Monday, January 31, 2011

Malnad Mela in Bangalore - Feb 5 and 6

Ok, I'm not a person big on product promotion, but when it comes to promoting something good from the land, for the people, I don't mind going all out. I'm a staunch believer of hand-made products, handloom and handicraft, local food I try not to miss these events

And while I'm on the subject please also go to Harshakala 2011, the annual handloom exhibition supported by the government, at Palace Grounds, Gayitri Vihar, till Feb 8, 10 am to 9 pm. You will find an excellent collection of saris, carpets, bedsheets, among other things.

Now, going back to what I started talking about, I got a mail from a colleague announcing the Malnad Mela -- it promotes earthy products from the western ghat region of Karnataka, called "Malnad".

I'm uploading here the poster they have forwarded, and pasting here the text of their e-mail. Please do visit if you are interested in forest products, seeds, food products, handmade home products etc.

 " The theme for this year is food gardens, seed saving, and recycling.

We will have the following displays/stalls from the malnad and from a variety of organizations in Bangalore and elsewhere:

1.   Vanastree’s range of seeds, garden produce & traditional malnad foods and snacks ( honey, kokam nectar, tambli,  
       podis, todadevu, pickles, preserves and more), non-foods and crafts (kokam butter balm, patchwork quilts and runners,  
       cashew resin wood paint, insect repellents, seed jewelery, vegetable hair dye, soap nut scrub,
       cotton shopping bags with an earth logo and others)
2.    Malnad snacks and drinks stall  (sweets, savouries, kokam juice, and kashaya to keep you going)
3.    Exhibition of photos and posters on the malnad gardeners, food gardens, and vegetable diversity
4.    A Hundred Hands with traditional and contemporary crafts
    5.    Namma Bhoomi with handloom clothes and village crafts
6.    Daily Dump with composters
7.    Daman Ganga with recycled tetrapack roofing sheets and paper products
8.    Biome Solutions with dry toilets and a display on ecological sanitation
9.    Bhoomi Network with publications
10.  Vanamitra with films and a display on wildlife, camps in the Western Ghats, and animal rescue initiatives - all this  
       complete with a tent set up for kids!
11.  Falcon Tools with garden implements
   12.   Eco-Save India with solar lighting  
   13.   BG Handmade Paper with recycled paper products

There will be a meeting and skill share space for experienced and aspiring organic gardeners and earth stewards to share notes, and we will help with discussions and queries to the extent possible. Lighting for the mela is with rechargeable LED lamps and solar lights. Our shamianas and sun shades are of recycled parachutes and cloth garden umbrellas. Golden Beads School has generously given us the use of their playground for the mela. We have been running the mela on our own steam, have not sought any sponsorship, and continue to aim to keep this a sustainable endeavor.
ONE SINCERE REQUEST - Please help spread the word and pass this email around to family, friends, and your networks. If you can  make print outs of the attached poster, please put it up  in your apartment complex, neighborhood store, school, college, office, etc. Its always hard to try and reach out to people in Bangalore sitting in Sirsi with sporadic access to email. Many thanks."UNQUOTE

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