sans serif records the demise of J.V. Raman, the Delhi University economics professor who read the news in Hindi, on Doordarshan, back in the days when the state-owned channel was the only TV news vehicle.
Mr Raman taught at the capital’s Rajdhani College, whose website proudly records that he was among the college teachers associated with the media.
A blog post on Doordarshan’s newsreaders recorded Mr Raman thus:
“Let’s now come to some male Hindi newsreaders. And the most iconic of them would be J V Raman. Being a South Indian, his Hindi was immaculate. Thick black-rimmed glasses occupying most of face, he would comb the long-grown leftover over his bald pate. An average-looking gentleman, he had charmed Indian population like no one else could. If J V Raman was reading the news, everyone listened. Exceptionally clear and crisp voice, JV was the iconic figure for DD news.”
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Raman and Salma Sultana ruled the waves when conveying the news was the main thing in News Reading with no histrionics, no political inclinations… in a Far different and honest world…such voices that stood for simplicity will be missed amidst a cacophony of cackle that passes off as news reading!…RIP Raman