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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 16:48 IST

Visionary pioneer of color TV transmission in India Madhukar Thote passes away

Madhukar Thote, aged 93, passed away due to old age, leaving behind a legacy that has significantly impacted the nation's broadcasting landscape.

Isha Bhandari
Visionary pioneer of color TV transmission in India Madhukar Thote passes away
Visionary pioneer of color TV transmission in India Madhukar Thote passes away | Image:Republic
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Pune: Pune bids a somber farewell to Madhukar Yadav Thote, the trailblazing engineer who played a pivotal role in ushering color television transmission into India. Thote, aged 93, passed away due to old age, leaving behind a legacy that has significantly impacted the nation's broadcasting landscape.

Madhukar Thote spearheaded the transition to color transmission technology 

In 1980, as the Engineer-in-Charge of Doordarshan, Delhi, during the era of black and white broadcasting, Thote embarked on a groundbreaking journey. He spearheaded the transition to color transmission technology, dedicating two years to extensive research, experiments, and trials. In 1982, under Thote's technical leadership, India witnessed its first official color transmission during Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's address to the nation from the Red Fort on 15th August.

Beyond this milestone, Thote's contributions extended to establishing transmission centers for All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan nationwide. His illustrious career included a pivotal deputation to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from 1976 to 1978 and a significant role as Project Director with the United Nations in Africa in 1979, focusing on the establishment of a Telecommunication Institute.

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Retiring as the Chief Engineer of Doordarshan and AIR in 1988, Thote continued his impactful journey. For 22 years, he served Savitribai Phule Pune University as the Head of the Department of Communication Studies and Director of EMMRC. Additionally, Thote held the position of Chairman at The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication (IETE), Pune Chapter.

Survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Madhukar Yadav Thote leaves behind a legacy that transcends technological advancements, shaping the very essence of broadcasting in India. Pune acknowledges and mourns the loss of a visionary who paved the way for a colorful era in the nation's television history.

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 16:48 IST

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