The first telecast of Doordarshan was launched on 15th September 1959 as an educational and development program for 30 minutes on an experimental basis. At that time, Doordarshan was broadcast only three days a week for half an hour. It was then named 'Television India,' then in 1975, it was Hindi named 'Doordarshan.' The name Doordarshan became so popular that it became synonymous with Hindi television.
In the same number of days, there were 18 TV sets across Delhi and a large transmitter. Then people in Delhi looked at it with curiosity and surprise. Thereafter, Doordarshan spread his legs slowly and Delhi (1965); Mumbai (1972); began airing in Kolkata (1975), Chennai (1975). In the early days, Doordarshan was seen only in Delhi and some surrounding areas. Doordarshan started reaching cities across the country in the 80s and was due to the Asian Games being held in Delhi in 1982.
One of the advantages of the Asian Games being held in Delhi was that the black and white Doordarshan had become colorful. Then, the family program started on Doordarshan, which broke all the records of popularity. In 1984, a transmitter was installed almost daily in the country to reach Doordarshan in the villages of the country. This was followed by the foundation on the story of the partition of India and Pakistan, which introduced the tragedy of partition to the generation of that period. All the roles of the serial were made famous at home by Alok Nath (Master Ji), Anita Kanwar (Lajo Ji), Vinod Nagpal, and Divya Seth. Then, one after the other, the best of the serials introduced in Doordarshan from house to house.