Duronto Television, a TV channel made solely for children, began their 'second season' on January 14. Mohammad Ali Haider, head of programme of Duronto Television, made the announcement at a press conference on Monday.
The theme of the second season, he mentioned, is “friendship”, and will have an array of new and exciting content for children. Some of the new local contents include “Naacher Ishkool” planned and hosted by noted dancer and cultural personality Lubna Marium, where Bangladeshi dance exponents from nine dance schools will take dance lessons; “Shonar Kathi Rupar Kathi”- a magic and science show; “Shopno Akar Dol”- an art show where students decorate their classrooms; and dramas “Dushtu Mishti”, “B te Bondhu” and “Kabil Kohkafi”. New international cartoons for the season will include “Ozieboo”, “HTDT”, “Crafty Kids Club”, “Tree fu Tom”, “The Happets”, “Clay Kids” and “Hareport”.
By popular demand - and also for new viewers, some of the shows from the previous season will air throughout this season as well - like “Duronto Shomoy”, “Golpo Sheshe Ghumer Deshe”, “Duronto Cricket”, “Kate and Mim Mim”, “Lucas and Emily”, “Eena Meena Deeka”, “Dragon Hunters”, “Miniscule”, “Tip the Mouse”, “Whisper, “Ballopo”, and “Guess What?”
Abhijeet Chowdhury, director of Duronto Television, said, “Two matters worth mentioning is that our programmes begin exactly as scheduled, and in a 30-minute long programme, we have only 8 minutes of advertisement.”
Duronto Television also plans on making their own cinemas for children, and have contacted animators to work on locally made cartoons. Haider said, “We can only spend about 50 lakhs, which is not enough for the making of a cinema. If we have help from the government regarding this matter, we can make some good cinemas for children.”
On the other hand, Abhijeet said, “There are very few animators, and it takes a long time and a lot of manpower to make a cartoon. So while we have already contacted animators and are trying to aim for locally made cartoons, we are currently airing some good foreign ones.”
Duronto Television, which began its journey on October 2017, aims to provide children with quality entertainment and has been successful in creating its audience.