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UoH students win UNESCO-CEMCA contest

UoH students win UNESCO-CEMCA contest
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UoH students win UNESCO-CEMCA contest. A short documentary by students of the Department of Communication, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and...

‘Radio Women of Patara’ - short documentary by University of Hyderabad students - finished third at the video competition.

A short documentary by students of the Department of Communication, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, has bagged third price at UNESCO-CEMCA video competition.

Three students Fazil Nc, Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri shot documentary on community radio and woman empowerment titled ‘Radio Women of Patara’. The documentary is about Ramvati, a tribal woman in Madhya Pradesh, and how she made community radio a tool of empowerment. This documentary on Ramvati is intended to be a reflection of similar work of woman like her in the field of community radio across the country.

A first-hand experience of how community radio is acting as a tool of social change was witnessed when Fazil, Shawn and Tejasvi, students of UoH decided to work on a short documentary about a tribal woman, Ramvati, who is associated with Radio Dhadkan 107.8FM, a community radio in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh. The documentary revolves around Ramvati, and how she made community radio a tool of empowerment.

Founded in 2009, Radio Dhadkan has a wide range, reaching 51 adjoining villages in Madhya Pradesh. The radio focuses mainly on the local tribe called Saharia.

“I talk to Saharians in their own language about their village, livelihood, food etc. and broadcast them through Radio Dhadkan,” says Ramvati.

Before committing to radio work six years ago, Ramvati had a decade long association with the local NGO, Sambhav, that works for the cause of the Saharia tribal community and also runs the community radio with support from UNICEF.

“Initially when I went to villages for reporting, people were apprehensive; but now I am recognised as the radio woman,” says Ramvati, who contested an election to the local self government body a few years back as an independent candidate with the radio as her poll symbol. “It is radio that taught me how to interact with people and gave me the confidence to move out; if not for it, I would have remained in my veil and sat at home,” she adds.

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