World Radio Day: 10 Rare Pictures of India’s Glorious Tryst with Radio


Every year on February 13, we celebrate World Radio Day. Radio has the power to reach people in various corners of the world and bring them together. It is on this day that the UN Radio was established in 1946. Radio continues to be a mass medium in many countries today.

World Radio Day, which this year coincides with the 70th anniversary of UN Radio, celebrates radio as a medium to improve international cooperation between broadcasters, provide freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves, and encourage access to information.

Radio broadcasting started in India in the early 1920s. The first programme was aired in 1923 by the Radio Club of Bombay. Broadcasting services were set up in 1927, with two privately-owned transmitters at Bombay and Calcutta. The Government took over the transmitters in 1930 and operated them under the name of Indian Broadcasting Service. The name was changed to All India Radio in 1936 and was renamed Akashvani in 1957.

Here are some pictures from the bygone years:

Anuradha Paudwal at Vividh Bharati Studios in Mumbai.
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Gulzar presenting a Vishesh Jaimala programme.
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Singer Mukesh at a Jaimala recording.
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Uma Devi at the Vividh Bharati Studios.
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Sunil Dutt at Vividh Bharati Studios.
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R.D. Burman recording a song.
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Master Raju and Gulzar presenting a Vishesh Jaimala programme.
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Alka Yagnik at Vividh Bharati Studios.
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Che Guevara recording an interview with All India Radio during his visit to India.
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Geeta Dutt presenting the Jaimala programme.
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