Story telling

Visually impaired lady runs legendary children’s podcast | children’s story podcast

Thenhippalam (Malappuram): A “Sankaraleela” storytelling podcast that features mythological stories for children has completed 50 episodes.

Retired Calicut Unviersity Deputy Registrar Renuka Warrier, who is visually impaired, started storytelling online using Google Podcast during the lockdown last year.

Renuka started the podcast to share knowledge with kids while keeping them entertained. Now the podcast has over 3,000 listeners, she said.

It takes up to two days to tell stories that sound awesome to kids and edit audio using DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) software. The stories are uploaded once a week.

The first story was ‘Ganapathi Prathal’. Stories from myths like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatham and stories of grandmothers are told in the podcast. Renuka plans to tell classic Indian tales in the future as well.

Previously, Renuka had made headlines by preparing audiobooks for the visually impaired while working at university.

Renuka had 7 surgeries before she was 7 to correct her vision. At 27, she lost her sight completely. She began to engage in creative pursuits after learning computer science.

Daughter of K Sankara Warrier, originally from Thrissur Pazhuvil, and Leela Warrasiyar, Renuka currently lives with her sister Suchithra, who has retired from Kozhikode Providence College.