This event happened today. A total of 15 members attended. We were taken around the botanical garden to identify a few notable trees by Mr Krishnam Raju, and his colleague Mr Thimmaraya. A few members from other NGOs who love trees had also joined the meet.
Our next target is to get access to the libraries and the archives. The library is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Hence this will have to be on a Saturday. Another good outcome at the end of the day's meet was visit to the Director's office to thank them before leaving. Arjuna and Omshivaprakash met the Director along with me. This meeting and a demo of QR code by Omshivaprakash resulted in the Director requesting for a training of his department personnel on 4th Jan 2013. They wish to expand the scope of support beyond Lal Bagh and cover Horticulture in general. Their enthusiasm and excitement are good signs for further collaboration. Omshivaprakash will be organizing the training. Hopefully this can be followed by access to the Library and the archives. Regards, Sowmyan > Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:05:56 +0530 > From: Sowmyan Tirumurti <tsowm...@wikimedia.in> > To: "email@example.com" > <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] WMIN meet at Lal Bagh Bangalore- > Schedule > Message-ID: > <CAAsdjz4+EGu9e3iGeiUsZH+QqqN=m= > kq2jrrv39xuclq8hk...@mail.gmail.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="windows-1252" > > Change in schedule of WMIN monthly meet at Lal Bagh as requested by > officials at Lal Bagh > > Date: Dec 25, 2013 Christmas day. > Start Time : 11 AM > Expected duration of interaction - 2 hours > Interactions with : Shri Gunavantha - Dy Director > Location: Office of the Dy Director of Horticulture. As you approach Glass > House from the Bandstand, the office building will be about 50 meters to > the right. > > Regards, > Sowmyan > > > Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:05:55 +0530 > > From: Sowmyan Tirumurti <tsowm...@wikimedia.in> > > To: "email@example.com" > > <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Wikimediaindia-l Digest, Vol 621, > > Issue 1 > > Message-ID: > > < > > caasdjz4-qb13vam_oefswkuk8idpajagmbtjhyvxpthob_7...@mail.gmail.com> > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="windows-1252" > > > > Hi Shyamal, > > > > You are welcome to invite others. Just wait till Tuesday. I plan to meet > > the Director on Tuesday and will confirm to you. > > The wealth of information you posted is very interesting. I guess we need > > to form category specific interest groups for greater shared interest. > > > > For long i have wondered how to revive Bangalore meets. Meets for talking > > and sharing do not seem to enthuse many. Meets to do some joint action is > > more appealing. > > > > I have invited some people from UAS, GKVK too. Let us see how things > work > > out. If the invited team from UAS carries back nice memories more > > enthusiasts from UAS can join us in future ventures too. > > > > Regards, > > Sowmyan > > > > > > > > > > Message: 5 > > > Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:26:14 +0530 > > > From: "Shyamal L." <lshya...@gmail.com> > > > To: Wikimedia India Community list > > > <email@example.com> > > > Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Opportunity to embellish Lal Bagh > > > Botanical Garden related WP article before the flower show on > Jan > > > 26. > > > Message-ID: > > > <CAB6bDongvStabTJ7Ta-poRXM= > > > knvtrdy8yhvfzwqigs3ohu...@mail.gmail.com> > > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="windows-1252" > > > > > > Sowmyan, this is great news indeed! I know a number of people who are > > > interested. It would be great if some of their archives can be > accessed. > > > Most of the trees that are out there are somewhat more readily > accessible > > > as indeed are the ornamentals. > > > > > > There are some really historic material including some amazing artwork > > > (some of which I believe is by some unfortunately little-known > botanical > > > artists like K. Cheluvayya Raju who died more than 70 years ago). > > > There is probably some interesting material related to G H Krumbiegel, > > Hugh > > > Cleghorn and the Agri Horticultural Society. > > > There are also some interesting publications made by the Horticulture > > > Department that are largely inaccessible - over the years I have had > > > enquiries from the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh for looking up a > > book > > > called "Glass House – The Jewel of Lalbagh" published in 1991 that has > > > hardly been seen by people who are interested in it. I have likewise > had > > > requests for archive data relating to John Cameron (Krumbiegel's > > > predecessor). > > > > > > There is also a great deal of as yet un-written history on plant > > > introductions such as > > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote ("Seemay Badnekayi" = foreign > > > brinjal > > > - one of the introductions to our diet thanks to the work at Lalbagh) > as > > > well as the numerous avenue trees (like the pink poui currently in > bloom > > > and chosen by Krumbiegel as part of his Ritu Samhara idea for > Bangalore) > > > > > > For a glimpse of the excellent artwork of an unfortunately little-known > > > botanical artist - K. Cheluvayya Raju - see > > > > > > > > > http://www.benakaartconservation.com/Restoration/Portfolio_-_Art_Conservation_&_Restoration_files/Botanical%20paintings.pdf > > > and we have several other botanical artists who as yet have no articles > > on > > > even on the en.wiki (for example the somewhat famous pair of Govindoo > and > > > Rungiah). > > > > > > I have been postponing my own plans to research the archives there and > > > would be very happy to join you in your meetings if possible. There are > > > some active tree groups in India who will be interested too. > > > > > > best wishes > > > Shyamal > > > > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Shyamal > > > > > > > > > > >
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