Attempting to replace a satellite destroyed last year, India launched the Insat-4CR bearing rocket.
The Sriharikota space station saw the launch at 6:21 pm after a several hour delay.
The two ton satellite has 12 wide band transponders which should allow simultaneous audio and video broadcast on each.
This launch is viewed as very important in terms of making India a player in the $2.5 billion satellite launch business. It is also hoped it will help meet local demand as well.
"It was a very nice take off with the evening skies so luminous and majestic and the thundering sound of the rocket," said chief G. Madhavan Nair of the Indian Space Research Organization.
This rocket appears to have avoided the fate of last years predecessor which had to be destroyed when it veered from its path less than a minute after launch. This is the fifth launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket series.
This latest launch will help maintain Insat which is the largest Asia-Pacific satellite system. It provides services including television broadcast, meteorology and telecommunications services.
This latest launch represents the progression of India's space program which started in 1963 and marked its ability to launch a wholly Indian manufactured rocket by 1980.