Radio meet to promote AIR

Theatre personality Jagadananda Chhuria addresses the radio 
listeners’ conference in Balangir. Telegraph picture

Balangir: Radio listeners from across the state gathered at Gandhi Bhavan here on Monday to take part in a state-level conference organised by the Akashvani Shrota Sangha of Balangir.

The main objective of the event was to provide a common platform for both the broadcasters and the audience for interaction.

Nine radio listeners from various districts were felicitated during the event. People welcomed the effort for organising such an event to popularise radio, especially at a time when many were turning away from radio because of the advent of more recent communication gadgets such as smartphones and tablets.

Programme executive of the All India Radio, Balangir, Laxman Panda was the chief guest at the event. He expressed concern that there was no or little participation of listeners in various programmes these days.

"People are no more taking part in various programmes of the All India Radio. Earlier, people used to write letters to the station directors expressing their views on various programmes. Correspondences from the listeners have almost stopped these days. We must work together for the revival of the radio," he said.

Panda emphasised on the use of social media to keep contact with the broadcasters.

Other guest of the event, Prafulla Majhi, the chief of All India Radio in Bhawanipatna, said radio was still the best friend for the people in rural India.

Secretary of Akashvani Shrota Sangha of Balangir Gopinath Dansena said the conference was organised to popularise radio, which was fast losing ground. Among others, poet Achyut Purohit also spoke on the occasion, while theatre personality Jagadananda Chhuria presided over the event.


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