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Pavan Srinath talks to Lekha Naidu about creating BIC Talks and releasing 100 episodes of the podcast since March 2020, when the pandemic lockdowns began in India.
On this episode Pavan takes the guest seat, as Bangalore International Centre’s Programme Manager Lekha Naidu talks to him about the joys, lessons and challenges of podcasting. They discuss how BIC pivoted to podcasting within a week of the first nation-wide lockdown, how they managed to record deep conversations almost entirely remotely, and what kept the show going. Pavan also shares a few of his favourite moments and episodes from the last year, and his thoughts on podcasting in general.
Lekha Naidu is Programme Manager at the Bangalore International Centre, and will be taking over Pavan’s role as host and producer of BIC Talks from Episode 103.
Some BIC Talks episodes mentioned on the show:
- #0: Starting Out
- #1 Tackling COVID-19, with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.
- #8, #18 and #73: Dr Gagandeep Kang on COVID-19 therapies, drugs, and vaccine development.
- #22: A Chief of Defence Staff for India, with Admiral Arun Prakash and Lt General Prakash Menon.
- #26: Mapping the India-China Border, with Joseph Thomas.
- #62: Sex in Indian Epics & Literature, with Devi Yesodharan and Samhita Arni.
Pavan Srinath is a public policy researcher, educator and podcaster. He hosts The Pragati Podcast and the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast, both weekly talkshows on public affairs.
With an academic background in the biological sciences, Pavan has worked for 10 years on policy and governance issues of health, cities, budgets, science and technology. Between 2013 and 2019, Pavan helped build the Takshashila Institution as one of India’s top schools of public policy, and helped design, launch and teach various courses.
Pavan has co-authored two books, several policy briefs and journal articles, and writes often for Indian newspapers.
When not reluctantly explaining what she does for a living to curious people, Lekha Naidu is either facilitating a class for young theatre enthusiasts or rigging lights or translating plays and other pieces of literature from English to Kannada and vice versa or planning photo shoots while finding ways to get on stage and perform.
Some affectionately call her the Girl Friday of the Arts community, conveniently forgetting about the other days of the week, while she often refers to herself as a theatre practitioner. She has made no significant contribution to the world, yet; but she keeps trying. One of the ways is ‘Avala Hejje’, a social enterprise, of which she is the Creative Director. She has served as a Consultant to the High Powered Committee set up in 2013 by the Ministry of Culture to examine the national level cultural institutions under it. She is also trying to run a multilingual theatre collective – Sāpēksha, with her writing and translation partner, Sidhaartha Maadhyamika.
Recently she has begun utilising all her skills at a community space called Bangalore International Centre.