Podcasting Project for Senior Citizens launched in Coimbatore
‘Anubhav’, a project to create podcasts by and for senior citizens introduced by the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), was launched here on Thursday.
Taking a leaf out of the Tapovani podcast, which was launched in the district in March for the senior citizens to overcome their depression during the Covid-19 pandemic by letting them express their residual talents, the National Institute of Social Defence launched the Anubhav project in the district.
Tapovani podcast was started by 75-year-old R Sreedher, who recorded devotional songs sung by senior citizens and their storytelling and musical instrument performances from a retirement home in the city.
Inspired by his experimental podcast, the National Institute of Social Defence, which is under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has decided to launch Anubhav (experience) project across the country by engaging senior citizens to share content related to science and technology, art forms and entertainment.
R. Sridhar, senior community radio practitioner and the project coordinator for NISD, said Coimbatore was one of the 10 locations in India where recording centres would be set up for senior citizens.
‘Anubhav’ involved the training of senior citizens by community radio experts to create podcasts with informational content and to showcase talents such as musical performances and storytelling, he said.
The recording centre was inaugurated at Covai S3 retirement home at Pachapalayam by Chairman of Rathinam Group of Institutions Madan A. Sendhil on Thursday, Mr Sreedher said. Set up at ₹ 1.2 lakh, the centre was equipped with two microphones and one 10-channel mixer.
“We have asked the senior citizens to record two programmes every week,” he said, which would have a duration of 15 minutes each. These would be uploaded on online platforms such as I-Radio, Apple Music and Spotify.
Through the recording centre here, around 104 podcasts under ‘Anubhav’ would be uploaded in a year, he said. Along with Coimbatore, training programmes were also underway at Jaipur, Pune and Bengaluru and recording centres would soon come up at Puducherry, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Noida, he said.
This is going to be an organized podcast platform for senior citizens to document their views and residual talents.
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