Udaipur as a Learning City

Udaipur as a Learning City is a process-project which attempts to co-create and re-discover different kinds of learning eco-systems throughout the city. This process was started about 15 years ago to unfold and highlight different visions, dreams, practices and experiments which are more sustainable, local and community-driven. The core belief underlying this process is that we need to deeply rethink our urban lifestyles and create alternatives to the way urbanization is taking place in India. It is an intergenerational canvas which also encourages us to re-imagine the concepts of public commons, abundance vs scarcity, vulgar consumption and happiness. The ULC process has nurtured many innovative prototypes and incubated many new changemakers and sustainable initiatives in the city. For more frequent updates, check out our Shikshantar Andolan facebook page.

Enjoy some footage of the Udaipur Learning City unConference which took place on Sept 18, 2016. Film by Govind Kharol and Bindaas Community Media Academy.

A local solidarity network of primary producers, farmers, grandmothers, chefs, activists, natural healers, suppliers, distributors that embrace a philosophy of good, clean & fair food for all.

Do you have a dream project to improve the local culture, environment or health of Udaipur city? We would like to support you in making your dream come into reality.

An experiment with Gift Culture and Sharing by the lake, Udaipur

Come learn about an organic store in Udaipur that has a dream to make Mewar - beautiful and healthy.

Come find out ways in which you can open your heart and soul with others.

Check out the new episode of Ram Ram Udaipur!!! This episode features Shri Padam Singh Rathore, renowned snake-catcher and animal lover, and Shrimati Kavita Jain of Banyan Roots organic store.

Volunteer Udaipur collaborated with Clowns Without Borders to visit several hospitals and communities in Udaipur to share joy, laughter and friendship. Come give 2 hrs per week of your time for making Udaipur an amazing place. Film by Govind Kharol, Bindaas Community Media Academy. 

Some glipmses of the Summer Natural Drinks Festival hosted by the Slow Food Network of Udaipur in May 2016

Harawal is an initiative taken to promote cycling in Udaipur city. The best part is that we know by doing so, we will only improve our health and help the environment of Mewar.

Interview with Mr. Santosh Padwal, documentary film-maker and co-founder of the ‘Bindaas Community Media Academy’ in Fatehpura, Udaipur, to learn more about this initiative and his vision of community media.

Here is the 5th episode of Ram Ram Udaipur, featuring Dr. Jaya Bhavsar and Dr. Ruchi Dixit from Sankalp. 

Our dream is that every resident of Udaipur, particularly all the children, should get to eat fresh organic vegetables and fruits every day. What good is our money, if we can't eat good food. 

Everyone is talking about happiness these days. So I started thinking about what are the things that are important for me and my community as part of our work in Udaipur as a Learning City.

A wheel can do so many things..

This is a beautiful film which explores the city of Udaipur through its colors. A real tribute to the streets of udaipur and its vibrant communities. Made at the Swapathgami Filmmaking Workshop 2015.

Working with concerned citizens of Udaipur to regenerate Mewari, the local language of the Mewar region of southern Rajasthan.

This is a film about Shri Rajaram Sharma, a Picchwai artist from Udaipur. Rajaramji walked out of school after class 5 and learnt this art form from his guru. He has been nationally recognized for his art.

Get your fresh, cold-pressed cooking oil from Shikshantar. We have an oil expeller which makes cooking oil from groundnuts or coconuts. Come over with your groundnuts, sesame or coconuts and take your oil in 1 hr. You take back the remaining fibre.

About an inspiring female auto rickshaw driver in Udaipur, affectionately known as Auto Aunty.
A film by Rama Barhat, who lives in Udaipur.

This film is about local neighborhood fairs to promote localisation and swaraj in Udaipur. The fair highlights ideas of zero waste crafts, healthy cooking, local language and arts, self-healing and biodiversity, and community dialogue. It is co-hosted by neighborhoods and shikshantar.

Hear what Tourists have to say about tourism in Udaipur and the City of Lakes.

This film features the stories of two remarkable individuals, Sumit Vaishnav and Sandeep Bordia, who are working on urban organic farming in udaipur.

Scenes from the Udaan Green Theatre Festival held in Udaipur, 2009. Hosted by Shikshantar. Film by: Axieno, Aman, Vidhi and Vishal.

Come check out the geodome made from natural bamboo at shikshantar. Film by Kiran Patil (Swaraj University Khoji). Thanks to Sarah Davitt for sharing the design and also dancing with us. Thanks to buckminister fuller for inspiration. Thanks to PSY for the Gangnam style music. 

Ram Ram Udaipur is a local Mewari tv show in Udaipur. This episode features Avinash Nigam, bird conservationist.

 

Cities all over the world are rising up to make a difference in food, energy, transportation, communication and urban space. We have been inspired in Udaipur as a Learning City by many others, and have compiled their amazing examples into a small booklet.

One of Udaipur's eco-heroes, 80+ yr old R.S. Bhandari, shares about a fruit forest at his residence in Fatehpura. Join us in planting more edible fruit forests and expanding the green biodiversity zones and carbon sinks in Udaipur.

This is a short video about Udaipur as a Learning City and the core ideas of re-creating learning commons in Cities like Udaipur.

A festival of Healthy Sweets had been organized as a part of Udaipur as a Learning City to explore, experiment and devour sweets made without processed sugar and processed flours. The result was over 30 wonderful recipes cherished and shared by more than 25 friends from Udaipur.

From Amla Ka Mamla Food Festival hosted at Shikshantar. Also celebrating Slow Food Terra Madre  Day. Here you see a recipe being shared by Chef Sunny Gandharva from MIllets of Mewar.

As one of the experiments of Udaipur as a Learning City -Millets of Mewar is an Indian fusion food restaurant in Udaipur serving millets (gluten-free grains), less oil & heatlhy foods..

Dr P C Jain shares how he shaves with Aloe Vera. You can also grow Aloe Vera in your own home. This is part of Udaipur as a Learning city and was filmed by Raja and Padmaja Gungun.

Join us at Gulab Bagh park in Udaipur every Sunday early morning for the Game-a-thon. The Game-a-thon is a cooperative games festival that began in Udaipur in 2001 to rekindle the spirit of the gift culture. Meet Manish Kataria one of the local hosts for non-competitive games at Game-a-thons.

Watch this video to find out how you can organize a Dariya Dil Dukkan in your organization, conference, workshop or community.

Learn about Hulchul Saturday Cafe which promotes slow food and gift culture in Udaipur.

This is a film about a local basket maker and an social entrepreneur who wants to make him rich. Film by Nikilesh Tayal and Santosh Padwal, made at Bindaas Community Media Academy. Copyleft 2015.

Hass Gulla is Udaipur's first Mewari Comedy Channel. Here is a preview episode of Shri Shail Choyal, an eminent artist and educator, who lives in Bari. Produced by Bindaas Community Media Academy. Shikshantar Films copyleft 2015.

Hass Gulla is Udaipur's first Mewari Comedy Channel. Here is a preview episode of Sandeep Sen, a talented hair stylist and artist, who lives in Dewali. Produced by Bindaas Community Media Academy. Shikshantar Films copyleft 2015

Hass Gulla is Udaipur's first Mewari Comedy Channel. Here is a preview demo episode of Mahesh Nayak who lives in Dewali. Produced by Bindaas Community Media Academy. Shikshantar Films copyleft 2015.

This is a monthly tv series in Mewari language developed by youth of Udaipur: govind kharol, santosh padwal, sandeep sen, and kishan prajapat. its purpose is to inspire people for swaraj and localisation for Udaipur as a Learning City.

We dream of creating a zero-waste Udaipur. We are a fair-trade social business which offers eco- products and services, such as upcycling workshops and sustainability walks. We believe in localisation. You are invited to visit us and share your upcycling ideas.  

Halchal café is a slow food gift culture café started in 2010. We started it as an experiment to rebuild trust, friendship, health and connection in udaipur.

This café is run by the love of volunteers.

As the process of deep-dialogue continues, some glaring questions stare at us. How do we see our city, and how do we see it in the future?