CHARLIE IN INDIA
A Sustainable Life
Vishnu Babu is the modern day Charlie Chaplin in India. Charlie Chaplin himself was descended from Roma on his mother's side, a gypsy people who are descendents from certain tribes in India, such as the Banjara tribe. Vishnu is Banjara, born in a village outside Hyderabad, India. A curious affinity for Charlie Chaplin movies drew him into character....and so we begin here, Charlie awakens on the permaculture farm where Vishnu has been learning permaculture design and making friends along the way.
Vishnu Babu, actor.
Vishnu Babu, our star of the film, makes his debut with Charlie in India. Collaborating with Bethany Fancher on several previous projects in art and video, as well as assisting on film production projects. Vishnu Babu has studied permaculture design with renowned teachers, Padma and Narsanna Koppula at Aranya Agricultural Alternatives in Telangana, India in 2015. He has also attended a yoga training at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore in 2017, and stayed at an art residency at TAJ in 2015.
Avusala Divya, costar, also from Telangana, played this role of beautician/hair stylist. It has been her dream to become a beautician and run her own business. She has attended Anoo’s International Beauty School in Hyderabad. . We were glad to be the first clients in her salon in the woods.
Avusala Divya, actress.
Bethany Fancher is a transdisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, photography, film/video, performance, and community-based projects. Fancher’s practice is informed by her osteopathic background, as well as movement training, sound art, and permaculture studies.
I'm staying behind the camera...
There's much more to our story, but for now, we present Vishnu Babu in: A Sustainable Life.
Sanjay Sharma, tabla.
Rishab Sharma, sitar.
Rishab Sharma is a sitarist from India, the youngest disciple of the legendary Ravi Shankar. Exposed to music in his formative years, Rishab Sharma had a chance to learn from great improvisers from across the world. His musical journey began with playing small gatherings and he has now gone on to perform solos for national TV and concert halls. We are lucky to have him put music to our film!
Sanjay Sharma, Rishab’s father, is considered to be one of the best instrument makers of India, including having made sitars for Ravi Shankar. Also a talented tabla player with masters degree in Indian percussion, Sanjay Sharma has toured the world accompanying renowned artists as well as playing solo concerts. So blessed we are to have him for our soundtrack!
Immunity Garden, our current project
It is now 2020. The Covid-19 is on a global rampage. We are tailoring our project in response to this crisis by creating community through immunity. We have been researching the medicinal herbs that will help keep humans from succumbing to the virus and herbs to overcome and repair our bodies from it, using permaculture/regenerative practices (growing topsoil as we farm, sequestering water into the ground, etc). It will be a model for the other village farmers to observe and learn from. Vishnu will draw up a design for Patashala Farm, the satellite farm in Hyderabad of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives. His teachers have asked him to steward this patch of land into regeneration. We will be documenting the transformation, growth of the plant medicines, making of teas and tinctures, and creating informational videos for easy access online for others to follow. Money raised goes directly to supporting this project's programming efforts: supplies, labor, support during a startup phase. Looking to raise $400 a month for one year, any amount helps.
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