BMCT's Greening India program is an evolving series of life-affirming festival events, seminars. PR campaigns, and educational programs to promote public arts, organic economies and eco-spirituality in Rajasthan's historic princely state of Mewar. Our work is devoted to nurturing local virtuosity, self-sufficiency and grassroots democracy to protect the rights of our peoples and Nature as a whole.
Our key educational objectives are local swaraj, eco-psychology, and creative mastery; and recent projects include Shakti Caravan, an international performing arts education exchange program with Vanaver Caravan; Shakti Sundays, biweekly eco-fests to showcase community activism against a backdrop of local talent; Organic Udaipur, an aspirational 5-year plan to certify thousands of "default organic" farmers, amplify local awareness & demand, and nurture organic entrepreneurship; and Design for Change, a brilliant new Gujarati method to nourish creative community problem-solving skills in the very young.
Kyoto Creative Econ Team Inspired by Mewar's Diversity, Launches New Kyoto-Udaipur Collaboration Center
Udaipur - Jan 31, 2015: Eminent Japanese delegation arrives to deepen Kyoto/Udaipur ties and co-develop new creative economy models.
Team arriving: (l to r) former UNEP/UNESCO program officer Ryuichi Fukuhara;
Organized in Udaipur by Big Medicine Charitable Trust and in Japan by Kyoto International Ambassador Stomu Yamash'ta and the St. Core Research Group in Doshisha's Creative Economies Study Center, this visit had three broad goals.
After an inspiring week of meetings with leading Udaipur universities, artists, activists and social entrepreneurs, the enthused Kyoto team returned home to set up a Kyoto/Udaipur "0 to K"* Exchange Office at Doshisha to research & co-develop Creative Economics projects and formalize cooperative endeavors.
BMCT's lead project coordinator, Kathy Arlyn Sokol observed, "Besides priceless help from Sukhadia & SInghania Universities, IIMU, the Vice Mayor, and the Udaipur Hotel Association's Sri Vishwa Vijay Singh, so many wonderful Udaipurites from the villages, the arts, academia and civil society contributed to this effort, we are overwhelmed with gratitude. Doshisha's new Kyoto/Udaipur Creative Econ R&D Office stands today as a direct tribute to all their imaginative work and enthusiastic cooperation,"
Click below for a chronicle of their visit & an outline of proposed initial projects.
* "0 to K" symbolizes ancient Indo-Japanese philosophic insights & cultural continuity and the modern economic, social and spiritual promise of creative diversity.
Shakti Caravan objectives extend from Lincoln Center performances to teaching in Udaipur's rural tribal areas. BMCT and VC are now working with this Bhil tribe school in Upli Badi village on a variety of projects, including environmentally themed art & dance instruction, composting toilet experiments, organic farming and alternative local healing traditions.
Shakti Caravan is an ongoing dance education exchange program cosponsored by New York's Vanaver Caravan and Big Medicine Charitable Trust. BMCT invited VC team members to Udaipur in 2012 and 2014 to study Rajasthani dance genres and teach world dance in local schools and community groups. This year VC invited two gifted young Udaipur dancers, Bharat Verma and Kishan Lal Gameti, to teach and tour with them through the summer dance season including debut performances at Lincoln Center and the renowned Downtown Dance Festival.
Shakti Sunday ally, Bharat is also a talented choreographer who teaches at many schools, instructs street kids for free, and creates innovative dance programs around environmental and human rights themes.
The Shakti Caravan project drew so much press and attention, Udaipur officials asked us to create ongoing festival events that celebrated local talent, culture and activism. Thus was born the Shakti Sunday eco-festival series and a new green education stage for the town.
UDAIPUR'S GREEN FESTIVAL FOR EDUCATORS: OUTING I
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