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Day 2 starts with a bang!

The day 2 of the Reciprocity fest 2018 at Kalakshetra foundation started with a yoga class, origami workshop for children along with the Fooya health champion games. Scroll down for highlights!

Yoga for All:

The Yoga workshop of the Reciprocity fest happened around 11 am at the Kalakshetra Foundation under a Banyan tree, which was attended by 15 people.


She said that the primary benefits of today’s workshop was that she made them use props while performing different Yoga postures.

She also emphasized on the fact that Yoga helped improve the alignment and flexibility of the body and more youngsters were joining these workshops.

Where old newspaper turns into art:

An origami workshop happened at the Sustainable Health Centre on the second day of the Reciprocity fest at the Kalakshetra Foundation, where eight children between 5-15 years of age learnt about making different shapes and figures from paper.

The workshop emphasized the need to remain artistically creative especially when the children these days usually remain engaged with electronic gadgets.

Meditate for joy and peace:

Around 20 youngsters attended a meditation workshop on the second day of the Reciprocity fest at the Kalakshetra Foundation. It was conducted by the Heartfulness Institute, a non-profit organisation with over 50,000 volunteers.

The people at the workshop expressed that they were curious about curious about meditation and wanted to experience greater emotion stability.

The instructor explained that usually people come to these workshops to find a sense of balance.

He also explained that meditation was effortless focus on one thing for a period of time. He also talked about being balanced and calm for optimal performance.

The Town Hall: Reciprocity Fest 2018

Live Blog Reciprocity Fest 2018

Four legged friends visit the fest

Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary (BMAD), an animal shelter and rehabilitation initiative came to Reciprocity Fest for an awareness drive.

They have over 80 dogs and around 30 puppies in need of new homes. The initiative is funded by the Theosophical Society and has been in motion for the past 10 months.

‘We take care of abandonment dogs and old dogs that cannot fend for themselves’ says Karthik, a volunteer at BMAD. ‘It is a peaceful and fulfilling experience to work here’ he added.

Elizabeth, a four-month-old mongrel who was rescued by the volunteers after she was run over by a bike is looking for a home. Three more mongrels like her, all of them nurtured and brought back to life by the volunteers, would love to be a part of your family. 

Instagram handle: besantmemorialanimaldispensary

Facebook page: Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary

The Bazaar with a buzz


Parampara is a sustainable movement that aims to bring back lost knowledge of India with regard to healthy food and hygiene practices.

Charu Patel, a member of the initiative said that they want to bring back the Parampara of India. 

One of their movements focuses on the importance of Tulasi by creating awareness all over Chennai about its medicinal values.

Their other movement focuses on inculcating the idea of daan, recycling of all energies.

Their establishment is based in Guduvancheri.

They manufacture disinfectants out of cow urine and many other herbs. They also make notebooks and notepads out of cow dung. 

The other stalls at the Eco Bazaar had a variety of items right from notebooks made from elephant dung, chemical free vegetables and fruits, pouches made from milk packets till laptop bags made out of used tyres.

The go green theme was further highlighted by stalls which sold traditional South Indian snacks and sweets, organic cosmetics and stationery made from recycled paper. 

Environment fest kick starts with message

Reciprocity Fest 2018 began with Dr. Mrityunjay Athreya’s opening speech.
The two- day fest was inaugurated by Dr. Athreya, who spoke about climate change and loving the earth resonated with the audience.

His speech appreciated the initiative by Reciprocity Foundation and Sheila Sriprakash for launching it.

Dr. Athreya

He called for more participation by the people. He asked people to start loving their neighborhood, bigger concepts of living the city, nation and the world will come in automatically.

He also pointed out the importance of women to the environment. ‘Women are more sensitive to then environment’ he said. According to Athreya, if women are better employed, firms and companies would realize the importance of environmental conservation and work towards it.

Reciprocity Fest gets a green signal

Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, is hosting a two- day Reciprocity Fest, for the promotion of a responsive ecosystem. 
The fest will contain workshops, seminars, an Eco Bazaar and more. 
Mrityunjay Athreya, author and educationalist, will be inaugurating the event on February 10.

The Eco Fair will be inaugurated by Rajeev Ravi, CEO of Teems India Towerlines. The sustainable home pavilion will be inaugurated by the Head of Habitat Foundation, which works at a global level on building homes for the low income families.
Rasika, the programme catalyst says that everyone, in their own way, should contribute towards making the planet a better place. ‘Be it composting or planting trees, we should all do something to be a part of this world and make it a better place’ she added.

Eco Bazaar Rules

Thank you for your interest and participation in The Reciprocity Fest!!  We are very happy to have you on board, and bring together local experts, organizations and the community to promote and provide choices to enable Sustainable & Conscious Living. 
This free event is supported by the Reciprocity Foundation and Sponsors, partners/organizations/ brands, who share our passion and commitment to Sustainability and Healthy living.

Please read the notes below carefully: 

  1. We aim to make this event a “Zero Waster Event” and will be working with partners to responsibly recycle all the waste generated.  Towards this please ensure:
    • No Plastic / Flex Printing / Flex Standee
    • No plastic bags, plastic silver ware, plates, styrofoam, foil-lined paper and other non-recyclable products. Only biodegradable products and packaging materials allowed.
    • Single use plastics and disposable plastic items (incl spoons and forks ) are not allowed.
    • Stainless steel/Ceramic dishes and plantain leaf, reusable tumblers, ceramic cups must be used to distribute food and water. 
    • We can give you a contact if you want to use bio-degradable/compostable packaging
  2. Payment: Please ensure that the payment is complete and you collect the Receipt before the fest.  
  3. Reservation: Space reservation is for 10 AM Saturday, 10th Feb 2018 to 9 PM, Sunday, 11th Feb 2018 at Reciprocity Fest 2018 at Kalakshetra Foundation, Kalakshetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041.
  4. Setup will begin at 6:00 a.m. and must be completed no later than 8:30 AM on Saturday, 10th Feb 2018. Participants must set up and pack-up their stall themselves.
  5. Stall Space: Participants will be given the selected stall but will need to bring a Table Cover, Standee and Eco-friendly décor to deck the stall attractively (hand-written or cloth printed banner, small cane shelves, local woven baskets ok. No Plastic/Flex Standee/Banners). We will provide Tables, chairs & hand-painted wooden signage. 
  6. Materials: Participants may bring informational environmental flyers/brochures relating to their green services/product. Educational environmental displays and demonstrations are highly encouraged.
  7. Clean-up: You are responsible for maintenance and cleanup of your booth area. You are required to dispose of your own trash in the Bins provided at the Venue. Please put all materials that can be recycled in the proper designated recycle bins and the rest of your trash in the designated disposal areas.
  8. Responsibility: The Eco Fair is for educational, informational and entertainment purposes only. The Reciprocity Foundation, its staff, and volunteers shall not be responsible for any claims, loss of articles, damage or injury that may occur to the exhibitor or property for any cause whatsoever. Nonetheless, the Organizers will do its best to maintain the integrity and respectability of the event for the benefit of all concerned.
  9. Promotion: We are promoting the event on FB (, The Hindu (Media Partners), Radio One (Radio Partners) You also please feel free to share with your contacts. 
  10. Please “Like” our Facebook Page.
  11. If any of the vendors are breaching our Terms and Conditions or the venue’s policies, the Reciprocity Foundation has the right to refuse or cancel any business or organization. This includes prior to and during the event.

Please contact for any clarification.

Thank you. 

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