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rangaayana

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rangaayana is an effort in reviving dying Indian traditions of folk-lore, music and dance – our ancient ways of passing wisdom & knowledge.
Not just India, but with the rest of the world, we are witnessing a dying of our traditions; music, story telling, poetry, folklore, dance, and more. This was culture; this was community; it binds people with life. With growing culture of alienation, a result of modern competitive consumerist living, all of this and much more is being lost to the big game. No one has time for leisure, unless, of course, earned.
These ancient traditions were not just activities of leisure, but held a deeper relevance. These traditions are of indispensable value as one of the sources of information. Records, not just of facts, but beliefs, that are not entitled to much credence for historical purposes in the form of stories were handed down, chiefly, by oral tradition. These have been passed from generation to generation, creating a bond of traditional values with the present-day generation.An antiquarian can trace folklore parallels between, not only, those of different parts of the same country but also of the countries of the world.With communities divided, we are at a risk of losing our ancient wisdom and ancient ways of education which charms the listener while passing the message from generation to generation bringing people together.rangaayana is an effort towards reviving our dying traditions of art forms.

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eat Your Yard

eat Your Yard San Antonio (eYY) is a south Texas based initiative of swaYYam, that helps with edible landscaping.

eYY works with the premise that ‘Food connects us to everything else’. Today, there is a growing disconnect, with our basic resources that sustain life – water, soil, air, forests, and food. EYY promotes and supports conscious low-impact- living choices starting from taking charge of our food.

“Eating is an agricultural act. It is also an ecological act, and a political act too. Though much has been done to obscure this simple fact, how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world – and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life can afford quite as much satisfaction.”  -  Michael Pollan, ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’

eYY currently seeks to replace unproductive designer lawns and landscapes with edible, fruit bearing, native, beneficial trees, bushes, vines and ground-cover, while working on water and soil conservation, composting of kitchen wastes, rain water harvesting, using efficient irrigation systems that minimize evaporation and using as many as recycled materials as possible. eYY helps with the design and installation of such holistic edible systems and offer training workshops, volunteering and interning opportunities to learn and build skills.

eYY also fosters resource sharing – as a forum where like-minded people can come together to share, teach, learn and spread the knowledge creating the ripple effort of goodness.

 

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design consultations

While we work on our projects we also share our understanding and experiences on Permaculture design by way of consultations. The clients we choose are the ones who already understand that nature, can never be studied or comprehended by the trivial human nature and the best one could do is follow natures principles to create harmonious environments for all living beings. there are no economics or ROI involved in our approach to design although there is an emphasis on healthy sufficiency based on needs and not wants.

Below are some of our design consultations.

PROJECT IN BANDIPUR

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The above is the detailing of a Zone 1 space of a project in South of India,  which will house interns, volunteers and provide for their needs while engaged in the objectives of the project.  We worked on the permaculture project design keeping in mind the larger long-term outputs – water and soil conservation that would in turn facilitate the regeneration of the land to serve it’s larger objective. *******************************************************************************

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The project is based in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. It’s an intentional community in the making.   ******************************************************************************* NIVRITTI FARM

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This 4 acre property is located in DENKANIKOTTA TALUK,KRISHNAGIRI DISTRICT, TAMILNADU

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open shell permaculture

open shell logoWith Open Shell Permaculture site, we begin our work in ecological regeneration of a small piece of barren and degraded land located next to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the hills of the Western Ghats. The site is located close to a village which in an idyllic location with overlooking mountains. The sight of cowherds and shepherds driving their animals to the nearby forests, the curious village children, the intermittent bus service, the temples and the village life is something to  experience.

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Open Shell is a  demonstration & an education site for  social transformation through regenerative design that works towards creating harmonious relationships that already exist in nature.

The project will elaborate on methods of applying permaculture principles is restoring the fertility of land by preventing soil erosion, water run-off, overgrazing, burning, and use of chemicals, followed with restoration of native vegetation that was. This will be steered by long-term interns and volunteers along with the team. We would also build capacities through workshops and study in Permaculture and courses that will draw the community into informed collective action.

Simply put – we  want to lead by example. If you connect with this area of our work and want to be involved, contact us and let us know. We will be happy to share our space with you and learn from each other.

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