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Documenting the marginalised culture with youth

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About this programme

Radio Nazariya, Nathi Nonsense and Piyush Pandya, brings to you ‘Shehernama’, a 2-month long program which focuses on monographic documentation of a festival/ritual or cultural practice as an unprotected Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of marginalised communities of the historic landscape of Ahmedabad by involving the urban young population. This project is supported by the British Council.


The walled city area of Ahmedabad was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017 sidelining numerous cultural districts, ethnic groups, and their living heritage in the larger urban agglomeration and their linkages to the inscribed site. To understand the city’s heritage holistically, it is imperative to document the heritage that is absent in the mainstream narratives. Management of the marginalised heritage is not only a responsibility of the city’s people but more importantly of its youth. This project is a humble attempt to engage the city’s youth in its heritage. 

Under this project, we would understand the culture and heritage of four marginalised communities through the documentation of four festivals or rituals or cultural practices. These communities are the Sufi Community, Transgender Community, Adivasi community, and Migrant Community. This documentation will further be disseminated at large to a greater audience through the community radio station and social media. 


To undertake the documentation, we are seeking to nominate four young passionate people (between 18-25 years of age) who belong to these four communities (see eligibility). For this 2 months-long project, participants will be facilitated with an honorarium and certificate.

Key highlights of the programme

  1. We are seeking to nominate and select 4 young fellows who preferably belong to these 4 communities to better represent the documentation of their cultures.

  2. A series of training workshops will be conducted that will equip the fellows to conduct research on the ground and document their observations, along with this, basic training on what constitutes heritage will be given. 

  3. The fellows will not just learn about research and documentation, but will also receive an honorarium and a certificate for the work they do.

  4. The final products will include creative media like podcasts, radio programs and video along with non-academic literature around empirical data.

  5. Dissemination of the creative content will take place via community radio, social media, social events, and other digital media of our partners

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  1. The fellow must fall in the age group of 18 to 25 years.

  2. The fellow should preferably be from the Sufi, Transgender, Migrant, or Adivasi communities.

  3. The fellow must be interested in documenting the cultural practices and heritage of the communities. 

  4. They should have some basic level of education in either Gujarati, Hindi, or English and have the writing skills to write in at least one of these languages.

  5. They should be available whenever necessary for the duration of this fellowship.

About the project collaborators

  1. Piyush Pandya: Architect and urban expert Piyush Pandya who has worked with the Centre For Heritage Management, Ahmedabad (CFM), has 8 years of experience in the urban heritage.

  2. Radio Nazariya 107.8 : Radio Nazariya 107.8 is Ahmedabad's community radio station airing since June 2016. It’s a station where community people share their stories, debate, and discuss issues that matter.

  3. Nathi Nonsense is a budding social enterprise that works towards instigating a dialogue around socio-political issues among the youth.