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Bengaluru 63-YO Landscaper Revives Dying Lake; 4000 Saplings Planted


Revathy Kamath, a resident of Bengaluru, was a passionate gardener, at all times thrilled within the presence of vibrant flowers. The 63-year-old shares, “I’ve at all times been a homemaker. When each my sons grew up and obtained busy with their very own chores, I devoted extra time to do my favorite actions like gardening.”

However quickly, her journey went from being a homemaker and gardener to changing into a landscaper and environmentalist! She went on to launch her personal enterprise known as ‘Calyx – Landscaping & Natural Farming’ in 2000 however has now stepped down as its proprietor to get pleasure from her retired life.

This graduate of Botany says that her love for gardening has given her happiness, satisfaction and success. However how did all of it transpire?

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Revathy Kamath’s love for flowers took her on a beautiful journey.

For the love of flowers

Revathy says, “First, I began a small flower store the place bouquets had been ready and distributed primarily based on orders. Steadily, I had purchasers together with IT giants like Wipro and HP, and I turned to occasion organising as effectively — stage ornament and associated preparations for the businesses’ capabilities, which gave me immense satisfaction. As I’m additionally into music and concert events, such occasions had been additionally organised with the assistance of an important staff I employed.”

It was in 1994, throughout her 40s, that Revathy obtained a possibility to get into the landscaping enterprise by establishing a backyard for a home.

She says, “I had zero concepts about this area, however after in-depth studying and understanding, I took up the challenge. This turned an enormous success which led to quite a few different huge and small tasks coming my method, together with the backyard of Mysore College in Bengaluru.”

Revathy explains, “With a purpose to do landscaping work, we’d like area to develop all varieties of crops that are later replanted to the assigned space. I used to be on the lookout for a plot to do that work in addition to to do natural farming. On a go to to a buddy’s place in Somanahalli village, I seen a couple of acres of spare land. My plan was to make use of the land with out shopping for it after acquiring permission. Somanahalli Gram Panchayat president Muniraj Gowda gave us a heads up and we planted bushes like banyan, peepal, neem, jamun (Java plum) and jackfruit together with numerous creepers and decorative crops.”

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The inexperienced cowl was developed by Revathy close to Somanahalli Lake.

Landscaper-turned-environmentalist

It took Revathy some time to grasp that the water facility on this plot was restricted because the close by Somanahalli Lake was on the verge of dying. She additionally found that the adjoining Raja Canal was blocked which resulted within the lack of freshwater flowing to the 25-acre huge lake.

“There have been some encroachments which stopped the water circulate. I made a decision to take the assistance of the village administration to take away these. Earth movers had been dropped at clear the limitations. This took about six months and water slowly began flowing into the lake. Two islands over 30 ft in peak had been additionally constructed contained in the lake space to assist the flowing. The freshwater gave hope to a whole bunch of farmers and the overall inhabitants within the locality, who obtained no profit from the lake for the previous 45 years,” says the inexperienced warrior.

The river conservation actions took lots of effort and cash. Revathy shares that over Rs 45 lakh was spent on the method which was contributed by her sons.

“Each of them have at all times supported my ventures. They had been completely satisfied to assist this trigger to raised the livelihood of the villagers whereas taking a small step to avoid wasting our planet from water shortage,” she provides.

“Whereas finding out the river, the villagers shared their fond reminiscences and the way the encroachments obtained out of their management. Despite the fact that there have been only some fences and a few waste, they couldn’t do something about it as a result of they had been unaware of the executive proceedings and, after all, as a result of monetary constraints. I’m glad that they dwell a greater life now,” she says.

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The wealthy Somanahalli Lake gives recent water to a whole bunch.

After the clearance, Revathy planted greater than 4,000 saplings within the barren land. The place is now wealthy with greenery, chirping birds, butterflies and extra.

“Cleansing of Raja Canal needs to be finished promptly. In any other case, it could possibly be the explanation for floods and shedding extra rivers. The mission remains to be in progress,” she informs.

“Despite the fact that I’ve partly left the landscaping area to dwell a peaceable retired life, my love for crops, bushes and flowers is just rising. I’ll proceed to work for them and do each succesful factor to avoid wasting my planet,” says the sexagenarian.

Revathy shares that her intention is to teach college students about ecological points and encourage them to take initiative, thereby defending human life and ecology.

Edited by Pranita Bhat; Photograph credit: Revathy Kamath.



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