Category Archives: Projects

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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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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open shell permaculture

open shell logoWith Open Shell Farm, we began our work  in year 2014 on the 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.

Today Open Shell Farm is a  demonstration & an education site for  social transformation through Regenerative Design using Permaculture principles that works towards creating harmonious relationships that already exist in nature. 

Open Shell is functioning farm, producing more than 70% of its food needs, including 100% of its edible oil and staples such as finger millet, little millet, fox tail millet, sorghum, maize. Oilseeds – peanuts, sesame, niger, sunflower, castor. Lentils and pulses – black gram, pigeon pea, cow pea, peas, lab lab, horsegram. Spices – turmeric, mustard. Others – onions, garlic, ginger and variety of fruits and vegetables.With the exception of our bore well pump we primarily use solar and wind energy and have structures built with mostly natural and local materials using local skill and labor. We are striving to return 5 acres of land, which was completely bare rock and subsoil, to a productive balance using age-old wisdoms combined with modern techniques. We are taking a long-term and holistic approach to restoring the land and hope to improve farming conditions for our neighbouring farmers.

What started as an open land has become host to over 5000 saplings of more than 400 species of forest, fodder, timber, medicine, and fruit trees. Open Shell Farm is a buzzing food forest with many voluntary species of trees, grasses, bushes and wild edibles along with a multitude of earthworms, termites, bees, insects, reptiles, butterflies and other life forms.

The project elaborates 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 is being 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 learn by doing and 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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