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A step closer to nature

Feb 11, 2014, DHNS: 18:55 IST
conscious: Youngsters were seen running around hugging trees.
The first-of-its-kind, Neralu- Bengaluru Tree Festival’, was conducted at Bal Bhavan and Venkatappa Art Gallery, recently.

The different events conducted as part of the festival included talks, exhibitions, performances and story-telling.

People of all age groups actively participated in it. Some of the highlights included drawing sessions, the ‘Hug-A-Tree’ campaign and the art exhibition by Rumale Channabasaviah.

People, who participated in the exhibition, expressed their joy on being part of such a novel event and getting a chance to get closer to nature. Sangeeta Kadur, who held a workshop ‘Journal With Trees’, said that it was exciting to see the good response at the festival.

“My workshop consisted of taking a step closer to nature and kindling one’s curiosity. Keeping a nature journal is all about having a pen and paper, observing, sketching, learning, recording and connecting to one’s natural surroundings. It was nice to see a genuine interest in people,” shared Sangeeta.

Arpanna Basappa, one of the organisers of the festival, also said that the festival aimed to be a celebration and that is exactly what it turned out to be.

“Neralu brought a smile on everyone’s face. One could see how everyone’s heart filled up with love for nature, and how proud they were to be a part of the event in their own way,” said Arpanna.

There were also entertainment programmes like a musical performance by folk group Bhoomi Thaayi Balaga, which rendered rhythmic songs on environment, lifestyle and pluralism. Sagarika, a young musician, said that she wished she was a part of the group. “Music is such a great way of reaching the masses.

Songs have the power that nothing else has and they are a very strong medium to convey the message too,” she added.

Another interesting event was the art installation by the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology for which kids took part.

“The basic message of the event is to make people realise that there are many parts of a tree that are beautiful, yet one often doesn’t notice them. We are trying to weave something out of the fabric bits, leaves, sticks and all that can be brought together,” elaborated Sadhvi, a teacher.

One of the participants of the ‘Hug-A-Tree’ campaign said that by hugging a tree, one could build a relationship with it.

“We rarely notice the trees in the City and their condition. It is because of them that we are around, and it’s high time that we build a bond,” said Janet, a college student.

The event also consisted of ‘Sort the Seed’ and ring-throwing games. A young volunteer, Priya, was seen at the ‘sponge art’ desk, which had cut-outs of leaves with which one could make sponge prints on paper. She said that even the elderly people wanted to be involved in the activities.

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