Mumbai’s more than two-century-old Asian society takes interested people to traditional Warli homes to understand their tradition, agriculture, food, art and coexistence with animals, through an initiative called “Jashn- e-Jungle” on April 24.
The walk would be led by photographer and anthropologist Aslam Saiyad and local Warli community expert Dinesh Barap. Tourists will visit Tumnipada where people will view a traditional Warli house and Warli paintings.
“SGNP is a green zone inside one of the wealthiest municipal corporations in the world, but there are no facilities for running water, transport, hospitals or schools. It is also home to over 45 free leopards. But they survive in harmony with nature,” says Raamesh Gowri Raghavan, society member and heritage expert.
The Warli are an indigenous (Adivasi) tribe of western India, living in the mountainous and coastal areas along the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas. They have their own animist beliefs, ways of life, customs and traditions. They are among the oldest inhabitants of Mumbai and western India.
Saiyad, who has documented Mumbai’s four rivers – Mithi, Dahisar, Poisar and Oshiwara – will also talk about these water systems.
Participants will also learn how people use springs and conserve water during summers. “Then we go to Kakadbhatti, where they will demonstrate traditional fishing techniques,” he said, adding that traditional crafts such as making colors from stones, making traditional medicines and crafts Warli would be described to people.
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