CLIC spent more than 10 days in Marawaldi in spring 2011. When we were there we had the chance to see and experience:
- Watching a theater play with the local community through the night
- Learning how silk thread is made
- Participating in harvesting, cleaning and packaging of Ragi from the fields with the local farmers
- Visiting some of the human-elephant conflict regions
- Participating in the rural cattle fair
- Taking all the participating children to the town to see and photograph the markets (which they had never visited). Most of them had their first cakes in their life.
The Maralwadi hobli in the Ramnagar District is located on the banks of Arakavathy River in the northeast corner of India. With as many as 12 state forests in the area, this area is an important elephant corridor in southern India. Recent disturbances in the forests have led to a rise in human-elephant conflict in the region, leading to an average of two deaths by elephant per year. Major livelihoods include agriculture, cattle rearing, NTFP harvest, brick making, basket weaving and working as laborers in nearby estates. Houses are mostly mud plastered, made with locally available material, or made from cement. Residents’ diets include ragi (a type of millet), rice and meat.
The recent real estate boom has encouraged farmers to sell their farmland and move to the cities for a higher standard of life, which is dramatically changing the cultural landscape of this area.
Letters From Students
The Maralwadi village students wrote letters of thanks for the photography workshop. Read their letters in their native language.
The Maralwadi hobli in the Ramnagar District has large portion of its are under reserved forest. It is located on the banks of Arakavathy river.
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