Exhibition

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For the duration of this exhibition at KHOJ, live stream from Henvalvani, will be available thrice a day, between : 7:00-10:00am, 2:00-5:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm.
The advertisements produced during my stay in 2010 will be aired in-between the live broadcast for the duration of the show.

If you miss the live show, you can listen to the advertisements on my soundcloud page and/ or on the available tab.

A selection of local seeds from Chamba (Uttarakhand) and the Aravalli (Delhi) are on display and their medicinal benefits (of a few) are available on my blog.

The use, value and effectiveness of plants is an ever evolving science and due to several reasons the access to this information is restricted/ manipulated by the forces that be. Hence it is highly recommended that the user/consumer pick and choose remedy according to their own height, weight, diet, temperament, location and context.

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Since 2010..

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Henvalvani got its broadcasting license in 2012 and were officially on air in March 2012. The groundwork done by the team through their narrowcasting and volunteer programmes since 2001 is well rewarded by the immense popularity of the station and its wide listenership (over 700 villages).
The incredibly inspiring team at Henvalvani have worked tirelessly to recover the Garhwali language from the brink of extinction. Their exemplary work in disaster management (forest fires, landslides and floods) has been recognised and rewarded by the government. They are on the forefront of the digital literacy movement and the centre for EPanchayat in Garhwal and continue to inspire the local youth against urban migration thereby encouraging local enterprise.

In 2013 I was invited to become part of the advisory board of the station and am the only non Garhwali, artist on the team.

Gharelu nuskhe & Muft ki salah: Chamba, Uttarakhand (Negotiating Routes- Ecologies of the byways) with 90.4MHz Henvalvani community radio station May-June 2010

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The Negotiating Routes – Ecologies of the Byways project invited artists and artists groups to propose projects which are site-specific and have an inter-disciplinary approach that combines research and art creation by artists and local communities, addressing the visible and invisible transformations currently taking place in their immediate environments.

For this project I chose to travel to a small town in the upper Himalayas, Chamba; here I spent two months collaborating with a community radio station (henvalvani).  During the two months in Chamba I was able to collect home remedies and help Henvalvani set up their first web presence on wordpress.
The idea was to work with Henvalvani CR station to produce a radio programme of Gharelu nuskhe & Muft ki salah (home remedies and free advice) from and for the community of listeners that this radio station has cultivated in the valley over the past twelve years. I was able to converse with over sixty people from nine villages in the region of Chamba in Tehri Garhwal and collect home remedies that have been edited into thirty small radio programmes of one minute duration each. These will be broadcast in-between the regular radio shows on 90.4 Mhz Henvalvani Radio as an advertising campaign to popularize the use of local medicinal plants and bring into focus the fast depleting Himalayan eco system.
Home remedies and free advise from Chamba.

last day with Henvalvani.

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with the Henvalvani team at the studio

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Jardhar gaon

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Trek from Dhanolti to Surkanda temple with Raju bhai and Riazat.

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Sumitra

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The women of Chamba are the spine of this agrarian society. They mostly raise their children in the absence of their husbands who are away serving in the army or in hotels in bigger cities. Women like Vimla Bahuguna were the force behind the sharaab bandi andolan and the chipko andolan.