Tuesday, December 17, 2013






Qamar Goand Assi ta Kurr Parvvaz Booziv…Ye Radio sharda Awaaz Booziv …… (Tune in and listen How courageously we undertook the flight ,Tune in Radio Sharda to listen our saga…………… )

kashmiris world over listen to these poetic lines when they tune in to this FM station online. .RADIO SHARDA is a Community FM Radio located in jammu city Broadcasting in kashmiri language and started for preservation , propagation and protection of kashmiri language and Culture .

“..... After the unfortunate Mass Displacement from valley , kashmiri Pandit community braved many troubles and hostile conditions to exist . We had to struggle for survival far away from our motherland and roots. Various groups always felt a dire need or some organized effort with mass reach to pass on our glorious language , culture and traditions to the youth. And believe me Avtar Ji , Without preserving our language and traditions , we may draw to close this 5000 years old civilization in next fifty years . Can we afford it ? This question always haunted me day and night . The result is Radio Sharda 90.4 FM.

To give you a correct background I may inform you that During a visit to UK , I came across many community Radio stations set up by Asian Diaspora for preservation of their language and culture . I saw a couple of these stations and was impressed by their purpose and reach. Back home , It so happened that I came across an advertisement from GOI inviting applications for such like venture from Intending entities . And that set me in motion.
Setting up FM Radio station was not an ordinary job in terms of devoting time and arranging finances . This passion makes you to bring money even by disposing off some personal Assets . Assets that people strive to create in lifetime. May be only fools attempt such things . But this passion drove me to be one amongst that rare category . No one supported the idea initially . Even my close friends believed that my idea to materialize on ground fell in rarest of the rare possibilities . But I am thankful to almighty that finally this idea saw the light of the day. Our thrust is only culture, heritage and language . I can say that we have been successful in this direction . It is a beginning and we have to go a long way.

I may also add Avtar Ji that Over 100 volunteers work for Radio Sharda providing their services free of cost . With ever increasing operating costs , the station earns a nominal amount through advertisements that are aired locally in jammu. The station needs Financial help and support to survive. It also needs trained professional staff and latest equipments apart from suitable space / sound proof recording studio for program expansion which includes Broadcast of socially relevant Dramas . So many things and so many projects for the station .

Presently the station airs day long quality kashmiri music especially old kashmiri songs , Chhakri and Sufiana apart from other programs. We also air special program on kashmiri Naats on Fridays. We hold regular interviews of writers , Poets , Painters and Artists from within the valley and outside .Any one who has something to say on kashmiri culture and language is welcome to the station . No politics please. Recently you must have heard Neel kashkari’s talk on Radio Sharda . We also aired an interview with noted singer Kailash kher which became quite popular .

Time and again our dear listeners stationed within the country and outside in USA , Europe or Australia have desired to contact us during live programs through what is known as phone in facility . This facility shall enable them to come close to their roots by way of instant two way dialogue . This equipment is the immediate need for the Station . We have many plans which can materialize only if our Financial worries are over . I quote Ghalib’s couplet to substantiate my point …

**   Tum ko Bhi Hum Dikhaaayein Ki Majnoon Ne kyaa Kiyaa
       Fursat Kashakash e Gham e Pinhaan Se Gar Milay  .”.......... Informs Shri Ramesh Hangloo.

Licensed to PIR PANCHAL , a civil society organization ,this Radio station is certainly the  hard work of  Shri Ramesh Hangloo ,its Founder .

Launched in December 2011, RADIO SHARDA currently airs 15 hours of  programming; out of which three hours are live, rest is recorded. The streaming on the website is available for 24 hours. Popular programs currently aired include

(a)        ARAADHANA … Begins at 7AM based on kashmiri Bhajans , leelas and devotional songs .

(b)        WAANGIJ-VOAR… A program that reminds us of ZOON DUB broadcast from Radio kashmir . This program highlights problems and issues current to the community .

(c)        PEIND TA PURRAN…A program based on interviews of cross section of community members by visiting their residences and seeking their opinion on ways and means to protect our culture , language and  eradication of some social evils within the community .
(d)        MEIYAAN – KASHEER … A Program based on propagation of kashmir’s History , culture and glorious heritage .

(e)        AASH … Children’s program aimed essentially to make them familiar with kashmiri language and culture .

(f)        HEALTH PROGRAM… This is aimed at educating listeners about common ailments and more specifically community specific ailments and methods to fight and prevent them. A prominent Medical specialist is brought in as a Guest speaker  for this program .

Located at lower Buta Nagar, TRT Migrant Camp, Jammu 181121 ( Tel…+91 191-2597806 ), this Radio station is available on FM Band 90.4 MHz in and around Jammu city . Outside jammu , it is easily approachable online ..


The radio has created a listener base amongst the kashmiri Diaspora not only in Jammu but in various countries of the world. And during winter season , families of Kashmiri Employees ( on Darbar move ) in Jammu city also tune in to this FM  Radio Station for kashmiri Music and other interesting programs.

( Autar Mota 17.12.2013 )

 English rendering of Ghalib’s couplet quoted by Shri Ramesh Hangloo is as under..

**( For you , I could also carry out the feats of Majnoon ,
   If I had the freedom from the pulls of this covert anguish)

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  1. Really Nice to Hear You,Tamils love our Online Tamil FM for its fun and entertainment.

  2. Dear Shri Autar Ji Mota Sahab, Namaskar, Do you have the full poem of Jenab Samad Mir Sahab "Rinda Sar Kartan Haa Tai Hoo, Paroo Om Suh, Paroo Om Suh"? If yes, then please do send it to me via email. I shall be grateful to you for this help. Sincerely yours, Basant Kaul, New Delhi Email: basant.kaul@gmail.com


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