Bhoomi jaathre!

(Source: Mail from ESG)

Dear Friends,

Bhoomi Jathre is here once again!

Two weeks after Ugadi on Saturday April 23rd. The theme for this jathre is THE TREE GOD – MARA DEVARU.

Thus we bring you a non-sponsored, dusk to dawn, music festival in celebration of trees. Where the artists, and in fact, the whole event is supported by the gate collection. We are also particularly thrilled to say that the entrance remains Rs 200 for the third year running. No meanfeat considering the price of a cappuccino, a pint or the last row at Sting.

More than ever the jathre has become a movement of artists rather than just a platform for performance. Great new talent, respected senior artists, a protest singer from the rain forests of Ecuador. They are all coming together to play beneath a banyan tree. On April 23rd many of us will gather at Fireflies, a beautiful eco-ashram on Kanakpura Road, to star-gaze and listen to them.

Renowned violinists Mysore Nagaraj & Dr.Mysore Manjunath have joined the jathre with much joyousness. As have a Yakshagana troupe from Udipi and Shiri Dance Company from Bangalore. From Myndsnare, a popular heavy metal band to G. Ravi Kiran, a formidable Carnatic vocalist.these are just a sample of the range.

The line-up for this year is as follows:

Appagere Thimmaraju – Jaanapada about trees

David Chungandro Teran (Ecuador) – Protest songs from Latin America

Yakshagana (Udipi)

Prakash Sontakke – Hindustani slide guitar

Shiri Dance Company – performing SAAKSHI, a Tale of a Tree

Mysore Nagaraj & Dr. Mysore Manjunath – Violin Duet

G. Ravi Kiran – Carnatic Vocals

Konarak Reddy – Guitars

Roberto Narain – Drums

Myndsnare – Metal Band

Yell-O – Rock Band

The concert runs between sunset and sunrise, but you are welcome to come in any time after 5.30pm. We will be doing sound checks, but the craft stalls will be open. And as in earlier years, there will be stalls

with home-made food cooked by a variety of people from around Bangalore and Kaggalipura Village.

Chilli bajjis, momos, apple shakes, akki roti

Coffee cake, chocolate fudge, date bars

Organic salads, sandwiches and biriyani

Baskets, t-shirts, mats, chappals


We will be repeating the Free Books Stall and the Flea Market from last year. Please do bring books for the Free Books Stall and practically anything that is legal, eco-friendly and convivial for the Flea Market.
The idea is to trade, barter and re-cycle, not to make a killing. From past experience, let it be said that CDs, cheap T-shirts and guava cheese work better at the Flea Market than furniture and other pricey stuff.
Eg It’s a great place for bands and musicians to sell their CDs.

To donate books to the Free Books Stall contact Aparna at 9886002171

To participate in the Flea Market contact Gracey at 944842572

For info and directions to Fireflies contact Anugraha John at 9448192010

For info about Bhoomi Jathre contact Kirtana at (080) 25585395

Bhoomi Jathre tickets, priced at Rs 200 only for a whole night of music will soon be available at K.C.Das, some Coffee Day outlets and Crossword on Residency Road. Home grown Bhoomi Jathre posters will appear in public spaces, but like every year, we depend on the Bangalore grapevine

and other guerilla techniques to get the word out. This is a people-supported, community event. So please,

talk about it
talk about it
talk about it
talk about it.
And forward this to anyone who loves music.

Come, join us.

With much warmth,

Kirtana, Konarak, Deepu, Anugraha John and all at Fireflies

|P.O Box 3210|R.T Nagar|
|Bangalore – 560 032|INDIA|
|Mobile:91-94481 92010|
Pipal Tree/Fireflies
|Tel:91-80-2843 2725/3091 1027|
|Telefax:91-80-2843 2130|

Environment Support Group (R)
S-3, Rajashree Apartments
18/57, 1st Main, SRK Gardens
Bannerghatta Road, Jayanagar
Bangalore 560041
Tel: 91-80-26341977/26531339/26534364
Fax: 91-80-26341977

ESG is a not for profit public interest research, training and advocacy initiative responding to social and environmental justice issues.
Donations to ESG are exempt from Income Tax per Sec. 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act of India.

>From Fri Apr 15 16:40:37 IST 2005
From: “ESG India”
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 16:33:48 +0530
Importance: Normal

Dear All,
We would invite thematic posters for this year’s Bhoomi Jathre festival at Fireflies. The subject for the posters should be concerned with “Mara Devaru” (tree god), the theme for the Bhoomi Jathre. We would like to raise awareness about the rapidly declining population of trees and the illegal felling of trees in Bangalore.

Thanking you,

Bhargavi S Rao,
Environment Support Group.

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