Mile sur mera tumhara (मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा)

This video highlights the different linguistic communities and societies that live in India and gives the message of national integration and unity. The film depicts, very beautifully, the wonderful, vibrant, and diverse collage - that is India. It featured some prominent figures like Lata Mangeshkar, Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi etc.

Trivia : This film was telecast for the first time on Independence Day 1988, after the telecast of the Prime Minister’s speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Louis Banks and Ashok Patki composed the music. Find details here more

Light of freedom

A classic video clipping which used to be regularly aired on doordarshan featuring some of the most prominent sports stars of their times. It promoted the message 'spread the light of freedom'.

Trivia : Sportsmen in order: K Srikkanth(Cricket), PK Bannerjee (Football Player), C Goswami (Football Player), Shiny Wilson (Racer), PT Usha (Racer), Ramanathan Krishnan (Tennis), Ramesh Krishnan (Tennis), MAK Pataudi (Cricket), Soha Ali Khan Pataudi (Daughter), Kapil Dev (Cricket), Milkha Singh (Athlete), Jarnail Singh (Football), Rubie Massey (Goan Gymnast), M Ferriera (Snooker/Billiards),Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Cricket), Sunil Gavaskar (Cricket), S Venkataraghavan (Cricket) and Prakash Padukone (Badminton) more

School Chalen Hum (स्कूल चलें हम)

This short film was produced to give the message of 'education for all children'. The film catches the moment when children all across India, from Kashmir to Kerala, wake up in the morning and run to go to school. Excellent video and terrific song. No other video captured entire India's beauty in 4 minutes like this one. Even today the film inspires children across the country to run to school every day and soak themselves in knowledge.

Trivia : This film was made by BharatBala Productions. The music was given by Shankar/Ehsaan/Loy and lyrics were of Mehboob. more

Ek chidiya anek chidiya (एक चिड़िया अनेक चिड़िया)

This short animated film was produced to spread the message of unity in diversity among children. The film conveyed the message in such a glorious simplicity that children just loved it. Its been 40 years since it was made, but the tune is still catchy, crisp and fresh. The film has the distinction of being the most viewed and downloaded video in the history of Indian short films.

Trivia : This seven-minute film was scripted and directed by the documentary filmmaker Vijaya Mulay and produced by Bhim Sain, an animator. Find details here more

Today is the 'World Day against Child labour'

Found a very nice and thought provoking article on Internet today. It inspires us to take action as an individual in bringing about the change we wish to see in society.

जिस्म तो बहुत संवर चुके, रूह का सिंगार कीजिये|
फूल शाख से ना तोड़िए, खुशबूओं से प्यार कीजिये|
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Giving Back on 'World Day against Child labour'

While reading a friend's post on facebook I came to know that June 12th is the 'World Day against Child labour'. The post made some interesting points and it got me thinking. How much do I know about child labour laws in India? How much do I care about the future of 'chotus' working as help in nearby restaurants or homes?

Here is a small step with some simple take-action points to confront the problem instead of ignoring it. more

Lakshmi, The Domestic Help

This clip portrays the life of a little girl Lakshmi working as a domestic help. The scene in which she asks a doctor about a medicine is heart touching. She innocently asks - "Doctor sir, Do you have any medicine for not feeling hungry...?" In another heartbreaking scene, the girl is questioning, probably to God "Dont I deserve even the kind of attention this dog gets here...?" more

Childline - I Am The Change Film Project

This short film was made for 'I am the change film project 2008' showcasing the excellent work done by CHILDLINE, a tele-helpline for street children in distress. My salute to the founders and volunteers. I was deeply impressed when I read their very well documented work . It was amazing to read the very profound and practical suggestions given by the street children to the organisation while it was evolving. more

Doordarshan Nostalgia - Poorab se Surya Uga

A short clip which used to come on Doordarshan when I was a kid. Short and very sweet. Raises a hope and shows us how our respect and love for a child (working under/around us) can provide a good future and happy life to these children. more

Sensitization Clip on Child Labour by HAQ

This interesting clip raises a very intricate question - "Is poverty just the cause of child labour and not its result? How can we stop this spiral?" more