I don't really know much about your subject apart from her Wikipedia
article. It looks like that she often traveled between England and India
though I wonder how much she was able to do in the fledgling days of radio
recording such as Dennis Rooney and the others describe here. Although
there is a British broadcast from 1924 extant, the earliest one I've heard
-- a bit of a Lew Stone broadcast -- dates from 1933, and the BBC has a
reputation for discarding archival recordings for the sake of convenience.
I know nothing whatsoever about the status of Indian archival radio
recordings -- what mediums were used, and how early they began -- but if I
were looking into this myself that's where I would start. You don't run
into a lot of recorded broadcast material, even in the U.S., before 1932.
Have you checked to see if she may have made commercial recordings of her
speeches in the acoustic period? The vast Indian 78 rpm legacy is a mystery
to me, but it seems a celebrity recording of her voice should not be ruled
out unless you've checked already. Likewise cylinder recordings; perhaps
she came in contact with someone who had early recording equipment. It was
not uncommon for well heeled persons, even in places like India, to own wax
cylinder machines. Just a thought.
David N. "Uncle Dave" Lewis
Host, "The Early Music Show"
WTJU 91.1 FM Charlottesville
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On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM Hari <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear All,
> Dr Annie Besant, A world renowned activist lived between 1847 and 1933! She
> was most definitely recorded visually , but it has become an impossible
> tasky, trying to locate any surviving audio tapes of hers...
> I have already reached out to dozens of archives around the world! Even the
> library of congress has no records...
> I am reaching out to you all for any advice regarding the same! Any help
> would be greatly appreciated!
> This is her 175th anniversary and I am trying to locate her original voice
> for a documentary!
> Hari Varma
> *Sagi Sree Hari Varma*
> *Website: www.sagisreeharivarma.com <http://www.sagisreeharivarma.com>*