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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….

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. 


Posted: April 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


Raghuraj & Kunal receiving SILVER CAIRO for the film MY FATHER


Posted: July 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

a media literacy initiative by CHINH India
in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History
26th – 28th July 2010

CHINH India in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History has initiated a film making workshop for children in Delhi and NCR to celebrate International year of Biodiversity with children. The workshop invited 40 participants from 9 schools from the age group of 10 – 15 years. The films made by them would be webcast on Chinh Web Channel and would be screened in schools and film festivals across the world.

This workshop is a part of an innovative media literacy initiative -GROWING UP WITH BIODIVERSITY to explore the theme of ‘Biodiversity’ from children’s perspectives. Children would come up with their own scripts and then make video films or photo documentaries on them.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. B. Dr. B. Venugopal, Director, National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi. Addressing children at National Museum of Natural history, he introduced them to the theme – Biodiversity and the necessity to conserve it. The introduction provided necessary fuel to the imagination of the children who then split into groups and came up with the topics for the film. This was followed by a strong session of constructive criticism where children analyzed their ideas under the guidance of the National award winning film and culture activists couple Meenakshi Vinay Rai

Children were asked to create their own reference bank by writing a collage of the words that come to their minds when they think of biodiversity. Soon regrouping of the words under different themes was done and children effortlessly arrived at their concepts.

Students of SVISG started with recording ‘I am biodiversity’ in diverse languages. Master Anant from Amity International School, Mayur Vihar was busy sharing his experience on camera with Ms. Saloni from Tagore International East of Kailash about his passion for wildlife photography and how he learnt to respect biodiversity through his hobby.

A group of 6 students from MVN Faridabad is motivated to produce an advertisement on saving the earth. They are even ready with a script for the same.

The second day promises to be hectic for the children and the film makers as they strive together to create the visions thought by the participants.

chinh children voice

Posted: February 27, 2009 in Uncategorized


Chinh Children Advisory Council
Chirag(13), Shruti(10), Nikhar(11), Galaxy(11)
International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Celebration

1st March 2009
Webcast of films made by children
from Chinh Web Studio

2nd March 2009
12:00 to 05:00pm

Chinh Children Voice
in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti
Launches “Sach Ka Homework” at
Gandhi Smriti, 5, Tees January Marg, New Delhi-110011
Sakshi Gulati 9818585131

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Posted: February 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

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