The BBC Azeri (BBC Azərbaycanca) website bbcazeri.com has launched podcasts as part of its multimedia content with archive readings from Kurban Said’s iconic novel “Ali and Nino”.
Selected parts from the novel, read by veteran Azerbaijani actor, Rasim Balayev, will be published on bbcazeri.com every week, for users to listen to online or to download.
The readings from “Ali and Nino” were produced as part of BBC Azeri radio’s Danışan Kitablar (Talking Books) project a few years ago, and enjoyed great success among the audience. Following the closure of the BBC Azeri radio broadcasts in March 2011, “Ali and Nino” is the first part of the radio archive to move online to bbcazeri.com.
Head of the Europe Hub, BBC World Service, Sarah Gibson, comments: “The BBC Azeri team had received a lot of requests for access to the series, and they are really excited to bring audience these podcasts. We hope very much that our Azeri-speaking online audiences will enjoy this classic novel, brought to life by Rasim Balayev’s unique style.”
BBC Azeri is part of BBC World Service’s Europe Hub. The website bbcazeri.com offers news, information and analysis, in text, audio and video, putting the events in Azerbaijan and the wider region in the global context. The average number of weekly unique users of the site has grown by 172% year on year (March 2012) while its social-media following has been growing rapidly via Facebook.
The BBC Azeri team had received a lot of requests for access to the series, and they are really excited to bring audience these podcasts."