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In Saur, people practice a unique tradition. Every time it doesn’t rain for a long period, the villagers gather together in the temple courtyard with the village musicians and they say, “hum baarish maangne ja rahe hai” (we are going to ask for rain). "It is believed that over the last six years, it has always rained on exactly the same day. And if, for some reason, it doesn’t rain, they remove the stone from the temple so that god also suffers in the scorching heat. The villagers ask god to suffer too. They have a unique and lovely relationship with the almighty, which is more friendly than god-fearing. Seen here is the completed Rain Wall mural.

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  • Title: Rain Wall
  • Date Created: 2017/2017
  • Location: Saur, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
  • Type: Mural
  • Contributor: The initiative in Saur, sponsored by RoundGlass and supported by Due North uniquely addressed the problem of migration to urban spaces. Saur is now the first village in recent history to have a documented database of life lessons from an entire community exhibited on the exterior of every house wall including the abandoned ones.
  • External Link: RoundGlass, Due North
  • Medium: Weather-proof Exterior Wall Paint
  • Project: The Wise Wall Project is an initiative by Project FUEL and FUEL Foundation to document the rural wisdom of our villages and celebrate it through art murals. The initiative transforms villages into living classrooms, turning the walls of the same onto blackboards and canvases that uncover striking yet simple life learnings. The project aims to ignite a movement of transforming the long forgotten villages into open-air galleries, exhibiting human wisdom for anyone and everyone in the world to see and benefit from. The Wise Wall Project in rural Uttarakhand's Saur village in Tehri Garhwal documented the life lessons of an entire village and then showcased the collective wisdom through art on the walls of the village. This initiative in Saur was sponsored by RoundGlass and supported by Due North. We envisioned The Wise Wall Project to be a statement in and of itself. And Saur is now the first village in recent history to have a documented database of life lessons from an entire community exhibited on the exterior of every house wall including the abandoned ones. A village has now been transformed into a big classroom with each wall being a blackboard that uncovers striking yet simple life learnings.
  • Photography: Vibhor Yadav

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