An unusual radio talk show on All India Radio completed a hundred episodes on Tuesday, July 19.
Called Karta Patrakarta (roughly, Journalist at Work), it is said to be the only programme of its kind in India, featuring a journalist every Tuesday from 8 to 9 am.
Umesh Sutram, the AIR staffer who hosts the show in Kannada, is upbeat about its success, and plans to compile all the information he has gathered in a book. He answered some questions for Yahoo! India News.
How did you hit upon the idea of interviewing journalists?
Our station director Dr. Chetan Naik mooted the idea. He wanted to introduce journalists through AIR's FM channel. He entrusted the show to me because of my journalism background. I decided to focus on journalists' careers rather than their personal lives. This way we could talk about journalistic ideas and achievements.
Who was your most difficult interviewee? Why?
D C Nagesh, film photographer, had told me he wasn't a good speaker, but I was keen on documenting his