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  project name ~ Fellowship for Charul and Vinay

category ~ Right To Information (RTI)




  Project Name


Fellowship for Charul and Vinay






Right To Information (RTI)







  Budget Approved


Rs 360000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Rajat Dua


Anti Corruption Team










The project support is continued for period June 2009-Dec 2009 and the details can be found in project Db ID # 683.

Charul and Vinay are two activist who raise awareness about various causes through the medium of songs and music and the ensuing discussion. This project aims to support them in this work for raising awareness about RTI and other peoples struggle all over India.





Over the years, Loknaad team has written more than 50 songs, given more than 250 presentations reaching out to more than 2.5 lakh people. In 2005, Loknaad received the prestigious Sanskriti award for its outstanding social contribution. 1) Vinay, then a post-graduate student of Indian Institute of Management wrote the song “Mandir–Masjid” after communal violence in Ahmedabad in 1985. He also composed it and began singing it for peace efforts. This is the origin of, a simple and haunting song that soon became India’s secular anthem and reached various parts of the country and across the borders in no time. 2) In 1992, Charul and Vinay started Loknaad (People’s Voice) as people’s expression forum, with the improved urge to understand the language, different cultural forms, people and communities of Gujarat, culture of Gujarat, which contextualise their songs. 3) In 1994, Vinay undertook a 500 km. long cycle yaatra of Saurashtra coastal region to meet various ethnic communities, to understand the people’s lives closely, while Charul began her research work on the ‘invisible’ displacement due to development in various parts of Gujarat. 4) In 1996, Charul and Vinay wrote the song “Mare Gam Naave Pani” (Water is not coming to my village) on the issue of water scarcity in Kutch, Gujarat, which gained popularity among the farmers and others. 5) In 2000, based on the real incidents of social and communal violence in India, Loknaad launched samll peace campaign “Insaan Hain Hum:Lakeeron Se Banti Insaaniyat Ke Naam”. An audio-cassette (Hindi: 60 min.) was released which is an appeal to say no to violence and hatred within and across the borders. It included song posters, stickers, calendars and a 2 hour ‘Insaan Hain Hum’ performance module. 6) Since its release, there have been more than 150 presentations of this program across the country. The organizers and audiences include schools, colleges, institutions, citizens’ forums, professionals’ bodies, executives, business people, human rights/ women/secular organizations. Insaan Hain Hum has motivated various schools and groups all across country to conduct different programs on this theme, such as a. Many schools use IHH songs as prayer b. Many students have been singing IHH songs in song competitions and many of them won prizes. c. Many teachers have been using Mandir Masjid and some other songs in their teachings. d. Insaan Hain Hum – Mt. Carmel School’s annual day programme and painting event on this theme. (2000) e. Insaan Hain Hum Yatra by college students in Pune (2001) f. Muzrim Kaun? - A play written, directed and played by the students of St. Xavier School, Gandhinagar. The script was woven around IHH songs. (2001) g. IHH tapes have been put in the Petlad1 Public Library for circulation and is in good demand among the readers. (2001) h. Insaan Hain Hum – painting event at Mira Model School, Delhi (2003) i. Insaan Hain Hum – 3 hour long cultural event put up by the students of Apeejay School, Delhi depicting the evolution from Big Bang to Iraq bombing using IHH songs. (2003) j. In 2003, Concerned Citizen''s Forum of Godhara had organized a competition on communal harmony songs among the school and college students in which maximum entries were of IHH songs. k. Some college students in Varanasi began working with child labourers. 7) Chhoti Si Asha: Voice of Hope, Voice of Peace, a daily radio program started in March 2002 after Gujarat violence on Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Baroda and Surat Vividhbharati and later it became weekly which went on till mid June 2002. 8) Related to People’ Campaign a. Mare Zer Nathi Aapvu (I do not want to poison) (2002), which became theme song for the organic farming campaign in Gujarat. b. Janane Ka Hakk (Right to Know)(2004), also known as RTI anthem, which explains the basic concept on Right to Information– an important tool to strengthen the democracy and even go beyond it to raise some of the fundamental issues of not only governance but also of resource sharing. c. Hathon Ko Kam (2005), a song written for the campaign for Employment Guarantee Act.





The project is going to proceed in 3 phases over a period three years. 1) In first year, Charul and Vinay will devote their time in creation of more Songs. For this they will travel to various parts of India, meet people and movements, and learn from their experiences. These experiences will then first be translated into the songs and later into programs and new albums in first and second year of the project. 2) In second year, they will focus on sharing these songs and program across the country. They will continue developing the programs based on the songs, which then will be recorded and live performances will be done throughout the country. 3) In third year to build something around these programs to create a great impact in the socio-economic environment of India. This idea is still quite nascent and will get more concrete shape as the project moves forward.



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