Mumbaikars, take part in this event to do your bit for Aarey Colony
Take part in a host of activities that put the spotlight on issues that plague Aarey Milk Colony and its residents
Does it feel like until now, you've been reading the news surrounding Aarey Colony- be it the problems arising from Metro construction or those faced by its residents- from afar? This weekend, you can do your bit for the tribals who call the pic-turesque neighbourhood home by attending Jungle in the City, a three-part event that will combine art and music to raise awareness about Aarey. The event is organised by Helm of Eight, a hybrid incubator and community centre in Andheri that is rooted in the cross-pollination of art, self and human resource development, social impact, enterprise and technology.
The first experience at the event is a walk called StorySeekers, and is held in association with Alphabet Sambar, a community for writers and storytellers. It will be led by Helm of Eight co-founder Kiran Reddy and involve talks by professionals from diverse fields. "Every place has a story, and here, we will be sharing stories about Aarey. From tales about the dairy to those of the adivasis and wild animals in the area, the aim is to get people to understand what Aarey is all about," shares Reddy.
The walk will be followed by a meet-up by Beyond Issues, a support group platform that helps people deal with a range of problems, under professional supervision. PaperWeight Outdoors, a platform for performers, will helm the third part, which will be held at the Aarey amphitheatre. Here, you can enjoy performances by not just the adivasis, but also by artistes like Rakesh Tiwari, Rochelle D'Silva, Bryan Earnest, and Sanket Mhatre. UK-based artist Kully Rehal will hold a Warli painting workshop, while three graffiti artists will create artwork at the venue.
"There is no entry fee for the event. We want people to pay as they like, depending on how they liked it. Any profit we make will be used to support the tribals," shares Reddy, who has been involved with the Save Aarey movement for the last two years. He adds that the aim of the event is to facilitate interactions between people and communities that otherwise stand separate and invisible to one another. "We want to help people become aware of one another's contexts, challenges and lives through the lens of art and storytelling."
On : December 3, 7 am to 6 pm
At : Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East.
Log on to : helmofeight.com/jungle-in-the-city
Entry : Rs.100 (walk); pay as you like (performances)