This is the official page of International Radio Listeners' Friendship & Fraternity Club (IRLFFC) written and maintained by MITUL KANSAL.

The club will give the chance to become friends with listeners and Dxers in other countries. The club will serve as a platform to take part in discussions, dialogue, and exchange opinions with people in various parts of the world. For a while it was like a dream but now it is a reality. By joining together we can do a lot for our planet. For example, help to ensure peace on Earth and save the environment. The main task of our club is to get acquainted with listeners in other countries. I think in a country where you have friends there is no room for enemy. And lastly very important, the members will established and promote friendship, fraternity and mutual understanding among them and it will be a first step to maintain peace on our Earth i.e. our common home.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Living legend of Radio Ceylon "Mr Gopal Gautam Kumar Sharma"

Message from VUHams in yahoo groups

Living legend of Radio Ceylon Mr Gopal Gautam Kumar Sharma


Rabde Vilas

Hello Friends

I had an opportunity to see and listen to Mr Gopal legend of Radio Ceylon yesterday evening in Pune. Friends of my age will agree, our childhood and young days, we all wee fans of Radio Ceylon only broadcasting of Hindi Film Music.

Thanks to Sapre kaka and Hemant Tattu for this wonderful opportunity.

Mr Gopal Sharma created wonderful and memorable programes during his tenure on Radio Ceylone but very few are available with his those days archiving was not a practice of Radio Ceylon. Mr Sharma have two such programs on Audio Cassette which were digitised by Mr Hemant Tattu on CD using special software and filters and restored last week.

We had memorable opportunity to listen to following two programmes broadcast some time in 1962 on Radio Ceylon Vyapar Vibhag in "Kal aur Aaj" 5th & 7th Anniversary of "Sargam"

1: Impact of Classical Music on Hindi film songs
2: Impact of western music on Hindi Film sangeet

From 1956 to 1967, Gopal Sharma ruled Radio Ceylon, which was aired from Colombo. The man who popularised usages like Awaz ki duniya ke doston,Shubhratri, Shubashish, Bandhuvar and Filmonia decided to bridge the gap between radio listeners and the men behind the mike with his autobiography. Titled, appropriately, "Awaz Ki Duniya Ke Doston", the book has just hit the stands.This 280-page-book in Hindi is an account of how perfect pronunciation and language helped him become a star on the airwaves. It is also a guide for aspiring broadcasters.

Even at 82, Sharma still has that charismatic voice that glued listeners to
Radio Ceylon. He popularised Hindi film music and instrumentals. So much so that once when legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan met Sharma, the former kissed his hands saying, "You make crores of listeners listen to my shehnai with these hands." Once Lata Mangeshkar invited him as she was fan and Gopal Sharma could not recognize her as she was in very simple costume. Finally Lat requested him to listen to her recording to prove. The book is replete with several such instances and makes one realise the power of radio, particularly in the days before entertainment options proliferated.Recalls the veteran, who has interviewed almost all the reigning actors, "My weekly programme comparing the music and songs of old and new times, 'Kal Aur Aaj' (1958-1959) would make the likes of Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor andO.P.Ralhan write to me. Once Raj Kapoor asked me, 'How do you get so much time to research on topics like how film music was started?. I am amazed at the details you provide.' This compliment was enough to keep me going."

Mr Gopal Sharma lives in Mumbai but frequent visitor to Pune in Wanwari, his daughter.

With best regards

Vilas Rabde

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8th All India Listeners' Conference of Radio Voice of Russia Hindi Service

Voice of Russia Hindi service just announced that the 8th all India listeners' conference will be held in early December 2013.

Voice of Russia Bengali Service is going to shut down its website.

News: Voice of Russia Bengali Service just announced that it is going to shut down its website this year.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Retuning All India Radio

We need to collectively reimagine All India Radio as an independent public service broadcaster.

Pradip Ninan Thomas ( is with the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland, Australia.

As All India Radio (AIR) enters its platinum jubilee, it is worth reflecting on this national institution of inestimable worth that has fallen on bad times. In spite of the great changes in the Indian radio landscape, AIR remains a force to reckon with, given its 376 stations, its unrivalled coverage of more than 90% of the country, and broadcasts in 23 languages and 146 dialects.

Nonetheless, AIR remains a deeply paradoxical institution. On the one hand, it offers a truly national service that, to borrow from the old Heineken ad, reaches parts of the country other broadcasters don’t. AIR’s sound archives – consisting of both north and south Indian classical music and the spoken word – offer a unique memory of music traditions and styles and a repository of the political history of the nation, including recordings by Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose, Gandhi, Jinnah and other national figures. The digitisation of these archives at a central level as well as in the regional centres is an ongoing project. On 25 March 2013, for instance, AIR’s Akashvani Sangeet released five CDs of the Hindustani vocalist Pt Mallikarjun Mansur, from its 11,000-hour repository of music that includes 1,000 hours of Carnatic music.

AIR has extensive experience of rural and farm broadcasting, with programmes on land and water conservation, sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, integrated pest management for crops, crop insurance schemes, environment protection and disaster management, which have benefited scores of farmers in the country. AIR has played a critical role during natural disasters, most recently during the floods in Uttarakhand. Both AIR’s FM radio Rainbow and the station in Najibabad helped relay information that was vital to the rescue operations. It played a similar role during the cyclone in Odisha and the tsunami that struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, both in 1999, as well as in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, and the Kosi floods in Bihar in 2008. Also noteworthy is its example as a community broadcaster – consider, for example, Radio Ujjas, which is broadcast from the Bhuj and Rajkot AIR stations – and the commercially successful Vividh Bharati. All this does suggest that there is much that AIR offers.

On the other hand, however, on the very same day that AIR released the music CDs of Pt Mallikarjun Mansur, the president of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, announced the establishment of an AIR studio in Rae Bareli, her parliamentary constituency. The relationship between electoral politics and broadcasting in India is, of course, not new, given that during the dark days of the Emergency, AIR became a propaganda mouthpiece for Indira Gandhi, earning the sobriquet “All Indira Radio”, and a decade later, her son, Rajiv Gandhi, commanded the over-hasty expansion of broadcasting ahead of the 1989 elections. The late V C Shukla, who was union minister of information and broadcasting during the Emergency, once banned Kishore Kumar songs from being played on AIR and Doordarshan because he had refused to sing at a Congress event in Mumbai. The fact that Rajiv Gandhi heard of the assassination of his mother from a report by the BBC correspondent Satish Jacob, a full five hours before it was announced on AIR, is a reflection of the fact that politics and political expediency have shaped the deve­lopment of public broadcasting in the country.

The paradox that AIR currently is does it no favour. Although that is no excuse to retire the service or starve it out of existence, it needs to become an independent and genuine public service broadcaster. To be sure, AIR does possess the capacity to broadcast content that counts and that is different from the hyper-commercialised music and talk shows that have become the norm for radio in contemporary India. Surely, rather than letting it implode, we do need to collectively reimagine AIR as an independent public service broadcaster suitable for 21st century India – and hope that our broadcasting mandarins understand that a relevant and responsive public service broadcaster ultimately makes for good politics.

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