SWAGRAMA ಸ್ವಗ್ರಾಮ

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SWAGRAMA (Self managed Village) ಸ್ವಗ್ರಾಮ
SWA-GRAMA is an ambitious community development program inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s dream project for independent modern India. We propose to carry forward Gandhi’s ‘Village Swaraj’ ideas as a mark of 150th year of his birth. There is a greater need for his idealistic ‘Village Swaraj’ concepts implemented in rural India significantly.
The Western Ghats region of Karnataka consists of rural agriculture footprint, which is evolved by its ecology, and the culture is unique to its terrain. The rural farming community underwent at least a couple of relocation activities in the last 60 years because of the hydroelectric projects going on in the region. Primarily for this reason that communities have lost their various vital art, craft and other sustainable economic resources. It is high time that concerned people standby rural India so that it can rediscover its sustainable life and reverse its mindless migration to urban India.
SARA Centre, K V Subbanna Ranga Samooha, Naada Chavadi, Janamana Trust Sagara of ‘Ghattadatta Ditta Hejje’ flatform have chosen mainly four villages from Hosanagara taluka with the community’s willingness, to work towards regaining the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing through many initiatives and be model to the rest of the rural counterparts.
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ಗಾಂಧಿ ಸಂಸ್ಮರಣೆ ~ ಸ್ವಗ್ರಾಮ ಯೋಜನೆಯುಘಟ್ಟದತ್ತ ದಿಟ್ಟ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಬಳಗದ ಮಹತ್ವಾಕಾಂಕ್ಷಿ ಯೋಜನೆ. ಮಹಾತ್ಮ ಗಾಂಧಿಯವರ ಕನಸಿನಗ್ರಾಮ ಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಎನ್ನುವ ಆದರ್ಶವಾದದಿಂದ ಪ್ರೇರೇಪಿತವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಭಾರತದ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಬದುಕಿನ ಒಳಿತಿಗೆ ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿಯವರಗ್ರಾಮ ಸ್ವರಾಜ್ ಆದರ್ಶವಾದವನ್ನು ಕಾರ್ಯರೂಪಕ್ಕೆ ತರುವ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆಯಿದೆ. ಕಳಕಳಿಯಿರುವ ಜನಸಮುದಾಯವು ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಬದುಕಿನ ಸುಸ್ಥಿರತೆಯ ಕಾರ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ದಿಕ್ಕಿಲ್ಲದ ವಲಸೆಯನ್ನು ತಡೆಯಬೇಕಿದೆ

ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ವಲಯದ ಬಹು ಭಾಗವು ಕೃಷಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಇಲ್ಲಿಯ ಕೃಷಿ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯು ಘಟ್ಟ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ನೆಲ, ಜಲ ಜೀವಾವರಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ್ನನು ಅವಲಂಬಿಸಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಾವಿರಾರು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಗಟ್ಟಿಯಾಗಿ ಬೇರೂರಿದ್ದ ಕೃಷಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನೊಳಗೊಂಡ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಸಮುದಾಯವು ಕಳೆದ ೭೦ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವು ಬಾರಿ ಸ್ಥಾನಾಂತರಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾಯಿತು. ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ವಿದ್ಯುಚ್ಚಕ್ತಿ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳಿಂದ ನೂರಾರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳು, ಹಸಿರು ಕಾಡುಗಳು ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿದ ಕಾರಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಜೀವಾವರಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಸಮತೋಲನ ಏರುಪೇರಾಯಿತು. ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇರುಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ಗ್ರಾಮಾಂತರ ಸಮುದಾಯವು ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತನ್ನದೆ ಆದ ಸುಸ್ಥಿರ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯಿಂದ ದೂರವಾಗಿರುವ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ‘ಘಟ್ಟದತ್ತ ದಿಟ್ಟಹೆಜ್ಜೆಬಳಗದ ಸಮೂಹ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಾದ ಸಾರ ಕೇಂದ್ರ, ಕೆ. ವಿ. ಸುಬ್ಬಣ್ಣ ರಂಗ ಸಮೂಹ, ನಾಡ ಚಾವಡಿ, ಜನಮನ ಟ್ರಸ್ಟ್ ಸಾಗರ, ಹಾಗು ಇನ್ನೂ ಹಲವಾರು ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳನ್ನು ಆಯಾ ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ಥರ ಇಚ್ಛೆಯಂತೆ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿವೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳು ನೆಲ, ಜಲ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ, ಸುಸ್ಥಿರ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯ ಗುರಿಯತ್ತ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಯಿಟ್ಟು ಉಳಿದ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾದರಿಯಾಗುವಂತೆ  ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಗವು ಕಾರ್ಯಪ್ರವೃತ್ತ ವಾಗಿದೆ.

ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸನಗರ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿಯಿಂದ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಗ್ರಾಮವನ್ನು ಆಯ್ದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ.

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Villages under SWAGRAMA project -2019-20    ಸ್ವಗ್ರಾಮ ಯೋಜನೆಯಡಿಯ ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳು –೨೦೧೯-೨೦
1, Muttala  ಮುತ್ತಲ 2. Majvana ಮಾಜ್ವಾನ 3. Hale Baniga ಹಳೆ ಬಾಣಿಗ 4. Nanjavalli  ನಂಜವಳ್ಳಿ
Muttala ಮುತ್ತಲ
Majvana ಮಾಜ್ವಾನ
Hale Baniga ಹಳೆ ಬಾಣಿಗ
Nanjavalli ನಂಜವಳ್ಳಿ

Convergence ಸಂಗಮ An Artist Residency 1- 7, January 2019

workshop groupAn art workshop to bring together some of the Living traditions such as folk, tribal art forms and young contemporary artists of India was held at SARA Centre premises Dombekoppa. It was organised by SARA Centre in partnership with Art for Concern Institution Bangalore.

As desired by the host institutions SARA Centre, the workshop was attended by over thousands of local people, schools children got to interact with the participating artists across many states, witnessed the art-making process and got an opportunity to compare with different art forms existed in other parts of the country. There were 18 of 20 listed artists and one guest artist Mr Anand Shenoy participated in this workshop,

Participated Artforms

1. Mrs Gauri Chandrashekar Hase Chitra art form, Western Ghats region of Karnataka.

2. Ms Kusuma Annappa Hase Chitra art form, Western Ghats region of Karnataka.

3. Ms Laxmamma Gademane Hase Chitra art form, Western Ghats region of Karnataka.

4. Ms Leelavati Kannappa Bagilu Hase Chitra, Kugve Western Ghats region of Karnataka.

5. Ms Ladu Gond, Madhya Pradesh.

6. Ms Choti Tekam, Bhil art form, Madhya Pradesh.

7. Mr Saantosh Tekam, Bhil art form, Madhya Pradesh.

8. Ms Poonam Devi, Madhubani / Mithila art form, Bihar.

9. Mr Saroj Kumar, Madhubani / Mithila art form, Bihar.

10. Mr Rajesh Gaju mahala, Warli art form, Northern Western region of Dadra Nagar Haveli.

11. Mr Sandip Nausu Gowli, Warli art form, Northern Western region of Dadra Nagar Haveli.

Contemporary young artists around the country

1. Abhijeet Saikia Assam/ Delhi.

2. Aishwaryan K Bengaluru Karnataka.

3. Manish Sharma Jaipur Rajasthan.

4. Shailesh B R Sagara/ Delhi

5. Ritika Sharma New Delhi.

6. Kanika Shah Baroda Gujarat.

7. Artist, Workshop Coordinator Somu Desai Gujarat.

Eco Walk 2018

SARA Centre’s Community Action Program Western Ghats Eco Walk 2018 was held from June 5 – 8, 2018. The walk covered a 90 km stretch from Keladi, Sagara to Issuru, Shikaripura, Karnataka, India. The walk traveled through around 50 villages and towns and engaged approximately 10,000 school children from 60 schools and the local community by involving more than 40 local organisations. Here are some images from the Eco-Walk:

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Environment, Bio-diversity: Conservation and Challenges – A Seminar Workshop

A two-day seminar, Environment, Bio-diversity: Conservation and Challenges, was held at SARA Centre on 27-28th April 2018. Environmentalist practitioners, activists, scholars, filmmakers, artists, theatre activists, and teachers from across Karnataka and other parts of the country were part of the seminar. Various issues related to the local ecology and challenges were discussed, and detailed memorandum of action plans to the problems was prepared to follow up with the government agencies. Noted Gandhian Sri Prasanna, well-known power analyst Sri Shankar Sharma, National award filmmaker Sri Ashok Ahuja, film actor Sri Kishor, Sri Prakash Bhat, Sri Shreedhar Kallahalla, Sri Niranjana Vanalli, Srimati Saroja Prakash, Sri Dinesh Holla, Sri Ajay Kumar Sharma and many others were among the speakers and participants.

Eco Walk 2017

SARA Centre’s Community Action Program Western Ghats Eco Walk 2017 was held from June 5 – 10, 2017. The walk covered a 157 km stretch from The Jog Falls to Shivamogga. Karnataka, India. The walk travelled through 40 villages and towns; and engaged approximately 25,000 school children from 85 schools and the local community. Here are some excerpts from the Eco Walk:

Day 1, 5th June 2017

 

Day 2, 6th June 2017

 

Day 3, 7th June 2017

 

Day 4, 8th June 2017

 

Day 5, 9th June 2017

 

 

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Day 6, 10th June 2017

 

315 posters contributions on environmental topics were exhibited in numerous site-specific displays in schools and town squares. Click here to view the poster gallery.

50,000 stickers from the series entitled Aplhabets of Environment were distributed all along the route to students and locals. Stickers were designed by Abhinav Yagnik, Santanu Dey and Arunkumar H G. Click here to view the stickers gallery

Organisation & Collaborations

The program was a collaboration between the SARA Centre and the following:

K V Subbanna Ranga Samooha Theatre Group

  • Mr Sripad Bagawat Kiru Honnesara
  • Mr Prasanna Hunsekoppa
  • Mr Yesu Prakash Hegoddu
  • Mrs Shylaja Prakash
  • Mr Gurumoorthy Varadamoola
  • Mr Ganapati Hegde Nanditale

Nada Chawadi Theatre Group

  • Yesu Prakash Heggodu

Swan Man Environmental Organization

  • Akhilesh Chippli

Mr Chandrashekar Chitrasiri Sirivante

Mr Parisara Nagaraj, Asst. Professor, Environmental scientist, Shivamogga

Mr Shekhar Gowler, Convenor, Bhumikasum, Shivamogga

Exhibition design and display support:

  • Santanu Dey
  • Abhinav Yagnik
  • Himanshu Desai
  • Arunkumar H G

Curatorial, web and communications advice:

  • Himanshu Desai

Operational support:

Dhanush – coordination SARA Centre

  • Kumar H G – managerial support
  • Darshan H S – technical support
  • Prashant P Hirale – technical support
  • Raju M Kallukoppa
  • Rajpal Singh – materials and displays support
  • Satish Shetty – transportation
Volunteering & Participation

All participants went above and beyond expectations, as they volunteered to make this event a success.

SARA Centre’s permanent volunteers (Green Ambassadors) coordinated student engagement:

  • Vishwanath Patil
  • Somshekhar
  • Sumukha B
  • Renuka Santosh
  • Baby Melsirsi
  • Akshata
  • Dasharatha
  • Pavana
  • Shraddha
  • Monisha
  • Shravya
  • Navya
  • Divya
  • Mohith
  • Navami
  • Rajath
  • Sunil
  • Abhishek
  • Sandesh
  • Sharaj
  • Sharath K L
  • Pooja K L
  • Soumya K L
  • Shruthi K H
  • Shivani K G
  • Subramanya
  • Naman
  • Nisarga
  • Deepa
  • Gayatri
  • Bhuvaneshrwari

Various artists joined the Eco Walk as volunteers and supporters:

  • Abhinav Yagnik
  • Santanu Dey
  • Payal Rajput
  • Shubham Solanki
  • Madhav Vyas
  • Parikshit Pisal
  • Sahana Ramprakash
  • Balagopalan
  • Sai Swaroop
  • Somu Desai
  • Mrugen Rathor
  • Kathleen Wyma
  • Imran Liyakat Ali Khan
  • Veer Munshi
  • Ravinder Reddy
  • Himanshu Desai
  • Gagan Goudar
  • Krishnachari
  • Minti & Karan
  • Ramya
  • Navin S
  • Mohan
  • Chaitanya Rukumpur
  • Padamchitt Saxena

Additional Support

  • Arts4All
  • Ravinder Reddy
  • Shobha Broota
  • Pooja Iranna
  • Sakshi Broota
  • Global Nomadic Art Project India Chapter by Somu Desai

Special thanks to:

  • Ramachandra Shirali
  • Pandurang Hegde
  • Prakash Bhatt
  • Shivajirav Kaganikar
  • Dr Patanjali
  • Janardhan
  • Na deSouza
  • Chakrawaka Subramanya
  • Dr Mallikarjuna Murugarajendra Swami
  • Dr M. Ganesh
  • Huvayya Gowdru
  • Shripathi