Baramulla: The Valley of Kashmir is mesmerized by a young voice these days. 20-year-old Samaniya Bhat is the youngest radio jockey of the Valley, she is also the first woman RJ from North Kashmir. Samaniya is a graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Baramulla College and has been working with Radio Chinar 90.4 FM since February this year.
The radio station auditioned over 250 candidates before signing Samaniya, the youngest girl, for the position. Samania has also become a champion of women related issues. Samaniya hosts a show called Halla Bol, where she talks to young achievers and mostly women from North Kashmir.
“I was always told by my teachers to take up radio but I was not keen. But then one day I got a call for an audition and finally I got selected and here I am loving every part of it. Radio is a very There is a creative field. When you talk to the audience, you get to know what is happening in people’s lives. I get calls and they discuss their problems. Recently there was a girl who talked about this. Talked about how she was not allowed to study further after graduation and she works at home and she listens to me and it gives her hope,” said Samaniya Bhat, Radio Jockey, Radio Chinar.
Samania has become a source of inspiration for the youth of the valley. She is the first woman in her field to do a radio jockey job. She says that she has pushed the hurdle and wants other girls to follow her dreams too.
“Most of the time I get calls from girls. All the girls are happy that they talk to me. They sometimes think that I am an old lady and usually they are inspired by my story. I am from old city Baramulla and not many girls of the area work in these areas and I am the first girl from Baramulla to work in such field. Many girls now want to do something different. Most of the girls who called me used to say that they will get married after graduation but now they are asking for courses for studies. Always listen to your heart and do what you want to do. ‘ Said Samaniya Bhat, Radio Jockey, Radio Chinar.
The radio station is based out of Sopore city of North Kashmir and is run by a team of 4 youth. This station has become a hit in a very short time. The station mostly takes up local issues and has gained a lot of popularity due to this.
”It is becoming famous with every passing day, we talk about local issues and grievances and we take up with the local administration to resolve those issues. And apart from this we also take care of our culture and tradition. We even get our local accompaniment to display them. We give them a platform to showcase their talent. Radio jockey and station head Sahil Muzaffar said, “They appreciate this part of Chinar Radio.”
The station is fast becoming the voice of the people of North Kashmir.