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 Covid-19 awareness campaign in the first week of March. Little did she know that her voice would soon be heard by mobile phone callers in Karnataka. She initially thought that her voice would be used for a TV or radio commercial.

A few days later, she was surprised to get a call from her mother who said she heard ernandes’s voice in her mobile phone caller tune. n fact, hers was the first Covid-19 caller tune, which began with a cough and an awareness message.
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 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 secure 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.


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