A soundscape by Ishan Gupta, created from field recordings made while walking along River Betwa on Veditum’s Moving Upstream Fellowship.
Birdwatching while walking along the Betwa: Abundance of resident and migratory birds stands threatened by Developmental Activities and rampant Sand Mining.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Meeting the River [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]‘Day 1, 11 January: It’s 1 pm and we get our first sighting of the river. We have finally reached the banks of the Betwa. The sun is high in the sky, making its presence felt and the air smells like an afternoon meant for a siesta. We pause and rehydrateContinue reading “Moving Upstream: Betwa – Her people and their stories”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”The Challenge:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]The?Moving Upstream:?Betwa?program is part of our?Moving Upstream?project series.?This open call is for applicants interested in tracing on foot a certain section of the Betwa River, documenting various facets according to the brief given to them. The first phase covered the stretch from the confluence with River Yamuna at Hamirpur upto Orchha. We’veContinue reading “Application call 2.0 – Betwa :Moving Upstream”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3139″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The Betwa was a natural succession from walking the Ken river. Part of Veditum’s ‘Moving Upstream’ series of projects which aims to walk along Indian rivers to document & understand them, we initiated a fellowship to expand our perspective. A beautiful collaboration materialised with the Out of Eden Walk as partners forContinue reading “Walking along the Betwa – Moving Upstream”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] When heading out on an adventure like walking along a river, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery (topographic map prints till very recently) of the area of interest to chart out an informed plan of action. In preparation of our walk along the River Ken, we decided to do the sameContinue reading “Tracing origins – Walking along the Ken”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In January 2018, I was invited to TEDxLNMIIT to share my story. The talk was designed considering the immediate audience of young college students, and the general distancing we observe from the cause & effect of human induced climate change. I presented ‘A case for slowing down - Walking along rivers in India’ and the ideaContinue reading “A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India [TEDx Talk]”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s sad to see a river being called ‘Gutter Ganga’. I’m on the banks of river Vishwamitri, a river which flows through the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. Originating from the Pavagadh hills, Vishwamitri is a small (135km) but an important river, like all natural water bodies. Some 30km downstream from Vadodara, I’m in Medhad,Continue reading “On the banks of Vishwamitri River in Gujarat”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SANDRP & VEDITUM Press Note : 19th April 2018 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Ken is considered to be one of India’s cleaner rivers. It is part of the Ganga basin and meets the Yamuna at Chilla Ghat in Banda District, Uttar Pradesh. To closely understand the Ken, this walk along the Ken was organised by SANDRP –Continue reading “Press Release: Ken Yatra – Moving Upstream”
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Left, right, left, right, left, right In my head my legs are the extreme ends of a swinging pendulum, repeating the same movements, but surely getting somewhere. In that sense walking long distances is like a physical metaphor of time passing. And when walking in India, you pass through space and time while passingContinue reading “Walking, Stopping, Painting – Moving Upstream: Ganga”