The Karvi Festival



A festival of music, art, nature and creativity celebrated in the green and misty hills of Panchgani.

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The gregarious flowering of Karvi (Carvia Callosa) happens once every eight years in the Western Ghats. The miracle shall again unfold this year when the monsoons would be winding up.
Let us celebrate this wonder of nature through a festival of music, art, poetry, food, story-telling, nature walks and events with child centric themes. In fact the list could be endless. The idea is to celebrate all life affirming creative energies and connect with nature.

The world of today suffers from what has been termed aptly as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. Karvi festival gives a pretext to come close to the much overlooked wilderness in our hearts!

Nestled in the Western Ghats, the twin hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. This region is famous for its rich biodiversity and cultural heritage, also the source of River Krishna and Koyna.


DAY 0 :

16th Sep, 2016

Open to all- no festival pass needed

10:00 am – 1:30 pm: Art & Craft Workshops for Children & Adults

Our overused ‘thinking mind’ has to rest so that the ‘feeling mind’ comes alive! Involving children from Panchgani schools the Karvi festival attempts to spark off this change of mindset.

Exploring Tribal Art through Warli & Gond painting – Suresh Pungati

Flower making workshop, creating wild flowers – Anuradha Samanta

Fun with colour – Poornima Sukumar

Connecting with Nature through storytelling – Sharmila Deo, Arth Outdoors

Launch of Kids for Tigers Panchgani chapter, courtesy Bittu Sehgal, Sanctuary

Venue: Panchgani Club

10:00am – 5:00 pm : Art Exhibition

A showcase of paintings, sketches and poems of students inspired by their walks through Karvi trails in the Mahabaleshwar forest prior to the festival

Venue: Panchgani Club

4:30pm – 7:30 pm : Festival Opening

Come together to share the purpose and spirit of the festival with stories, film and music inspired by Karvi.

“ A classroom of flowers” Screening of the 8 minute documentary film by Mandakini Mathur which traces the experience of a group of students on a trip to the Kas Plateau in Maharashtra which is famous for its wild flowers.

”My experience with Karvi” An interactive chat with Dr. Erach Barucha

“Plastic-e-hind” Musical performance by Ajit Avadhani

Venue: MRA Auditorium, Panchgani

DAY 1 :
17th Sep, 2016
7:00 am – 10:00 am: Walk in the Mahabaleshwar forests Karvi trails

Karvi, whether soaked in rain or sunlight will always remain in the mind a source of inspiration and rejuvenation. A walk in the Mahabaleshwar forest in quest of the Karvi in the company of flower experts and bird watchers. We end with a picnic breakfast in the forest.

Assembly Point: Nagarpalika Car Park (opposite Ambedkar Park), Panchgani

2:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Music Concert in the Mountain Caves

Located in the ancient rock face of the Panchgani table land, this magical cave offers a serene atmosphere. With its fantastic view of the Krishna valley, the space inspires you to connect with the elements while you listen on to some amazing soul, folk and fusion music. Also a special display of Karvi-inspired products created by a few curated brands.


Final list of artists will be announced soon

Venue: Den & Dine Cave, Table Land, Panchgani

9:00 pm: Dinner at Prospect with Shahram & Parvaneh

Established in 1912, Prospect has an unmatched old-world charm, enhanced by the warmth of the family running it for generations. At Prospect one feasts, both on love and food!

Venue: Prospect Hotel, Panchgani

DAY 2 :
18th Sep, 2016
10:30 am – 12:00 pm : A Visit to Devrai Art Village

Devrai is a space where creative minds come together to create meaningful pieces of art using indigenous techniques. Visitors will have the chance to understand the process, interact with the tribal craftsmen and buy their unique artefects. They will also have the chance to taste the Mahua wine made by them. For those interested, there will be a guided botanical walk as well.

Venue: Devrai Art Village, Panchgani

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch at Riverview Retreat

Riverview Retreat is a haven for those seeking a quiet space to contemplate and reflect in meditative solitude. Tejinder Walia is the spirit behind this initiative who is also passionate about social welfare, yoga and education.
Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley, while enjoying local cuisine prepared by women from Taighat village. Also on view and sale will be their creativity in Textile craft.

Venue: Riverview Retreat, Taighat

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: An Afternoon at Redstone Farm & Organic Center

A pioneer in Organic farming in this region, Mona Patrao has an unfailing dedication to environment and education. Come to experience and hear the inspirational story of her journey.
Also, a talk on the wildflowers of this region by Dr Bachulkar, a botanist teacher of vast experience from Kolhapur university.

Venue: Redstone Farm, Bhose 

4:00 pm: Closing Music Jam at Redstone



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    Mr. Salman : 8884926029
    Mr. Narotam : 9880462044