One of the founding anchors of Doordarshan (DD) News and Nari Shakti awardee Neelum Sharma died on Saturday at the age of 50, the public broadcaster said. She was battling cancer. The anchor of programmes such as ‘Badi Charcha’ (Prime discussion) and ‘Tejasvini’ was recently awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar.
Sharma, who started her career with Doordarshan in 1995, was a strong advocate for women empowerment, the channel posted on its official website. She was known for her programmes like ‘Tejaswini’ and ‘Badi Charcha’. She was also a documentary filmmaker, having over 60 films to her name.
Condolences are pouring in from people from various walks of life as the charismatic figure of DD News reduces into memories. Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar offered condolences to the bereaved family members on behalf of the organisation. Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash also tweeted, “We have lost our ‘Tejaswini’.”
Paying tributes to the “founding anchor”, DD News tweeted, “DD News mourns passing away of our dear Colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with DD news, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From ‘Badi Charcha’ to ‘Tejasvini’ her path-breaking programmes won accolades including Nari Shakti Award.”
#DDNews mourns passing away of our dear Colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with #ddnews, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From 'Badi Charcha' to 'Tejasvini' her path breaking progs won accolades including Nari Shakti Award pic.twitter.com/dYKv3S4aCe
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 17, 2019