Thannal Annual Newsletter, April 2018 – April 2019.
Journey of Thannal series
Last year was an important year in the growth of Natural Building Movement in India, Thannal is happy to share the progress of works in the dimensions of documentations, research, publications, experimentation, workshops and helping people build homes. Here we present Thannal’s annual newsletter for April 2018- April 2019.
Respecting a Mason Series: Rajasthan first season conclusion
Master mason Dawood Ibrahim Muwal leaves Thannal after two years of work with us. His major works include making Multipurpose Water tank, Grey Water Tank (link here) and traditional Rajasthani Lime Plasters (Link here).
Thannal team founders, Biju Bhaskar & Sindu Bhaskar were in Research of Traditional Natural Building Methods of Rajasthan, for one month, travelling different parts of the state. (link – Knowing Rajasthan, Sardarshahar- Land of Limestone buildings)
After this research, Thannal team along with Master Mason & other local artisans host the first Revival Workshop in Thappi-Lohi-Araish Plaster (Traditional Rajasthani Lime Plasters) in Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, in May 2018. (Link: Revival Workshop)
Islamuddeen Muwal, a younger mason from the same family, joins Thannal. He is a Lime Mason and by joining Thannal he has started his journey in Mud. He is part of various explorations under the guidance of our Founders.
Moving further ahead, we have decided to create a web series and book explaining basics of construction Natural Building. The series is titled ‘Natural Building for Common Man’ (see trailer here). It will be made in four languages, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English. Money required for the series is going to be raised through a crowd-funding campaign. This will be one of major priorities scheduled for 2019.
Connected with this series, we started with a two-day Natural Building Camp for Common Man, in up to 70 people participated. We hope to continue this as an annual event. (see video here)
Prepared by Akhil Shajan