At home amid nature
March 10, 2015 Akila Kannadasan
Two barren landscapes that people had given up on; school drop-outs society had given up on; women farmhands who supported their families, while their husbands travelled to far off lands to find work — organic farming pioneer Nammalvar brought them all together to create forest patches that throb with life. The Ammankurai social forest and the Kolunji Ecological Farm in Pudukottai are among the many miracles with land that Nammalvar spearheaded during his time. They form the crux of Thiruvannamalai-based photographer Vinodh Baluchamy’s documentary film Nammalvar’s Permaculture. Screened recently at the tiNai Ecofilm Festival, the documentary won the ‘Best Eco Film Award’.