PM Modi to release digital version of AIR’s Ramcharitmanas today

New Delhi(ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release a special digital version of epic Ramcharitmanas produced by All India Radio on Monday, as part of the AIR’s attempts to go digital to reach audiences globally.

An AIR release said that the Prime Minister would also felicitate some prominent artists at the event.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for I and B Colonel (Retired) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Prasar Bharati Chairperson A Suryaprakash, and other senior officials are expected to be present.

The recordings of Goswami Tulsidas work, sung by leading singers of the Bhopal Gharana, have been done by the AIR over several years and are regularly broadcast especially in the Hindi heartland.

The Ramcharitmanas was composed and recorded for the first time in 1980 at Akashvani Bhopal.

It is part of AIR’s attempts to go digital in a big way so that the public broadcaster can reach audiences globally, officials said.

“We have been actively taking steps to go digital so that international audiences particularly the diaspora can listen to us,” DG AIR F Sheheryar said.

Several of the AIR’s channels are available on mobile apps and the broadcaster is also actively gaining more presence on the internet, officials said.