Migration is an important focus area for Gurgaon Ki Awaaz as one of our key target audiences is the community of internal migrants living and working in Gurgaon.

Saara Aasmaan Hamara has been part of our program repertoire since inception. The series has featured first person narratives by people from our community telling their journey from their village to Gurgaon and their experiences along the way.

In 2016, in partnership with UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Division, Gurgaon Ki Awaaz started producing Saara Aasmaan Hamara as a series focusing on specific aspects of migration. In Season 1, we focused on positive narratives of migration. In Season 2, we focused on Music and Migration, in partnerhip with Archive and Resource Centre for Ethnomusicology, and in Season 3, we focused on the tradition of the Sacred Secular in various communities across India, again in partnership with Archive and Resource Centre for Ethnomusicology.

Addressing the tension between migrants and local villagers in Gurgaon is also of importance to us. Our approach is through the music that we play on the radio station, a mix of folk music from across the states of Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa. Our effort is to create a space where local villagers and migrants can have a conversation without rancour, and listen to and appreciate each other’s music. In 10 years of broadcasting, we can say with surety that we have succeeded. We have listeners from Haryana requesting for songs from Garhwal, and we have listeners from Bihar requesting for songs from Haryana. It is a beginning, and it helps for people to see each other as humans rather than as the “other”.

This document was last updated on May 16, 2020
It was first published on March 25, 2020 . Filed under: #campaigns, #mental health

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