In November last year, All India Radio (AIR) announced that its services will be available on Amazon Alexa powered smart speakers. Now, Mann ki Baat, the Indian radio program, which is hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is available for Amazon Alexa users. The episodes from the show will be available as an Alexa Skill for its users.
Users can get it on all devices running Amazon Alexa, such as Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Alexa-enabled-smart speakers such as Harman Kardon Allure and Eufy Genie. The latest episode of Mann Ki Baat will also be available on the skill within few hours of its telecast. According to the press statement, users can listen to 36 previous episodes that have been aired since January 2015 by simply giving a voice command to Alexa.
To activate the skill, users have to give a voice command – “Alexa, open Mann Ki Baat”. Alexa will then respond with, “Welcome to the Mann Ki Baat skill. Specify the month and year to select the Mann Ki Baat that you wish to listen to.” Users can also directly listen to the latest broadcast by asking “Alexa, ask Mann Ki Baat to play the latest Mann ki Baat”.
The skill has been developed by Asian News International news agency. Commenting on the same, Ishaan Prakash, Editor Live Operations, ANI said, “we are heading to a future where voice has the potential to become a primary way of engaging with technology around us. We are thrilled to make Mann Ki Baat available as a skill and offer listeners a new way to hear the Prime Minister’s address. Currently, users can listen to any of the previous editions of Mann ki Baat starting from January 2015. In case you miss the upcoming live edition of Mann ki Baat on 28th January, you can hear it on your Echo device within a few hours of the broadcast,”
Last year, Saavan, the digital music streaming service, also announced its partnership to host all episodes (old and new) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’ and also his famous speeches.