I’m constantly scouting around for more than sugar and spice – looking for all that’s really nice. And when I do find such things in our neighbourhood and can share these with my readers, it’s heartening. And heart warming.
The upcoming SOL Mela at the SOL School, on January 14, the day of Makar Sankranti, is a showcase of events, activities and products-for-sale that reflect the school’s ideology and ethos. Located just off Film City Road at Shishu Bhavan, SOL is a Waldorf-inspired school. It is an institution that practices “child-centric alternative pedagogy”.
‘We believe in protecting the essence of childhood by providing a fully integrated and age-appropriate education. By bringing rich and artistic learning experiences which emphasise the human values of truth, beauty and goodness to encourage a sense of wonder and boost their imagination,’ states the school’s founder, Pradeep Yeragi.
Housed within the precincts of Bal Vikas at Shishu Bhavan, an orphanage for abled and differently-abled children, SOL’s agenda creates an inclusive learning environment with its own students and the children from the orphanage. ‘The idea is to give all children a common ground to grow from, learn and gain as much from each other, without knowing the economic status, which ruins the minds of children,’ Pradeep’s wife, Deepali shares. With seven other parents, Deepali is a founder parent of SOL.
The SOL Mela is about coming together and build communities. ‘To relax, sing and also bond with one’s kids while they enjoy the tiny thoughtful things that are created by our community,’ the organisers reveal. The Mela is a community effort to bring together like minded people to explore, encourage and promote products and services that embrace health, wellness, organic, eco-friendly and the healing art of hand-work.
Among the participants are producers of organic fruits and vegetables from Prakriti; organic goodies from the Birdsong Café; traditional Indian games, clay toys from Amigurum; wooden toys from Mercurious and SOL; meditative instrumental music and organic eco-friendly clothing from Nanhe Paon, to name a few.
Food at the fair will also follow the same format with wholesome, organic desserts and other goodies from Chetana desserts and handmade goodies from the enterprising tribal communities of Aarey. So yes, there will be til ladoos and much more to bring on the “god-god bola” feel!
Also present will be activities like buttermilk churning, naachni grinding, pottery, Waldorf handiwork, Mandala making and also music by various artists.
The festival of Uttarayan marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Indian calendar. It is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that harvest season is approaching which is called Makar Sankranti. This day is considered to be one of the most important harvest days in India. For SOL, Uttarayan marks its first anniversary as a school
Sow some precious time with your family in this SOL soil and reap a harvest of soulful bounty this weekend. All so close to home!
Date: Saturday, January 14
Timing: 4pm – 9pm
Address: 102, Shishu Bhavan, Near Valentine Apartment, Riddhi Garden complex, Off Film City Road, Goregoan East.
Entry: ₹50 per head. Free entry for children below 6 years of age.
For any more queries check out the SOL Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org