Heritage in every grain

12th Annual Nel Thiruvizha – A festival for traditional rice varieties

Paddy farmers from across Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states congregate at the 12th Annual Nel Thiruvizha at Thiruthuraipoondi

Indian traditional rice varieties

Nel Jayaraman, Tamil Nadu State Coordinator of the Save Our Rice Campaign, stood tall, unmindful of the heat, greeting people and keeping an eye on the preparations. The 12th annual Nel Thiruvizha brought together thousands of paddy farmers from around Tamil Nadu and a few from neighbouring states as well. The wedding hall in Thiruthuraipoondi was a sea of colour with farmers in white veshti and shirt with a bright green thundu thrown over their shoulder and the women in bright saris. Youth volunteers were everywhere — managing logistics, serving food and water and manning the registration desk.

Indian traditional rice varieties
Indian traditional rice varieties

There were speakers, microphones, cameras, lights, and speeches wherever one turned.

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