Till last Sunday,mornings were an action-packed affair courtesy students from various schools in the tricity. Taking to the airwaves,teams from eight schools took turns presenting dramas which they voiced,scripted and enacted themselves. Aired on AIR FM 107.2 and 103.1 FM,the dramas presented were part of the inter-school radio drama competition titled Radio Masters 2008. We conducted the first ever inter-school radio drama competition sometime back. The talent and also the content that came forward was so impressive that we decided to get Radio Masters going, explains the brain behind the concept,S P Singh who is also the CEO of the city-based Institute of Radio Jockeying (IRJ).
Since the show was designed like a contest,listeners had to SMS their votes in the form of ratings from 1 to 10 for the eight dramas that were aired. Prizes for the competition were sponsored by Diplast Plastics Ltd while JJ Diamonds was the title sponsor. Apart from the SMS voting,we had a panel of judges who finalised the rankings, informed Singh. The jury included Prof Virendra Mehndiratta,Chairman of the Department of Indian Theatre,Panjab University along with film producer,director and an expert on sound recording,J S Cheema. And Thursday saw all the school teams get together at the IMA hall in Sector 35 to know the final verdict.
DAV Model School,Sector 15,is the winner for the best play, announced Singh as the team of students lead by their teacher Ishita Chakaravarty cheered on. Interestingly,all the radio dramas saw the budding talent script stories revolving around serious issues such as female foeticide,brain drain,drug menace,superstition et al. It was truly an interesting experience, spoke a visibly excited Kamesh Chauhan,a student of class 12 from DAV Model School as he flashed his winning smile and trophy. Apart from Chauhan,the other students in the team included Pritish Sethi,Sukhraj Singh Bedi,Navneet Kaur Aujla,Stuti Dwivedi,Sanjot,Mashaal and Khushboo Pathania. It was the first time we got to write a script and voice it for a radio show, mentioned Stuti,a student of class 11 as she went on to add,My stream is non-medical and this was something completely different from what I have done so far. The winning team put together a storyline which highlighted growing generation gap and also touched upon the issue of drugs. We wanted to showcase a relatable story and subject. Even for the dialogues,we chose to write the ones we hear in our daily lives, said Pritish Sethi,a class ten student. And once on air,the team was flooded with positive feedback. Our friends and family were quite excited to hear us and I guess the voting helped too, added Navneet Kaur,another student of class ten as SP Singh announced the other winners.
Encouraging such healthy programming on radio,one of the judges,J S Cheema said,Such efforts have never been done before on radio before. I feel Radio Masters has helped encourage positive thinking among the students as well taught youngsters how to work as team. The four winning plays will now once again be aired on AIR FM starting January 11. Tune in!
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