May 2004

Taking the local route?

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Seethamma, 35, is a member of Deepa Self Help Group and Management Committee of Namma Dhwani. I first met her, after she stormed into the studio during the cablecast asking the volunteers to stop playing 'their cinema songs'. A few days later I visited her house and watched in wonder as she showed off the logbook that she helps keep about every programme Namma Dhwani cablecasts. She said, “I am an illiterate and knew nothing before I attended the MYRADA trainings and have developed this much. Today I can write my name, calculate SHG accounts. It is this information, which was provided that has helped us women to become what we are.

Just like that, I think Namma Dhwani is a way that all the people in the village can use to develop themselves. Why watch all those serials and listen to those cinema songs when we can listen to our own songs and programmes that will help poor people like us

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