Himalayan Ark and the Mesar Forest Fair invite you to Himal Kalasutra Bird Festival 2014

Date:11th to 18th May 2014

Venue: Sarmoli, Munsiari, Uttarakhand

in collaboration with The Community of Sarmoli & Shankhdhura, Himal Prakriti, Trust for Nature, Maati Women's Collective, Jungli School, Munsiari, and Kalpavriksh. Birdwatching, photography, weaving, stories, art....a basket of activities spread over a week, and ending in a unique Forest Festival.

Bindia Thapar, artist and illustrator, who brought alive dozens of books for children and adults with her wonderful and evocative drawings, passed away this morning, April 19 2014, after a long struggle with cancer. Bindia created the evocative illustrations used in Kalpavriksh's publication of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan final report and summary, some of them now used on our website and on our recent t-shirts. Kalpavriksh members express heartfelt condolences to Bindia's family and friends.

A series of updated articles:

For a background, Read more on Campaign on community Control Over Biodiversity

Are you tired of reading and hearing only about scandals, crime, corruption, and other such bad news? Sick of the depressing daily headlines? Do you long to hear some good news?

We bring you Vikalp Sangam / Alternatives India, a website dedicated to the creative work that people across India are doing as alternatives to the current models of destructive development and self-promoting governance. The site will feature initiatives in the fields of sustainable agriculture, pastoralism and fisheries, community health and learning, decentralised governance, social justice, dignified and sustainable livelihoods, decentralised water and energy production, equitable access to social services, producer and consumer control of the market, creative media and arts in the service of sustainability and justice, and democratic conservation.

The site covers stories, case studies, perspectives, events, and resources on the above; it will also be linked to one or more discussion forums. Initiatives covered will feature on a map of India. As far as possible, contact details of those involved in these initiatives will be provided to enable people-to-people contact. Most important, the site enables anyone to contribute material on initiatives they are familiar with, or working on.

We hope you find Vikalp Sangam inspiring!

Please contribute stories, perspectives, events, resources .... and provide links to this site on your sites, send out to your networks, put into your newsletters, etc.

The co-hosts: Kalpavriksh, Shikshantar, Bhoomi College, and Deccan Development Society

In an insightful and scintillating lecture, linguist Ganesh Devy of the organisation Bhasha, spoke about India's language diversity, its erosion, and the need to sustain it as a basis of human survival and adaptation. The lecture was organised by the Alternatives Forum Pune and the Fergusson College, Pune.

Read about it here

Watch his lecture