AIR launches 24-hr classical music channel

The All India Radio (AIR), on Tuesday launched ‘Raagam’, a 24-hour satellite channel dedicated to classical music lovers. The channel has been made available across geographic locations, while its headquarters is in Bengaluru.

The channel was opened to public domain on Tuesday. While it would be made available in the Android, iOS and Windows platforms as a mobile application – ‘All India Radio Live’– it will also be beamed through the Digital Terrestrial Channel (DTT) of Doordarshan with an aerial radius of 70 km in Bengaluru. Web streaming will be done on the www.airbengaluru.com website.

Raagam will have time bands for archival assets, senior living musicians, budding artistes, approved by AIR besides having interpretation of classical music by musicologists.
F Sheheryar, Director General, All India Radio said Raagam has been made available in the app form to ensure that geographic boundaries are no barrier to music.

While New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Dharwad, Bhopal and Lucknow centres would have Hindustani classical music, those in Thiruvananthapuram, Trichy, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Vijayavada centres would have Carnatic classical music.

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