WORKSHOP ON ‘DEMOCRACY AND LEADERSHIP’; Chamarajanagar, March 31st, 2019
With general elections around the corner, we thought it important to have a workshop for rural youth on democracy. K. Thippeswamy was the key resource persons and the workshop was held at Deenabhandu School, Chamarajangar. Forty-three youth came for the workshop and participated keenly in it. The issues that were discussed were the following: The Indian Constitution and its Significance; the promise and problems of Indian elections; youth and their roles in democracy; democracy in our everyday lives. Plans are to continue this series on democracy and to widen the base of youth who attend these workshops.
RELEASE OF Dr. P. VEERABHADRANAIKA’S BOOK; FEBRUARY 27th, 2019:
Punarchith organised a program for the release of Dr. P. Veerabhadranaika’s book, ‘NIJARU’. The book is a revised version of his doctoral thesis submitted to the University of Mysore. The focus of the book is on the state of ashramshalas in Chamarajangar district. Dileep Kamat, well-known activist and a leader from the community learning movement, released the book. In addition, Prof. G.S.Jayadeva, Shri V. Muthaiah, Shri Venkatraju, and the Principal, DIET, Chamarajanagar spoke at the event. It was attended by several members of the Soliga community and by the ILP youth.
January 12th to 18th, 2018 – Land and Lens’: Photo Exhibit at Rangayana, Mysuru
From January 12th to 18th, 2018 the ‘Land and Lens’ photographs—taken by women from Sirsi and youth from Chamarajanagar were exhibited at Rangayana, as part of their annual ‘Bahuroopi’ festival. Batt Anderson and Sunita Rao curated the show with some technical/logistics support from Anil Chandran. The show was much appreciated by the visitors who represented a wide spectrum of socio-economic classes. The special visitors were Shri Devanoor Mahadeva, the well-known Kannada litterateur, and Shri Krishna Prasad, journalist and blogger. The youth photographers took turns to be at the exhibit and interacted with the visitors.
Dec 16th, 2018 – FINAL VALEDICTORY DAY FOR ILP BATCH 6th
December 16th, 2018, was the final valedictory day for the ILP 6th batch. We had Berty Olivera, educationist and theatre specialist from Mysuru, as the special guest. Berty not only helped the youth to reflect on and summarise what they had learnt at the ILP course but also led them, through songs and poetry, to open up about their own future plans. The day-long session concluded with some beautiful singing and certificates were distributed to all the learners.
Nov 21st, 2018 FARMERS’ MEET AT ANGARIKE MAALA
We invited all our neighbouring farmers in the Puttanpura area and some of our sustainable agriculture farmers to visit Angarike Maala and review and discuss the work. Twenty-two farmers attended the meet which was led by Shivkumarswamy, Mahadevswamy and ‘Soil’ Vasu. The discussion focused on the regional possibilities, the importance of sustainable agriculture, and the need to address soil degradation and the problems of climate change. The meet concluded with the farmers consenting to form an informal group that would meet regularly to share ideas and practices related to sustainable agricultural practices.
September 29th, 2018
July 19th, 2018
May 2nd to 4th, 2018
April 7th to 13th 2018
March 12th 2018
February 26th 2018
Paper Craft Workshop with Kokila Deshpande
Visit by students and faculty of Massey University, New Zealand
Team visit to Kerala
Awareness Songs for Youth
Sanitation Awareness Drive in Nagavalli Village
Tree-planting drive in Nagavalli and Doddmole villages
An open day on millets.
Final valedictory and play at Doddmole Village by ILP Batch V youth learners.
April 20th, Inauguration of the ILP Batch V.
May 15 to 30th: Inauguration of ‘Sponsor a Field’ programme and completion of land cultivation and sowing.
June 18th: An Open House and Gathering at Angarike Maala.
June 22nd: Malnad Mela at Sirsi
July 29th: Slide Show and final presentation of selected photographs of the ‘ ‘Land and Life’ programme.