“A cultural milieu to revive the forgotten tastes and hence the forgotten ties!”


SATTVIK  the festival to celebrate traditional nutritious food and associated knowledge systems was started fourteen years ago at the IIM-A, to provide market based incentives for conserving agro-biodiversity. Creation of demand for rarely or less cultivated nutritionally rich crops and varieties may stimulate their cultivation. The paradox of development is that the food rich eat, is often poor. While food that poor grow in poorer regions is richer. 

In less rainfall regions, soil minerals dont leach much and thus crops grown there like millets, sorghum pulses, etc., are richer.

This festival aspires to put the lesser known but nutrient-rich food from various states on the plate of urban communities helping them to adopt healthier food habits and lifestyle. The festival also hopes to encourage the farmers to grow such crops and augment their incomes. Thus, we seek your presence and participation in the event. 


  • Farmers fair of organic and eco-friendly agro- products
  • Crafts, Pottery, Folk Dance and Songs literary activities involving poets, authors and attentive listeners 
  • Exhibition of Grassroots Innovations and platform for showcasing the products of incubatees of SIIE-Bionest incubator of SRISTI and Gianastre OF GIAN
  • Dialogue among policymakers, investors, green-entrepreneurs/ecopreneurs and grassroots innovators 
  • Boosting children creativity:  a maze of innovations for kindling curiosity of children by GIAN besides  makers corners 
  • Seeds exchange to augment and conserve agro-biodiversity and urban gardening and agriculture 
  • Exhibition of shodhyatra learning through photo exhibitions 
  • Sale of SRISTI Publications
  • Scouting stories of social innovations, life-histories of centenarian dadas and dadis 
  • Donation of books for governments school libraries 
  • Collection of out of print books on societal knowledge, compassionate traditions, institutions
  • Traditional food with at least some preparations of millets 
  • Boosting children creativity maze of innovations for kindling curiosity of children by GIAN


  • To Popularise Minor Millets for Public Consumption : To provide a platform for popularizing traditional recipes made using forgotten crop varieties like Kodra (Paspalumscrobiculatum), Bavta (Elusinecoracana), Nagli (Elusinecoracana), Samo (Echinocloacolonum), Jowar (Sorghum vulgare), Bajri (Pennisetumglaucu), Ragi and maize (Zeamays) and to reconstitute the taste and nutritional value among the urban people with a vision to conserve and raise the demand of such lesser known varieties.


  • To Augment Biodiversity Conservation : To popularize the use of unknown/uncultivated plants and vegetables which are not being consumed by people due to ignorance about their nutritional value and to prepare varieties of delicious dishes from such unnoticed plants.


  • To Popularise Traditional Preforming Art Forms: To popularize folk-lore, folk-songs, folk-tales, art and forgotten traditional musical instruments.
  • To Bring Grassroots Innovations to Limelight: To organize an exhibition to help creative rural grassroot innovators and students.


  • To Establish Farmers Haat for Farmers Engaged in Organic Farming : of To extend the support to organic farmers for increasing interactions among themselves and to help them in selling their organic products directly to the consumers (sale of items like minor millets, grains, pulses, spices, vegetables, cow , ghee, sesame oil, different types of roots and chemical free jaggery etc.).


  • To Provide a SATTVIK Platform for Development Organisations : To provide a platform to development organisations engaged in social transformation and promotion of healthy life-style and expose urban people to such developmental initiatives.

Join us to conserve the depleting agro-biodiversity and popularise healthy thoughts, practice and values! For further information, please contact:

SRISTI Innovations 

AES Boys Hostel Campus, 

Near Arpan Baby Care Hospital, 

Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009 

Ph. 079-27912792, 27913293, 9925320793

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