TA Weekends: Events this weekend you shouldn’t miss in Bangalore

Watch. Listen. Learn. Protest. Create. Pick what you want to do this weekend.

Farmer’s Market and Gardening Fair

Oota From Your Thota (OFYT)

Oota From Your Thota (OFYT) which literally means ‘food from your garden’ in Kannada is a quarterly event organised in different parts of Bangalore. The goal is to help anyone who wants to grow their own food organically. Since it is often difficult and time consuming for gardeners to source various materials such seeds, containers, growing media, plant protection materials etc, OFYT brings together almost any gardening related resource including experienced gardeners under one roof. They also bring together wonderful organic farmers and sustainable producers so they can market their products – this spans from organic vegetables, eco-friendly cosmetics, green washing solutions, composting options and different resources to make everyday choices good for the planet. Discussions with gardening experts, films, events for children and demonstrations are all part of the event.

Where: Balakrishna Bayalu Ranga Mandira, Near BEML Complex Bus Stand, Nehru Road, 3rd stage, Rajarajeshwari nagar

When: Sunday, 7th June

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Protest to stop the destruction of Bellandur Lake

Mantri has taken BWSSB approval for water supply for 18 individual apartments, while 18 blocks are being constructed! Bellandur lake will vanish if this project is allowed to proceed.

MOEF says – “Project is located on catchment area of Bellandur lake”

Lake Development Authority (LDA) says – “Drastic impact with deleterious effect upon Bellandur lake”

IISc Center for Ecological Study says – “Proposed plan to set up SEZ by KIADB needs to be stopped and wetland to be restored”

KIADB Says – “Had I known about it I would have taken action long back” !!!

National Green Tribunal has declared the builders guilty of intentional and blatant violations and has imposed hefty fines. The massive illegal SEZ will cause irreversible damage to the lake, surroundings and water availability. Join the massive protest and show your support!

Where: Agara Lake

When: Sunday, 7th June

Time: 9:30 AM

Yarn Bombing with Waste Plastic!


The weekly Yarn Bombing meetup this time will experiment with new materials! Tons of waste plastic sheets will be used to create “yarn strips”.

Join this new adventure at The Yogisthaan Cafe on Saturday!

This meetup is FREE however donations are encouraged in the form of extra yarn, spare crochet hooks, or monetary amounts of INR 50 – INR 100 only. This helps cover all costs and helps makes these meet ups sustainable for all.

Where: The Yogisthaan Cafe, 89, 11th Cross, 60ft Road, 1st Stage, Indiranagar

When: Saturday, June 6

Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

[Free Public Screening] “The Dark Side of Chocolate”

TA Weekends the dark side of chocolate

This screening is in partnership with Paradigm Shift on the issue of child labour. The documentary is called “The Dark Side of Chocolate”. This screening will be followed up with the sequel called “Shady Chocolate” in the next screening.


Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labour and trafficked children? The award winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati decides to investigate the rumors.

His hunt for answers brings him to Mali in West Africa, where hidden footage reveals illegal trafficking of small children to the cocoa fields in neighboring Ivory Coast. Kids as young as seven years old work illegal in the plantations where they face a dangerous job cutting down the cocoa and carrying heavy loads. Some are victims of trafficking and most of the kids are never paid. The West African country of Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producers of cocoa with more than 40% of the world’s production. Complains like Nestle, Barry Callebaut and Mars signed the Cocoa Protocol in 2001 promising to work for a total eradication of child labour in the cocoa sector by 2008.

Does your favorite chocolate have a bitter taste? Follow Miki Mistrati in the bush of Africa to expose The Dark Side of Chocolate.

Film by: Miki Mistrati & U. Roberto Romano


Where: Paradigm Shift, 8, 80 feet road, 4th Block, Koramangala

When: Saturday, 6th June

Time: 5 PM

Running time: 46 minutes

Contact: 9741188993 (Sushil)

‘Drawn to the Wild: A Conversation on Animal Illustrations in India’ with Mr. Shyamal.L and Ms. Tatiana Petrova


Pic via Flickr user chefranden

Everyone knows that nature greatly influences art. While poets and artists in the past were inspired by the wilderness around them, their contributions have had little influence on our actions. The evidence in the form of visual art for an appreciation of nature in India is scanty and varies widely in quantity and quality over time. Appreciating art, like the appreciation of wilderness, has increasingly become affordable only to people with leisure. The speaker would like to reflect on this theme by examining especially the artistic and scientific rendering of birds both from India and elsewhere.

About the speakers

Shyamal.L is an independent researcher with a formal training in agricultural science, statistics and computing and a non-formal interest in the history of natural history studies in India. This interest extends to studies on the collaborations of Indian artists with British amateurs studying botany and ornithology in India. He has contributed to Wikipedia on topics relating to botany, zoology and geology, especially those of relevance to India.

Tatiana Petrova, is a renowned ornithologist and wildlife artist based in Saint-Petersberg, Russia. She has worked as an artist and people educationist at the Leningrad zoo, and recently completed her dissertation on the history of ornithological illustrations of Indian birds in lithographs of XIX century.

Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, #49, Palace Road

When: Sunday, 7th June

Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Contact: 08022342338

Email: ngma.bengaluru@gmail.com

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