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Updated: February 7, 2014 19:18 IST

Enveloped by tree shade

B. K.
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TREES You will find many stories around the theme
TREES You will find many stories around the theme

Bangalore’s first ever tree festival is on this weekend. Walk, talk, sing, and dance trees

Save this weekend to indulge with Bangalore’s green cover. There’s lots to do, experience and learn for children and adults.

Neralu, the Bengaluru Tree Festival will be held on February 8 and 9 at Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park and Venkatappa Art Gallery.

A citizen’s initiative to celebrate Bangalore’s natural heritage, this urban tree festival will consist of a whole lot of activities including tree walks, talks, workshops, storytelling, art exhibition, tree-based games and fun activities for children, movie screenings, and more.

Heritage, ecological and histo-cultural walks beneath the magnificent tree canopies at Cubbon Park will be led by Karthikeyan S, M.B. Krishna, Vijay Thiruvady, Sheshadri Ramaswami and others. The tree walks begin at 7.30 a.m.

Tree journaling and identification workshops will be organised by Sangeetha Kadur, Shilpashree and Abhisheka Gopal. A workshop on urban landscape will be conducted by Arathi Parigi, Brinda Sastry, Vatsala da Cunha and Vijay Narnapatti.

A pulsating song and dance performance by Soliga Pusumaale Kalasangha, a Soliga performing group from Biligirirangana Betta (B.R. Hills), Chamarajanagara District is also on the cards. The performance narrates stories about trees and the forest life from the Soliga lore in a fast-paced dancing rhythm.

There’s also a performance by Bhoomi Thaayi Balaga, a Bangalore based folk music band known for its rhythmic songs on environment, lifestyle and pluralism.

An exhibition of the artworks of Rumale Channabasaviah, which reflects a Bangalore of the past, will feature trees that have become a part of its identity, and brings to light our changing city. This exhibition will be on at the Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road, and will later continue from February 8 to February 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is a series of documentary and artistic film and video screenings of local and global narratives about trees. The screenings will also include short films from the Film Division.

A photo exhibition of tree stories by Bangalore-based photographers has been curated by Vivek Muthuramalingam.

Storytelling events, games and activities for children, hug-a-tree campaign are other activities on the cards.

Talks will also be given by S.G. Neginhal, Vijay Thriuvady, M.B. Krishna, Sandesh Kadur, Karthikeyan S., Suresh Jayaram, Kalyan Varma, Vinay Sreenivasa and Shobha Menon.

The festival starts at 7.30 a.m. and goes on till 6 p.m. on both days. All activities and workshops at Neralu are free. Visit http://neralu.in/schedule for the full schedule of events and activities.

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