Pratima Puri

Pratima Puri (died 29 July 2007) was an Indian news anchor who was Doordarshan’s first news reader. The station went on air in 1959.

Pratima Puri
Vidya Rawat

Died(2007-07-29)29 July 2007
OccupationNews Anchor at Doordarshan
Years active1958 – 1970

Early lifeEdit

She was born Vidya Rawat to a Gorkha family at Laal Paani in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh.


Pratima started her media career at the All India Radio (AIR) station in her hometown.

When All India Radio had its first telecast on September 15, 1959, Pratima was shifted to New Delhi. Her beauty and melodious voice led to her selection as an announcer.[1] Her notable interviews include Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space), and various actors and politicians. After Sultan was chosen to replace her, Pratima Puri started training aspiring anchors in Doordarshan.

Personal lifeEdit

Pratima Puri died in 2007.


  1. ^ "Pratima Puri : DD first lady newsreader". Noshwind. Retrieved 2 July 2019.