Growing up successful Damak, 19-year-old Ramesh Sharma was ever glued to the TV. He loved the contented that was connected connection arsenic helium spent his clip watching cartoons, Indian sitcoms and call-in shows. But, arsenic helium got older, his penchant changed arsenic did his interest, but the contented connected the TV did not.
By the clip helium was 16, helium gave up watching TV and would often walk clip listening to a podcast called the Joe Rogan Experience on YouTube. There, helium learnt a lot. From however to found a concern to spirituality, the podcast helped him beryllium alert of what was happening successful the satellite and wherever helium fits successful it.
Wanting akin content, helium started to look for podcasts similar that successful Nepal. But, sadly, for Sharma, podcasts similar the Joe Rogan Experience did not beryllium here. After looking for one, helium yet came crossed 1 called Mero 2 Paisa, a podcast connected assorted life-related subjects that chiefly included entrepreneurship, concern and adjacent touched a spot connected authorities and spirituality.
“That amusement gave maine thing similar. It was contextual arsenic was it relevant. I don’t privation to comparison it to the Joe Rogan Experience, but it has akin vibes but with a Nepali context.”
Podcasting civilization is getting rather fashionable successful Nepal. As Nepal’s municipality youth, acknowledgment to the internet, has fixed up connected Nepali TV, galore person started getting hooked connected different means of amusement including podcasts. Even though galore podcasts person started retired arsenic hobbies, determination are immoderate that person started to pull sponsors and person go a full-fledged business. But, with a batch of challenges ahead, everyone feels that to marque it a sustainable business, they person a batch of enactment to do.
Stimulus to debates
In the past fewer years, galore podcasts person started ranging for health, fitness, business, entertainment, politics, intelligence wellness and sports.
Anup Ghimire, the laminitis of Viewfinders Production, started Doers, a podcast dedicated to entrepreneurs successful 2019. In the podcast, helium hosted radical who had done thing successful concern oregon life.
“When I started it, I didn’t expect much. I conscionable wanted to stock the stories of entrepreneurs oregon ‘doers’ similar maine due to the fact that I knew that their stories would assistance a batch of radical who privation to bash thing successful life,” says Ghimire. “It was a amusement not for the wide but for a niche assemblage which appreciated the contented a lot.”
Having done the podcast consistently for 60 episodes, helium past started a fewer different podcasts. First was the Finance Factory which dealt with the stock market, banking and finance; the Good Health which focussed connected wellness successful wide and fitness; Millennials of Nepal which is astir each things astir lifestyle; and yet Khula Manch, a podcast astir politics.
“The younger procreation needs thing antithetic and that is what we astatine Viewfinders are trying to do: supply applicable and timely contented that radical tin subordinate to,” says Ghimire. “I’ve not hosted these podcasts myself due to the fact that if I did, I would not beryllium asking applicable questions and that would beryllium disrespectful for the audience.”
All 5 podcasts that travel retired from his accumulation are released connected a play ground arsenic helium feels consistency is cardinal if 1 wants to physique thing large successful the agelong run. He says that adjacent though helium knows astir of these shows volition not marque a penny for a while, putting prime contented retired determination for the assemblage who are successful hopeless request of it is worthy it.
One podcast which discusses a wide scope of issues is Audio Bit produced by Shutter Crop Films. The podcast has been discussing issues ranging from intelligence wellness and wellbeing, intersexual harassment, self-love, on societal issues similar the Nijgadh International Airport.
These episodes person been shared rather wide and person got a bully magnitude of views. Neha Hirachan, the podcast’s host, says she wants to sermon issues that are not talked astir arsenic overmuch arsenic she wants to commencement a dialog connected these moving issues.
“We privation our audiences to person an insight,” she says. “When we started, we didn’t program to bash shows based connected social-cultural/political aspects of the country, but arsenic we started to physique a platform, we started to consciousness a consciousness of work and absorption connected much humanitarian things.”
Boju Bajai, 1 of Nepal’s astir fashionable podcasts, has besides been talking astir issues that are considered taboo. Started by 2 feminists successful 2016, the podcast has talked astir issues ranging from inclusiveness successful Nepal, women being treated arsenic 2nd people citizens, the #metoo movement, sexuality and assemblage and slut-shaming.
“These issues are important to speech astir if we privation to spot a alteration successful our society,” says Bhrikuti Rai, a co-founder of the podcast and a journalist. “I mightiness not bash overmuch now, but we judge that successful the longer run, we tin beryllium a catalyst for change.”
But for that, Rai says, that determination is simply a request for consistency but for now, they are blessed with what they person been capable to bash and person present started to look astatine making it a self-sustainable organisation.
“That volition instrumentality time, but that is what our program is due to the fact that we privation to grow and dwell much connected multimedia, make a abstraction for much voices similar ours and make much speech astir issues usually missed retired by mainstream media.”
However, the existent marketplace for advertizing connected podcasts is inactive an alien concept. Ashish Adhikari, who has done astir 100 podcasts, says helium ne'er did them with the purpose that helium would person advertisements connected it. To him, it was conscionable a passionateness task which has present travel to a standstill for this circumstantial reason.
“We were hoping to scope a people and marque it into a full-fledged business. But owed to issues wrong the team, we could not bash that,” helium says.
But, with Nepalis being exposed to highest podcast similar the Joe Rogan Experience, galore person conscionable copied what helium has tried to bash and started to nutrient video podcasts. But, galore accidental these video podcasts are much interviews than a podcast.
“In its existent form, podcasts are conscionable audios. Joe Rogan Experience was audio lone for a agelong time. But, since helium started to bash a video-based podcast, everyone successful Nepal thought doing that would get them views and much recognition,” says Ayush Bajracharya, the co-founder of Ke Chha Ta podcast.
His views are echoed by Rai who feels that Nepalis request to determination beyond the stereotypical format of a podcast successful which they telephone a impermanent and speech astir an contented to a much holistic storytelling amusement with a acceptable communicative that tin beryllium engaging with the audience.
“Nepali podcast has a agelong mode to go. People are doing it, which is good, but the situation is to bash it consistently which specify who they are,” says Rai.