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Sounding superb

If you think you have a great voice, then there could be a sound future ahead of you



Prakash Paul: `The demand for trained voices and voice overs is huge.'

HOW MANY times have you heard that rich baritone of Amitabh Bachchan or Shahrukh Khan or our very own Jonzie and sighed because you could not wield similar power or attraction with your voice? How many times have you wished you could alter a certain aspect of your cadence, and train your voice to carry the required modulation?

Relax. If the training that Prakash Paul of Resonate Voice Casting Agency is imparting is anything to go by, help is close at hand. What's more, if you are considered to have acquired the right intonation, a bright future is waiting for you.

Versatile voice

Says Prakash, himself a radio presenter with All India Radio: "If you are versatile with your voice, you could talk like a 10-year-old or a 40-year-old, irrespective of what your age is."

According to him, the demand for trained voices and voice-over is huge, starting from television, radio, telephones, and multimedia, to name a few.

"But this industry is highly disorganised. That is when I decided to start this voice casting agency, specifically to train voices and cater to this industry."

All backgrounds

There are students from the ages of eight to 71, and they all come from various backgrounds. They include corporate executives, software techies, and housewives. The workshop spreads over three weeks. At the end of the third week, those with the right tone get their voices recorded and it is all stored in a ice bank.

His faculty includes theatre personalities, radio presenters, besides specific voice trainers, who share their experience and expertise. Says Prakash: "A person's test is how he or she sounds. People tend to judge based on this." According to him, there are four aspects to voice training. Tone, pitch, clarity, and volume. With the right training you can organise your speech organs to take the right direction.

Reading skills

But then how exactly is a voice trained? "To begin with, the individual should possess excellent reading skills. There is then what we refer to as `voice acting', which involves coordination of body, soul, and voice. This means the body is used to the fullest. Next comes the posture.

A wrong posture can cause obstruction to voice and delivery. The quality of the voice of a baby is extremely good as it involuntarily uses its entire body in the most effective posture. Besides these, we provide a lot of other inputs like practising tongue twisters, voice exercises, and so on."

Co-ordination

Co-ordination of body and voice is understandable for effective delivery. But why soul?

"A voice over cannot deliver unless he is able to breathe life into the script. To do this, he should be able to picture the matter and lend life by actually feeling it."

Does Prakash also train to develop accents to cater to the burgeoning BPO industry? "On the contrary, we work on neutralising accents. In this industry, fake accents don't work. Besides, we do not cater to call centres."

For a three-week workshop, Prakash charges a fee of Rs. 1,500. He can be contacted at paulpraku@hotmail.com. You can also call 56994129 or 25231317.

NANDHINI SUNDAR

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