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DD makes HD debut in concert with Zubin Mehta

When conductor Zubin Mehta will take the stage on Saturday on the banks of the picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar, India will make its world high-definition broadcast debut.

delhi Updated: Sep 06, 2013 00:26 IST
Chetan Chauhan

When conductor Zubin Mehta will take the stage on Saturday on the banks of the picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar, India will make its world high-definition broadcast debut.

The country's public broadcaster -- Doordarshan (DD) -- will telecast the concert live on high definition (HD) to 40 nations and without any foreign help.

An HD signal has a visual clarity six times that of a normal standard definition signal (used by DD and other private broadcasters).

The Bavarian State Orchestra's concert, a first for Kashmir that has sharply divided opinion, is being organised by the German embassy. Ehsaas-e-Kashmir was an effort to "reach the hearts of the Kashmiris with a message of hope and encouragement", German ambassador to India Michael Steiner has said.

"Everybody associated with the telecast is a Doordarshan person," Prasar Bharati chief executive officer Jawahar Sircar told HT on Thursday, before leaving for Srinagar to oversee the preparations for the 90 minute mega-show.

India's world HD debut was to be in 2010, but as was with many things associated with the Commonwealth Games, the equipment came too late.

But, now equipped with high-definition cameras and HD compliant studios, DD is ready to match the best in the world. Its first test will be Mehta's concert. The signal will be shared with Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation for telecast in Germany and Euro-Vision for various European countries.

It will be a "well-covered event" - 14 HD cameras will be at work to capture every bit of action. Two OB vans are already in Srinagar to ensure an uninterrupted coverage. Keep a watch.