Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 06:00 am
A two-day workshop for MICA students to create audio novels has resulted in the Blind People’s Association (BPA) getting 24 such novels on a variety of relevant subjects. The 24 audio novels with a riveting narrative were created by 244 MICA students who were part of the workshop.The novels touch upon a variety of social issues including compassion fatigue, unschooling, cyberbullying, cancel culture, start-ups, environment, TV debates, perils of humanising pets, digital freedom, and moonlighting at work among others.The workshop trained the students in scripting, voice recording, background score, researching social issues, pre-and post-production and other aspects of an audio novel.Prof Kallol Das, Anchor Faculty for the audio-novel workshop, said the incoming student cohort at MICA developed audio novels on social issues relevant to the urban youth in an attempt to influence their thoughts and actions. “Some of the novels touched on social issues like political apathy, compassion fatigue and cancelled culture for the very first time,” said Das.Kriti Dwivedi, whose audio-novel Baat Pakki bagged the first position, said students were advised to have a growth mindset for the workshop. “We discovered how to structure our research, focus on nuances of sound while editing, and the impact a simple voice modulation can have on the overall listening experience,” said Dwivedi. Her novel touches on the story of two individuals who wish to enter into a lavender marriage (a marriage of convenience between a male and a female to conceal the socially stigmatized sexual orientation of one or both partners).Govind Pillai, a CCC programme student said the audio novel project helped him explore storytelling beyond briefs and ads.