A brief about "Nagara Nyrmala"
Solid waste or garbage strewn all over is a common sight in any Indian city. Little do we care about how it is disposed, where it is disposed, who disposes it and of our role, as citizens, in this entire process. "Nagara-Nyrmalya" addresses the complex issues involved in solid waste management and the problems faced by "Pourakarmikas" (solid waste workers, also known as "Safai Karmacharis") in their efforts at maintaining healthy neighborhoods in the city. This entertaining human drama presents the efforts of "Santhimmi," a Pourakarmika, as she motivates people in her neighborhood to adopt safe solid waste management techniques. The film highlights how such small efforts could help vastly improve our approach to solid waste management in cities, big and small.
The film’s real purpose would be to convince communities all over that the problem of solid waste management is not one of "dump and forget" by using Pourakarmikas as “mere extensions of brooms”, but one where the individual and the community creatively engage with Pourakarmikas in finding a sustainable solution to the problem. "Nagara Nyrmalya" has the potential of supporting this movement to improve our local environment.
Pourakarmikas of Ward 49 B of Bangalore Mahanagara Palike were involved in an interesting discussion with the audience on the features of the process as envisaged in the film, thus demolishing the myth about them as an ineffective, unintelligent and unresponsive workforce. Contrarily, they demonstrated how they would use the film and the associated community education material in encouraging communities to engage in responsible waste management at source.
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