Standing tall with full of pride, RJ Priyanka, a Transgender represents the Sexual Minorities Community. An RJ since 2010, Priyanka has a never-say-no attitude! Respected by everyone in and around Bangalore, Priyanka launched Yari Varu, a show focusing on issues faced by the LGBT community like sexual harassment, unemployment, lack of housing, etc. She is also actively involved in the day to day station management.
Fondly called as the “Drama Queen of Radio Active”, RJ Priyanka was the finalist for two years at the Namma Bengaluru Awards 2013- 2014 and 2014-2015. She is also the winner of ‘Suvarana State Award’ and ‘Yuva Sadheke Award” in the year 2015 for her consistent contribution for empowerment of sexual minority community. She has been featured in various publications, and interviewed on TV & Radio. She has the distinction of being the country’s first Transgender RJ – on air since May 2010. She has also acted in a short film, “Jayanagara 4th Block”, a television serial ”Suryakaanti” broadcast on Zee Kannada and a play ‘Mohinibasmasura’. She has also participated in different reality program such as, ‘Pekkin Express’, ‘Divided’, ‘Matandre Mathu’, to name a few.
RJ Auto Shiv Kumar
Shiv Kumar is an auto-driver by profession and a poet by heart. Following an invitation to be interviewed on the station, he lapped up the idea of being the voice of the auto driver community. In 2010, his first weekly live show called Mukha Mukhi was aired, with a view to provide a common platform for discussions within the auto driver community and the general public. The show addressed a range of issues from faulty meter, aggression, customer service, to health and nutrition, occupational hazards, family issues, dealings with the RTO and the traffic police etc. The show ran successfully till June 2015. He then launched a new show titled “Mathandrae Mathu Manadalada Mathu”, to capture the stories of auto drivers, interesting passenger stories and a sneak peek into the lives of the rickshaw drivers. This show is recorded at the various auto stands in the city. He also produces another show titled Gurukula Budhukina Hadi
He has been extensively covered in various publications and the TV. In the past he has also won the honesty award from the Bangalore Traffic Police Commissioner. He was also the finalist at the Namma Bengaluru Awards 2012. He has the unique distinction of being the world’s first Autodriver RJ.
Extremely shy and introvert, Manjula is the sole bread winner of her family Her tryst
with the station began following a Capacity Building Workshop in Radio Production at her slum in Indira Colony. A regular listener, she participated in a Baseline Survey organized by the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India for the Project Planet Earth, in October 2010. Following which she volunteered at the station and started the Active Dasarahalli series.
She is known as “Radio Akka”, in her colony and produces the popular children series “Chinnara Chillipilli”, with the children from the area. She has also worked on the series Ruthumathi and Radio Mathematics mentoring the adolescents of Byransandra and the domestic workers in production respectively. She is instrumental in facilitation of the Annual Story Telling Competition that the station hosts. Even though a little timid while meeting new people, she is completely at home with technology, especially the computer!
RJ Radha Mani
Radha Mani is popularly called “Radhamma”, at the station. Ever smiling and soft-
spoken, Radha is hardworking and prides herself on taking care of her family as a single woman. Radha’s husband was HIV+ but he was unaware of it till it was too late. In 2003, she lost her husband, and though shattered by her husband’s death, reached out to other people like her to keep her sanity. She started working with World Vision, an NGO for five years, counseling people. In 2013, she had an opportunity to attend the “Community Women Broadcaster’s Workshop conducted by Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, through Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA)’s support. It was at this workshop, she felt that her voice is important and the need to reach out to the PLHIV community led her to volunteer at the station and eventually joined full time.
She hosts two shows – Active Srirampura and Chiguridha Badaku (Chigurida Baduku literally translated means, a new life)
Radha, is also actively involved with other NGOs working on HIV issues and conducts awareness workshops across the city, in addition counseling the community on available schemes.
RJ Shilok Mukkati
Shilok identifies herself as a transgender woman and recently graduated from Jain University. She aspires to be a Psychologist given the growing up trauma she had to encounter because of her confused identity. Labeled, mocked, bullied, abused and harassed, she suddenly found her voice and began to believe in herself, by coming out.
In Jaunuary 2015, she accompanied a friend to the station, who was researching on gender and sexuality issues and from there as they say rest is history. She started volunteering at the station from March 2015, for the popular show YariVaru and launched the Season 2 as the main RJ till November 2015. She then launched the show “Colourful Kamanabillu”, focusing on Gender and Sexuality issues.
In her free time she enjoys painting, reading. She loves to dance and she is also a poet who uses poetry as an activism for her community.
Fairy tales are not just a thing of movies. Sometimes, real life happy endings become
more poignant than reel life ones. A housekeeping staff, to a sex worker and now an RJ, Shanthi is definitely not your quintessential Cinderella, but her story definitely sets up a precedent for a modern day Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman).
Born as Shankar in Bangalore, Shanti, as a child, always preferred the company of girls, to boys, and also loved spending time with her mother, doing household work. Even at an early age of 7, she walked and spoke like a girl. At 16, when boys her age wrote love letters to their girlfriends, she wrote unrequited love letters, to boys she secretly harbored a crush on. Though being this way was not at all an easy option for her, who was constantly harassed and belittled by her classmates. Adorned in clothes, that her sex was expected to wear, she always felt like a misfit. The woman in her bones exulted in her mom’s saris that she wore and the makeup she put on. At 19, when she finally knew that this was who she wanted to be, for the rest of her life, she mustered up the courage and confessed to her parents, who misconstrued it as abnormal thinking, and forced her get married. However, she turned the tables and told the girl, whom her parents had chosen, “the day I get married, the whole society will look at me differently”. This put off marriage talks for a while, but she was treated like a pariah, and slowly entered depression.
Around this time, she found work as a housekeeping staff at a medical store. It was then that she was approached by a member of her community, who introduced her to Sangama, where she was given a place to express the ‘Shanti’ in her. However, this came with a price and she was asked to choose between begging or sex work. So, the choice was made, and she chose sex work, which required her to stand on highways, and woo potential clients. One incident that she can never forget, was when seven men kidnapped her, took her to a jungle nearby and gang raped her, for four to five hours continuously. She was asked to perform with a knife at her throat, and they assaulted her without any protection. When they were done, she was only worried about one thing – if she would contract some STD and die. As a sex worker, there is very little justice she could hope for. A profession which was sneered upon by the society, they felt that she was not worthy of the blind justice which our constitution awards to every single citizen. Also, she was scared that if she went seeking for help, the gang would come back and kill her so kept mum and continued to suffer silently.
In May 2015, she was invited by a fellow sex-worker to a discussion program at the station, and it was hear that she spoke her heart out through a poetry she composed, and shortly after she started volunteering at the station and soon launched a show titled “Ghanateya Dudimegaagi Naavu Manushyaru”, which features life stories of sex workers and also address issues of housing, social security and the need for decriminalization of sex work.
Rukmini is the voice of the Garment Workers and hosts the series “Behind the Label”. She is also the President of Munnade a community based women’s organization that educates women about their rights. The organization started in 2002 as a pre-union concept to work with women on issues of domestic violence and challenge patriarchy in their daily lives. It was officially founded in 2004 and registered in 2011. She is also an active member of the Garment Labour Union – a women-led trade union based in Bangalore, engaged in organizing garment workers and protecting their rights. She is also the country’s first garment worker RJ. She is currently on a yearlong break.
Uma, as she is fondly called, represents the sexual minority community. After working for over 14 years on the community issues, Uma was disappointed with the lack of space in the mainstream media and so turned to community media. She registered an NGO called “Jeeva”, to specifically work on advocacy of community media and mental health issues.
She also produced a documentary titled “Shruthi Saranya Love Story”, on lesbian couple, whose family had severe opposition to the relationship. At Radio Active, Uma hosts the popular show “Jeeva Diary”, and runs a quarterly magazine “Ananya”, a Kannada magazine dedicated to bringing sexual minority voices to the forefront.
Mansoor is not your regular scrap dealer. He is a man with a mission. A member of Hasiru Dala, he completed the Scrap Dealer Certification Program, jointly run by Radio Active and Hasiru Dala, and shortly after took charge of managing the operations of a Dry Waste Collection Center in Ward 168 at Jayanagar. A school drop-out, his tryst with technology began when MindTree launched the “I Got Garbage”, an android app that makes it possible to manage the center’s operations by keeping track of inventory, waste pick-ups and more. He soon took it and got on the social media sites like Facebook and started using what’s app to connect to the community. He dreams of building a scrap dealer cooperative, which will enable in creating a fair market place and price, and so decided to work towards building the Clean City Recyclers Association ( CCRA). He also has the unique distinction of representing India, at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP (Conference Of Parties) 21
He also volunteers at the station and co-hosts the daily show “Kasa Shramika Parisara Rakshka”
RJ Salma and Siddique
RJ Salma and Siddique, residents on Nayandahalli, hold the distinction of being the world’s first wife and husband waste-picker RJ. They co-host the daily show “Kasa Shramika Parisara Rakshka”. The show broadcasts programs in different Indian languages – Kannada, Tamil, Urdu and Bengali as it caters to listeners in various slums speaking multiple languages.
Salma and Siddique is also working on the “Daastan-e-Nayandahalli “, series, documenting the stories of the recyclers in Nayandahalli .
RJ Padma Ashok
Padma is a fervent conservationist – be it know-hows, heritage, culture or environment. With a recent beginning in wildlife conservation, she is equally passionate and committed in her new role of Founder Trustee of Save Tiger First, as much she is in her profession of Marketing that spans to 20 years now. As a consultant her focus has been establishing brands and developing the markets for her clients. She is adept with all the Marketing tools such as corporate films, go to market strategies, market development, market research, PR campaigns and so on and so forth.
Her life-mantras “adaptability above circumstances” and “drive to make things happen” have enriched her journey in life.
Padma Priya – Senior Program Coordinator
Padma Priya’s tryst with media began when she joined the PG Mass Communication Department of Jain University. Skeptical about radio, she chose print media; however fate had different plans for her. In October 2007, Radio Active was sanctioned the DST project titled Science for Women’s Health. As part of the project, she did a Baseline Survey, working with slum dwellers in programme production. From then on she pledged for the cause of community radio. Padma Priya is a natural leader and has a flair for ideas that capture community essence. Apart from leading the team, she is also a stickler for deadlines who will not mince words in case of failure to adhere to them. Having worked on the Right to Food Campaign- PDS and participated in the Courts of Women, she is now working on Universalization of Pension Campaign.
Vijaya – Senior Program Coordinator
Vijaya worked at Namma Dhwani before she decided to move to explore life in the city. Shy and unsure, Vijaya soon found her way when she volunteered to teach the kids of the construction workers during day time and work with the women in the evenings in making radio programmes for Radio Active. The project ‘Building Blocks’ paved the way for Vijaya to metamorphose and she now plays a lead role in program coordination and community mobilization. In 2009, she headed the PDS- Public distribution system program. As a part of program, she conducted surveys on the availability of ration cards among the residents of the J R Nagar. She has also been a part of few environmental programs. She is a recipient of the ‘Active woman award’, presented by an NGO. She launched a program ‘Kanasina Mane’ in collaboration with several NGOs which featured workshops on radio programming.
In 2009, she approached the LGBT community to work with Radio Active. Since then Radio Active has provided employment and support to many LGBT community members.
She was one of the trainers in Powrakarmika and waste pickers program, which trained over hundreds of waste pickers on segregation of dry and wet waste. She also collaborated in conducting surveys of the lands of Mavallipura and launched a program “Vyartha Bhoomi ‘, featuring stories of residents of the area. Last year, she launched a cooking show which featured recipes of food of different communities.
Usha, Project Coordinator ( Waste Management and Livelihood)
Usha, has over 20 years experience in the developmental sector. She started off working with APD in , as a “Community Health Trainer” and worked there for over 12 years. She then took a break and started off working with Radio Active to lead the Samartha Project in 2014. The project had two components mobilize waste-pickers in Bangalore- East Zone to form collectives and to assist in training over 400 waste-pickers, in addition to coordinating the production of “Kasa Shramika Parisara Rakshka”, the daily show produced by waste-pickers. In 2015, she assisted in Recycler Mapping of Nayandahalli. Also, she hosted a program which featured information and stories of and from the dry waste collection centers (DWCC) which fell under the banner of Hasiru dala.
Akkai Padmashalli – Project Manager ( Gender and Sexuality Issues)
Akkai, a male to female trans- woman and gender activists has over a decade of experience in the developmental sector.
Born a male in a middle-class family, she had to discontinue her studies, after Grade 10, due to discrimination based on gender. She took to sex work to make ends meet and in 2004 joined Sangama (an organization working on transgender rights), as a part time staff member to educate the sexual minority community members about their rights at cruising areas. She was the promoted as a community Mobilizer and was soon promoted as a Field Supervisor. During that time, she also worked on issues concerning Right to Health and Right to access Condom and other services.
In 2009, as a the Documentation officer for Sangama, she started to work on Gender, Gender based and Sexual based violence with Indian Judiciary, Legislation, Execution, Media, Civil Society Organisations, working class gender and sexual minorities etc. In 2012, Akkai was invited by the President of India to attend the Swearing in Ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Shri Altamas Kabir, Supreme Court of India, and was invited His Excellency Governor of Kerala to attend the swearing in ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Smt Manjula Chellur of the Kerala High Courtand in the same year she became the first male Transgender in Karnataka to complete her Sex Reassignment Surgery counselling process in NIMHANS and underwent a Sex Change Surgery.
She was also part of the discussion on rape law, at the Justice Verma Committee constituted for the Nirbhaya Gang rape case. In 2013, she joined Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, a community radio station, licensed to Jain University to head the project “Out of Shadows”. The project was aimed at Strengthening Advocacy Activities for Gender, Sexual Minorities & Sex Workers. Following a year of field work, in 2014, she co-founded Ondede (which mean convergence in Kannada), to link the different movements like Child Rights, Women’s Rights and Sexual Minorities Rights through areas of dialogue, research and action on dignity-voice – sexuality with the dream of pursuing her vision for a gender just world. Ondede at present is supported by Radio Active and will soon be registered as an independent entity. In 2015, she became the first transgender to be awarded the Karnataka Rajotsva Award.
In her free time, Akkai practices singing and has recorded Lakshmi stuti- Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma ( a Kannada prayer dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi ) for the album- Songs of Caravan and for the popular show Jeeva Diary – Rethinking Perspectives: Queer Issues, Views and Stories” on the life of Uma on Radio Active
Lakshmi Karunakaran , Consultant (Children and Arts Based Programs, Social Media Strategy and Training)
Lakshmi is an art based educator and communication professional. She graduated from Visvesvaraya Technological University and started her career as a telecom engineer. Soon she shifted gears to work first as a communication specialist and later as an educator. She worked at Infosys Ltd, as an audio/visual content writer, presenter and producer for InfyTV, India’s first corporate TV channel. She later worked with other IT companies, Oracle Corporation and Sapient Technologies as a communication specialist.
In 2013, when she decided to move to the social sector and work with children and arts. She relocated to Kolar Gold Fields, an abandoned gold mine in south India. She lived and worked with five government run primary schools, for over a year. This inspired her to use art as a medium of education and she now works with Government schools in urban/rural areas, and in alternate and remedial schools with a diverse population of children and educators.
Her interest in film and memories from childhood, led her to create two short documentary films Taboo or Not based on personal experiences of sex education told through artists from different parts of the world and After the Revolution, a film on childhood memories and growing up during the times of political conflict. The films were presented at the Sommerfest 2015 at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany. At Radio Active 90.4 MHz, Lakshmi produces shows on arts, education and inclusivity. She is a Trustee at Hasiru Dala, a member-based organization of waste-pickers, which through its various programs is bringing recognition to waste pickers and informal waste workers as important contributors to urban economy.
Marwan Abubaker , Consultant (Waste Management and Animal Welfare Project)
A farmer, a foodie, an animal lover and environmentalist, Marwan Abubaker has over twelve years of experience across agriculture, fish farming and community services. Following a brief stint with the corporate sector, Marwan found his true calling in the developmental sector. He and his siblings set up The Golden Husk, an NGO working in Kanakpura on Animal Welfare & Environment Issues.
In 2009, he joined Radio Active- a community radio station to head the Community based projects for the station. He has co-founded multiple projects at the Radio station, such as: Stray Pals – A project on Street Dog Management & Welfare in Bangalore and Waste Management Initiatives – A project on decentralized waste management initiatives in Bangalore. An active member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable (SWMRT) in Bangalore, that works to promote decentralized waste management in the city, he took up the initiate to pilot the first Dry Waste Collection Center in HSR Layout in 2011. This pilot project, helped establish the case for the need for Neighbourhood Dry Waste Collection Centers.
Following the pilot, in 2012 he assisted with waste-picker mobilization, by mentoring a team of four to register waste-pickers, networking with the officials and holding regular meetings with the waste-pickers. He also has conducted over 200 awareness programs on the importance of waste management in the city, and was an invited speaker at several important local and national events. In 2011, he was part of the core team that organized the Bengaluru Recycling Habba in Bangalore, in addition to conceptualization the Recyclathon Awards along with his colleague. The Recyclathon Awards is designed to acknowledge individual/institutions practicing waste management .He has, also co-authored a paper on “A Working Observation on SWM Policy- Karnataka State and ULB Bangalore”
In December 2013, he was invited to Port Blair by the Andaman Nicobar Environmental Trust (ANET), to assist with implementation of municipal solid waste management in the city. During his time there he worked on collecting and analyzing current operations, identification of stakeholders, identification of policy and technology options, and survey of informal waste workers, to strategize on long term options for the city. He also provided training for the municipal staff and on-ground workers, worked on awareness events, besides networking with the municipality and other government bodies.
In May 2014, he joined Hasiru Dala trust as Director-Operations, and is responsible for the overall management and business development, of the Total Waste Management Services and has also co-authored a paper on the Informal Waste Workers Contribution in Bangalore”, to determine their economic contribution to the city.
On 1st November 2015, he co- founded Hasiru Dalal Innovations Private Limited and the first contract to the company was the wedding of the transport minister’s Mr. Ramalinga Reddy’s daughters wedding in Bangalore Palace, which managed the foot fall of more than 18000 guests! He is also working on setting up a sustainable waste management system in Kote, Udupi, expanding operations to Mysore and a photo documentation of the recyclers of Nayandahalli, Bangalore.
In his free time, he feeds street dogs and rescues injured animals, or provides counseling to people having issues with dogs. He co-founded an initiative called “Stray Pals” in 2010, which works on street dog adoptions, policy advocacy, issues on street animals with the municipality, in addition to training, sensitization and handling cruelty cases.
Ramya – Station Manager
Ramya has over nine years of experience in the community radio sector. Having started her career has a Radio Jockey in 2007, she has progressed to be the Station Manager at Radio Active- Bangalore’s first community radio station.
At the station, she is involved in documentation of the station’s activities, designing communication materials. A shy person who always had a way with designs, she found her voice with Radio Active. From then on, she hasn’t looked back … Once scared of using the electrical switch board, she has overcome her fear of electronics and nowlooks after the technical set-up of the station. Ramya co-assisted in the production of the Active women series in 2008 which has nominated for the Radio Duniya Awards 2008.
As an important component of the station’s activity is outreach programme, she and her colleague spearheaded the RTE campaign which involved creating awareness on RTE in the slums, meeting with parents. Ramya was also a representative member of the RTE Task Force from the station. The activities of the Task Force included production of radio programmes, creating awareness, policy advocacy and documentation
As part of the Task Force she also had the opportunity to work on the design and documentation of the India Literacy Project on the implementation of the RTE task force chapters in Gulburga and Chikballapura.
She has also worked on other projects like assisting students from Jain University on the National Entrepreneurship Network’s E -week event in 2010 on the Aerobic Rice Plantation in Kolar.
Ramya volunteerd to work on the Radio Mathematics project awarded to the station by the Department of Science and technology, Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India as the Principal Investigator. This project involves production of 180 episodes of radio series and conducting outreach activities.
In 2014, when One World Foundation invited applications for Community Radio Facilitation Centre’s internship program, Ramya applied and was selected for a four day seminar that focused on Community Radio licensing procedures and steps involved. Following the program she was certified to assist potential applicants.
An excellent graphic designer, Ramya nurses the passion of training women in business skills, and was engaged with the Right To Education Campaign. Ramya has also participated in the Baseline and Capacity Building workshop for the Planet Earth project at MOP, Chennai.
Ramya is a LEAD fellow selected for 17th batch of Leadership Building Cohort program around the central theme ‘Leadership for Mainstreaming Conservation & Climate change Adaptation in Development planning and practices’ with Lead India.
Bonnie : Manager- Stress Buster
Under one of the chairs, you will find our beautiful six year old Bonnie catching a quick nap between the working hours! When she is not taking her power naps, she awaits the visitors of Radio Active for a brief Bonnie style welcome! Is she a terror then? No, you’ve got it all wrong. The innocent eyes and the wagging tail keeps everyone at Radio Active stress free even on days when the deadlines are catching up. And she is always on time for all the meetings! A desi by breed and heart, Bonnie is also quite a foodie like most of us and was adopted by Radio Active as a part of Stray Pals project. Tricks to make Bonnie your friend – Marie biscuit works like a magic!
Beula Anthony : Office Manager
Her smile can light up the station- Warm, Pleasant and Organized, Beula has been associated with Community services from the past three years, after travelling in the UK. Her energetic and positive outlook, is an inspiration for the team. She has been instrumental in setting up systems for the effective functioning of Radio Active and actively contributed to the success of Radio Active. Beula is also a member of the SWMRT and has been part of the Bengaluru Recycling Habba.
Pinky Chandran : Director
Pinky has over seventeen years of experience spanning careers across international education, research, training, community mobilization, waste management, livelihood development, policy advocacy, communication and strategy, and community media. She joined IDP Education Australia, in 2000, as a key member of the start-up team and was instrumental in establishing operations, building networks, and identifying opportunities for partnerships. She was able to successfully work across all verticals of counseling, business development, consulting, and customer & client services, day-to day operations, marketing & branding, training, event management and market research.
She was responsible for facilitating the Articulation Program between Christ College, Bangalore and Griffith University, Australia in 2003 and also coordinated the activities of the IDP Peace Scholarship in 2004.
While at IDP she received two awards from the IDP Global Network; for Outstanding Service to IDP for initiative, leadership and dedication above expectations; and for Outstanding Service to IDP achievement through excellence in customer service, innovation in marketing, training and mentoring and outstanding teamwork.
Pinky joined the Jain Group of Institutions to head the Training & Development Division in 2005. A certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming from the National Federation of Neuro-linguistic Psychology (NFNLP), USA, she has trained over 2500 individuals on leadership, team building, customer service, personal development and effective interviewing.
An ardent believer in the power of community media, she has been instrumental in the launch of Radio Active, a community radio station, in June 2007 in Bangalore. The station is dedicated to providing a space for different groups to come together to create their own media landscape. Under her leadership, the station has reached out to different communities of interest, community based organizations and institutions, expanded broadcast hours to 24 hours and has attained an exemplary status of being one of the most inclusive and community – centred station in the country.
As an active participant in the advocacy of community media, she was elected as the Joint Secretary of the Community Radio Association, India, and Secretary of the South Zone Chapter of the Community Radio Association, India. From April 2012 to February 2015.
She has been part of various working groups and committee, set up on by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting like the Working Group on Peer Support Network and Revisions to Community Radio Policy (2013), Technical Committee, for Community Radio Support Scheme (2013) and was also a Jury Member- National Community Radio Awards, instituted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (2013 and 2014)
She has also been deputed by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) to mentor Deccan Radio – a community radio station in Hyderabad to develop a sustainability plan (2012-13) and was deputed on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, GOI on behalf of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia ( CEMCA) to conduct Baseline and Capacity Building Workshops for the Planet Earth project to Kongu Engineering College, Erode, ( 2009) and MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai ( 2009); the Science for Women’s Health project to VIIT Baramati ( 2009 ) and FTII, Pune ( 2010)
She is a steering committee member of the South Asia Network for Community Media ( SANCOM), a virtual network that was launched in 2015 to promote community media in the South Asia region, for a democratic and pluralistic media environment
Pinky is an active campaigner for decentralized community based waste management and is a founder member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable, (SWMRT) Bangalore. She has worked on several policy related documents and reports and has co-authored a paper on “A Working Observation on SWM Policy- Karnataka State and ULB Bangalore”, and “A working observation on the Dry Waste Collection Centres”, to gauge their performance and contribution. She has also co-conducted a study for the Revenue Department, Government of India on “Temple Waste Management in Bangalore Case Study of 10 temples in Bangalore “. She also has been instrumental in co-promoting the concept of Dry Waste Collection centres in Bangalore, and has spent over two years with her colleagues documenting the operations of the pilot centre in HSR Layout
As one of the trustees of HasiruDala, ( means “Green Force”), a member-based organization of waste-pickers, sorters and itinerant waste-buyers in Bangalore, working towards improving working conditions and access of waste, she is focused on training and capacity building for waste-pickers and has developed the “Waste-picker Training Manual and the “Scrap Dealer Training manual”. A keen researcher she has also co-authored a paper on the “Informal Waste Workers Contribution in Bangalore”, to determine their economic contribution to the city. She is presently researching at Nayadahalli to map recycling activities and presented a photo-exhibition titled “Daastan-e-Nayandahalli”.
In 2012, she was selected among 600 candidates as a delegate for the inaugural Australia- India Youth Dialogue; the AIYD was created with the aim of forging a sustainable strategic dialogue between the youth of Australia and India in the areas of education, economics, business, security and climate change. In 2014, she received the AIYD Alumni grants for a small study titled “Community Radio: Lessons from Australia”. The report was released in January 2016
Having worked with different movements, she recently co-founded an initiative called Ondede, which means Convergence and envisions a convergence of the three inter connected movements of child rights, women rights and sexual minority rights across Dignity, Voice and Sexuality
She also serves as a Board Member of SMART, an NGO working on social change and has co-conducted Capacity Building Workshop for operating community radio stations and Mahila Samakhya Groups in the Asha Jyoti Kendra districts of Uttar Pradesh, on behalf of Department of Women and Child, Government of Uttar Pradesh and UNICEF and Co organised Community Radio Awareness Workshops, on behalf of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, in partnership with SMART at Vadodara ( 23 – 25 January 2016), Varanasi ( 18 – 20 February 2016), Ranchi (25 – 27 February 2016), Udaipur ( 11 – 12 November 2016), Patna (12 – 13 December 2016 ) and Allahabad (17- 18 February 2017)
She has recently co-founded Co Media Lab, an independent and convergent community media platform that serves as resource centre, newsroom and a space for dialogues and discussions, for community / citizen contributors.
An animal welfare activist, she makes it a point to devote time to tend to street dogs in the city and has co-founded Stray Pals which works on policy advocacy issues on street animals with the municipality, in addition to training, sensitization and handling cruelty cases.