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/ 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.


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