15 Days to Go
Nov 2009 25

15 Days to Go0

Posted In Music

There are 15 days to go for the first fundraiser we have ever put together and what a way to start! Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons on their first trip to India!

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A million things; Music, Governance and Cleaning The Yamuna
Dec 2009 01

So the website is finally up! And my, is it kick arse! Kudos Gaurav! 🙂

Which brings us to the point where I’ve been asked to write 300 words on what I’m doing right now. Tough one, that.

My name is Ila Reddy and I currently head The Right to Information Branch at The YP Foundation.  There’s so much happening around here, I can’t decide where to start!

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Mar 2010 06

MB-flat-resizedMusic Basti
in association with
Bridge Music Academy

A concert featuring

Dr Madan Gopal Singh and group (sufi folk)
Adil & Vasundhara (RnB and jazz)
& a special performance by
The Yale Gospel Choir (part of their Spring India 2010 tour)

An evening of diverse musical artistes coming together to support awareness about child rights.

Date: 10th March, 2010
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Amphitheater, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Contact: musicbasti@gmail.com / +91 9818453347


Music Basti is supported by
The YP Foundation
Bridge Music Academy
Aman Biradari
American Center
Furtados Music India
and others

Poster Design by: Noel Braganza

Music Basti’ began in 2008 to work with and empower street children through music. The program is currently working with 200 children in Delhi with organization Aman Bidarari and The YP Foundation. It is working to develop a music program that teaches basic music education, coupled with human rights education and life skills. It focuses on helping the children to develop self- identity, value orientation and attitudes. Alongside this, it endeavors to join together community needs of children at risk, particularly street children, with the efforts of the music community.

Music Basti is run by IDEA (Integrated Development Education Association), and supported by The YP Foundation. It works with Aman Biradari, and Bridge Music Academy. Music Basti was selected for the Change Looms development and assessment program in July 2009 (Pravah and Ashoka) and Vikalp: Searching for Alternates (UNESCO, UNFPA and The YP Foundation.). The project combines professionals and student volunteers and musicians. It aims to develop a collaborative and positive relationship between the music community, individuals and institutions, and through them raise awareness about the issue of child rights, and the use of the arts, particularly music to create this awareness.

An Evening of Music!
Jul 2010 24

An Evening of Music!

The YP Foundation in collaboration with The Kri Foundation present an evening of music featuring Members of The Texas (TPSMEA) All-State Choir, Chayan Adhikari (Advaita), Adhir Ghosh (Five8), Faith Gonsalves and Ishita Chaudhry (Social Entrepreneurs and Singers), Dharna Noor (Western Classical and Folk), Gangotri (Indian Folk) & Cobbled Street (Funk Jazz).

Date: 5th August
Time: 7 pm
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road.

For any queries please contact +91 9910337160 / +91 9811073010

We look forward to seeing you there!

~ Entry is Free. Bring your friends! ~

Musings, Music and Movements
Apr 2011 08

Written by Ishita Chaudhry for Music Basti, featured at musicbasti.org

Six years ago, I met a young lady over a cup of coffee. A few features of that meeting stand out in my mind. It was early evening; the lady in question was meticulous, interested, with a cool reserve and friendly interest in exploring not just what was, but the possibilities of what could be. Her notebook, stands out in my mind, for no particular reason, other than the fact that I had nothing to write in and wasn’t quite sure what my answers were going to be, to some serious questions about what The YP Foundation was and how we could work together.

But if you know Faith Gonsalves like I have, the questions are always specific. A blend of curiosity mixed with intent, pure purpose, genuine passion and the seriousness of ability in a conversation that will always challenge you to think and then think again. The stakes are always higher with some people when you work, because they raise the bar, by virtue of how they think the picture can be re-crafted to begin with. They bring a new kind of challenge to the work that you do, force you to move outside your comfort box. They help you grow, in immense outspoken, quiet ways.

Close to nine years of working with more than five hundred young people, in the staffing structure of an organization like TYPF that has worked with over five thousand young people over the past nine years, sometimes it is hard to remember each and every contribution made without needing to peer down the books of memory lane.

Yet sometimes, it isn’t hard to remember at all, for people’s presence is marked so clearly by their contributions, their inimitable footprints in the sand.

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