Why “IruWay”?

IruWay can also be spelt iruve which in Kannada means ant. Ant is no doubt a marvelous creature. It can carry objects nearly 20 times heavier than itself. It never gives up, and always finds a way. However what inspires us more than just the industriousness of ants, is how they collaborate to build complex structures, especially anthills. An anthill, though very simple-looking from the outside, the complexity of the structure just beneath the surface is mind-blowing. Similarly the farm, itself collectively owned, hopes to bring people from different domains together and in turn bring about an intermingling of thought systems giving birth to eye opening new productions.

The second interpretation of the name is when we split iruway as Iru and Way. Iru in Kannada means be. We hope living in the farm will show us the way of being:
Way to farm naturally
Way to live sustainably
Way to use body and mind optimally
Way to work with people of diverse backgrounds collaboratively
And just simply the Way to Be and Let It Be !!!

Story Map

Where is IruWay?

The farm is located on the foothills of Devarayandurga near Durgadahalli village in Tumakuru district. The region is encircled by a cluster of rocky hills and thick forests, which provides plenty of routes for casual treks. Iruway is inside the HaLekote (old fort) hamlet which is encircled by a reserved forest and is in the outer of the seven fortresses of an old empire. It is just a climb away to the famous Devarayanadurga hill station. It is home to Bhoganarasimha and Yoganarasimha temples built by the 14th king of Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore in 17th century. The area has four villages in a 6 KM radius. Durgadahalli is known for horticultural produce while Thimmnayakana halli people are mostly labourers.

A good morning stroll from the farm takes you to scenic Durgadahalli kere (lake), where you can see the hustle-bustle of few village activities.


Spaces at IruWay


Crafter Space

Mitan and Janastu have been working together in exploring an integrated space that integrates maker space activities into rural craft community. The CrafterSpace engages in research and technology development to make sustainable connections between local people, locally available materials and tools, and the required techniques and technology. A community knowledge archive, community radio and digital storytelling activities are also in development at the CrafterSpace.

The Crafter Space is a Craft Cluster project which is an effort to reintroduce craft skills to women and youth in rural areas along with end to end production management skills for groups of women in the neighborhood of Tumkur. Local groups work with local materials to increase demand for local products that use these materials, and encourage local women to participate in workshops and manage the production of the orders. This process can augment area economies with craft capacities in addition to enhancing local cultural economic spaces. The project will bring “makerspace” and smartphone based tools to local craft groups.

Namma Halli Radio

A community WiFimesh radio, and makerspace of crafterspace encourage and involve local girls to explore and manage these spaces. Also the Electric Unicycle is used to take tablets to the village girls nearby to engage them with learning games and modules. It is also a solar power initiative to help keep the mesh and devices in the village and at IruWay alive 24x7.

Play enacted for the community elders by the children who participated in a radio workshop

j.mp/janastu-mesh || namdu1radio.com

Anthillhacks and Annotated Knowledge Archives

The transformative potential of indigenous knowledge production, archiving and storytelling in a decentralized wifi-mesh context is likely going to lead to alternate possibilities of development for low-literate and remote communities.

We use the term ‘re-narrate’ to refer to the potential of transforming existing web content into one’s own language, the possibility of connecting older web content with newer ones so as to speak to the ever changing context of knowledge production, and constructing an archive of knowledge that never had the privilege of being digitised until very recently.

While these possibilities may speak to all users of the internet today, we specifically recognise the urgency of enabling such possibilities for those who are new to the web, who do not speak or write (especially English), who do not find keyboards accessible and rely on audio-based input and output methods, and whose knowledge is yet to become online.

Anthillhacks is a peek at such a future while the annotated mesh-radio activities encourage team work in transforming audio narratives to visual stories.

“Jump” to j.mp/myhill || j.mp/janastu-mesh || j.mp/unbox-janastu

Theater, Dance and Nature Workshops

Art and Culture Residencies

Butoh in the Jungle

Free Butoh School in the Jungle

For more details visit : https://sites.google.com/view/butoh/tumkur

Co-working space

A tech exploration space for rural girls, will co-work with hackerfarm.in which is aimed more on urban techies who wants to live and learn in a farm.

Natural Farming and Water Harvesting

As a collective with various approaches to natural, organic and permaculture, we invite enthusiasts to explore models for creative engagements.

Philosophy Musings with Mukunda Rao

Writer Mukunda Rao at the farm is inviting you for the 4pm tea with liberating musings. http://mukundarao.in/

Namma Nimma Cycle

We have 12 bicycles from Namma Nimma Cycle Foundation who actively works with the community to enable bicycle sports across India and Global.