Samaniya Bhat, First Female RJ from North Kashmir

Battling all odds of conservative society Samaniya Bhat, a 20-year-old college pass out is the first and youngest female radio jockey (RJ) from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Samaniya belongs to old town of district Baramulla. Though the society restricts girls to walls of house only, but Samaniya managed to cope it up and come out as outspoken. Samaniya qouted, “Becoming a radio jockey was a my dream.” She acknowledged that becoming RJ was a hectic task for her, both in terms of societal ordinances as well as with being frank and confident. “It took my time, hard work and passion,” she said.
The 20 year old RJ is currently performing her role at Radio Chinar 90.4 FM Sopore- only radio station of from North Kashmir, and has become the inspiration for many young girls of the town.
Giving her details of she grabbed up the job, Samaniya says, the station had invited applications for RJ position early this year and she applied for the same post for which around 350 female candidates from different districts of Kashmir had applied.
“It was not easy. There was a tough competition from my co-applicants. Besides, I had to clear many rounds of interviews and auditions to get my dream job, ” she recalls. However, her hard work paid off and she made her ground among four candidates for the radio. Bhat gave the credit to her success in cracking the interviews to her prior experience of working for All India Radio (AIR).
Her show ‘Halla Bol with RJ samniya’ is broadcasted between 3 pm and 6 pm. Samaniya, the youngest girl RJ from northern Kashmir has received an overwhelming love and feedback from her audience, which triggers her to do better. She also regularly interviews people. The show was given noon time slot, but on public demand the show was shifted to 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. With her soulful voice, positive vibes, and magic she creates on-air, Bhat inspires girls in the valley.
She gave full credits to her father, who supports her in her job. He proudly tells his friends and customers to listen to my show on radio. “I wish every girl be blessed with a father alike, that she can choose career of her own.”

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