CANOPY@JamaMasjid: some pictures

Some pictures of CANOPY at Jama Masjid. At Jama Masjid, we had daily workshops for children from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. The workshop was led by Azam and Sonu from Jamghat.

The first day of the workshop was introduction to vegetables and growing them and taking care of them, the second day we had a drawing workshop, the third day it was singing with the Manzil band and the fourth day was soap bubble blowing.

Only a few pictures are archived here, will post more about conversations and interactions at this CANOPY soon. Will also add more pictures later.

An invitation to share your plants

If you live in New Delhi and have a kitchen garden, vegetable patch, or just happen to grow a few vegetables on your own, this is an invitation to you to share some of your plants.

As part of the CANOPY, a PetPuja installation at Chandni Chowk in December, a range of vegetable plants will be available to street children living around Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. I am inviting Dilliwallas to share their plants for this.

The plants you share will be transplanted in some of the baskets hanging at the top of the CANOPY. In other baskets the children will sow seeds during workshops (similar to the one I had organized at Jamghat) that I will do with them.

Manjushree has blogged a very eloquent invitation to share here.

If you want to share your vegetable or medicinal plants, you can comment here, send me an email at me AT prayas.in or call me at (91)9902591198. My address in Delhi is B-7/1A Vasant Vihar. I or some of my friends or one of the kids can also drop in at your place to pick up the plants that you want to share.

I need them by the 1st week of December.

Some plants that you could share are:

Spinach, Tomato, Peas, French, Beans, Brinjal, Chilli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mint Peppermint, Tulsi, ADHATODA ZEYLANICA (ADULSA), Aloe Vera, etc.

See your plants soon!

MausamChowk: a set of local weather stations that help you decide where to go

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a poster

SMS a query to a local weather station. Receive a reply with the temperature, humidity and noise levels of the spae. Decide if you want to go there or someone else.

Maybe a good place for a quiet evening is Khirkee and a good place for a drift is Chandni Chowk and and good place to sweat is Connaught Place?

GOING LIVE in DECEMBER 2008. Updates soon.

Mitti Chakkar

Mitti Chakkar (Hindi), Soil circle (English), exploring urban soil ecology

An effort to sample/archive soil from public spaces around Delhi, grow mustard plants (sarson) in it. Sarson acts as a phytoremediation agent and cleans the soil of toxins like Lead by storing it in its cells instead.

For a detailed description and find out more about the effort go here: http://st.ation.in/wiki/projects:soil-workshop

I will post some sketches from my note-book soon.

updated: September 8th, 2008

CitySpinning @ Khoj (pictures)

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(from left) prayas, attia, sandeep, nisha and manmeet

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at work on the processing sketch for “Before I Visit Vidarbha” in my studio

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putting up the photographs of my performance with the modular jacket for our “open studio”

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one of the walls of the display

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a visitor

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more jackets on the facing wall

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a conversation with pooja and her friends

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the installation for the processing sketch, “before I visit vidarbha”

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another picture of the installation

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giving a demo