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Geographic areas served: New Delhi, India

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.
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.

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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... more »
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 ... more »
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 ... more »
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