Chandigarh, June 11 () The weekly Sunrays Stories video series ‘SunraysMe’, hosted by Chandigarh-based politician and philanthropist Sanjay Tandon and his wife Priya Tandon, launched its 200th episode here on Sunday, featuring a recorded interview with cricket legend Kapil Dev.
At the program, people from all walks of life, including academicians, bureaucrats, social workers, students, doctors and professionals across the region were apprised of this initiative of the Tandons.
A total of 2,740 viewers tuned in through various social media platforms into the livestream which lasted for nearly one hour.
This video series was started by the Tandons during the imposition of lockdown in the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The initiative was aimed to bring a sense of positivity in people who were confined to their homes.
When the entire world was at a standstill, Sanjay and his wife Priya made an effort to ‘reach and teach’ the people through digital mode, narrating inspirational stories.
Recalling the lockdown days, Sanjay said on March 26, 2020, they made the first ‘SunraysMe’ video with the help of his phone camera and later in the evening shared it with his contact list and his social media platforms.
Their efforts were appreciated by people that lent the couple tremendous encouragement. Their family members also came forward to help in the video shoots leaving a motivational impact on the audience.
Priya said it became a routine to shoot the video in the morning and broadcast it in the evening for the first 36 days.
These videos are based on the moral stories in their seven books in the series Sunrays for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are 52 inspirational stories in each book.
The Tandons choose stories from those books and deliver messages pertaining to moral values like discipline, mutual respect, family values, bonding with friends and other social issues in their weekly videos.
The reach of these videos is not only confined to locals but has become global with the help of digital platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Sunrays Stories has reached 83,76,865 people through various social media channels (YouTube 1,074,708, Facebook 7,190,651 and Instagram 111,506) so far.
While narrating his emotions on this accomplishment, Sanjay said in this era where values have declined immensely society needs an injection of positivity, there is a dire need for inspiration and teachings to the people, especially the youth.
Social degeneration and social evils can be curbed to a large extent with positive thoughts.
He said amidst adverse circumstances like Covid-19, their effort of broadcasting videos was to create a sense of positivity and joy among the depressed and affected people, that too with the limited resources available.
They are delighted that their efforts are being appreciated all around. He emphasised that if their efforts brought a positive change in someone’s life, he considers their efforts worthwhile.