DD Bharati's bad habits

IN Media Watch Briefs | 28/10/2017

The public broadcaster has been guilty of recording and telecasting a live concert of  Shubha Mudgal without  permission and the furious singer has written to DD, copy to I and B Minister Smriti Irani. This was four days ago, no news yet as to what the minister had to say. She was performing at the Bhakti Sangeet Utsav in Delhi. She was accompanied by her husband Dr Aneesh Pradhan on the tabla, whose name DD  managed to misspell, and a tanpura player Pavithra Chari who according to Mudgal "remained unnamed and unacknowledged." Charming.This was on DD Bharati, and it has apparently happened before.                                         

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