf of Iran, broadcasting in the Persian Service. A programme of 60 minutes was offered daily from 11 to 12 p.m. (IST). Photo taken on the occasion of the Princess' visit to the All India Radio Studio, New Delhi, on 1950.

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All-India Radio Question Hour being conducted by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Shrimati Vijayalakshmi at the A.I.R. Station New Delhi on March 14, 1952.

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Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt with Shrimati Vijayalakshmi at the All India Radio Station New Delhi, which she visited on March 14, 1952.
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Photo Shows film star Vanmala being interviewed in a radio broadcast by AIR, February, 1956.
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Photo shows a children's programme of the all India radio being broadcast.
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Rani Lakshmi of Nankor (Andaman Islands) recording her message on occasion of visit of Tribal Chiefs, then in Delhi to participate in the Republic Day Celebrations, to All India Radio Broadcasting House, New Delhi, on January 31, 1958.
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A special feature being recorded at the All India Radio, New Delhi on February 10, 1958, in connection with the Radio Week Celebrations.
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The Members of the Soviet Radio Experts delegation visiting the All India Radio, New Delhi on February 10, 1958. Photo shows one of the members of the delegation acquainting himself with a Veena.
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A talk in Hindi being recorded at the All India Radio, New Delhi on August 13, 1958.
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A discussion among students, conducted by M.M. Beg, being recorded at the All India Radio, New Delhi on August 13, 1958.
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Suman Kumari, who participated in a Urdu Play 'Alif-Laila-se-Chand-Qadam-Ke-Fasla Parï', which was broadcasted from the All India Radio, Delhi on August 27, 1958.
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The All India Radio New Delhi recording a program of snake charmers performance at the A.I.R. lawns. Photo shows a monkey dancing at the command of its master.
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The All India Radio New Delhi recorded a program at the A.I.R. lawns. Picture shows the bear performing a dance at the command of its master.