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Common Grounds (An Interactive Cultural Event Addressing Man - Animal Conflict)

  1. Date of event: 20th July 2019

  2. Time: 5pm-7.30pm

  3. Location: The Maati Centre, Uzanbazar, Guwahati

  4. Footfall: 60+ people

  5. Collaborations for event: The Maati Community, The East India Poets, Your Talkies 

  6. Collaborations with artists and media houses for photo gallery and promotion of event: 

    1.  Ramyakh Jain (Instagram @thefakeadco) 

    2. Rohan Chakravarty (Instagram @green_humour)

    3.  Harshveer Jain (Instagram @storysellercomics)

    4.  Adib Zamali (Instagram @adib_zamali) 

    5. Deepraj Das (Instagram @teku224) 

    6. Abhilekha Das (Instagram @abhilekha_das)

    7.  Priyankar Gupta (Instagram @priyankar.gupta) 

    8. Krishanu Bormudai (Instagram @krishanu__artwork_) 

    9. Kalpajyoti Neog (Instagram @kalpajyoti2161) 

    10. Aditya Kumar (Instagram @hey._addy_ ) 

    11. Ankit Paul (Instagram @unsung_illutionist07) 

    12. Bhaskar Dhapu (Instagram @bhaskar_dhapu) 

    13. Anurag Baruah (Instagram @anurag_haurab) 

    14. Nishant Baruah (Instagram @nishantbaruah) 

    15. Asif Iqbal Khan (Instagram @pixellating_life) 

    16. Varun Mahanta

    17. Vidya Gokhe 

    18. Arnav Bibhuti (Instagram @food_is_lob)

    19.  Prithviraj K Patil

    20. Rishabh Gogoi (Instagram go_goi_gone) 

    21. Nituparna Rajbonshi (Instagram @cartoonist_nituparna)) 

    22. Harshveer Jain (Instagram @storysellercomics)

    23. Dolan Rongpipi

 

SUMMARY OF THE EVENT:

The event was called ‘Common Grounds’ because there was a WWF report written on human-wildlife conflict (HWC), focusing on elephants as a flagship of these conflicts. Often the scale of the damage that can be caused by them, and the fact that they can injure or even kill humans, makes them the species that communities most fear. It was a cultural event with an open mic session primarily because through musical, theatrical and other means, it was easier to bring forth the urgency and the need to respond to human-wildlife conflict, which eventually addressed climate change, shelter restoration and informed community response. 

The event had 14+ performances which included- musical, theatrical, dance and instrumental performances. A video called ‘Let’s Go Green’ by Suman Kalyan Dutta showcased environmental degradation through sand art done by a famous sand artist, Rabin Bar.

The event also had a photo and art exhibition and focussed a lot on the current flood situation in Assam. Entries came from Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and different parts of Assam. The artists we collaborated with have been mentioned above. 

The event also had a donation drive for the flood victims in Assam and through that we collected several clothing items and non-perishable food items. Balipara Foundation will be conducting a donation drive for the above-mentioned items soon. 

The event brought together people from all age groups- from school students, college students, working men and women. We had representatives from independent production houses (Lines Production), college students (OP Jindal University, Delhi University, B Barooah College, Moradabad Institute of Technology), doctors, musicians, retired army officials, digital artists- a huge spectrum of people attended the event. 

The performances discussed themes of coexistence between humans and animals; how humans are encroaching upon forests; how flooding in Assam had various man-made causes too; songs of peace, hope and reforestation were also sung; how tiger, leopard, elephant and other animal species were declining in number because of the exploitative nature of man; how people in villages now feel helpless when big industries and corporations take over their land and disturb their ecosystems. 

Future collaborations were also sought to be made as several artists, volunteers and other performers too wanted to have long term associations with Balipara Foundation, Earth-Day Network and Assam Investment Advisory Society. A few performers and artists wanted to help Balipara Foundation’s efforts to help flood victims in Assam and also restoration of shelter for animals and with the post-flood help and restoration so required. 

The event ended with al of us taking a pledge to do our bit to not further worsen the human-wildlife conflict, to not over-exploit, and to give animals a voice and a representation. This was only a preliminary event to get the people together and we would be getting back together for future events to discuss further how each one of us, in our own individual spheres would be able to contribute to sustainable growth and development that takes animals and the environment into account. 

 

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