Naa Chenu, Naa Cheduvu [My Farm, My School] is a film made by Masanagari Mayuri, a nine year old girl from a dalit farm labouring family that lives in Pastapur Village of Medak District. Mayuri studies in the Government Primary School in her village Pastapur.
The film describes how Mayuri used her grandparents’ farm to learn about agriculture, plant growth, uncultivated foods and many other fascinating issues that a child can learn from the earth. She visited the farm every week from the time it was ploughed till the time it was harvested. Armed with a notebook, a measuring scale, a still camera and a video camera, she would observe the plants, photograph them, measure their growth, mark them in her notebook and finally shoot all this process with her team. Back home she would mark the growth details on a graph book, assemble the photographs into an album and edit the video shots.
Whenever Mayuri had a question about the farm, she would go to her grandmother or grandfather and get the answers. The sources of knowledge for her were not a book or a school teacher or an agricultural scientist. The sources were her grandparents, illustrating how a child can quench her thirst for knowledge from the fountain of traditional knowledge bubbling in her own community even to this day.
For more details, contact :
Village Pastapur, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, 500 220, India
Deccan Development Society
#101, Kishan Residency, Road No 5, Begumpet
Hyderabad – 500 016, Andhra Pradesh, India