Saturday, July 21, 2018

Folk Arts Event at Puttenahalli Lake

Experience a unique folk arts event of rare music, songs and stories from the hinterlands of India, right at your own neighbourhood lake. 

PNLIT and Urban Folk Project presents

Yellamma and Other Stories: Stories and musical conversations on Goddess Yellamma

Date: 28th July 2018, Saturday
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Place: Puttenahalli Lake, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bangalore 560078.
The event is free

All are welcome. Do register your name by sending an email to

About Urban Folk Project (UFP):
Urban Folk Project is a young collective working towards the collection of intangible culture across Karnataka, and exhibiting it in a contemporary context. More details about UFP may be seen on the website 

The team of Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota, 
Adithya Kothakota and Sumithra Sunder tell the stories collected and compiled by UPF. The singers are collaborators who have chosen to learn these songs and instruments to help their artistic sensibilities and have joined UFP  to exhibit these stories.The three instruments that will be used for the performance are the Shruti, Chowdki and Jaalra/Taala. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Family gardening day July 7th - Report

A lovely morning at the lake started with 2 adults and 1 child assembled at 9:30 am at the gazebo to do their bit for their lake.We, the PNLIT members, wondered what tasks we can do with just 3 of them, but 5-year-old Avani solved our problem as she was all for deweeding and  wanted to remove "bad" plants first, like she did last month.

So off we went with our mini trowels, shovels and rakes and started pulling out the "bad" ones. By 10 am we were 7 adults and 13 kids de-weeding the sidewalk area, raking the dry leaves and pushing them around the trees, shoveling the soil and shearing the hedges. It was a pleasant surprise to see what 13 kids can do when they get to doing!

A loud shout-out to the parents who brought their kids and their friends to work at the lake today. We hope other parents and kids will also join us in the family gardening day on the first Saturday of every month. Next one will be on Aug 4th

Gardening activity volunteer

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Family Gardening Day at the Lake - July 7th @ 9:30am

"Bringing the community together" gardening sessions at the lake will take place on July 7th.

As we had announced earlier, the first Saturday of the month is open to you to exercise your green thumb; to introduce your children to gardening; to work together with your family; to destress; to discover the small pleasures of plants; to be one with nature, and more.   

At June's Family Gardening Day

Make the most of your neighbourhood lake.  Join us on Sat. 7th July between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for the Family Fun Gardening Saturday.

No registration required. Just come and have fun!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Environment Day

Greetings to all on World Environment Day, 5th June. On this occasion I forward a heartfelt appeal from one of our volunteers, Ms. Nandhini Sriraaman, Adarsh Palmsprings. Nandhini has been striving for several years to "Beat Plastic Pollution." 

These suggestions are simple, easily done by each one of us but their impact is deep, life changing. 

Dear Friends, 

Today is World Environment Day and India is playing the host with a very pertinent theme 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The world is literally drowning under plastic, thanks to our lifestyle. Indiscreet usage of plastic has spoilt our soil, water, air and ocean, directly and indirectly affecting our health. We all can take these few small steps that make a huge impact to the world around us. We have to stand up to 'Refuse' anything that cannot be reused. 

1. Carry your own reusable bag for shopping. Refuse plastic carry bags. 
2. Carry your own reusable water bottle to avoid disposable water bottles 
3. Avoid decorations using balloons and other single use plastic items during parties and functions. Instead, choose reusable decoratives or flowers. 
4. Avoid single use disposable cutlery for parties and gettogethers. Rent reusable steel cutlery. 
5. Avoid single use straws in your drinks. 
6. Carry reusable drawstring bags to buy grocery.
7. Carry reusable containers while ordering food. Even better would be to dine in.
8. Use reusable menstrual cups, cloth pads and cloth diapers in place of disposable sanitary napkins and diapers.

Let us all pledge to follow these simple steps for the sake of our future generations.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

On our first Fun Saturday at Puttenahalli Lake

The Family Gardening Day for residents on 2nd June saw 10 adults and 8 children at work at Puttenahalli Lake. 

Volunteer Sapana Rawat who led the team had this to say, "We worked for an hour and plucked out the weeds that needed to be removed. Six year old Avni was thrilled to see worms and other insects. She was so focused, she kept looking for Subabul saplings even after we told her that we had taken them all out!" 

Mr. Nag Raj, her father, added, "She got to relish (Singapore) cherries! We look forward to more such events."

The lessons one learns in childhood especially by actually doing it are those that will stay. We hope more children will come for the next Gardening Day on 7th July. The number of participants may seem low but we would rather grow with a small team, keep growing and make the entire neighbourhood rally to nurture the lake.  

Avni learning gardening

Lessons for life

Anusha with dad

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Family Fun Gardening Saturday - 2nd June 2018

Recalling the memories of those days, we are happy to revive the "Bringing the community together" gardening sessions at the lake. The first Saturday of the month will be open to you to exercise your green thumb; to introduce your children to gardening; to work together with your family; to de-stress; to discover the small pleasures of plants; to be one with nature.

Mom and daughter volunteers, July 2013

Ernest work! June 2013

Mom-in-law guiding, July 2013

Carting the clippings, July 2013

Make the most of your neighbourhood lake.  Join us on Saturday, 2nd June 2018 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for the Family Fun Gardening Saturday. 

No registration required. Just come and have fun!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Great news from our volunteer teacher

You may recall that even though our Classes at the Lake programme has ceased, a few of our volunteer teachers continue to help underprivileged children. One of them is Mr. C.S. N. Iyer (read about him here). Two of his earliest students were siblings Pooja and Praveen. Praveen who didn't know a word in English when he began his classes under Mr. Iyer five years ago has scored 91% in the SSLC exam. He has a B in only one subject. Pooja has secured 75% in PUC. Both of them want to study Computer Science. 

Mr. Iyer is trying the children with their college admission and  needs to raise Rs. One lakh twenty thousand (Rs. 1,20,000). It will be great if you can help him and the children. Mr. Iyer's email id is:


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day greetings!

Today, 22nd April, is Earth Day. Google has brought out a beautiful doodle featuring Dr. Jane Goodman that is full of hope and promise. She says, "Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference." (to earth, to life). 

This is our wish for the day - that each of us may realise that we matter and have a role to play to make ours a better world. 

Earth Day greetings to you and your family. 



We are happy to have received this throwback picture from Sanjay M, one of PNLIT's early volunteers. "Feeling nostalgic about a pic I came across today, of a pic I took at Puttenahalli Lake in March 2015. Cheers to a greener, purer and brighter future." he said 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The fish kill in March 2018 and after

We used to welcome the rain but now we dread the dark clouds. The sewerage system outside the lake is a combined one and even a drizzle can cause rain water to mix with the sewage, overflow from the manhole and enter the lake. It did on 15th March and triggered the fish kill in our lake. 

Sewage entered the lake from three places in March - Nataraja Layout; 1st Cross, Aradhana Layout and from the chamber beside the wall of MLR Convention Centre. In the name of beautifying their entrance, the newly constructed Samskruthi Brindavana laid a garden and buried the manhole cover. 

Another reason for the fish to die was because the fisherman released more fingerlings into the lake on 9th Feb. even though the water level was falling fast due to evaporation. He ended up losing all of them (see pic). He does nothing to help us maintain the lake but was quick to blame us for his fish dying due to the sewage. We have updated the Fisheries Dept. and sought to know what measures they take to ensure the quality of the water in the lake to which they have given the fishing rights to a contractor.  

The rain in the evening of 2nd April once again brought sewage into lake. Yet again, we called the local office of BWSSB and early on 3rd morning, they cleared the block in the drain at Nataraja Layout with a jetting machine. However, the drain in 1st Cross, Aradhana Layout dead ends into the chamber. It does not need the rain to overflow. Hence, even after 15th March, sewage from this point has been steadily flowing into the lake. In a matter of days, it has completely undone our work of several years. 

Coracles filled with dead fish

The photo on 1st March below, shows the pristine wetland, the aquatic bio-filter zone, pinnacle of our endeavour. By 24th March, the water was dotted with dead fish and the grill packed with trash. Sewage from Aradhana Layout continues to flow and made the wetland a cesspool by 3rd April. 

Wetland, 1st March 2018

Wetland 24th March 2018

Sewage inflow from Aradhana Layout, 26th March 2018

Cesspool wetland, 3rd April 2018

There are no more fishes to die in our lake.  If sewage continues to flow in, the lake will die too. We have written to BWSSB. We'll update you on the actions they take to protect the lake, to ensure that sewage never again enters the lake. Sewage is not slow poison but a swift decimation not just of the fish but of the lake itself. 

Yet, in hope,