Thu, May 25, 2017 | updated 03:03 AM IST

Singing for a better future: Yuva Beats, the Afghan Refugee band

Updated: Aug 18, 2016 14:38 IST      
Singing for a better future: Yuva Beats, the Afghan Refugee band

By Vinamrata Takia

New Delhi, Aug.18 (ANI): Music has the power to heal and bring peace to people. In 2009, during a talent hunt contest organized by UNHCR and hosted by Don Bosco School, Afghan refugee band Yuva Beats participated and was spotted as having some potential talent. Since then, the band has never looked back and started its musical journey in Delhi.

It's been seven years since Yuva Beats established itself. At present, the band has five members and plays pop, rock, Afghani music, Bollywood, Sufi and some self-compositions. The band also uses traditional Afghani instruments like the Rubaab, Damboora, and Zerbaghali in their concerts. Band members cherish the fact that they can play their brand of music freely in India.

"People over here love music; they respect the artistes and their artistry. In Afghanistan too there are people who love and respect music, but they exist in a very less number. Most of the people in Afghanistan are in depression, so they don't see value in their own work, because of which they don't appreciate other people's efforts," said Hameed, the lead vocalist and composer of the band.

India is a home to about two lakh refugees, with the Afghans numbering approximately 10,000 out of the total refugee population. The pain of leaving their homeland and living in a foreign country is both traumatic and estranged.

Recollecting the time when he had to leave his homeland, Masih, the piano player of the band, said: "When I left Afghanistan and came here, I was feeling really bad. I felt very strange and thought that now I have to spend my life in a foreign country. But slowly things are getting better. Even now the situation is Afghanistan has not improved, it is as same as before. Life is very difficult in Afghanistan, especially for musicians."

Bollywood songs and movies are very popular in Afghanistan. Hameed remembers growing up listening to Hindi film songs and said he would love to make music for the Bollywood music industry, if given a chance. Music cannot be practiced in Afghanistan due to restrictions, but through their music the band members want to generate hope and peace in India.

The band survives on shows and concerts. They also play at Afghani weddings and parties.

The members are hoping for a better and peaceful Afghanistan.

"Even if our country matches the level of India in terms of development and peace then it will be great. Because we are spending our lives peacefully in India, and the Indian people have a positive attitude towards us," said Hameed. (ANI)

Centre slams Omar Abdullah, says he is exposing his true self

Updated: May 25, 2017 02:37 IST     

Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Slamming former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah for calling the Indian Army's inquiry into 'human shield' case a farce, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that the ones protesting over the issue are actually exposing their true selves.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 25 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has sought an apology from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah for his remarks on the funds given to the state by the Central Government.

Full Story >>

Imphal (Manipur) [India], May 25 (ANI): The last rites of the remaining eight persons, who lost their lives during the agitations against the 'Anti-Tribal Bills' in Churachandpur, were performed yesterday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Patiala House Court will on Thursday hear the bail pleas of five new accused in connection with the alleged irregularities pertaining to the Urban North Coal Block in Madhya Pradesh.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Thursday continue hearing a suo motu cognizance by the court

Full Story >>

People to soon get world class facilities at Jammu Airport

Updated: May 25, 2017 00:07 IST     

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 25 (ANI): With an aim to cater to the growing influx of people, the authorities of the Jammu Airport are upgrading with modern equipments and expanding the capacity of the airport.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to express solidarity over the recent Manchester terror attack.

Full Story >>

Don't pay heed to inflammatory speeches urges UP CM

Updated: May 24, 2017 23:09 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 24 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday appealed to the people of the state to not to pay heed to any inflammatory speeches spread by 'certain elements'.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has written to Dr. Krishan Kant Paul, the Governor of Uttarakhand, conveying his condolences on the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Uttarakhand on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New defence procurement policy in offing: Jaitley

Updated: May 24, 2017 22:58 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government would soon roll out new strategic partnership policy and rope in private players to jointly manufacture defence equipments under the 'Make in India' initiative.

Full Story >>

Rudy wonders why Lalu involved children in lust of money

Updated: May 24, 2017 22:36 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Wednesday sought to know why Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav involved his children in his lust for money.

Full Story >>

People who follow rules, decorum face consequences: Shiv Sena

Updated: May 24, 2017 22:36 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] May 24 (ANI): Rebutting Karnataka minister R. Roshan Baig's objecting to the chanting of "Jai Maharashtra", Shiv Sena leader Neelam Ghore on Wednesday asserted that those who follow rules and decorum in life are the ones who face consequences.

Full Story >>

Politcos, soldiers, businessmen discuss internal security

Updated: May 24, 2017 22:36 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): Politicians, soldiers and businessmen on Wednesday joined heads to discuss the internal security in the country.

Full Story >>

Militants shot PDP worker at Srinagar's Barzulla district

Updated: May 24, 2017 22:22 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] May 24 (ANI): A Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP or PDP) worker was allegedly shot by militants in Srinagar's Barzulla district on Wednesday night.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 24 (ANI): The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the amendment of Central Road Fund Act, 2000 to allocate 2.5 per cent of the proceeds of Central Road Fund (CRF) for development and maintenance of National Waterways (NWs) and a reduction in the share provided for development of National Highways.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bangladesh on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Transplant Organization, Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality of Spain and the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India on cooperation in the field of Organ Transplant Services.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 24 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday has approved the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between Germany and India regarding cooperation in the sector of alternative medicine.

Full Story >>

Young entrepreneur introduces 'modern kitchen' in Kashmir

Updated: May 24, 2017 21:52 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 24 (ANI): Muzamil Ahmad is a Kashmiri entrepreneur who has introduced the modular kitchen concept in the Kashmir Valley.

Full Story >>

Center approves Noida - Greater Noida Metro Rail Project

Updated: May 24, 2017 21:37 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 24 (ANI): The NDA Government in the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the Noida - Greater Noida Metro Rail Project.

Full Story >>