Tree lovers of the city can rejoice this year, as come February Bangalore will witness a two-day festival, Neralu (Kannada for shade), to promote the cause of trees, trees and more trees. The best part is that to organise this not-for-profit, volunteer-driven initiative, a group made up of tree enthusiasts who are naturalists, ecologists, technologists, visual artists, performing artists, writers, homemakers, photographers, storytellers, historians and ordinary citizens has come together. “We’re losing our green cover at an alarming rate. We want to gather attention to this crisis and reiterate how very important trees are to our day-to-day lives from cultural, environmental, and medicinal points of view,” says Poornima Kannan, a volunteer for Neralu.
The festival will take place in Cubbon Park on February 8 and 9 as this is a good period to observe spectacular seasonal blooms. The various activities that will take place under the umbrella of the festival are heritage walks, tree journaling, film screenings and talks, among others.
“Sangeetha Kakur, an artist, will handle a nature journaling session at the festival. A recent focus of her work has been creating environmental education material to spread awareness about our rich natural heritage. She founded GreenScraps, a nature journaling workshop. With this she hopes to inspire a new generation of passionate nature artists,” informs Poornima.
Poornima can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you would like to contribute to this festival either by means of time, resources or funds, join the Bangalore Tree Project Google e-group (groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bangaloretreeproject) where all the discussions are taking place.
What’s happening at Neralu
Heritage, ecological and histo-cultural walks beneath the canopy at Cubbon Park
Tree journaling and identifying workshops
Documentary and artistic film/video screenings of local and global moving image narratives about trees
Talks by prominent scholars on Bangalore’s tree heritage
Art exhibition of renowned artist Rumale Channabasavaiah’s art works and other selected works by Bangalore-based artists at Rangoli Art Center, Metro Station, MG Road
A photo exhibition of tree stories by Bangalore-based photographers
Storytelling events involving diverse traditions and forms
Games and fun activities for children
A hug-a-tree campaign