Inter KGBV Folk Song Competition, Jaunpur

Folk music has been a very powerful medium of expressing feelings and the village women have been literally singing away their blues for centuries! Study Hall Educational Foundation has been incorporating music and drama in the programmes it has been running for the empowerment of underprivileged girls. For the past three years, the Foundation has been involved with the Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalayas, residential schools for girls from very poor families.

Girls in Kasturba Gandhi schools of Jaunpur district were asked to search for songs that reflect the social status of girls in the society and the result were overwhelming. All the 19 schools sent their entries and the songs poignantly bring out the feelings of the girls about dowry, domestic violence, and ill treatment by in-laws, patriarchy and denial of their right to education. The listener can feel the pain in the young voices and one is forced to think how much more needs to be done before we get to hear some notes of joy.

Winning Entry
Chandini
KGBV Jaunpur, Karanjakala

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First Runner-up Entry
Aarti and Chandrakala
KGBV Shahganj, Jaunpur

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Second Runner-up Entry
Pratiksha
KGBV Mugrabadshapur, Jaunpur

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Commended
Kajal and Pooja
KGBV Mariyahoo, Jaunpur

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Commended
Nisha
KGBV Dobhi, Jaunpur

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