Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
That Voice Behind Mumbai’s Local Train Announcements? Meet the Woman It Belongs To!

That Voice Behind Mumbai’s Local Train Announcements? Meet the Woman It Belongs To!

Sarla was made permanent in 1986 and has been the voice of all the announcements for two decades.

Ad Banner

If you have traveled by the Mumbai local train then there are high chances of you having heard Sarla Choudhary’s voice over the loudspeakers. Ever wondered who the lady behind the voice is?

In 1982, Sarla was selected amongst hundreds of others who had appeared for the test of the announcer. Four years later, in 1986 she was made permanent and her voice resonated in all the stations across Mumbai through the loudspeakers.

“I was working as an announcer at one particular station and would announce manually. There was no computerised system at that time and we had to announce at each railway station,” she recalls, as published in ScoopWhoop.

According to a report published in Mid-Day, Sarla, along with a few select others were taken to All India Radio in 1991 to record what would become the commonplace announcements of arrival and departure being played back at every station for the next 20 years.

The announcements, which were in Marathi, were later mixed into a computer and centralised, thus being able to generate on their own. Sarla left that position in 2000, and now works as an office superintendent in the OHE department at Kalyan.

Sarla Chaudhary

VA Malegaonkar, Chief PRO, CR, said, “We are proud that we have such women working with CR. She was selected for her soft voice and we are using her voice for over 20 years.”

Even today when she hears her own voice at the stations she is left with a smile. She feels nice when people appreciate the announcement’s that are played often at stations across Mumbai.

Railway announcement

Recently we covered a story about an all women railway station from Jaipur’s Gandhinagar. What’s amazing about this is that from the ticket collector to the station superintendent, from the enquiry counter to the station master and even the pointsman – it’s an all-women show.

You can read all about it here.

While we can continue to talk and preach about equality, stories like these pave the way for it in the true sense of the word.

Like this story? Or have something to share?
Write to us:
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
Before you go...

We have a favor to ask.

Our teams put in a lot of effort to create the content you love at The Better India.

The Better Home is a range of safe and eco-friendly home cleaners by The Better India. We put out curated content on our Instagram account- green living hacks, green innovations, leading a no-tox life and heroes in the sustainability space.

It would help us if you can follow our Instagram handle and spread the word around.