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No Rain but Let’s Still Shine

The monsoon has failed but the popular Monsoon Festival is still a part of Delhi’s calendar. The ongoing festival,a mix of art,fashion and revelry...

The monsoon has failed but the popular Monsoon Festival is still a part of Delhi’s calendar. The ongoing festival,a mix of art,fashion and revelry,enters its fourth year with a new cause — Climate Change. “It has become important to think about our ecological responsibility. The festival,which romances the monsoon,is now churning to generate new eco-friendly energy,” says Himanshu Verma of Red Earth,which organises the festival.

The month-long festivities comprise activities ranging from poster art exhibitions and fashion installations to film screenings. Red Earth has tied up with a Delhi-based NGO Sweccha and Delhi Walks for events such as the Yamuna Walk on August 29,to demonstrate the ways in which we pollute the river. “The walk is aimed to bring out our collective complicity in polluting the river and the urgent need for proactive work in this respect at personal and civic levels,” says Verma. Another interesting walk on August 30 is called “Re-discovering the old Baolis and Water Bodies of Delhi”. Participants are required to pay Rs 250 and register in advance for the walks.

If that’s got you wired enough,try out the Recycling Workshop on September 4 at the British Council,where students and other participants will make useful items from waste. September 6 will see the Eco-Friendly Joyride,a cycling event that takes place around central Delhi,to promote the sport as a zero-carbon and zero-cost mode of transport.

For more details log on to http://www.themonsoonfestival.com or call 41764054

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First published on: 24-08-2009 at 23:27 IST
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