Archive for July, 2009

Volunteers Needed for Ranga Shankara Event in August

Volunteers for Ranga Shankara

Ranga Shankara will play host to a major international event during the end of August and beginning of September 2009. In this regard, we are on the lookout for people who are willing to work as volunteers. Please note that it will be required to be present at Ranga Shankara for atleast ten days full-time between Aug 20th and Sep 10th. A nominal payment will be made for the services rendered.

Interested persons can write to Persons interested in volunteering part time may also contact us.

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777
W: needs your support

The problem: Over the last 4 years, Janet and her volunteers at treesforfree have planted 12,896 trees across Bangalore City to restore the vanishing tree cover. All in an old Maruti car. Now the car has broken down. And the planting has stopped. But the tree felling continues… and with it, the global warming, failed monsoons, climate change… and a host of other problems that affect all of us.

The solution:
If we can raise enough donations to buy a new vehicle, we would be back on the road again, planting trees, cooling the globe and healing the earth. The vehicle ideally suited for our operations is a Mahindra pickup. It costs 4 lacs. If 4000 of us gave just 100 rupees each, then the planting can start again.

How you can help:
Donate as much as you can. All donations are tax exempt under 80 G and you will be given a receipt. After you send/transfer money, please send a mail to with the amount sent/transferred and the names of people who donated + address where you want the receipts to be delivered.

How you can help:
Donate as much as you can. All donations are tax exempt under 80 G and you will be given a receipt.

1. Bank Transfer
Contact for the bank details and then send the amount ransferred and the names of people who donated + address where you want the receipts to be delivered.


2. A cheque in favour of ‘Rajanet Yegneswaran Charitable Trust’ and send it to
Rajanet Yegneswaran Charitable Trust
No 11, 20 L Cross, Sri Rama temple Road,
Ejipura, Viveknagar Post, Bangalore-560 047
Tel: +91 9845449703

Thank you in advance from all the babies, birds, bees and other beings to come :)

Treesforfree Blog
TreesforFree Website

Janet, 9845449703 (m)

Painting Day at Ranga Shankara…August 2nd 2009

This is a great way to combine art, theatre and children! So…I highly recommend this for all the children I know!

Ranga Shankara continues its endeavour to encourage art and theatre among children, by organizing a Painting Day on the 2nd of August, 2009.

The Painting Day is a precursor to a mega event for children, which will be announced shortly. This is an opportunity to unleash one’s creativity and indulge innovative minds in mixing colors and creating unique shades!

The art pieces will be exhibited at Ranga Shankara for over a month. Furthermore, Ranga Shankara has invited a couple of senior artists of Bangalore to paint away with the children.

Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009

Venue: Ranga Shankara

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

Age Group: 6 to 14 years
Theme: ‘ A drama I have seen’ OR ‘ A Dramatic Moment in my Life’

Items to bring: Pencils, erasers, brushes, palette (to mix your colours), a glass (to fill with water and clean your brushes), colour pencils (optional), sketch pens (optional), crayons (optional).

Items provided by Ranga Shankara: Paint and paper.

Signs of our times


Saw a very unusual sign the other day, in Kodihalli – off the old airport road. Art gallery? Take-away? Restaurant?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Didn’t have the time to explore this interesting “business combo,” but will do so one of these days and add a post script.

Play in the mud – cross country cycling championships!

I’ll let this picture speak for itself! Inviting all enthusiastic bikers to get out there to come out this Sunday and participate!

Play in the Mud

Play in the Mud

More details here:
Bangalore Bicycle Championships

Reading by Githa Hariharan at Ranga Shankara

Book Reading by Githa Hariharan – Press Release

Ranga Shankara, in association with Penguin Books India, will play host to a book reading session by author Githa Hariharan on Sun July 26th at 11:00 AM. The session, being held to celebrate the publication of the author’s latest work, “Fugitive Histories”, will begin with an introduction by Lakshmi Krishnamurthy and will be followed by readings from her work by the author and an interaction with the audience.

Fugitive Histories exposes the legacy of prejudice that sometimes covertly, sometimes perceptibly, continues to affect disparate lives in present day India. In prose that is at once elegant, playful and startlingly inventive, Githa Hariharan portrays with remarkable precision the web of human connections that binds as much as it divides.

The entrance for the event, which will be held inside the Ranga Shankara auditorium, is free. For any further details please contact Ranga Shankara on 26493982.

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777

Tree planting drive: Your help needed!

Received this mail about a great initiative – do pitch in for your areas!

The Government Civil Defense department (the dept. which runs the area Surakasha Mita scheme) has requested our support for a tree-planting drive set-to kick off this month.

The group Hasiru Usiru is set to help them in their ambitious plan to plant 50,000 saplings. The planting will happen in the next couple of weeks since the roots of tree saplings register MAXIMUM growth during end June to mid September.

We need volunteers to help in this drive. If you are interested, please contact Sheshadri – 98455 68182, or Santosh Min – 99860 37010 ,

The area wise planting has been planned as follows –

1. Bangalore University. 20,000 saplings
Each and every one of them are endemic like terminalia arjuna, mitragyna parviflora, Hebbiduru ,thespesia populnea etc for lakesides. albizzia procera , Gmelina arborea, putranjeeva for plains.Ficus racemosa (atti mara) and pride of india for valleys, also fancy species like saraca ashoka and of course honge jackfruit nerle etc…

2.Arekere. 10,000 saplings including bamboos and pride of india for lakeside for below areas we had to include exotics like tabebuia,mahogany, jacaranda coz no choice.

3. Rajarajeshwarinagar . 10,000 saplings

4. Jayanagar 2000 saplings.

5. KPTCL Layout, Sarjapur road , 2000 saplings

6. D J Halli 6000 and Ulsoor lake and the homeguards campus.
approx figures.

If you live around or close by, do contact the numbers mentioned!

Creating green spaces at home

Looking for a makeover for your balcony or terrace garden? A few adventurous and creative friends have gotten together to bring some sunshine into your otherwise ignored or empty spaces.

The folks at My Sunny Balcony (MSB) can suggest how to transform an empty forlorn space into a veritable green heaven…

Net Impact – cycle for a greener Bangalore

I was sitting in my car at a traffic light the other day and happened to look upwards. What a beautiful sight I thought to myself. The branches of the tree grew outward, with its leaves covering nearly the whole road extending till the other side providing shade from the sun to me and other commuters on 2 wheelers, cycles and other forms of transport. For a moment, I just stared upwards at the cover of leaves feeling lucky that we still have that in Bangalore.

But for how long? We’ve all seen how many trees are getting felled. How the Metro has destroyed some of our best roads. But we’ve got to make efforts, we have to do everything possible to retain our green cover, plant more trees, start thinking in a more eco-friendly manner.

It’s heart-warming to see people cycle to work nowadays – all geared up with their helmets and face masks – what a great step it is towards de-clogging our roads. It’s one less person in a car. Imagine, if even a few thousand of us got onto bikes and cycled to work, what a change this city can see! I tried cycling to office myself one day to see if I could manage the traffic. And yes – it was bad – but I made a start. Now, at least I know I can do it.

And I don’t think it’s that big a deal once you start. Yes, there’s traffic. But you’re being a part of the solution, not the problem when you start looking at eco-friendly ways of commuting instead of the fuel guzzling alternatives. Try it out sometime – maybe once or twice a week. It’s worth it. You’ll realise that a 10km distance on a cycle is actually not much at all.

And besides you’ll have the intense satisfaction that you’re doing your bit towards making Bangalore traffic more bearable. Many people say they “can’t” do it, that they can’t handle the traffic. But I don’t believe this is true – anything is possible – you just need to start. Even in our vehicles we have to battle traffic. It’s the same thing on a cycle, except that you’re on 2 wheels and it’s actually sometimes easier! I went from not knowing how to cycle (last year) to slowly making my way around on cycle in Bangalore and hopefully will be more confident in traffic in a couple of months. It’s an effort but it’s definitely worth taking!

Here’s an initiative that believes in “Doing good while doing well“. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

When : July 17, 2009
Where : Bangalore – From home to office/college and back home
Who : You, me and every Bengaluru resident.

And not just the 17th, let’s sustain this everyday!

More details here:

Facts we should worry about:
1. Bengaluru’s population is about 8 million.
2. Bengaluru is considered to have the highest density of traffic in the world.
3. Traffic population is doubling every 5 years.4. Road space used by a person in a bus is 3% of a person in a car and 5% of a person in 2 wheeler.
5. Air Quality Index (AQI) is between 150-300 in different areas of Bengaluru. AQI>100 is severe air pollution.
6. Bengaluru has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.
7. About 40 lakh ltrs of petrol and 80 lakh ltrs of diesel is consumed each day in Karnataka alone

Cheers @Lalbagh


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