When Pratima Puri Paved A Way For Female Newsreaders By Becoming The First News Reader

She also interviewed the first man in space Yuri Gagar.

Pratima Puri, Doordarshan, First News Reader, Yuri Gagar, 58 years of Doordarshan, television, Indian Television
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It’s our national broadcaster Doordarshan, today. Doordarshan was not just a TV channel but it was also an integral part of every Indian’s life The iconic logo, the epic theme tune, we remember it all!

Started on September 15, 1959, with a small transmitter and a makeshift studio, Doordarshan was a division of the Prasar Bharati.

Doordarshan started its regular daily transmission in 1965 as a part of All India Radio. The first ever news bulletin was five minutes long with Pratima Puri being the first news reader.

This was the time when India was developing rapidly and it was the era of revolution and inventions. India was taking steps towards a new glorious future but the women were still tied to stereotypical ideologies.

Meanwhile somewhere this gorgeous lady was spreading her wings to fly and make history.

Pratima Puri who born as Vidya Rawat belongs to a Gorkha family settled at Laal Paani in Simla the capital city of Himachal Pradesh.

Source: thehindu

Pratima started her media career at the All India Radio (AIR) station in Shimla. When All India Radio had its first telecast on September 15, 1959, Pratima was shifted to the capital of India New Delhi.

Her beautiful looks and melodious voice was selected as an announcer may be a newsreader, but above all, she definitely became the first face of the small screen in India.

Source: 8ate

She worked for a very long time in Doordarshan. Later, she started giving training to many aspiring anchors in Doordarshan.

Some of her feats include interviewing Yuri Gagar, the first man in space, and various actors and politicians.

Source: 8ate

Pratima was herself an inspiration for all the women in India at the time when celebrities like actors and dancers were not considered respectable.


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Sumaiya Sheikh (WRITER)

Sumaiya believes in expressing her thoughts with the sword of words. This management lover handled 30 and 100 volunteers for All India Interschool Personality Contest in 2013 & 2016 respectively, by Oxford Speakers’ Academy. A chatterbox, she also hosted three shows at All India Radio. This compotator represented KKSU in the inter-university debate competition - Indradhanushya.

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