A 24-hour channel in Hindustani and Carnatic Music will be launched shortly by All India Radio (AIR), which also plans concerts at prominent open public places to popularise classical music in the country. Lucknow for Hindustani classical and Trichy for Carnatic music would be the hub of the 24X7 music channels, which would be launched ''anytime'', AIR Deputy Director General (South Zone) G Jayalal told the media here today. AIR, in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, proposed to hold classical music concerts at public gardens and prominent open spaces, for which the Prasar Bharati (PB) Board had given its consent recently. Flanked by Hyderabad Station Director Dr Gopalakrishna and Programmer Ms Vedavathi, AIR's Southern Chief said Archives (South) would release on November 13 Audio Cassettes and Audio Compact Discs of four popular Telugu plays. The plays - ''Kanyasulkam'', the all time socially relevant play by Gurajada Appa Rao, ''Varavikrayam'', another play on dowry written by Kallakuri Narayan Rao, ''Ganapathi'' rated as the best literary comedy by Chilakamarthi Laxminarasimham Panthulu and ''Pandavudyoga Vijayalu'', penned by Tirupathi Venkata Kavulu - would be released on the occasion of ''Broadcasting Day''. Union Information Minister S Jaipal Reddy and K S Sarma, the CEO of PB, would be present on the occasion. The event would be recorded due to the national mourning and relayed by Akashvani Centres from December 17 to January 23,[November 13, 2005 1:36:03 AM IST 2006]
---------------------------- Alokesh Gupta New Delhi, India.