WORT is trying something a little new – we’re testing out a monthly program called Subtle Desi Traits.
Host Ankita Bharadwaj describes it as a show that will familiarize listeners with South Asian culture and politics, and a way to amplify voices of activists who are queer, noncitizens, women, and members of the BIPOC community. Each show is divided into three parts:
1: Guftgu (an Urdu word for casual chit-chat): an interview with a local activist,
2: Sanskriti (a Hindi word for culture): a discussion on a cultural aspect of South Asia, and
3: Shongeet (a Bengali word for music): a few South Asian songs with a theme.
In this inaugural episode, Ankita speaks with Madison Common Council President Syed Abbas, shares information about the dance forms and culture of Rajasthan, and plays a few songs that are Rajasthani, too.
We hope you enjoy the show! You can take a listen below.
Do you have questions, suggestions or comments about the program? Think there is a better programming slot for it to air? Email the WORT Programming Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or News and Public Affairs Director Chali Pittman at email@example.com. Due to programming schedule issues, this show is slated to run once a month during the much-loved Letters & Politics. You can catch up on any missed episodes of Letters & Politics here.