10th Grader in Kashmir starts an online radio station

Teen geek setus up an online radio station in Kashmir

Teen from Kashmir sets up an online radio station
Teen from Kashmir sets up an online radio station

Umar Nisar, 15, studies in a government school in town of Tral, which always is in the news for militancy related violence and shootouts between security forces and Islamist insurgents.

From pursuing his dream but that hasn’t hindered this teen music buff. “I went to school amid protests, shutdowns and violence. But that never stopped me,” Umar Nisar told IANS.

He said he learnt programming all by himself and the notion of writing a code for internet radio, Pannun FM International, came as he desired to give voice to youth in Kashmir and additionally encourage Kashmiri culture and language past the state’s boundaries where users can listen its programmes after downloading the android app from Google Play Shop.

“This will be an inspiration for youth. It will also be a platform for them to explore their ability,” Umar Nisar told IANS. “I have invested my own money. But I’m yet short of significant equipments like microphones and computers.”

He said he is anticipating advertisement earnings or an “angel investor” to raise cash and set up a full fledged studio to produce more programmes. Programmes are being done on an easy background, as of this moment, he said.

“Pannun FM”, Umar Nisar said, would develop a space where people from throughout the valley can share their troubles about anything like electricity issues, water woes and items. And (it’s) a source of amusement also.

The techie, whose father drives a tractor for livelihood and also possesses a tiny apple orchard, said he took eight months to write the code for the online radio, available at www.pannunfm.in

Programmes are aired by the program concerning the daily life in Kashmir and also hosts queries from schoolchildren. There are programmes that are musical at the same time.

And also to generate the content, Umar Nisar has roped in 10 of his pals, including local journalists who work free for the radio and pupils.

“My buddies plus some journalists help me with the recordings and set of data. They are not paid by me. They offer,” he said.

The “geek”, as he is well known in his group, needs to be a broadcast journalist and he hopes “that this project will help me become a successful one”.

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