Doordarshan completes 57 years today. Although in urban India, the channel is switched on only on Independence Day and Republic Day, it was one of the most entertaining and informative channel before private channels took over television. The joy of watching Doordarshan was inexplicable. Adults knew that this was truly a channel they could watch without a red face while kids became the happiest of creatures when the tunes of Jungle Jungle Pata Chala Hain and Malgudi Days began. Let's revisit some of the best shows we have seen over the years. (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Malgudi Days:

The sweet melody of this show still lingers in the minds of those who grew up watching Malgudi Days. The series were based on the works of R.K. Narayan, his brother and an acclaimed cartoonist R. K. Laxman was the sketch artist. This series was shot entirely near Agumbe in Shimoga District, Karnataka. Malgudi days was based on the lives of simple people living in the small town of Malgudi, which were filled with small adventures, trials and tribulations. (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Jungle Book:

Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, Jungle Books was one of the most popular shows for children on Doordarshan (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Shaktimaan:

He was probably the first Indian superhero (India's Superman) who left the show with an advice. (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Fauji:

This drama series was about commandos joining the army training school, their life, their pranks and their punishments. This was Shah Rukh Khan's stepping stone to Bollywood. (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Dekh Bhai Dekh:

Dekh Bhai Dekh was produced by Jaya Bachchan. It was one of the most popular Hindi sitcoms. (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Mahabharat:

When Mahabharat first went on air in 1988 on Doordarshan, not many people expected it to become this successful. Within weeks of its launch, the TV show became part of many Sunday morning routines (Source: Photo by YouTube)

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Ramayan:

Based on the works of Valmiki, the show was a phenomenon. (Source: Photo by YouTube)