Music Basti

Rating: 4.75 stars   44 reviews

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Location: New Delhi -- India

Mission: To promote and strengthen children’s rights, and create a safe and fun space for them to learn and interact with educated youth and professionals through music. Also, to ensure children have a future free from restriction and discrimination, to have opportunities and choices available to develop and enjoy their lives. The goals of the program are the following: * Create a music program that integrates human rights and child rights ideas through a music workshop and exposure program to teach children- at risk * Create a link between organizations/NGOs already working for child development and rehabilitation, and the urban youth working in a professional and amateur capacity with music. * Create a joint programme of action supported by the music community to raise awareness about human rights and child rights , the use of music to address these issues * Create a partnerships approach by networking with organizations, and have a wide outreach to organizations in Delhi. * Create a sustainable program and develop the capacity of organizations to implement the program of rights based teaching through music and songs independently Music Basti believes in the power of music. * A strong belief in the power of music as a tool to understand and access the world. * It is an integral part of our national and international culture , past and present, and builds an important link between us and the wider world. * Music and history are inter-connected and provide another area of learning for the children. * Appreciating the relevance of music to children’s lives can motivate children to enjoy learning and to develop the skills and attitudes needed to succeed across their curriculums in school as well. * Music allows them a unique space to be creative, express themselves, and learn. * JOINING the urban educated student and artist community with children-at risk creates a unique space of learning for them too.
Results: Music Basti has worked with over 100 volunteers and 50 musicians in the city, in three locations with children in the city of New Delhi. Music Basti began in 2008 with the support of Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA) and The YP Foundation with Aman Biradari, as part of its “Dil Se” campaign. It seeks to use music as a tool of personal empowerment. 2008- March 2009: *Identification of 50 young musicians, their motivation and planning workshops with them. *Music workshops (25) programme at Uma Pandey Home (Sarai basti), run by NGO Aman Biradari in Shastri Nagar, New Delhi. *Documentation through the creation of a short film, ‘Music Basti’ (15 minutes) for awareness and information purposes, to screen in colleges/schools/festivals/ and other. *A film screening of ‘Music Basti’ and concert by the same name at India Habitat Center, on September 27, 2008. The film-launch also featured a concert by Delhi based eclectic fusion band Advaita, and a photography and art exhibition, featuring art work by the children as well. * In March 2009, Music Basti collaborated with The YP Foundation at the ‘Blending Spectrum Festival’, India Habitat Center, in March 2009 supported by The Global Fund for Children, showcasing the work done by young people to support street children in the city. The festival featured a performance organized by Music Basti, where children from Uma Pandey Home, performed a song composed for the event.
Geographic areas served: New Delhi, India
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is a very cool project that gives an amazing opportunity for musicians as well as interested young people in the city to interact with underprivileged children while making a sustainable difference in their lives through music.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the different people who are the organization and who work so hard in the projects they are committed to.

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One time

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2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I feel incredibly proud when I see Music Basti. It reaffirms to me that what we've been able to do at The YP Foundation for young people enables them to become their own change makers. Faith has grown tremendously throughout her time with us and I could think of nothing that would make us prouder than Music Basti. TYPF is really happy to support the excellent work that they do. Music Basti staff have a finesse with how the details matter to them. They genuinely care for the communities of children they work with. I think this project has a lot of scope and we're happy to support them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the phenomenal feedback we have received from our street kids project, which is one location where Music Basti does workshops. The children are much happier and look forward to the sessions.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their willingness to challenge themselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Lovely. patient. easy to work with. and fun :)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do some incredible things for child development!

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Music Basti is a unique project running in New Delhi, reaching out to underprivileged children through the medium of music. As a musician who volunteers with MB, I can definitely attest to the fact that the MB team is a group of extremely hard-working people who understand how to use music as an interactive medium to reach out to their particular audience. The workshops are a wonderful experience for the children, as they not only get to learn about and listen to different styles of music, but also have a chance to interact with the musicians personally. On the other side, the volunteers also get a chance to work innovatively with the medium of music, as MB is not just about a performance -- but a very special and intimate experience between two groups of people getting to know each other better.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the workshops where I always learn something new while working with the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated.

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I am extremely impressed with the concept of music basti, having had an opportunity to interact with its staff members. Their project is not only unique in its approach to working with urban street children but also something that unifies young people across social stratas and brings them together in moments of play and learning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly committed, motivated and willing to share their talents and their passion with others.

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2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Music Basti is a wonderful initiative to help the street children who are going through the process of healing at rehabilitation centres. It's much better than teaching mannerism and giving lectures because music touches the soul and heals the emotional wounds. So, it's really a wonderful step in the right direction to achieve the target of a society which is all inclusive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

These guys are enjoying the process of helping street children and i like this attitude as it makes them more appealing to the kids because they can feel very secure with them and the best healing happens only in complete trust.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been watching music basti grow in the last year or so and the sort of work which its doing + the direction it takes keeps surprising me every time! To start with the sort of happiness every volunteer with the project exhibits is a tremendous achievement. I think that the inclusion of child rights within its curriculum, gives the programme SO much scope to go forward, it's simplicity, easy interaction & awesome communications material is also lovely. In terms of feedback,maybe goals can be more specific, looking at creating a system which can be implemented and taken forward would need identification of the right organizations and focus should be put on that. I think that certain choices in regards to direction need to be taken strategically.Its a fantastic and fresh initiative which needs all the support possible!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the way people who go for workshops talk about it, the enthusiasm and spirit is totally awesome!!!

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2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Music Basti is really one of a kind. They help out in the most wonderful of ways. Their workshops aim at letting music be a focus point. The work done here is brilliant and I hope it continues to do such good work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are very well informed and compassionate. They really love what they do and it shows

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One time

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2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Music basti is a unique project based on a truly unique idea. Of the many projects that I have seen, that engage with children, music basti stood out because of it's innovative and creative approach towards value and character building in street children. I have personally attended several music basti workshops and have seen the impact that they made on the children. Not only were the workshops extremely well organized, but their content was also remarkable. Some of the best musicians of delhi- vocalists and instrumentalists were brought on to conduct the workshops. The musicians were extremely friendly and loving with the children and their music definitely had a therapeutic effect on them. I saw many kids who are inclined to restlessness and violence, be calmed down during workshops. All in all, the initiative is unique, led by truly motivated people and must continue on a sustained basis for it to have the best possible impact. Tanvi.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The thing iv enjoyed the most with my expirience with music basti is the "music", really. The musicians brought on by the project were marvellously talented- not only in their music but also with working with children. The music was truly healing for most

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About every month

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2009-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I met Faith and Ankit from Music Basti at a workshop for young entrepreneurs and was immediately impressed by their knowledge and empathy for lesser priviledged children. They came across as passionate and committed to their work, and determined to induct as many people into their interactive sessions with the children as possible. Curious to learn more about their work, i attended one of their volunteer orientation and induction meetings, and was once again pleasantly surprised by their frank and friendly approach, and their use of group activities and discussion while planning their next visit to a children's home. The most impressive aspect of Music Basti's operations is that they encourage opinions from everybody and are open to listening as well as teaching. They are respectful of all and allow the children the space to enjoy themselves while learning about sound and creative expression, something which brings light and positivity which is otherwise lacking in their lives. Simple but relevant, is how i would describe Music Basti, and consider their work to be worthy of attention and development.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their simplicity and dedication to their team and to the children.

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About every six months

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2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Music Basti is a great concept to bring joy to those little children living of the road. Music indeed transcends barriers of all sorts and this is an amazing initiative taken to engange street children and involve them in performing art. Just going to them, hanging out with them and seeing the sheer joy in their eyes when they hear the music being performed is profound. Its an amazing experience to see how some thing this small can be so meaning full and big to those kids who other wise have a dull life. All is takes is a thought and that is what music basti personifies. Care, art and touch!.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How everyone works as team because everyone believes in what they do. Music and bring joy to those kids.

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2009-4-01

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