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Photo Essay: Budikote: Community Media in a Small Indian Village by Alfonso Gumucio

In December 2005, Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron, managing director, programmes, of the Communication for Social Change Consortium, visited community media projects while attending the Our Media conference, "Democracy and Citizen's Media," in Bangalore, India.

The Namma Dhwani (which means "Our Voices) project is working in the small village of Budikote, 100 kilometers east of Bangalore.

Namma Dhwani is supported by Voices. Project activities include training in computer skills.


Women from the Our Media conference and from Budikote discussed issues of participation in the Namma Dhwani project.


Central to the Namma Dhwani project is the community radio, which “cablecasts” 90 minutes every day through loudspeakers hanging on trees in small villages around Budikote.


Chris Joyner, from Australia, uses a video camera to break the ice with local school children in Budikote.

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