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Audio Descriptions in Films will help Disabled-Friendly People, especially Blind Film Buffs to Enjoy Cinema: NGO

NGO Saksham has already completed providing audio description to 22 films including "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.", "Taare Zameen Par" and "3 Idiots"'

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Panaji, Nov 24, 2016: There is a need to incorporate disabled-friendly audio descriptions in mainstream film production, so that visually challenged as well as blind film buffs can enjoy cinema like regular cine-goers, Rummi Seth, founder trustee of Delhi-based NGO Saksham, said on Thursday.

Saksham has already completed providing audio description to 22 films including “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.”, “Taare Zameen Par” and “3 Idiots”‘, and three such films with the audio description facility are being screened at the ongoing 47th International Film Festival of India here.

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“If our commercial films come with audio description, it will enable the visually impaired or the blind to experience and enjoy films in cinema halls just like regular film fans,” Seth told reporters on the sidelines of the festival.

Seth explained that ‘audio description’ is actually an audio commentary, embedded into the film, which allows people with disabilities and the blind to watch a film, because it provides a narration of events unfolding on screen, during the non-dialogue portions of the movie.

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“We have spoken to some film producers who have worked with us. The cost of creating an audio description is minuscule compared to film budgets. What needs to be done is that embedding of the description should be incorporated at the production stage itself,” she said. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393