Once upon a time, not so long ago, in a small town in Maharashtra, an Andhraite boy was humming a Bengali song during the school assembly. Like thousands of Indian children, this boy, yours truly, used to participate in what was called 'regional' song ritualistically every morning. Most of us learnt Marathi, Bangla, Malayalam, Tamil and Assamese songs phonetically and even though one barely understood what the words conveyed or one knew what they meant. While this went on for five days a week, the weekends meant a different kind of ritual when a part of the regional song experience was repeated during the regional language film shown on Doordarshan (DD) on Sunday afternoons or late nights. Like the school assembly that introduced many children to different Indian languages, the regional film slot on DD initiated millions of Indians to the different cinemas of India.
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk firstname.lastname@example.org