Schedule

When Neralu 2017 says “banni, enjoy maadi”, we mean it! We kick off on Saturday, 18th February, on a festive note, at one of Bengaluru’s newer landmarks, the Cubbon Park Metro Station, and the corner of Cubbon Park abutting it. On Sunday, 19th February, once again, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) plays host, with talks, workshops, performances and all-day activities lined up for you. Neralu’s tree walks come right to your neighbourhood! Check our map to pick a walk closest to you. Prior registrations for Workshops and Walks are absolutely necessary. Please register here: http://neralu.in/register.

TIME Feb 18 – SATURDAY Feb 19 – SUNDAY TIME
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Walking with Trees
Tree walks, to understand and appreciate the value of avenue trees around us. (7.30 AM onwards. Approx 2hrs)

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Neralu + Festival of Stories
One creative mind is impactful; two creative minds create an explosion of ideas. This creative collaboration between Neralu and Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology’s ‘Festival of Stories’, promises you a fun and enriching Saturday. Cubbon Park Metro Station and Cubbon Park will be alive with tree-inspired art and activities. Double the energy, double the fun!

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Walking with Trees, 7:30 AM, Feb 18 – Saturday

Prior registrations for walks is a must. Please register here: http://neralu.in/register

Special Interest Walk: Kanteerava Stadium Lake Walk
Meeting point: Konark Restaurant

Facilitator: Hita Unnikrishnan
Most of us know that the Kanteerava Stadium was built by reclaiming the Sampangi Tank – a trend that is observed in many lakes across the city. This walk is designed to take you back in time to when the lake was still present and supported diverse social and cultural uses. It will provide a glimpse of how the landscape has changed over time and will show you slices of the past in the form of structures that still exist, unknown yet magnificent – an old temple tank with sculpted walls, and a temple whose walls speak of battles unknown. We will also try to understand how landscapes change over time, and for what.

Special Interest Walk: Banashankari Tree Trail Sketching Walk
Meeting point: Banashankari Brundavan Park opposite SLV

Facilitator: Abhisheka K
There are trees all around us, and each species has its own special trait. Observe, touch, feel and sketch. This is your opportunity to understand a tree.
Please carry your drawing kit (Sketch pad, pencil, eraser etc)

Neralu Facilitators

Talks
Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future – Harini Nagendra
Time: 1:30 PM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: By 2030, 4.9 billion people will live in cities; more than 60% of these future cities are yet to be built. In India and elsewhere, cities struggle to deal with the frenzied pace of growth. Protecting nature, apart from its importance in itself, is also essential to deal with pollution, water crises and heat waves. How can growing cities balance the march of development with the essential need for urban nature? Exploring these questions, I examine the factors that shape the resilience of our organic connect to nature in cities. Through an ecological history of Bengaluru, from the 6th century AD to now, I show how nature strives and thrives in public, private, communal and sacred spaces in Bengaluru, one of the world’s fastest growing cities. We need a better understanding of urban nature to explore how to develop ecological yet urban futures in growing cities around the world.

Speaker: Harini Nagendra is a Professor at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. Her research focuses on questions of social-ecological sustainability in Indian forests and cities. She is interested in how people can be positive and negative agents of change, bringing about ecosystem degradation in some contexts, and providing protection and restoration in others. Her ongoing research on biodiversity, green spaces and lakes in Bangalore includes close engagement with local communities and colleges, and popular writing and outreach for local audiences. She received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar Award for Collective Governance of the Commons for her diversity of work, innovation and use of different methodological approaches, and active participation as a practitioner.

Stepping into the Enchanted Forest – Bijal Vachharajani

Time: 2:30 PM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: A freewheeling discussion with children about their love for trees and the denizens that dwell within its canopy.

Panel moderator: When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she can be found traipsing around the jungles of India. In her spare time, she works as a communications consultant so she can fund those trips and buy those expensive Potter books. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace with a specialisation in Climate Change and Security from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has just published her first children’s book, ‘So You Want to Know About the Environment’.

A Brief History of the Evolution of Plants – Pranay Lal
Time: 3:30 PM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: Why does life exist on Earth? When did life emerge and where can you find signs of early life in India? Piecing together evidence from fossils and genetics, biochemist Pranay Lal narrates how single-celled microbes evolved to become plants that have taken a variety of shapes and sizes, and covered every possible niche. He will take you through a journey across India, showing glimpses of rocks, soils, fossils and landscapes, and explain why this knowledge is relevant to us.

Speaker: Pranay Lal works in public health and is passionate about natural history. He has previously worked as a cartoonist, an animator and an environmental campaigner. Indica – A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent (December 2016) is his first book.

Workshops
Journal with Trees (Parent-Child) – Sangeetha Kadur & Shilpashree
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru
Age Group: 8 yrs to 15 yrs old
About: Each tree is unique and has a story to share. Their forms, patterns, designs, shapes, sizes, colours and textures bring about a fascinating diversity. And with our journals, in this diversity we dwell! This nature journaling workshop is bound by many activities that will help fine-tune your observation skills, record stories, and capture sketches while out in the field. This parent-and-child workshop hopes to add a new perspective to conversations, and bring about a renewed connect; exploring tree-life together could make it all the more fun and special.

Facilitators: Sangeetha Kadur: Driven by a deep appreciation for the natural world and the arts, Sangeetha explored her way into the realm of wildlife and nature painting. She aspires to capture wilderness on paper and canvas, and dreams of travelling to diverse landscapes. Sangeetha has several commissioned projects to her credit and has illustrated for various publications and wildlife organisations. She conducts nature-art workshops for children and hopes to inspire a new generation of nature artists.

Shilpashree has been an art educator and has conducted many workshops on creative thinking and nature journaling. Painting was a natural choice for her. She believes that art is a special force which binds a persons’ intellectual creative self to their personal experiences.

Tree as a Teacher – Prashant Dhawan & Seema Anand
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru
Age Group: 16+

About: This workshop will provide an introduction to biomimicry, a new discipline that looks at nature as a source of ideas and solutions to help solve human challenges. Plants and trees have evolved over millions of years under the same conditions, limits and boundaries of our planet as us. Hence, trees have many strategies and ideas that are sustainable solutions we can learn from, and perhaps, mimicking them can help us realise a sustainable way of living. During the workshop, the participants will see and learn something new about the amazing patterns, designs and solutions in nature. Participants will also play educational games, explore nature outdoors, and do a hands-on exercise to realise how a tree can be our teacher for a sustainable future.

Speaker:Prashant Dhawan is the Co-founder of the Biomimicry India Network. He holds a degree in MS in Biomimicry from the A.S.U, USA, and Biomimicry Professional Certification from Biomimicry 3.8, USA. He also holds a degree in Architecture from SPA, Delhi, and an MBA from ISB, Hyderabad. Prashant has conducted biomimicry workshops and talks in various institutes like NID (Bangalore & Vijayawada), IIT Gandhinagar, NIFT Hyderabad, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad University, amongst others. Prashant prefers to call himself an amateur researcher of issues related to sustainable happiness.

Seema Anand is a Biomimicry Specialist (Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, USA) and a practicing Architect. She is a visiting faculty at RV College of Architecture, Bangalore. Some of the prestigious places where she has taught biomimicry include Tongji University (Shanghai), NID (Bangalore) and Ahmedabad Univeristy. She is the co-founder of Biomimicry India Network and also the co-founder of Biomimicry India Lab and Studio, a company which consults and undertakes research in the field of biomimicry. She considers Biomimicry as a ‘lighthouse’ that can successfully guide our approach to sustainable designs.

Treevellers’ Katte – Charumathi Supraja
Time: 10 AM to 11.30 AM- Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru
Age Group: 16+

About: We all have a tree in our lives: a childhood tree, a first-kiss tree, a traffic-jam tree, a grandmother’s pickle tree, an-image-from-my-meditation tree, a how-I-wish-I-could’ve-saved-that-tree tree, an everyday-I-woke-up-to-its-beauty tree.

The sap of tree-stories runs deep inside us. Treevellers’ Katte is where tree-stories are heard and shared in ways we choose to tell them. Some make a song and dance of it. Some make verse, or sketch it, or write it. Tree-stories can be safely exhaled in any form at the Treevellers’ Katte, for this space holds trees and stories sacred. And in case you’re wondering, a ‘treeveller’ is a person who travels to meet trees and revel in them, and ‘katte’ is a space where people hang out and chat.

Prerequisites: You’re above 16 yrs. You’ve known a tree. You like to play. You love stories. You suspect you maybe a ‘treeveller’ or would like to be one.

Speaker: Charumathi Supraja was a journalist, lecturer, NGO consultant, actor and writer, before veering towards being a ‘treeveller’ (one who travels to meet trees and revel in them). Though based in Bangalore, she’s ‘home’ closest to a tree. She grew up in the Bangalore of the late 1970s and 80s, when Sampige, Maavu, Bevu and many other maraas held sway. As the city morphed from green to grey, she’s been happily caught in the cross-talk between Neems and Peepals. When she’s not hugging trees, photographing them, or listening to their stories, she likes to make a song and dance of them with other ‘treevellers.’

Performances
ಬೆಂದಳೂರು – ವೃಕ್ಷೋ ರಕ್ಷತಿ ರಕ್ಷಿತಃ – Kaleido
Time: 2 PM onwards – Feb 18, 2017
Venue: Cubbon Park Metro Station

About: Kaleido attempts to walk the audience through the essence of old Bangalore, covering lifestyles of people and how it evolved dramatically under the influence of modernization and urbanization. They will try to touch upon how the environment of garden city, its culture and core values got affected because of tremendous progress of science and technology, and life style of people. In an attempt to look at the transition of Bangalore from being green city to concrete city, we are also addressing the issues of how trees are compromised for few insignificant purposes. They will also try to educate people about significance of few selected most popular trees and ignite a thought of looking at trees like a living being that has equal rights to exists on earth.

Performers: Kaleido has been an active organization from the past three and half years, spreading its branches across different social aspects that needs attention. Started by a group of few friends, it has now expanded itself to include over 50 active volunteers who are involved vividly in teaching kids at Belaku and Adwaya childrens home by organizing annual day events, conducting workshops, building public sanitation facilities at Deriya (Dandeli district) and creating social awareness through short films and plays. The team is a unique blend of bonding, friendship and responsibility, concentrating on ways to reach out to the depth of social issues with proper research, experience and optimism.

Kaya mein Gulzar (Gardens of the Body): Songs of Kabir – Vipul Rikhi
Time: 5 PM to 6 PM – Feb 18, 2017
Venue: Cubbon Park, near the Cubbon Park Metro Station

About: Kabir and other Bhakti poets drew extensively on nature to communicate simple yet profound truths, evoking intriguing images in the process. Vipul Rikhi will explore the idea of gardens of the body, through song.

Performer: Vipul Rikhi is a poet, fiction writer, translator and singer. His work with Kabir Project includes extensive writings and translations in the field of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poetry. In the course of these journeys, he has developed a deep love for singing mystic poetry in folk music traditions. In his satsangs and performances, he likes to bring equal emphasis to the poetry and its resonances in our lives and to the sheer beauty and simplicity of many folk tunes. He is also the author of a novel and collections of poetry and short stories.

The Monkey King – Prachi Jariwala
Time: 12 PM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: This is a Karadi Tale based on a Jataka story (which narrates stories about Buddha in his past births), in which trees play a pivotal role. In this story, the monkey king, Kapi, lives amidst mango trees with his happy clan. The human King of Benaras hears about these trees, and sails to its source in search of the sweet fruit. In order to save his clan, Kapi risks his life, and his valiant act inspires rulers everywhere. Prachi Jariwala brings this tale to life, through her rendition in the Odissi style.

Performer: Prachi.R.Jariwala was initiated into Indian classical dance at a tender age, first Bharatanatyam, and later, Odissi. A senior disciple of Smt.Daksha Mashruwala, blessed by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Prachi found her medium of expression in Odissi’s graceful style. She has also studied ancient Indian culture, and has obtained her Ph.D from the University of Mumbai. She is an empanelled artist under Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and has performed in India and abroad. Since a few years, she has been teaching children to be performers. She has also developed specific themes in dance to arouse the interest of children, particularly, the art of storytelling through dance.

One, Two, Tree! – Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy & Vasu Dixit
Time: 5 PM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: Vasu and Bindhumalini have a special connect with Neralu, given that ‘Neralu’ was what they had intended to name their home. Artists in their own right, they will each present their distinct musical styles, and collaborate on a few songs, in what promises to be a unique and seamless blend of raw energy, free-spiritedness and food for the soul. We can’t wait for it – one, two, tree!

Performers: Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in History of Fine Arts and Drawing and Painting & one in Carnatic Music from the Madras University. A singer trained in both Carnatic and Hindustani music, Bindhu has learnt music under eminent artists such as Smt. Kiranavali, Smt. Rama Ravi, Sri. Madhavan Gopalarathnam and Smt. Mangalam Shankar. She was a disciple of late Padma Bhushan Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, who lived in Kolkata, and was the oldest exponent of the Gwalior Gharana. Some of her works include, Suno Bhai, a collection of Kabir Poems (collaboration with Vedanth Bharadwaj), Akatha Kahani (collaboration with her sisters Jaya and Archana), and a collaborative musical narrative on Hazrat Amir Khusrau. In addition to her pursuits in music and design, Bindhu has been involved in theatre as an actor and a music director. She has worked on music for documentary and feature length films, independently and in collaboration with Vedanth Bharadwaj.

Vasu Dixit is a bold, free spirit and the inspired composer of the band Swarathma. His lyrics speak of his sensitive engagement with life, while his stage acts speak of the natural showman he is. He is a post-graduate in filmmaking from NID, and continues to work on filmmaking assignments with his production house BY2 Films. Vasu’s open-throated voice is a free-spirited celebration of life. A composer, musician and filmmaker in equal measure, his craft brings many nuances of art into one space. Recently, Vasu has also expanded his creative freedom with Vasu Dixit Collective, a space for musicians and artists to come together, collaborate and create. This is also part of Vasu’s journey to find himself as a musician and an artist.

Walking with Trees
Time: 7:30 AM – Feb 18, 2017
Venue: Multiple venues
Ever gazed wide-eyed as Bengaluru’s flowering trees burst into spectacular bloom? Join one of our tree walks, to understand and appreciate the value of avenue trees around us. With sprinklings of history, mythology, natural history and more, discover the interconnectedness of urban trees with various other life-forms. Though the tree walks are in English, many of our facilitators are fluent in local languages, and could help if necessary.

Facilitators:

Abhisheka K is a wildlife researcher and an artist. She uses her experience in field ecology, and the medium of art, to create awareness about nature conservation.

Ajit A is an avid nature lover with special interest in natural history and as part of it with trees, wild plants and the myriad interconnectedness of birds, butterflies, spiders with these trees and plants.

Arun Nandavar is a nature enthusiast, an avid birdwatcher and a votary for the conservation and propagation of endemic trees. He is interested in the study and revisitation of traditional foods in Karnataka. He is also involved with Earth 360, a millet based enterprise.

Ganesh Babu is a gardener at FRLHT, Bangalore. He has a Doctorate in Forest Botany from FRI, Dehra Dun, and was awarded Schlich Prize in 2005 for the best scientific article in India – Sustainable harvest of medicinal plants – an initiative in Southern India. He is a domain expert for the Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education, Govt. India for Environment Impact Assessment Surveys. Ganesh created India’s first Ethno-Medicinal Garden with over 1400 species of medicinal plants in Bangalore. He is a pioneer in landscaping gardens with native medicinal plants. He has conducted many botanical surveys in different states of India and identified several species of medicinal plants and documented ethnobotanical information and has published many research and popular articles. He is the author of book titled ‘Secrets of EthnoMedicinal Garden’ – a step-by-step guide to create native herbal gardens published by MoEF, Govt. of India.

Ganeshram works in an organisation that connects people back to nature, focusing on ecology, sustainable living and conservation. He seeks to create experiences and sensitise minds to the natural world we live in. He loves exploring wild flora, trekking, music and art.

Hita Unnikrishnan is a doctoral scholar at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, India. Her work explores the specific vulnerabilities of the social ecological system represented by the urban lake commons in the south Indian megapolis of Bengaluru. Her study spans different temporal and spatial scales. Hita has been a recipient of the Prof. Elinor Ostrom Fellowship on Practice and Policy on the Commons- 2013. She has also done several radio based outreach programs on BBC World Services and All India Radio regarding environmental issues in India.

Karthikeyan S, known to most as Karthik, has nurtured a deep love for wildlife for over 25 years. He is an avid birdwatcher and also has a keen interest in butterflies. He has been educating and creating awareness among the young and old alike on various aspects of natural history through nature camps, talks, slide shows, and nature-based activities. Karthik has authored the book ‘Discover Avenue Trees’ – a handbook that serves as a guide for field identification of Bangalore’s trees. He is currently the Chief Naturaist at Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.

Kavya V is a student of life science from St. Josephs, with a passion for wild plant species. Inspired by her grandfather who was into farming, she took to exploring wild flora with field botanists, after her internship at a medicinal plant research center at Yelahanka.

Meghana is a student of life science at St. Josephs, and has been fascinated by nature since childhood. She was introduced to flora, and that changed the way she looked at nature altogether, realising how the abundance of flora that we have is hardly ever acknowledged and appreciated. She is an avid birder and loves travelling and exploring whenever she gets the chance.

Narayan Rangarajan is an outdoor enthusiast and an ardent Tree lover. Come monsoons, he gathers native saplings and goes out on a planting spree. The saplings are checked upon and cared for during the hot scorching months that follow. He attributes his tree enthusiasm to his mother and grand mother.

R Ganesan is a Senior Botanist working with ATREE. He has a rich experience in plant species diversity. He is a treasure trove on the plant taxonomy of the Western Ghats. He is actively involved with people in the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, imparting knowledge to the younger generation about biodiversity conservation.

Raman Arunachalam an avid tree lover. He likes to educate people to protect trees and understand their flowering seasons.

Sharada Ramadass is an avid nature lover with a penchant to understand its intricate workings. Since childhood, she has been captivated by all things in nature – animals, birds, plants. She finds new learning and meaning every time she engages with nature in any way and loves to share it with children and adults alike. Trees lead very interesting lives and the walk will explore the magical world of trees, from science to culture.

TS Srinivasa has been involved with wildlife and education for over three decades. He has authored reports, papers in scientific journals, and been part of various committees involved in biodiversity research and conservation. He has been involved with various groups and is the co-founder of EcoEdu, an environment education startup. He is a structural engineer by professional.

He has been instrumental in mapping biodiversity checklists for some of the lesser-known protected areas in our region.

Ulhas Anand has been contributing towards building awareness and sensitizing children and the general public about wildlife and environment. He has been watching birds for over 25 years as an amateur naturalist. His primary interest in birds expanded into looking at other creatures as well. He is the co-founder of EcoEdu, an environment education start-up focused on delivering high quality practical education with a topical and contemporary perspective.

Vijay Thiruvady spent his early years in Delhi. His academic interests were pursued in St. Columba’s School, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and School of Architecture in Ahmedabad. When in Delhi he had exposure to the world of nature and environment through association with a number of distinguished people and institutions. In college, Thiruvady participated in various sports and took part in a number of treks from Kashmir to Sikkim. Professionally, he has been in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical Industry for the last 35 years. The main thrust in his professional life was to bring in and market technologies which are required in India. Thiruvady has always been interested in various aspects of nature and more specifically horticulture. He has a farm in the outskirts of Bangalore, conducts Green Heritage Walks in Lalbagh and, participates in the various activities of Bangalore Environment Trust as a Trustee – these have included the publishing of a book on the Green Heritage in the vicinity of Bangalore and a book on Devarakadus and Gundutopus in and around Bangalore.

STORYTELLING
Stories under the Setting Sun – Vikram Sridhar

Time: 3:30 PM – Feb 18, 2017
Venue: Cubbon Park, near the Cubbon Park Metro Station

About: Trees, plants and flora have always filled our folklore, history, mythology and writings, expressing their relationships with human beings. Many such stories have been told across generations, via the oral tradition. This interactive storytelling session will explore some of these wonderful tales from India by folklorists, writers and historians, built into an oral narrative by Vikram Sridhar, as the sun slowly begins to set, turning the sky orange. As they say, stories are shared twice a day – when the sun goes up and when it goes down. Gather around, sit back with a friend, and the let the stories flow.

Storyteller: Vikram Sridhar is a performance storyteller and theatre practitioner based in Bangalore. He has volunteered and worked with different organisations in the theatre, social sector and conservation space, since childhood. He combines the three in his storytelling, to make a difference via his initiative ‘Around the Story Tree’, using oral storytelling as a strong medium of conservation. He speaks at forums like TEDx about the power of oral storytelling in the contemporary times. He is the co–founder of India’s first oral storytelling collective, the Bangalore Storytelling Society, and is also part of multiple organizing teams that curate events and festivals around storytelling and theatre.

The Story of the Star Blossom Tree – Aparna Kapur, Ritoparna Hazra & Sanjana Kapur (Amar Chitra katha)
Time: 10:30 AM – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: Join the Amar Chitra Katha team as they take you on a journey filled with kings, trees, chameleons and adventure! Together, we can save the Star Blossom tree, and fill the world with fantastic new trees born from your imagination.

Storytellers:Aparna Kapur: Aparna writes and edits comic books by Amar Chitra Katha. She has written scripts for many ACK titles, the latest being ‘Leave it to Birbal’. She loves research, and will write your share of the blurbs if you buy her some coffee.

Ritoparna Hazra: With a background in Communication Design and Visual Arts, Ritoparna is trained in illustration. She helps with designing and illustrating social media posts for Amar Chitra Katha. Her unique art style has lent itself well to several pages in children’s books and comics.

Sanjana Kapur: Sanjana enjoys interacting with children. She has conducted various workshops and story-telling sessions in different schools across India. She is fascinated by Indian mythology and folklore, constantly looking for new stories to tell. She is the Assistant Editor at Amar Chitra Katha and never tires of telling people that she writes comics for a living.

All-day Activities
Conversation with Trees (Audio Walk)
Time: All Day – Feb 19, 2017
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru

About: Giant shades cast on the roads, quiet beings to lie under, infinitely helpful, always positive and forever healing. This is what we think of the trees, isn’t it? Don’t you ever wonder what they would sound like if they talk to you? Do you ever whisper your problems is their ears and wish for a reply? Come listen, as they tell you some age-old secrets.

Facilitator: Janani Eswar: Home-schooled since the age of 12, Janani has found her passion in connecting children to nature. She finds innovative ways of blending theatre, public speaking, art, photography, naturalist studies, playfulness and entrepreneurship in working with GRIN (Growing in Nature), her social enterprise in Bangalore. She dreams of a day when every child in India is given their right to nature.

Naresh Keerthi is a cognitive linguist, studying the semantics of adjectives in Sanskrit and English. That aside, he is a closet ethnobotanist and tends to his family of cacti on Sundays. Naresh has given several invited talks on flora in ancient India. Familiar with seven languages, Naresh has an abiding interest in Indian Bhasha literatures – particularly the premodern literary works, and has published several translations of poetry from classical Sanskrit and Kannada. He is interested in, and has written about Indian classical music and Indian food history. In a previous avatar, Naresh studied protein biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Science.

Shreekanth Rao is a Bangalore-based theatre artist working with Sva Collective. He is a playwright and director working in Kannada, English and Hindi. He has written and directed ‘Naguvaaga Nakku…’, directed ‘Kaavad Katha – Maya’ and written ‘Where the Shadow Ends’.

Story trail: Walking with Swami and his friend – A Neralu tribute to RK Narayan & RK Laxman
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru

Join Swami and his friend on a little stroll, while they follow the yellow path, exploring the place and discovering fascinating stories about the giant trees.

Hug-a-Tree

They move with the wind, they kiss the sky. They are bustling with activity, most of which our eyes can’t see, our minds can’t comprehend. They burst into bloom. They are home to bats. They feed birds. They are the reason we breathe. They have wise, old souls. Ever hugged a tree? Try it. It is a humbling experience.

Games n’ fun
Engage, explore and learn with the many hands-on and fun activities designed. Wander into the mysterious world of trees as you enjoy crosswords, quizzes and puzzles. Join a treasure hunt to get yourself thinking, running and spotting !

Art Installation

Create, weave, paint, hang and add to the bigger picture. It could be a biodiversity tree or building a green city; it could be a play with paper folds or the use of natural materials, everything comes together to make an art installation!

Self-guided tree walks

Did you know there’s a tree here without which no Bangalorean’s breakfast is complete? Or one that provides a delicious distraction during the summer heat? What about those gorgeous pink or yellow blooms that burst forth all over the city?

Walk around and learn all these answers and much more from the exciting information boards on the 23 species of trees.

Live art demonstration
About: Enjoy a free art lesson as you watch several talented and experienced artists draw and paint trees and other sights at Neralu.