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Kingdom of Sound..!!
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The archive of All India Radio Tiruchirappalli is a treasure trove of sound clips from 1930s to the present.
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There’s no better place to see the march of recording technology than the archive room of All India Radio Tiruchirappalli.
Tucked away in a corner of the ground floor of the vast AIR building, the archive is a treasure trove of sound clips from 1930s to the present.

Keeping pace with the conversion from analogue to digital format, the archives too are gradually getting transferred from magnetic tapes to computerised sound clips. A. Rajaram, Library Information Assistant, has been overseeing the conversion of 1,114 magnetic tapes (of 15- and 30-minute duration) into .wma (Windows Media Audio) files.
“Each of these tapes comes with a handwritten note on the content which has to be catalogued as well,” he says, showing visitors around the room.

“So far we have managed to save 405 music recordings, 333 Tamil talks (non-musical content), 26 radio plays, and assorted folk music and feature programmes in digital format,” says Rajaram of the process that lasted over a year.
“We have 8,000 such tapes in total, so there’s still more work to be done,” he adds.

The archive room, which has to maintain a temperature of 18-20 degrees Celsius to prevent the magnetic tapes from getting damaged, is also a sort of mini-museum of sound recording technology, as it’s still possible to see long-out-of-circulation machines being kept here for the conversion work.

The magnetic tapes, manufactured exclusively for AIR stations by the Hindustan Photo Film Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Ooty, have to be first fixed on a turntable console before being converted to digital files with the help of specialist software, a time-consuming process that needs staff to be familiar with old and new technology.

“Preserving classical music recordings is the most difficult, because each sound clip has to have additional information about the ragas, talas, and even the accompanying musicians,” says Rajaram, pulling out detailed tabulated sheets.

Digitalisation has changed the role of the archive too, as archivists now have to deal with cue sheets that give the details of the recordings on a computer database, rather than physical tapes.

Among the gems in this collection are the speech made by Rajaji in Tiruchi ahead of the Vedaranyam Salt Satyagraha, and recordings by the greats of Carnatic vocal and instrumental music, from K.P. Sundarambal, Thiruvavaduthurai T. N. Rajarathnam Pillai to Sheik Chinnamoulana and Embar Raghavachariar among others.
Speeches by prominent personalities are also available here.

The station also maintains a separate library of printed material in Tamil, English and Hindi.
“What we have here is very valuable,” says Rajaram, who has been working here for the past 18 years.
“We don’t destroy any sound clip, because someone may appreciate listening to them many years later.”

All India Radio Tiruchirappalli,
AIR Tiruchirapalli archive room
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Kingdom of Sound..!!
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The archive of All India Radio Tiruchirappalli is a treasure trove of sound clips from 1930s to the present.
**********************************************************
There’s no better place to see the march of recording technology than the archive room of All India Radio Tiruchirappalli.
Tucked away in a corner of the ground floor of the vast AIR building, the archive is a treasure trove of sound clips from 1930s to the present.

Keeping pace with the conversion from analogue to digital format, the archives too are gradually getting transferred from magnetic tapes to computerised sound clips. A. Rajaram, Library Information Assistant, has been overseeing the conversion of 1,114 magnetic tapes (of 15- and 30-minute duration) into .wma (Windows Media Audio) files.
“Each of these tapes comes with a handwritten note on the content which has to be catalogued as well,” he says, showing visitors around the room.

“So far we have managed to save 405 music recordings, 333 Tamil talks (non-musical content), 26 radio plays, and assorted folk music and feature programmes in digital format,” says Rajaram of the process that lasted over a year.
“We have 8,000 such tapes in total, so there’s still more work to be done,” he adds.

The archive room, which has to maintain a temperature of 18-20 degrees Celsius to prevent the magnetic tapes from getting damaged, is also a sort of mini-museum of sound recording technology, as it’s still possible to see long-out-of-circulation machines being kept here for the conversion work.

The magnetic tapes, manufactured exclusively for AIR stations by the Hindustan Photo Film Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Ooty, have to be first fixed on a turntable console before being converted to digital files with the help of specialist software, a time-consuming process that needs staff to be familiar with old and new technology.

“Preserving classical music recordings is the most difficult, because each sound clip has to have additional information about the ragas, talas, and even the accompanying musicians,” says Rajaram, pulling out detailed tabulated sheets.

Digitalisation has changed the role of the archive too, as archivists now have to deal with cue sheets that give the details of the recordings on a computer database, rather than physical tapes.

Among the gems in this collection are the speech made by Rajaji in Tiruchi ahead of the Vedaranyam Salt Satyagraha, and recordings by the greats of Carnatic vocal and instrumental music, from K.P. Sundarambal, Thiruvavaduthurai T. N. Rajarathnam Pillai to Sheik Chinnamoulana and Embar Raghavachariar among others.
Speeches by prominent personalities are also available here.

The station also maintains a separate library of printed material in Tamil, English and Hindi.
“What we have here is very valuable,” says Rajaram, who has been working here for the past 18 years.
“We don’t destroy any sound clip, because someone may appreciate listening to them many years later.”

All India Radio Tiruchirappalli,
AIR Tiruchirapalli archive room
A. Rajaram

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Tiruchi is often called as an entertainment starved city thanks to the absence of viable entertainment and leisure activities. However, the residents of the city may once again enjoy their leisure time in the evenings on the Cauvery river bed as the Tiruchi City Corporation (TCC) is contemplating the idea of reviving summer beach this year.

Christened as ‘summer beach’, the district administration with the active participation of Tiruchi Corporation was opened to the public for the first time in 2012. As part of the idea, a stretch of about a kilometre of the river bed on the Cauvery river at Mambazha Salai was cleaned and illuminated with lights in order to give a beach like environment to the people enjoy an outing in the evening.

The idea had become an instant hit with thousands of city residents visiting the ‘beach site’ with children and friends in the evenings. The people, who yearned for leisure spots, visited in large numbers to enjoy cool breeze in the evenings and to watch the cultural programmes arranged by the district administration.

Utilising the opportunity, a number of hawkers had also cashed in by setting up of movable eateries. Motivated by the success, the authorities also opened up summer beach in 2013 and 2014. However, summer beach did not become a reality in 2015 and 2016, causing disappointment to the people.

A senior official of Tiruchi Corporation told The Hindu that it had received a number of representations for setting up of summer beach this year. It was not opened in 2016 due to seepage of water at the ‘beach site’. Idea had been mooted to revive the summer beach plan this year. A decision would be taken soon with the consultation of sister departments. the official added.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 406212.ece


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NEEDLE-QUEEN: Namrata Asrani has found success as an online retailer of crocheted bags . (Left): Close -up of a ring handbag.A Muralitharan

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Besides being a great hobby, crochet can also be a moneyspinner, says Namrata Asrani

Tiruchi-based homemaker M Namrata Asrani put her talent for crochet to good use by starting a home-based business in hand-crafted purses and handbags on Facebook last August, and hasn’t looked back since.


“With my son in college, I realised that I had more time on my hands,” says Namrata, “and as I had been doing crochet all my life, it felt like a good idea to teach others.”

But Namrata found very few takers for classes, so she shifted focus to becoming an online retailer instead. “Crochet cannot be done by machines, which is why each item is unique,” says Namrata, whose home in Anna Nagar is tastefully done up with crochet doilies and runners made by her. “I decided to concentrate on purses and handbags, because they are easier to finish.”

It takes Namrata between a week to 10 days to complete one handbag (9x6x4 inches), and she devotes at least 3 hours to her crochet every day.

A stickler for neatness, she puts in all the finishing touches herself, from matching the fabric of the internal cloth purse, and adding pouches and zippers. “My customer is expecting a shop-style product, so I have to be careful to give the best I can,” she says.

Her most popular product so far is the ‘ring purse’, a handbag with an external layer of plastic rings that have been individually embellished with crochet and placed on a backing purse, also done in crochet. Besides this, there is the ‘strawberry pouch’, that has as its highlight, a cluster of stitches that look puffed, like strawberries in a row. Elegant clutch purses are also on sale.

Namrata clicks pictures of her work with her cellphone camera and posts them on her Facebook page (titled Crochet Passion).

My diary has been full since I started out,” says Namrata, who has so far dispatched her handbags to customers in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai besides buyers in Tiruchi.

She sources most of her threads from craft stores in Mumbai and Tiruchi, and usually mandates a 25-day waiting period for bulk orders. “I prefer to finish one purse before I start the next one, so that it will have a uniform look. Maintaining the right thread tension is very important in crochet,” says Namrata.

Despite doing crochet every day, the thrill of finishing a project never fades, says Namrata. “I keep admiring the final item from different angles before I pack it for dispatch,” she says.

Going online has helped her learn not just about handling her own business, but also finding new suppliers of craft materials. “For example, the sling handles for my bags come from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh,” she says. “Customers pay an advance amount digitally so that I can buy the threads. I email them the photograph of the finished product and they send the remaining amount digitally. The internet has been a boon for home-based businesses,” says Namrata.

She credits her husband’s grandmother Mrs. Bhagwani with teaching her the finer aspects of crochet, and says her family’s support has been crucial to her success as an online retailer. “You cannot do much without the backing of your loved ones,” she says.

Crochet cannot be done by machines, which is why each item is unique



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Herbal farms set up in Pachamalai hills

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The Forest Department has set up herbal farms at Pachamalai hills in view of availability of herbs and shrubs in abundance.

The herbs available in plenty include ‘panchakorai’, ‘kandang kathiri’, ‘kavil thumbai’, ‘nochi’, ‘idhazh nilavembu’, ‘ kavil thumabi’, ‘akasa garudan kizhangu’, ‘tiruneetru pachilai’, ‘karpoora valli’, ‘vallarai’, ‘sirukurinjan’, ‘nannari’, ‘Vishu kiranthi’ ‘ karu oomathai’, ‘gopuram thangi’, ‘athimathuram’, ‘milagu thakkali’ and ‘thanner vittan kizhangu’ .

It has set up farms in front of tree-top houses constructed under eco-tourism programme implemented under the Tamil Nadu Biodiversity and Greening programme. With more tourists coming to Pachamalai in view of eco-tourism project, the department has utilised every tourist-friendly programme, an official said on Friday.

The officials have raised nurseries of these varieties. “Many tourists who are not aware of availability of these herbs in Pachamalai hills spend a lot of time going around these farms,” he said. Herbal tea is available at the canteen set up here.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 380787.ece


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