Welcome to Greening India & Big Medicine Charitable Trust

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 current 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 Gujurati method to nourish creative community problem-solving skills in the very young.

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Next Green Ed Lab: Upli Badi Govt Tribal School

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.

Photo credits: RJ Partington III, Joel Hanna, Miranda ten Broeke, Rita Dixit-Kubiak


Shakti Caravan from Udaipur to New York

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.


Shakti Sunday Eco-Festivals

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.

See sampling of local press reports here.

See Shakti Sunday FB page here.


Previous Exploits

- Some Candid Pics from our May 11 Beta Version Event


(All event photos courtesy of Tribhuvan Ameta and Shikshantar)
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Green Leaders Send Best (and Urgent) Wishes for First GI Event

In honor of India's first Green Educator Festival on May 11th we received many wonderful messages of support including this inspiring video from Bill McKibben of www.350.org, the man who literally wrote the book on climate change (or at least the first one). He addresses all the school principals, community educators, grassroots green/social justice activists, environmental experts and NGOs participating in Udaipur's Green Educator initiatives in hopes that it will help us all feel part of the global movement in which local efforts are critical to root actions in ground reality and bring about the changes we seek.

Bill's Message to Udaipur

See more eminent green leader endorsements here.



Eloquent Example of Youth's Peril and Persuasive Power

12-year-old Severn Suzuki stuns UN's 1992 Earth Summit

Hear her still passionate voice today here:
"We Need to Win" - a Guernica interview.

A Contagious 2-min Bollywood Poem on Youthful Inspiration 

"You Walk, the Country Walks" by Times of India

Overall, Greening India events are intended to explore and introduce the most cost-effective green technologies for protecting our water, food, climate, health and fellow creatures while renewing urban and rural communities. We are also striving to build new grassroots networks and global alliances to develop and diffuse such know-how before it's too late.

If your business, group, community or own innovative experiences have anything to offer this effort, we warmly welcome collaboration. 


 The Udaipur We Know, Love And Are Fighting For

Whatever happened to Alternative Tech?

Back in the Sixties and Seventies, the grassroots development community was afire with the buzzword "alternative tech". Creative compilations of elegant low tech solutions were being amassed by the Whole Earth Catalog in the US, the Center for Alternative Technology in the UK, and many other international organizations. It seemed we would soon enjoy an ever growing knowledge base and resource trove for community development workers around the world.

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How to use this site

This site heaves with ideas and information. Have a look at this page to get a better idea of how the site is organised.

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-- Shakti Sundays --

Biweekly Eco-Festivals showing
Udaipur's talent & eco-initiatives

Typical moments during our first 14-show run
Born from our Shakti Caravan
work with broad city support

BMCT Evangelizing

Agenda for a New Economy

BMCT Art Sale!
BMCT Art Sale logo
Models of Awareness
Shik Shantar
Development Alternatives
Practical Action
Bioneers 2007
Sulabh International
Green Festivals US
Natural Capital Institute
National Innovation Foundation
Earth Clock
Earth Clock
How little time we've got,
How much we have to do...