This short film has reached United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF, New York, 2013) and 3rd International Water Symposium (Tamera, Portugal, 2013).
Many an artist have been inspired during their walks; visitors and seekers have communed with the spirit of the forest. The script of this film is an instance where I, as the poet, and the forest have become one, each finding a voice through the other, in the form of a prose-poem: 'My Forest has a Face'.
Trees of yore ... sprouting from the Earth
Reaching the skies with their finger-branches
While we mortals walk the talk ... immersed in our selves
Our faces ... towards the ground
Building our habitats ... our own jungles
While the forest ... gazes sun-ward
Feeling a tug at its roots
Amused, bewildered, anguished.
'I am part of us ... my face is as much yours
My flowers interleave your fingers
Swaying together in the lilt of the wind
My feelings... morose - polluted
Let's grow the faces of forest
Rejuvenate with time ... seasons'
My Forest ... has a Face
Named after a traditional healer who resided here hundreds of years ago, Pitchandikulam is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, one of the rarest ecosystems in India. Spread across 70 acres, it is located in the Green belt of the Auroville International Township in coastal Tamil Nadu, south India. Auroville is supported by a special act of the Indian Parliament and UNESCO.
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