Sunday, March 20, 2011

The formal opening of the Malkha shop happened on Saturday, the evening of the Supermoon. Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon Union Minister for the Environment did the honours by untying the malkha rope. Shri Vijay Kumar, Jt Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, and B Rajsekhar, CEO, SERP were the government officials who attended. Shri Narsing Rao & Sumana gaaru from Burgula, our trustees Dr Rama Melkote, Ramanjaneyulu & Vijay Burgula were there, with our Natural dyes consultant Jagada Rajappa & Dr Ismat Mehdi from EFLU, Vinita Passary of Anonym boutique and other friends and well-wishers. Vijay very kindly took care of the slide projection. Dastkar Andhra was represented by Shyamsundari, Latha, Sambhavi & Salim. Jagan, formerly our Technical Director and now with Fractal Foundation, was there with his family. Sagari & Madhoo came with their family and Sagari delighted us all by singing Kabir's 'Chadaria' and other such appropriate songs. Tirupati, malkha machine operator from Burgula, presented the Minister with a small mogra plant on behalf of DCYT & MMT.

Here is the first lot of pictures, of the Minster's arrival and rope-untying. More about the event later with more pics and even a video.

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