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Set your Saturday aside for Bhoomi Jathre, the annual fest, at Fireflies

Music for all Bhoomi Jathre is conducted without the assistance of any sponsors

Bhoomi Jathre is a completely non-sponsored, dusk-dawn, people-supported, Bangalore-based music festival. It has been jointly organised for the past three years by the Artists' Action Group, led by actor/filmmaker Kirtana Kumar, and musician Konarak Reddy. Fireflies is an eco-ashram led by Siddhartha. It has grown from being a platform for performance to a movement by artists. This year, the jathre has even attracted a singer from the rain forests of Ecuador! David Chungandro Teran is coming to Bangalore just for the jathre, and will be singing protest songs of Latin America.

Dusk to dawn

The jathre, which organises an annual dusk-dawn curated music and arts community festival, does so, without the assistance of any sponsors. This completely people sponsored event hopes to help artistes and politically remain anti-homogenisation, pro-lesser-known people and environmentally aware.

The theme of the year's jathre is Mara Devaru (The Tree God). In the course of the jathre, the tree is going to be highlighted in many ways. A Mara puja will be performed for the banyan tree on the stage by the citizens of Kaggalipura village. Also, there will be a package of Tree Films screened in the exhibition area. It also has a photo exhibition on trees that are being chopped down on Kanakapura Road, a stall design competition that will involve participation from all stalls and the usage of tree by-products from Fireflies. There will also be a poetry competition for children on the idea of trees. The participating artists will have trees as the theme in their performances. Appagere Thimmaraju will sing janapada (Kannada folk songs) about trees.

There will be free bookstalls, a flea market — where the public can barter, trade and recycle home-made items, CDs, organic produce, fertiliser and seeds stall, saplings stall, motte dosai stall, chilli bajji stall, and also the Namma Bhoomi Stall — handlooms, chappals, baskets, and Bhoomi Jathre t-shirts.

The Fireflies Stall will have akki roti, ragi roti, chutney pudi, usli, tea/coffee and biryani. Apart from this, the Kaggalipura Village Grama Swaraja Samithi will sell herbal juice, fruit salad, green fundas, t-shirts, spices, organic salads and many more things. There will be terracotta jewellery also.


Artistes performing at this year's Bhoomi Jathre are musician Banandoor Kempaiah, Yakshagana from a Udupi team, David Chungandro Teran (Ecuador), Prakash Sontakke (Hindustani slide guitar), Shiri Dance Company, violin duet by Mysore Nagaraj and Mysore Manjunath, Carnatic vocal by Ravi Kiran,

Konarak Reddy on the guitar, Roberto Narain on the drums, and Myndsnare, Heavy metal Band.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 200 and are available at K.C. Das, The Only Place, Pecos, Jaiva, Safina Plaza, Opus, Crossword, Family Mart, J.P. Nagar.

For details, contact Kirtana on 99452-13857 or log onto

The venue for this event on April 23 is Fireflies, the eco-ashram in Kaggalipura Village, Kanakapura Road.

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