Zee Bangla is an Indian general entertainment pay television channel broadcasting in the Bengali language. It is owned by the Zee Entertainment Enterprises.[1][2][3] It is the first Bengali-language satellite television channel in India, officially commencing broadcasts on 15 September 1999.[4] The channel was first launched as Alpha Bangla which was later renamed to Zee Bangla on 28 March 2005. The channel launched its HD version on 20 November 2016. According to BARC, Zee Bangla is the second most-watched television channel in West Bengal.[5]

Zee Bangla
Zee Bangla New Logo.jpg
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaIndia
Bangladesh
NetworkCable Television Network
HeadquartersKolkata, West Bengal, India
Programming
Language(s)Bengali
Ownership
OwnerZee Entertainment Enterprises
Sister channelsZee Channels
History
Foundedc. 1996
Launched15 September 1999; 23 years ago (1999-09-15)
FounderSubhash Chandra
Former namesAlpha TV Bangla (1999–2005)
Links
WebsiteZee Bangla on ZEE5

History

The channel was first launched in 1996, but halted transmissions within two months due to its poor ratings. It was relaunched on 15 September 1999 as Alpha TV Bangla, along with Alpha TV Marathi, Alpha TV Telugu and Alpha TV Punjabi.[6] It was the first Bengali-language satellite television channel in India.[7] In 2005, Zee TV went for a major brand revamp. It unveiled a new logo on 28 March 2005 at the Zee Cine Awards and thereafter Alpha Bangla was renamed to Zee Bangla with a modified version of the new Zee TV logo which is also used by other regional of Zee Network.

On 19 June 2011, all Zee channels rebranded with a new logo which was like number two instead of alphabet Z.[8][9][10]

On 1 January 2017, the top right corner of all Zee channels was closed which continued unless all the Zee channels rebranded with a new logo on 15 October 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

On 15 October 2017, all the Zee channels had changed their logos where the logo has started showing on the left side. In 2019, Samrat Ghosh became the head of the channel.[11] The channel's new graphics was revealed during Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on 7 October 2018.[12][13][14] It is one of the largest Bengali-language television channels in India by viewership.[15]

On 30 September 2021, Bangladesh imposed a blackout on foreign television channels, including Zee Bangla, that broadcast commercials.[16] However, after 2 weeks, via clean feed, Zee Bangla resumed broadcasting in that country.[17]

Programming

Mahalaya

Year Title Mahisasurmardini Notes
2007 Mahisasurmardini Koel Mallick Story of various forms of Goddess Durga and Mahisasurmardini
2008 Mahisasurmardini Parno Mitra Story of various forms of Goddess Durga and Mahisasurmardini
2009 Mahisasurmardini Gargi Roychowdhury Story of various forms of Goddess Durga and Mahisasurmardini
2010 Mahisasurmardini Ayi Bhubonomonmohini Subhashree Ganguly Story of Jogomaya, Kattayani and Mahisasurmardini
2011 Dosorupe Dosobhuja Srabanti Chatterjee Story of Mahavidyas
2012 Mahisasurmardini 51 Satipith Subhashree Ganguly Story of various avatars of Satipith and Mahisasurmardini
2013 Jago Dosoprohorondharini Oindrila Sen Story of various avatars of Goddess Durga and Mahisasurmardinii
2014 Mahisasurmardini Tumpa Ghosh Story of Mahisasurmardini
2015 Mahisasurmardini Nabarupe Nabadurga Koel Mallick Story of various avatars of Navadurga and Mahisasurmardini
2016 Matrirupeno Indrani Haldar Story of various avatars of Goddess Durga and Mahisasurmardini[18][19]
2017 Rupang Dehi Jayang Dehi Indrani Haldar Story of various avatars of Sri Sri Chandi and Mahisasurmardini[20][21]
2018 Shaktirupeno Ditipriya Roy Story of various forms of Goddess Durga worshipped in various parts of Bengal and Mahisasurmardini[22][23]
2019 12 Mashe 12 Roope Debibaran Subhashree Ganguly Story of various avatars of Goddess Durga worshipped in 12 Bengali months and Mahisasurmardini[24]
2020 Durga Saptasati Sambhavami Juge Juge Shweta Bhattacharya Story of various avatars of Saptasati and Mahisasurmardini[25][26]
2021 Nanarupe Mahamaya- Shaktirupeno Sanghastitha Subhashree Ganguly Story of various avatars of Mahamaya and Mahisasurmardini [27][28]
2022 Singhobahini Trinoyoni Subhashree Ganguly Story of various avatars of Goddess Singhobahini and Mahisasurmardini [29][30][31][32]

Sister Channels

Zee Bangla Cinema

Zee Bangla Cinema is an Indian Bengali language movie channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It was launched on 12 September 2012 as a sister channel of Zee Bangla.

Zee 24 Ghanta

Zee 24 Ghanta is an Indian Bengali language news channel owned by Zee Media Corporation. It was launched in 2007.

References

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  2. ^ This Business of Television. BillBoard Books. 2006. p. 483. ISBN 978-0-8230-7763-2.
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  16. ^ প্রতিবেদক, জ্যেষ্ঠ; ডটকম, বিডিনিউজ টোয়েন্টিফোর. "দেশে বিজ্ঞাপনসহ বিদেশি টিভি চ্যানেলের সম্প্রচার বন্ধ". bangla.bdnews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 16 October 2021.
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  20. ^ "Iমহালয়াতে আদিশক্তির নয় অবতারে ইন্দ্রাণী হালদার".
  21. ^ "Indrani Halder plays six Devi Durga avatars in Zee Bangla's Mahalaya".
  22. ^ "Actress Ditipriya Roy to play Maa Durga in 'Mahalaya'".
  23. ^ "মহালয়ার ভোরে মাতৃ আরাধনার বিশেষ অনুষ্ঠান থাকছে জি বাংলায়".
  24. ^ "বাংলার বারো মাসে দেবীর ১২টি রূপ, জেনে নিন মহালয়া অনুষ্ঠানের আগেই".
  25. ^ "From Sweta Bhattacharya to Ditipriya Roy: Popular actors don new avatars for Mahalaya special show" (in Bengali).
  26. ^ "দূর্গার রূপে দিতিপ্রিয়া, মহিষাসুরমর্দিনীর রূপে শ্বেতা, 'মহালয়া'র ভিন্ন প্রচেষ্টায় টেলি নায়িকারা".
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  29. ^ "মহিষাসুরমর্দিনী শুভশ্রী! মহালয়ার ভোরে 'মিঠাই', 'তুবড়ি', 'রঞ্জা'রা কে কোন রূপে আসছেন? দেখে নিন এক ঝলকে".
  30. ^ "Mahalaya 2022: মহালয়ার ভোরে মহিষাসুরমর্দিনী রূপে আবারও শুভশ্রী, শিবের ভূমিকায় কে?".
  31. ^ "মহালয়ার ভোরে দেবী রূপে আগমনী মিঠাই, পিলু, অনামিকাদের! শুভশ্রীর সঙ্গে অস্ত্র ধরবে তারাও" (in Bengali).
  32. ^ "Mahalaya 2022 on Television: মহিষাসুরমর্দিনী শুভশ্রী! দেবীর অন্যান্য রূপে থাকছেন মিঠাই, গৌরী, যমুনারা".

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