Doordarshan's Arrangements for Live Telecast of Republic Day
While the nation awaits US President Barak Obama as the Chief Guest for this year’s Republic Day Parade , Doordarshan in fulfilment of its mandate as India’s Public Service Broadcaster is working round the clock. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that the live coverage of the historic Republic Day Celebrations from India Gate and Rajpath on 26th January 2015 and the Beating Retreat Ceremony from Vijay Chowk on 29th January are of the highest standards. This colourful spectacle has always been a viewers delight and is being produced in High Definition format which ensures that viewers in India watching in the existing Standard Definition format, will get sharper and better picture and sound quality.
Doordarshan plans to have no less than 24 High definition latest state of art Cameras in strategic positions to cover the entire mega spectacle. Twelve of these cameras will be at Rajpath. Two of these are robotically controlled and placed right inside the Presidential Enclosure so as to get close ups of VVIPs without having any need for camerapersons near the Presidential dais. Six of the HD Cameras will be positioned at India Gate while another six will be at Rashtrapti Bhavan. For the first time, the coverage will incorporate live, the departure of the President of India along with the Chief Guest US President Barak Obama from Rashtrapati Bhavan. Two cameras installed on the very top of India Gate will provide a panoramic birds eye view of entire Rajpath. Overhead and moving shots of the Parade will be brought to viewers with the help of three dinosaur like jimmy jib cameras. All these cameras are supported by three HD OB Vans.
This year’s telecast will start at 9.00 a.m from Rajpath with a melodious and powerful rendering of Vande Mataram followed by other specially designed packages showing the significance of our Constitution to India and her people, the profile of our President and US President Barak Obama, Indo US relationships and Doordarshan’s preparation for the coverage. This visual treat will be a prelude to the live telecast at 9.25 a.m from India Gate, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay homage to our brave soldiers , lay a wreath and sign the visitors book at the immortal flame ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ .
The live Coverage from India Gate and Rajpath will highlight the arrival of the Prime Minister , the Vice President and finally the President along with the US President. The grand show commences with the national anthem and 21 gun salute , the showering of petals and a Grand Parade of Defence and Paramilitary Forces . Viewers will then be treated to the Nation’s Progress showcased through rich and varied tableaux depicting our cultural heritage . The colourful ceremony will end with the traditional fly-past of the Air-Force and the release of tri-colour balloons at 12 noon.
Doordarshan personnel have been working close to three months with diverse agencies ranging from Defence authorities , the President’s Secretariat, Prime Ministers Security and the Special Protection Group to Departments like the CPWD and Horticulture. Over one hundred Doordarshan personnel from technical, camera, programme, commentary , scenic and administrative fields have been working in tandem for installation, testing, commissioning, rehearsals and finally to ensure uninterrupted live telecast of the elaborate coverage of the Republic Day ceremonies at India gate , Rajpath and Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Beating Retreat Ceremony from Vijay Chowk. The Producer cum Panel Director of the Republic Day live coverage will be S.S. Bhakoo and the Beating Retreat Ceremony will be Rakesh Tyagi . Commentary for the Republic Day Parade is being done by Komal G.B.Singh and Gouran Dhawan Lal in English and by Sanjeev Upadhyay and Shivendra Chaturvedi in Hindi. The Technical preparations for the event have been undertaken under the supervision of S.N. Singh, DDG(Engineering). The entire coverage is being planned and executed under the overall supervision of Nadoja Dr. Mahesh Joshi, Additional Director General of Doordarshan.
The different OB Spots and vans at India Gate, Rajpath, President’s House and Vijay Chowk have been linked to Doordarshan Studios through Optical fibre links which enables uncompressed High Definition signals at 1490 Mbps. The OB Vans have been connected through full duplex HD OFC link for seamless integration of India Gate and President’s House Cameras to Rajpath OB Van. Elaborate arrangements have also been made to provide back ups to each of the cameras and links from OB Spots to Doordarshan studios which includes Optical fibre cables and High Definition DSNG with 18 MHZ Bandwidth to support of transport very high resolution HD signals .
The High Definition telecast is available to viewers on DD HD Channel in satellite mode on C Band and the picture quality is substantially superior as the resolution of High Definition is four times that of Standard definition . The 16:9 aspect ratio of High Definition also makes it much more compatible to the human eye. The High Definition content will also be compressed and streamed live on You Tube URL: www/Youtube.com/Doordarshan National, widening the reach of this telecast to the international audience and the diaspora.
The normal coverage in standard definition, is available to viewers all over the country on DD National, DD India, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Urdu, DD Sports and on 15 Regional language Channels of Doordarshan. The coverage can also be seen in all SAARC and ASEAN Countries, Mauritius and up to Australia. The hearing impaired will also be able to follow the entire live coverage with the help of sign language commentary on DD News and DD Bharati.