Archive for February, 2010

Malnad Mela by Vanastree

he Malnad Mela is back in Bangalore for the third year running!

Come and join us in this celebration of produce and local art from the Western Ghats. Explore the importance of seed biodiversity and supporting conservation oriented livelihoods that seek to preserve and enhance age-old practices. Take home traditional seed varieties and enjoy fresh vegetables from your very own home garden.

Date: February 27-28, 2010 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Venue: 4, Ashley Road, Off Brunton Rd (behind Hotel Ajantha on M.G. Rd),
Bangalore: 560025

Some of the produce and products from the forest home gardens this year include

* indigenous seeds
* wild forest foods
* traditional snacks and preserves
* spices
* honey
* dairy and poultry products
* kokam butter balm
* mud paintings
* vegetable hair dyes
* hand-sewn patchwork pieces
* yoga mats
* soap-nut scrub
* natural incense
* areca leaf plates
* seed jewellery
* herbal oils
* seed murals
* natural insect repellents ……and more.

We will also have products from the Concerned for Working Children (CWC), Kundapur and Himjoli, Himalayas.

The Sun Behind the Clouds: Film premiere

Acclaimed filmmakers, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam announce the Bangalore premiere of “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” in an event jointed hosted by Friends of Tibet and Think Tibet.

Winner of the Silver Conch Award at the 11th Mumbai International Film Festival, “The Sun Behind the Clouds” will be screened at the Centre for Film and Drama, 5th floor, 71 Sona Towers, Millers Road, Bangalore on Monday, March 01, 2010 at 6pm. The documentary will be presented by Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan poet-activist. Entry is free.

In The Sun Behind the Clouds, Sarin and Sonam take a uniquely Tibetan perspective on the trials and tribulations of the Dalai Lama and his people as they continue their struggle for freedom in the face of determined suppression by one of the world’s biggest and most powerful nations. The filmmakers had intimate access to the Dalai Lama and followed him over the course of an eventful year, which included the 2008 protests in Tibet, the international response to it, the Beijing Olympics, and the breakdown in talks between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. Set against this backdrop, the film explores the interplay between the personal and the historic, spirituality and politics, and the tension between the Dalai Lama’s efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Tibet situation based on compromise and dialogue, and the impatience of a younger generation of Tibetans who are ready to take a more confrontational course.

The film had its North American premiere at the recently concluded Palm Springs International Film Festival in California where it became the focus of much media attention when the Chinese government tried to get the festival to remove the film, ostensibly for its anti-China stand. When the festival refused, two Chinese films were withdrawn in retaliation. The film had three sold-out screenings and a fourth was added when it was voted one of the Best of the Fest films.

“In a welcome departure from many previous films about the decades-long friction between Tibet and China, “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” provides a two-sided view of the complex political and social dynamics within and outside Tibet. For the “struggle” in the film’s title is not merely against China but also between competing Tibetan views regarding the best strategy: co-existence or independence. The film is essential viewing for anyone who cares about the fate of the mountain region and the legacy of the Dalai Lama.” (Variety, a leading US film trade journal)

To know more, visit: www.thesunbehindtheclouds.com or contact: Tenzin Tsundue on email: tenzin.tundue@friendsoftibet.org

Rock-Climbing Meet at Turahalli, 21 Feb 2010

Celebrating Turahalli.

It is that time of the year once again, when all the rock climbers in
and around get together for some bouldering at Turahalli. It’s also
the time for us to spread the awareness about sport and grow the
climbers tribe.

Turahalli hillock is a place with lot of boulders and wildlife just
off Kanakapura road and around 8 kilo-meters from Banashankari Temple
in Bangalore South. It has been the practising ground for the rock
climbers in and around Bangalore for many decades.

Celebration of Turahalli by Rock Climbers.
Rock climbers in and around Bangalore are gathering on Sunday 21st Feb
morning in Turahalli to celebrate the place which has been fueling
their dreams as climbers. As part of the celebration demonstration
climbs, introduction to rock climbing sessions, interaction with
climbers will be happening among other things.

This will be a good place and time to take your climbing shoes out if
have not been to Turahalli in recent times. And it will be good time
if you are totally new to this sport or a rock climbing enthusiast who
wants to learn about Rock Climbing, get information about climbing and
places in and around bangalore as there will be activities for the new
comers to the sport.

General Information:
* The activities will be on from morning 7:30AM till 11:00AM on 21st
Feb 2010
* Though we are constantly in touch with Sun god, he might be at his
usual best being a sunny weekend of Feb, be sure to wear appropriate
clothing for outdoors, hats etc.
* Canvas shoes are ideal if you are a beginner climber.
* There is no water available at Turahalli, please make sure you bring
enough water/snacks along with you.
* Consume enough water and keep yourself hydrated when in the field.
* Help us make this a litter free area, ask for garbage bags if you
need to throw anything away.
* Do drop us an email at climbfest [at] dreamroutes [dot] org if you are planning
to be there at Turahalli on sunday.
* More information about Turahalli is available at

http://www.dreamroutes.org/saveturahalli/

How to get there?

Please use the Map below which will guide you in the direction. Also
for the benefit of first comers, there is a meeting point suggested.
The point is opposite to Metro on Kanakapura road near the Khoday
breweries. If you are there before 7:20AM you can join the others and
come to Turahalli.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=12.888077,77.536354&spn=0.02029,0.040169&t=hz=15&msid=105749079046411568718.000446ff4f90eaf3de555

An Injury Management Workshop for Cyclists at BOTS, Jayanagar

Have you ever wondered what to carry with you on a long ride? Have you been puzzled by how to administer first-aid to a fallen bicyclist? Have you seen bollywood movies where the hero beats on the chest of the his sweet-heart and brings her back to consciousness and wondered if that is really needed? Do you know why a male army doctor and an ardent bicyclist carried a sanitary napkin with him on our trip to Muthathi?

Find answers to all your questions on Saturday, February 20th at 6PM in the evening at our BOTS. Click

here

for location.

Dr.Major Srinivas, an army major and a doctor will be giving us a CPR and First Aid session on how to really be there for a bicyclist friend should he/she fall. He will also give us tips on how to take care of ourselves should we fall (god forbid). Let’s all thank the doctor for his time and effort in making this session happen. Let’s also thank Rohan (as always) for allowing us to use his facility and arranging a projector where the doctor will show a powerpoint presentation.

Please do show your support for a fellow bicyclist and your for own self by learning from the invaluable knowledge the doctor will impart. The best part, in the true BBC spirit of gaining critical mass for bicycling, this session is being organized for free.

Bangalore Bus Day, Feb 4th 2010

1. What is Bus Day?

It is a daylong event promoting Public Transport in the city of Bengaluru on February 4th, 2010. It is an event calling all the citizens of Bengaluru to use Public Transport on Feb 4th for all their getting about in the city.

2. What is so special about Bus Day?

Bus Day has been suggested by few enthusiastic citizens . The idea behind Bus Day is to observe the changes which can be brought in the city in trying to respect · Environment · Traffic Situation · Health of individuals · Perception

3. What should be done on Bus day?

We should not use our private vehicle for one day. We use public transport, walk a little more, and tolerate waiting time.

4. Who are the people participating in Bus Day?

It is an event for all citizens of Bangalore, as well as for corporations existing in Bangalore. In other words all the individuals, companies, govt organizations, auto rickshaws, BMTC, Bangalore police… and everyone who lives in Bangalore and feels responsible for the enviroment of the city.

5. What is the responsibility of these participants?

Everyone has to either use or help others to use public transport. · As an individual we should not use our cars for the day, and only use public transport. Companies should permit all employees to come to the office by bus; Auto Rickshaws should take (hopefully) fair fare; the Traffic Police should take care of pedestrians on the day.

6. How can “Bus Day” be a success?

Bus Day will be success if we feel that roads are not congested….thatthe air is fresh..that there is less honking… If we can see a change in the traffic around us….if we cannot see the smoke rings around street lights in the night….if we can see winter fog instead of pollution fog …if,in the night sky,we can see the stars clear and bright.

BUS DAY has been planned for Thursday the 4th of February 2010 .On that day we request you to leave your personal vehicles behind and JUST TAKE THE BUS to commute!

1) Survey Link: BMTC requests you to pass this link to their survey on to everyone. It will be great if we can have the responses by sometime next week (earlier the better). An event flier ( timings, schedules and routes etc) will be emailed to the public, after receiving the responses.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGNvOGxYNzdacktOdXpJVFduc1dHVWc6MA

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