Meet the voice behind the Covid-19 caller tunes in Karnataka
Two voice-over artistes from Dakshina Kannada were approached to record public service announcements about the pandemic
Darell Jessica Fernandes, 32, was called to a Delhi studio to lend her voice for a
A few days later, she was surprised to get a call from her mother who said she heard Fernandes’s voice in her mobile phone caller tune. In fact, hers was the first Covid-19 caller tune, which began with a cough and an
She quickly called up the producers and requested them not to reveal her identity as people may be annoyed at hearing the same voice again and again and troll her. Fernandes had almost remained anonymous while her voice was heard by every mobile caller in Karnataka until recently, when her video was put up by someone on social media.
Fernandes is said to be a talented physical education trainer. She had completed her BPed and MPed from Mangalore University where she had secured second rank in both UG and PG levels. She is working as a PE teacher in the Delhi Kannada secondary school, where she holds the credit of encouraging local kids to win medals in zonal sports meet.
As Delhi had declared holiday for schools when the
Three sets of caller tunes were produced in Kannada. The first caller tune (which has a cough in the beginning) featured Fernandes, while the last two were done by
Vidya, who hails from a village near Vittla in Dakshina Kannada district, said, “I am happy that my voice is now being heard across Karnataka. I am getting a lot of calls from friends and relatives back in the state. Luckily, I have not received any brickbats as people might have gotten adjusted to the