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A report by Aakriti Chaudhary, student of Summer Fields School, Kailash Colony, New Delhi.
At first when I was told about an international session being organised in my school which would involve discussion on some social problems plaguing the society, I assumed it to be quite a boring one. However, contrary to my opinion, the session actually proved to be a great fun! The efforts of the distinguished guest speakers bore rich fruits and turned the session into an interesting one.

The session started with a small movie on Human Rights by Renee, our guest speaker from Greece. We all applauded her efforts and learnt a lot about the culture of Greece and how the people there took the concept of Human Rights. The movie made us all accept the fact that human beings all over the world have the same ideology and the same situations to deal with in their lives no matter how different their cultures are or in which country they live.

Then the session proceeded by our second guest speaker Shruti, who revealed to all of us the fact that child marriages still are very common in most parts of the country, thus changing our notion that these social issues don’t prevail in modern India. Her small movie which she had shot on her visit to a village in North India was an eye-opener for all of us. We, as teenagers, felt really proud of her that she representing all of us, had taken a step ahead to curb the evil process of child marriages.

Furthermore, we were then introduced to our next guest speaker who was actually a Korean but had been living in US since birth. She then turned the session even more interactive by disclosing to all of us that an American teenager doesn’t have as much freedom as we supposed he/she enjoyed. She told us that she also had faced the same teenage problems we faced in India and thus ended the session by concluding that teenagers all over the world face the same common teenage problems and we should enjoy this complicated yet interesting phase of life too.

And as they say ‘ All’s well that ends well’. This session indeed helped me a lot in the individual growth of my mind and made me feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful learning experience.

A comment from another student : Hi this is Arjun from Summer Fields School. I have seen your pictures on your website and its very good to see that you have visited many schools and villages and have received many awards for your work. I really appreciate your work and want you to continue this for a long period.And thanks for visiting our school….
Regards.

A Nomadic Fair and Festival was organised by CHINH Web Channel to mark the centenary celebrations of NDMC, New Delhi in the month of January 2014.

SVISG Junior Media Club students Sadhvi and Nandini with a student team volunteers concieved and organised CHINH Media Awards. The event was solely conceptualized, planned and organised by students on their own. The documentation of the event, presentation and nomination of the awards in different categories of activities like I-pad animation, Best background music artists, Cell Animation, Computer Animation, Best Animator, Best PPT presentation of film ideas and concepts, Best Support Team, Best colouring artist, Best scanning artist, Multi-talent award was all listed and finalized by student committees. The event was a great success as it was planned within the activity period and brought cheers and smiles at faces of young budding film makers and animators. Bhavya Hingorani and Mitanshi were incharge of video and still documentation of the event. The students also watched the film made by them based on curriculum “We Saved the Whale” – An Indo Srilankan production. This film production’s idea was conceived by Ms. Meenakshi Mazumdar, junior media club CHINH coordinator for SVISG.
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A nomadic refuge in the heart of the City

Isha Arora, Jan 2, 2014, DHNS:

rustic appeal The Nomadic Fair and Festival organised by NDMC acquainted Delhiites to the lifestyle of nomadic tribes.

Tucking his bhapang (a stringed percussion instrument) in his arms, he releases the chord attached to the ghunghroos on one end and a small drum on the other. The music that emits induces you into a state of trance. Adorning a dotted red Rajasthani pagdi, Jagpal mans a stall at Palika Bazaar’s parking rooftop. Waxing eloquent about the naturally grown beads found in the forests of Aravali mountains, this jogi informs his buyers about the auspicious/beneficial qualities of chirmi beads, almost with the charm of a veteran tradesman. Even as Delhiites saunter into this little nomadic corner, one wonders what brings these nomads down to the Capital. Read on..

“Our core idea is to bring nomadic culture into the local space, and not just keep it into the confines of museums. This fair exemplifies that we want to reposition their local culture in a contemporary context, promoting it as a livelihood concept,” says Meenakshi Vinay Rai, who runs CHINH international cooperative. Acquainting Delhiites with the nomadic lifestyles in an ethnic setting, CHINH collaborated with NDMC for its centenary celebrations and brought together a vibrant Nomadic Fair and Festival. 

At the drop of a hat, the tradesman in Jagpal gives way to the jogi as he impressively plays his bhapang, drawing an audience in his direction. “Palwal, Haryana se hun mai,” tells Jagpal, adding, “There are instruments like bhapang, iktaara, available for sale in his stall.” Coming from the States of Haryana, Rajasthan and border towns of Uttar Pradesh, these nomads have created their own special niche in Delhi’s Connaught Place. 

 

Travelling over the years for filming documentaries on nomads, Meenakshi understands the nitty-gritty of their culture. Elaborating on the musical instruments at the fair, she explains, “Bhapang is made out of a fruit called tumri; you wouldn’t be able to find it in the cities. And there’s a one-year long process that goes into making the rounded base of an iktaara from what they call a kadwa kaddu (pumpkin).” Sharing stories of these musical instruments, a student stands beside a musical installation everyday and engages with the visitors to create awareness about the nomadic culture. Other instruments that intrigued us were Daf (a drum) that the banjara community takes out only during the Holi festival, and an unnamed musical instrument lying in a secluded corner that is said to be used for witchcraft. 

Amidst the stalls decorated with vibrant hand fans and nomadic attires sits 17-year-old Binod from Bawariya community, making baajra rotis on an earthen stove. He jovially challenges, “Your Delhi homemakers cannot make these delicious baajra rotis the way we do.” 

Taking a bivouac in this fair, surrounded by stories of folklore, mellifluous sounds of music and rustic food, a visitor finds a peaceful refuge from the maddening pace of Delhi. The fair is on till January 4. 

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Children from 13 schools participated in the Four Birds Media Literacy Project @ DPS Sushant Lok on 25th October 2013

Chinh Media Literacy Film Productions at Columbia University, New York

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The most avid media makers today are not professionals but young people who are actively engaging with their worlds. The biggest manufacturer of cameras today is not Nikon or Canon but makers of cellphones. As members of the Informational Society the youth of the industrialized world are digital users, creators and consumers. In today’s world media offers an historical opportunity to generate and distribute information motivating young people and facilitating interaction. Knowledge is not anymore something that is kept and then transmitted to the students, but something that can be collectively created and shared.

Chinh Founders Meenakshi Vinay Rai presented their Media Literacy Work at Conversations Across Cultures: Youth Media Visions on 12th-13th April 2013 which highlights newly emerging cultures and explores the pedagogic potentialities of learning with and from media produced by young people. Jordi Torrent, Project Manager, UNAoC and Dr. Judith Burton, Professor of Art and Art Education, commented on CHINH’s Media Literacy project as “pathbreaking and futuristic media literacy project in school settings showing potential grounds for interdisciplinary approach using media helping educators and young students”.

If you are in New York, you can watch the films at
Teachers College, Columbia University ( 12th – 19th April 2013)
Macy Art Gallery
525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027
Also the films are available on http://www.chinh.in [Chinh Early Education Web Channel]

Nomadic Caravan in Denmark

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Nomads

Nomadic Caravan in Denmark 2012

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