J Veni Madhavi
Vedic Vanas, India
"J Veni Madhavi has graduated from Maris Stella College, Vijayawada affiliated to Nagarjuna University,Andhra Pradesh in 1992 and did her Bachelors in Education with distinction and gold medal from Siddhardha College of Education in 1995. Thereafter she worked as a Naturalist at Vagdevi Vilas Institutions, Bangalore from 2005-2008 and worked as landscape designer at Pyramid valley International, Bangalore, India from 2007-2009. She has been authoring several articles which are being published in reputed dailies like The Indian Express, Times of India, Deccan Herald, Prajavani, Eenadu, Deccan Chronicle and magazines like Aradhana and Velugu. She has been giving several talks on television and radio in the field of vedic ecology in Studio-N, Doordarshan and AIR. She actively developed butterfly parks, eco friendly gardens and sacred grooves in various organizations and institutions. At present she is the Director for Vedic Vanas, an NGO. Her current research is focused on ancient garden practices from around the world that reflect plantation and conservation of diversified plant species. "
"When I utter the word urban, the immediate picture that comes to my mind are buildings and more buildings. The open space left out there for the greenery is squeezed to the least possible limit. Taken into account, the place for planting is to be very precise. If we take a cross section of today’s urban landscapes, we come across only a handful of plants repeated everywhere – like the Bermuda grass, Durantha, Ficus, Alstonia, Nerium, Mimusops, putranjeeva and Bougainvillea. The three F’s are missing to a great extent, namely the Flower, Fruit and the Fragrance. Each building has a unique purpose and functionality. The first step to diversity starts, by just picking the right plant which reflects the function of the building and which best suites that purpose keeping in mind the available place. For example, schools- a place which helps in enhancing the educative skills of a child, stress relieving varieties and the plants about which they learn in their books (Butterfly park, saraswathi vana) and parks- a place which helps in refreshing, rejuvenating and relaxing among the varieties (which address all the 5 senses and soothes them). There are excellent scientific concepts hidden in the ancient scriptures, reflecting rich biodiversity through simple practices. As told by Einstein ‘Religion without science is blind and science without religion is lame’. I would be presenting simple concepts that can be incorporated into today’s urban landscapes and bring about huge difference to the local ecological conditions. The scientific research and technologies should reach to the grass root level to a common man, then the change becomes a revolution and then a transformation."