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By Arunima Khullar:


Some songs are made for the ears and then there are some songs which are made for the soul. Soul music came as a merger of gospel charged singing, secular subject matter and funk rhythms. It originated in the United States in the late 1950s and Ray Charles is cited as the father of the soul genre. By the 1970s the music evolved into being more message based and also adopted a bit from psychedelic rock. While the singing style hadn’t changed much, the beats had become more danceable. The early 1990s saw the arrival of the new soul music or neo-soul. The gospel singing roots intact, the music has a very modern rhythmic expression more like hip hop.

Some songs you must listen to:

  1. What’s going on — Marvin Gaye
  2. Respect — Aretha Franklin
  3. A Change is Gonna Come — Sam Cooke [soul, R&B]
  4. What’d I say — ray Charles [soul, blues, gospel, rock and roll]
  5. People Get Ready — The Impressions

Rock and Roll:

Rock and roll, defined by electronically amplified instrumentation, a heavily accented beat and a relatively simple phrase structure, is a combination of blues, country music, jazz and gospel music. It originated during the late 1940s in United States. The lyrics, very youth oriented, were a big attraction for the teen population and also helped in bridging the divide between blacks and whites as both could equally connect with the subjects being sung about. It was much more than just a music genre, it created an influence on lifestyles, fashion, attitude and language. The main instruments used are the electric guitar, bass, piano, drums and saxophone.

Some songs you must listen to:

  1. Maybellene — Chuck Berry
  2. Hound dog — Elvis Presley
  3. River Deep-Mountain High — Ike & Tina turner [pop/soul, rock and roll]
  4. That’ll be the Day — Buddy Holly and The Crickets
  5. Tutti Frutti — Little Richard


Pop evolved from the rock n roll revolution in the mid 1950s. It is not usually written, performed and recorded as a symphony, suite, or concerto. The lyrics, which usually consist of verse and repeated chorus, define pop music. The songs most often range between 2 and a half to 5 and half minutes. Though, there have been exceptions, such as, ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. Rock, country, R&B, punk, disco, Latin and hip hop, all have influenced pop music in some way or the other. The main aim of pop is to appeal a general audience, rather than a sub culture or ideology.

Some songs you must listen to:

  1. Hey Jude — The Beatles [pop, rock]
  2. I Want to Hold Your Hand — The Beatles [rock, pop]
  3. Be My baby — The Ronettes
  4. God Only Knows — The Beach Boys
  5. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ — The Righteous Brothers [pop, R&B, blue eyed soul]
  6. Dancing in the Rain — Martha Reeves and the Vandellas [pop, R&B, soul]


Rock music originated during the 1950s — 1960s in the United States and the United Kingdom. Though, influenced by country and rhythm & blues, its roots dwell in rock and roll. Rock music gave birth to various sub-genres like Art rock, psychedelic rock, grunge, blues rock, hard rock, folk rock, heavy metal, etc. Folk rock was Bob Dylan’s territory (e.g. Blowin’ in the Wind). It featured acoustic guitars and was made of socially conscious lyrics. Psychedelic rock was music influenced by the use of drugs. The artists that made it popular include the likes of Pink Floyd and The Doors. Heavy metal, played by Led Zeppelin and the Black Sabbath, featured extreme guitar sound and heavy distortion. Today, rock music connotes widespread forms from pop to heavy metal.

Some songs you must listen to:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone — Bob Dylan
  2. (I can’t get no) Satisfaction — The Rolling Stones [hard rock]
  3. Imagine — John Lennon
  4. Good Vibrations — The Beach Boys [psychedelic rock, progressive rock]
  5. Smells like Teen Spirit — Nirvana [Grunge]
  6. My Generation — The Who
  7. Yesterday — The Beatles [baroque pop]
  8. Purple Haze — The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  9. Let it be — The Beatles
  10. Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen
  11. Help — The Beatles [folk rock]
  12. Stairway to Heaven — Led Zeppelin [folk rock, hard rock]
  13. The Weight — The Band [folk rock, roots rock]
  14. Bridge over Troubled Water — Simon & Garfunkel [soft rock, folk rock]

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
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