New Delhi: Famous radio jocks, top podcasters, experienced programmers, skilled musicians, community radio operators from across the country, poetry connoisseurs, journalists, academicians, college students and a varied cross-section of people made up the 800-odd enthusiasts who gathered on a sunny and warm February day for a festival unlike any other.
In an age where there is an unprecedented emphasis on visuals and subtitles are considered an appropriate replacement for audio, a day devoted to the celebration of sound and radio is truly rare to come by. When this day incorporates a mix of voices from across the country and even overseas, Padma Shri dance maestros, a 20-piece Indian orchestra, biggest RJs of the country and a rap duo from Uttar Pradesh’s Modinagar, it becomes a truly unique experience.
The 3rd edition of The Radio Festival (TRF) offered this and much more on February 13, 2020 at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Held on World Radio Day by a not-for-profit organization Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART) in partnership with UNESCO, the platform provided an insight into the world of audio.
The Vadya Vrinda unit of All India Radio (AIR) started the day on a high note with their 20-piece orchestra producing the melodious tunes of Vande Mataram, Raag Jog and popular Bollywood songs.