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    From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 11 Dated 17 Mar 2012

    Community Radio Activist

    Ranish Hangloo, 23

    By Koshtub Vohra

    Ranish Hangloo

    'Radio Sharda works to preserve culture and provide entertainment’ says Ranish Hangloo

    For a community in exile, culture is the only living remnant of life back home. On 5 December 2011, the Valley made waves with the launch of Radio Sharda, a radio channel for the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community. It was founded and funded by the NGO Pir Panchal. “After what happened in 1985, we lost link with our culture,” says Ranish Hangloo, founder director of Radio Sharda. “Kashmiri Pandits have a very strong and distinct culture and history, but none of the young Kashmiris can now speak their mother tongue. This is an initiative to reconnect with that past.” For a place that was bereft of movie halls, theatres, or even an FM radio station till 2006, the station has 14 hours of programming a day and appeals to both old-timers and the young. “Our primary target are the Kashmiri migrants of Jammu. But we have shows in Kashmiri, Dogri, Ladakhi, Gojri and Bhaderwahi, etc,” says Hangloo. RJ Navmi Kaul is the 19-year-old medical student-cum-radio jockey who brings the youth appeal to Radio Sharda. For the job, she had to refine her almost-forgotten Kashmiri. “A lot of people my age ask me if they can also get such a chance! Shows that the Kashmiri youth still want to be associated with their culture,” she says.

    Hangloo can be reached at +91 9796242335

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    From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 11, Dated 17 Mar 2012



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