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Save Indian forests through JHU Santoor Concert

From: Nishikant D.
Sent on: Saturday, March 23, 2013 2:57 AM
Association for India's Development.
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Experience the sound of Himalayan Rivers with 100 Strings of Santoor.

Dear Friends,

This year the JHU Holi weekend will support Tiger and forest conservation projects in India through Santoor Concert by Kunal Gunjal who is disciple of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and has nearly 18 years of training in playing Indian classical Santoor. Kunal has played Santoor for several movies, most notably the famous Fanaa .

Santoor is a 100 STRING instrument with origin in Mesopotamia and widely adapted in Kashmir.

Date: 30th March 2013
Time: 6 pm to 8.30 pm
Location: Bloomberg 272, Physics & Astronomy Building, 3799 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
Parking: JHU Parking available on San Martin Drive next to the venue
Buy Tickets
                   Ticket prices $9, $20, $25, $30. Buy Indian Dinner for just $5.
                        Ticket numbers will be emailed for $25 and $30 only.
Seat Map
                                              Seat map is a PDF document.

The Problem

Tigers, as predators at the top of the food chain, define the health of our eco system and the rapid decrease of wild tiger populations deeply reflects an imbalance in nature. Tiger are in trouble due to:

  1) Tiger Poaching.

  2) Loss of habitat caused by the man vs wild conflict.

  3) Electrocution of Tigers when they enter farmlands because of loss of habitat.


The Solution

So how is AID trying to solve these problems? Which projects will be supported by the Santoor concert?

Tiger watch

This project focuses on anti poaching activities in Ranthambore National Park. The idea is to train the local villagers as informants for the police. Many poachers have been caught through this program. Tiger Watch is the partner implementing this project. Estimated project cost $12,000 .

Paivihir ecovillage

This village is just outside Melghat Tiger Reserve where the forest has been lost and the view looks barren, yet the villagers are determined to restore the forest. They have started volunteering for re-plantation, water conservation activities and monitoring the forest region. The village also has no garbage policy and will soon have a community bio-gas plant which will supply energy to each home in the village. AID partner KHOJ has taken initiatives in this project. Estimated project cost $2,000 .

Solar fence

In the vicinity of Tadoba national park where AID partner Chetana Vikas is mobilizing organic farming revolution. Wild animals enter the farmlands so the well-designed solar fence protects the land without danger to humans or animals. This initiative by AID and Chetana Vikas will train 60 farmers in building the fence which will help them to get an alternative livelihood when neighboring villages will request their service. Estimated project cost $30,000 .
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