‘brinjal’ festival in bangalore

This note, via Jayashree Janardhan Ashok. Thank you Jayashree, yum!

pic stolen from the 'flyer' of the festival. I am drooling and hungry already!

pic stolen from the 'flyer' of the festival. I am drooling and hungry already!

It is not often times that we would come across festivals like this. I think, for our own sake and for preseving the diversity, we need to encourage such efforts.

Even as I write this, I remember the tasty, butter-like ‘mullu kathirikkai’ – thorny/prickly brinjal – that my brother brought all the way from Vellore to tickle and tease our palate – and I immediately fell in love with this particular cultivar. Luckily, I didn’t marry it, but simply gobbled it up – in case you wanted to know more; it would have been a thorny affair otherwise!

NammaShaale closes down for the summer, from 3rd April, last working day being 2nd – and I dunno whether a school trip can be arranged as the fest in on 5th. Let us see. All the interested parties can arrange to attend the brinjal party, themselves?

The ‘mail forward’ is reproduced here verbatim

———- forward begins ———


Pl pass this notice around in Bangalore and try and go if you can. Pl esp send to schools and other institutions where they can take students and others along. If any of you can get seeds of the long, thin green brinjal that we used to make vangibath with – a variety that is hard to come by these days, please do pick up some seeds for me. We have a good diversity in Sirsi and I can add this to our repertoire and make it a part of the seed saving we are doing.

Thanks \

Brinjal Festival 2009

Brinjal, badanekayi, is the king of vegetables which comes with its own crown! This is an event that will celebrate the diversity of Brinjals and contemplate our role in protecting it.

Don’t Miss the first-ever Brinjal Festival in Bangalore

Venue: MHS Hall, Lalbaug (Double road gate)
Date/Time: April 5th Sunday, 11am – 7pm

Good Food, Healthy Food, Safe Food… should be a primary concern of all of us. The Brinjal festival is an attempt to bring a better consciousness and respect for our rich diverse food. Genetically Modified (GM) food crops pose a grave threat to the diversity and to our health as consumers. Let us all make informed choices about food, one of most fundamental necessities.

What’s in store?

  • Food Stalls with brinjal specials for you to savour
  • Cooking competition for innovative Brinjal dishes
  • Drawing competition and more fun events for kids
  • Brinjal Diversity Exhibition showcasing more than 30 varieties of brinjal
  • Screening of Mahesh Bhatt’s film Poison on the Platter
  • Awareness campaign about GM foods and the risk to our health and environment. Meet scientists, farmers, doctors and Ayurveda practitioners

 What you are requested to do:

Share this information with all your contacts in Bangalore.
– Print the attached poster, and stick it to your apartments, offices or forward this to your colleagues.  (Editor’s note: posters essentially contain what is in this text, however, if you want to download them, print them out, go to: http://rapidshare.com/files/215913761/brinjal-fest-ad-flyer.zip – choose free download, act as instructed)
– Talk to your neighbors, encourage them to participate in the cooking and drawing competitions.
– Register your participation at

 For any queries:

E-mail: brinjalfest@gmail.com

 Sejal – 9901201279 (sejalrparikh@gmail.com)

Krishna Prasad – 9880862058(prasadgk12@gmail.com )

Manjunath – 9480330652(manjubaduku@gmail.com)

Sathish Natarajan – 9448488831 ( natarajan.satish@gmail.com)

 Organized by
Sahaja Samrudha
Association for India’s Development
(AID)- Bangalore

Jaivika Krishi Society (JKS)
Maysore Hoticulture Society (MHS)

Hope to see you all on 5th April at Lalbaug!

Sahaja Samrudha
‘Nandana’, No-7, 2nd Cross, 7th Main, Sulthanpalya, Bangalore-560 032
Phone: 080-23655302 / 9880862058

Sunita Rao
Adjunct  Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India (www.atree.org)
Member, Kalpavriksh, Pune, India (www.kalpavriksh.org)
Founder Trustee, VANASTREE, Sirsi, India (www.vanastree.org)

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