Saturday, 22 June 2013

[creative-radio] Fwd: [cr-india] Saritha Thomas -- stranded in Uttarakhand

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From: Arti Jaiman <>
Date: 22 June 2013 05:11
Subject: Re: [cr-india] Saritha Thomas -- stranded in Uttarakhand

Yes read this story. Manvendra has been unreachable for the last 3 days.
sajan venniyoor <> wrote:
Many of you will remember CR activist and Forum member, Saritha Thomas, who
gave up all kinds of interesting radio jobs in the UK to work in the other
UK (Uttarakhand). I read in the press yesterday that she was stranded in
Prithviraj Nagar<>,
a small hamlet near Uchadungi Post, about 70 kms from Kedarnath. Saritha's
People's POWER Collective is active there, working with *Mandakini ki Awaz,
*one of the older CR groups in Uttarakhand. (Manvendra Negi of *Mandakini *is
still waiting for his Wireless License).

In the midst of their travails, Saritha and her team found the time and
grace to write about their host, Manvendra and other "little known heroes
of Uttarakhand<>

Good luck to you, Saritha, Manvendra, Shweta and Anmol.

warm regards,

Community radio promoter
Express News Service | 21st June 2013

When Saritha, a resident of Bangalore, moved to Prithvirajnagar, a small
hamlet near Uchadungi Post at Uttarakhand on June 1, she went there with
dreams to set up a community radio station. But now, she, like many others,
is stranded due to flash floods and hoping that the situation would
improve in the next few days.

Saritha Thomas, a resident of Cox Town, had recently relocated to
Prithvirajnagar. She had worked in various radio stations including BBC
World Service Radio.

"I want to set up community radio stations at remote villages in India
where villagers can get to hear programmes in their own language. That's
when, People's P.OW.E.R (Participatory OWnership Empowerment Radio) was
born." The station is yet to go on air.

They chose the first project at Prithvirajnagar, which around 70 km from

Sarita said, "For the past four days, we are living without power, water,
signal and no internet connection. We were literally stranded. But things
seemed to be better since Wednesday night.

We were able to get power and thus charge our phones."

"We have come here to set up community radio station which can reach some
15 km radius. I am here to train villagers to run it on their own. We will
not step back. We are just hoping that situation will improve and we will
meet our target," Sarita said.

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