Celebrating Earth's Bounty - Bhoomi Utsav 2016
Topped as one of the most happening cities in India, Bangalore witnessed an organic fair welcoming everyone. Going strong in their 4th consecutive year, Bhoomi Utsav is held every Gandhi Jayanti. Winners of the sustainability program, Prakriya Green Wisdom School joined hands with Bhoomi College in Sarjapur to bring farmers and organic folks together on this special occasion.
The sole purpose of this event was to value farmers and promote their produce, support women and tribal folks, build a community and appreciate cultural diversities and most important of all, to voice their opinion against non-natural GM foods.
With about 41 stalls and two food courts spread around the vast space each place was surprisingly different to discover from the one next to it. Vendors sold their produce such as food grains and vegetables, gardening tools, bags and handicrafts, clothes and fabrics, organic detergents and deodorant, paper jewellery and handcrafted soaps. The food courts across the campus both served a healthy platter of meals.
Amarnath, a student at Bhoomi pursuing Science and Management of Sustainability organised a workshop on organic deodorant. “I found this idea in a Mother Earth News magazine published during the 60’s and personally, I have adopted it into my ways for the past 3 years,” says Amarnath. He strongly believes people can still change. “I had a lot of fun with my first workshop and found quite a number of interesting people,” added Amarnath.
The day was filled with events such as zen tangles, pottery and chittara art, a folk art form that originated in Shimoga initially practised by the women tribes. There were also workshops on home composting, soil regeneration and notebook recycling happening around the green campus. The amphitheatre under the big, banyan tree had shows of tribal dances, Sufi music, Janapada story-telling and street plays.
Shareen, a passionate artist and awesome mom was a vendor at a Sketch Wood Artz stall. “This was my first time at Bhoomi and I found quite a number of like-minded organic people,” says Shareen. Doodling is her favourite stress-buster.
Mahesh, a natural farmer-innovator from Gubbi, Tumkur district has been following a sustainable way of life for the past 8 years. “The last time I came to Bhoomi was 2 years ago. I feel happy to see everybody come together as a community and experience a different environment unlike from their usual routine,” says Mahesh. He wishes to see a lot more organic stalls the next time he visits Bhoomi.