FALLS CHURCH, VA- Darshan, the longest-running Indian-American television program in the United States, ceases production after 24-plus years of broadcast locally on MHz Networks in the Washington, DC metro area and also nationally on MHz Worldview.
Darshan has aired continuously in the Washington D.C. area since 1987. Darshan America, the newest addition to the family of shows, created in 2010, also discontinued production at the end of December 2011.
Hansa Butani, producer of the the programs says, "We believe Darshan has lived a very long and exciting life. We have spent a lot of time and energy on the show, but are now ready to say goodbye."
The final show aired on December 31. Repeats and/or 'Best Of' shows air throughout January 2012.
Host and executive producer Ramesh Butani and says, "The mission of Darshan was to introduce and showcase Indian American Community not only to itself but to the mainstream/greater community. We succeeded in our mission. Today the Indian American Community is the most successful community in USA. I believe the Indian American Community assaimilated in the melting pot in slow motion on Darshan every week. I believe we successfully completed our mission.”
With its trademark lively discussions of news and contemporary topics, guests of the program included business executives, government officials, writers, artists, activists and entertainers. Darshan’s interview guests included Oscar- and Grammy-Winning Composer A.R. Rahman; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; Filmmakers Mira Nair (The Namesake) and Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham); Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, and many others.
Frederick Thomas, MHz Founder and Chief Executive says, "MHz and our viewers will certainly miss Darshan anchoring our Saturday independent producers block in the DC area, along with the perspective brought to our national audience on Darshan America. We sincerely thank the Butanis for their dedication to the program and for positively impacting our audience and the Indian-American community."
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MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.
MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US through affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. Also serving the Washington, DC area’s 4.9 million residents with ten local broadcast channels, MHz Networks features programs from around the world on-air in more than 20 different languages.