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Back Home: Indian Natural Building Web Series & Book for saving Nature

Back Home: An inner sathi in Indian Natural Buildings, a 3 season web series & a book in 4 languages

For Earth by reducing carbon emissions causing global warming.

Why this series is the need of hour?

In a lifetime, an average person in a city spends lakhs of rupees to build a house. We spend our life earnings on building with cement, what are we getting in return?
  1. After Water, Cement is the most widely used substance in the world.
  2. If concrete was a country, it will be the third largest carbon emitter in the world, one of the major reasons for Global Warming.
  3. About 10% of the World’s industrial water available to us is used for curing concrete.
  4. Increasing construction demands for sand have degraded the River bank ecosystem.
  5. Land or river banks permanently lose their fertility once concrete is poured on it.
  6. Materials like steel or asphalt that work with cement require high energy to manufacture.
  7. As per today's lifestyle, we spend most of our time indoors. Using harmful paints and oxides, ruins the indoor air quality and can affect our mental and physical health.
  8. These Natural Resources are getting depleted every single day.
  9. In GREED with cement or Grey matters: Read an analysis of Portland cement and its alternatives.
Gujarat Earthquake, 2004 Indian Tsunami and recent floods in Kerala are few examples that show that concrete is not totally disaster-proof and debris reuse is not easily possible.
It is possible to build without a single drop of cement, sand or steel today. That is how we were building for many centuries.
A shift is seen towards Organic and Natural farming, because we are becoming more aware of what we are eating. But shouldn’t we think about how we’re building and where we are living?

What are Indian Natural Buildings?


Traditional homes in India are made with Mud, Lime, Stone, Bamboo, wood and other locally available materials. To give and grow life with essence of plants is a deep rooted practice in traditional methods of Indian medicine & shelter making. A family together with friends, neighbours and few helpers, can build their own home. Just like cooking your own food, you can build your own house.

Who are we?

‘Thannal’ is an awareness group of Natural Buildings. Founded in 2011, by Natural building architect Biju Bhaskar and his wife Sindhu Bhaskar. We research, document and experiment on traditional construction methods, which are different all over the country. Thannal attempts to revive these by creating learning opportunities through workshops and publications. Our aim is to bring back traditional methods in present construction scenario. Read more at: thannal.com

Media Coverage
  1. A video about Thannal in Puthiya Thalaimurai TV Veedu Program 
  2. An article about Thannal in Better India, an online publication Featuring all positive news about India by journalist Tanvi Patel
  3. Interview in The Hindu newspaper by Nidhi Adlakha
  4. An article by Sandeepani Cherkkatt in Mathrubhumi newspaper
  5. An article by Bava Chelladurai – in The Hindu (Tamil)
  6. In Australian Magazine The Owner Builder
  7. Interview as Cover story in “Inside Track”
  8. Nine homes using different natural materials for their roof around the world
  9. Newspaper Deccan Chronicle “Spot Light”which features people and communities that are making a difference to the society 
  10. The lives of 52 innovators who are making a conscious living for themselves and their planet through alternate careers in India.
  11. An article “In the lap of the Earth” in FWD Lifestyle Magazine
Rewards

Even your small contribution is valuable, we can surely give some rewards for big contributors
  1. INR 15,000 and above – signed copy of book after release by post (in India only).
  2. INR 50,000 and above – signed copy of book & DVD after release by post (in India only).
  3. INR 1,00,000 and above – free ticket of video screening event & signed copy of book, DVD. 
  4. INR 5,00,000 and above – Be a Co-producer for the series & signed copy of book, DVD, tickets for video screening event.

What is ‘Back Home’ series?

After almost 12 years of work in the field of Natural Buildings, Biju Bhaskar is combining its studies into a book & web series, which will help viewers to understand about the subject through a handbook and visual media. This has methodological documentation of different indigenous methods in construction, which can help viewers to learn and re-create the technique. It also has a history, existing examples and all essential parameters one must know in doing such a technique.
This series can be an eye-opener for many who want to build homes sustainably, without leaving much impact on nature. This series can be a knowledge bank for traditional construction techniques, where professionals in construction – researchers, architects, civil engineers, contractors, artists, masons, permaculturist, organic farmers and almost everyone who wishes to do an owner’s build can learn. Making the series in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi other than English can help more people to understand the subject who prefers local languages. Revival of traditional construction methods using lime & mud will benefit many artisans.

Series One Liner

Portrayal of the phenomenon of Indian way of Natural Building with the stages of consciousness through a story in a village of a boy and a man in search of their dog.

Methodology

Research and documentation by Thannal founders from past decade is the basis of this series, travelling in various parts of the country –Wayanad Kerala, during Kerala Floods, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Himalayas.
We aim to take forward this through a book and video series, with all topics needed for construction of a home. Videos will communicate visually step by step process of how work can be done and book will have the additional details, illustrations, cost analysis and scientific test reports.

Who is getting benefited?


We are saving Earth by reducing carbon emissions causing global warming.
Almost anyone who is needful of a home can benefit from this publication. Returning to the traditional knowledge and methods decentralise shelter making, dependency from manufactured materials like cement, steel and paint reduces. Making the common man aware about reducing the consumption of resources is a significant aspect of sustainable construction.
Future generations can learn about traditional building techniques using this resource. School going students, can learn the basics of mud construction in environmental sciences. Professional colleges can teach civil engineering and architecture students about possibilities of construction with Natural Materials. Practicing professionals in construction can also incorporate this into their work.
Traditional wisdom is often something which is talked about, but failed to manifest into practicality. Alternate schools can use this as a guide book in exploring more about traditional construction. People who follow alternate life-style, practicing traditional medicine, naturopathy, yoga, or anyone exploring meditation and spirituality can build a space for themselves in a pure natural way.

What all it will have?
The series has all the essentials needed to actually construct a home. It also have
  • Project videos of Thannal
  • Interviews with traditional artisans
  • Interviews with workshop participants who did Owner’s Build.
The series is having three seasons, with 7 episodes each. We are planning to have this series at a 6 hours of total running time, with data of this compiled into a book. The web series and book will be in four different languages – Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English, which can increase the reach of this publication.

Team

Research & Experimentation
Biju Bhaskar & Sindhu Bhaskar
Civil Engineer – Karuppasamy Pandi
Technical Lab Support: CUSAT, Kochi
Artisans – Adbul Razak Muwal, Islamuddin Muwal
Carpenter – Ezhumalai
Local Farmers – Munuswamy Anna, Seth Anna

Production
Director- Biju Bhaskar & Dharan Ashok
Writer - Biju Bhaskar & Akhil Shajan
Editor/ Cinematographer - Muzammil Mohammed
Aerial & Outdoor Shoot - SSR Photography
Music – Prashanth P.S.
Vfx & Animation - Bharathan
Dubbing Studio - AVK Studio, Chennai

Book
Authors – Biju Bhaskar & Akhil Shajan

Budget

As Thannal is a non-profit organisation registered as Thannal Mud Home Trust, we are pitching this project for crowd-funding. The budget breakdown for the project:

Pre-production & Research
        4,04,000/-
Production
        6,17,167/-
Post Production, Publishing & Marketing
        1,74,265/-
Total
 INR 11,95,432/-
Grand Total (Round off)
INR 12,00,000/-
Your valuable contribution will help in the making of the first web series and book about Indian Natural Buildings.

Terms & Conditions
  1. Book & DVD will be shipping by post to donors in India only. For donors from foreign countries, shipping charges will have to be paid by the donor himself.
  2. Dates for the video screening event will be decided after the completion of book. This will be a single day event. More details will be informed to the concerned donors after the completion of the project.

Details for direct bank transfer / UPI payments

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Ask for an update
11th December 2020
Namaste.
We are getting ready with our First chapters of video and planning to release on 15th Jan 2021. Thank you all for your support
Thannal Team
Namaste.
We are getting ready with our First chapters of video and planning to release on 15th Jan 2021. Thank you all for your support
Thannal Team
26th August 2020
Namaste all friends of Thannal,
We are very grateful for your valuable support for this crowdfunding campaign, without which our ‘Back Home’ series would have never started rolling. As everyone in the country is currently affected in some way or the other due to coronavirus, our small team is also going through a difficult time. Currently, our team is working on the series from different parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, separated due to coronavirus lockdown.
Coronavirus impacts
As an organization solely relying on teaching through workshops for income, we are currently going through a tough situation, as we have been not able to hold any workshops from March 2020. Coronavirus situation is very bad in Tiruvannamalai, that we have to be dependent on the limited resources we have and whatever donations come our way to continue with the Back Home book and web series. To reduce risks and to complete the project, we have thought of cost-cutting measures, so that our aim can be achieved in the limited money.
Cost reduction methods
These are the following major changes in the series:
  • Reducing the video quality from 4K to 1080 pixels, which can save money on the buying of a new camera and lenses for shooting the series. We can also use the already shot footage from our archive, which is not in 4K quality, thus helping us reduce travel and re-shooting.
  • Re-writing the script in a more direct way of communicating the content of construction methods and reducing the fictional part of the series, to optimize on the running time of the series. The fictional characters are replaced by a narrator, with adequate changes in the storyline. This can reduce many hours of shooting and post-production, sound for various characters in different languages – which means production cost is reduced.
  • Doing post-processing for the video completely in-house – tasks like editing and giving sound in different languages. The expenses of working at an external studio, technicians, and artists can be wiped off.
Free access to all
As the series is needed by many people at present during the lockdown period, for learning about mud construction being at homes, we will be launching parts of the series on YouTube, as a free online video course. All the basic studies needed to construct a home will be free and open to all. Few videos containing higher level plastering options, details of admixtures, construction of few wall systems, water tanks and flat roofs will be published through an LMS platform. As this video series is made through the contribution of people, it would be adding more value if we can give portions, the basics of the series back to the world as our contribution to conserving traditional knowledge. Publishing through YouTube is a very suitable way to reach more people and thus helping more people to move towards an eco-friendly construction. This will also reduce the video-hosting platform charges and other services we need to hire for publishing the video.

Revised Budget
The budget also for the series is revised as we could reduce the cost substantially in many aspects. Seeing the current pace of raising funds, we have limited our project to a very minimal budget, so that we can use what we have in hand to start the series. We are hoping to complete the series in one-third of the initial budget. Kindly see the revised budget below.

CategoryExpense
Pre-production & Research4,04,000/-
Production6,17,167/-
Post Production, Publishing & Marketing1,74,265/-
Total1,195,432/-
Grand Total (Round off)INR 12,00,000/-







Publishing Videos
We are planning to start publishing videos as each one is completed, rather than waiting for the whole series to be completed, on our YouTube channel. We have dedicated a working period of 10 months, starting from July 2020 to April 2021 for publishing the videos. Due to all these changes in strategies for cost reduction will help us complete the series in the required quality, serving the purpose of being a proper study material about mud construction.

Works completed till now:
  1. The web page of the ‘Back Home’ series is published, giving all information about the series. This page will make it easier for users to find the right video for a particular topic they are searching easily, as all the videos are segregated and arranged well, to avoid confusion. (link here: http://thannal.com/natural-building-video-course/)
  2. Work for Thannal Homes - part 5 of the ‘Back Home’ series with interviews of owners, professionals, self-trained natural builders, and artisans has been started. This is the first video of the series is already published on 24th July 2020. Due to the coronavirus situation and travel restrictions, we are seeking the help of different owners who have learnt from us for the documentation, we are compiling it and publishing through Youtube. Documentation of new projects almost completed by Thannal is also getting published under this section.
Upcoming Works:
  1. Part 5 of the ‘Back Home’ series – Thannal Homes – interview series of different persons and their natural homes in our YouTube channel. Although our team members are in different places, we will be working on the interview series and publishing videos.
  2. Part 1 of the 'Back Home' series – Fundamentals of Natural Building – re-writing script, shoot, post-processing, and publishing. Currently the work is in progress on the scripting in our campus in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.
We hope you can understand our situations and challenges at present due to coronavirus, due to which the changes in the series are made.

For earth, with prayers,
Biju Bhaskar and Thannal team
Namaste all friends of Thannal,
We are very grateful for your valuable support for this crowdfunding campaign, without which our ‘Back Home’ series would have never started rolling. As everyone in the country is currently affected in some way or the other due to coronavirus, our small team is also going through a difficult time. Currently, our team is working on the series from different parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, separated due to coronavirus lockdown.
Coronavirus impacts
As an organization solely relying on teaching through workshops for income, we are currently going through a tough situation, as we have been not able to hold any workshops from March 2020. Coronavirus situation is very bad in Tiruvannamalai, that we have to be dependent on the limited resources we have and whatever donations come our way to continue with the Back Home book and web series. To reduce risks and to complete the project, we have thought of cost-cutting measures, so that our aim can be achieved in the limited money.
Cost reduction methods
These are the following major changes in the series:
  • Reducing the video quality from 4K to 1080 pixels, which can save money on the buying of a new camera and lenses for shooting the series. We can also use the already shot footage from our archive, which is not in 4K quality, thus helping us reduce travel and re-shooting.
  • Re-writing the script in a more direct way of communicating the content of construction methods and reducing the fictional part of the series, to optimize on the running time of the series. The fictional characters are replaced by a narrator, with adequate changes in the storyline. This can reduce many hours of shooting and post-production, sound for various characters in different languages – which means production cost is reduced.
  • Doing post-processing for the video completely in-house – tasks like editing and giving sound in different languages. The expenses of working at an external studio, technicians, and artists can be wiped off.
Free access to all
As the series is needed by many people at present during the lockdown period, for learning about mud construction being at homes, we will be launching parts of the series on YouTube, as a free online video course. All the basic studies needed to construct a home will be free and open to all. Few videos containing higher level plastering options, details of admixtures, construction of few wall systems, water tanks and flat roofs will be published through an LMS platform. As this video series is made through the contribution of people, it would be adding more value if we can give portions, the basics of the series back to the world as our contribution to conserving traditional knowledge. Publishing through YouTube is a very suitable way to reach more people and thus helping more people to move towards an eco-friendly construction. This will also reduce the video-hosting platform charges and other services we need to hire for publishing the video.

Revised Budget
The budget also for the series is revised as we could reduce the cost substantially in many aspects. Seeing the current pace of raising funds, we have limited our project to a very minimal budget, so that we can use what we have in hand to start the series. We are hoping to complete the series in one-third of the initial budget. Kindly see the revised budget below.

CategoryExpense
Pre-production & Research4,04,000/-
Production6,17,167/-
Post Production, Publishing & Marketing1,74,265/-
Total1,195,432/-
Grand Total (Round off)INR 12,00,000/-







Publishing Videos
We are planning to start publishing videos as each one is completed, rather than waiting for the whole series to be completed, on our YouTube channel. We have dedicated a working period of 10 months, starting from July 2020 to April 2021 for publishing the videos. Due to all these changes in strategies for cost reduction will help us complete the series in the required quality, serving the purpose of being a proper study material about mud construction.

Works completed till now:
  1. The web page of the ‘Back Home’ series is published, giving all information about the series. This page will make it easier for users to find the right video for a particular topic they are searching easily, as all the videos are segregated and arranged well, to avoid confusion. (link here: http://thannal.com/natural-building-video-course/)
  2. Work for Thannal Homes - part 5 of the ‘Back Home’ series with interviews of owners, professionals, self-trained natural builders, and artisans has been started. This is the first video of the series is already published on 24th July 2020. Due to the coronavirus situation and travel restrictions, we are seeking the help of different owners who have learnt from us for the documentation, we are compiling it and publishing through Youtube. Documentation of new projects almost completed by Thannal is also getting published under this section.
Upcoming Works:
  1. Part 5 of the ‘Back Home’ series – Thannal Homes – interview series of different persons and their natural homes in our YouTube channel. Although our team members are in different places, we will be working on the interview series and publishing videos.
  2. Part 1 of the 'Back Home' series – Fundamentals of Natural Building – re-writing script, shoot, post-processing, and publishing. Currently the work is in progress on the scripting in our campus in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.
We hope you can understand our situations and challenges at present due to coronavirus, due to which the changes in the series are made.

For earth, with prayers,
Biju Bhaskar and Thannal team
10th June 2020
Updates of works on back home series as on June 2020
 
1.       Completion of Writing of contents for first eight episodes.

2.       Our team is currently stuck in Guruvayoor, Kerala. We are hoping to reach back Tiruvannamalai soon, after which we are planning on starting the shoot for the series.

3.       During the time of Corona lockdown, we have released six videos on the youtube channel, which is raising awareness among the masses about natural building.

4.       During this period, we could complete documentation of Flat mud roof in Kerala and traditional floor art using natural colours, which is increasing the data collection for the series.

5.       Web page for Back Home will be soon updated on our website, with the structure of the series and episode wise progress. 
Updates of works on back home series as on June 2020
 
1.       Completion of Writing of contents for first eight episodes.

2.       Our team is currently stuck in Guruvayoor, Kerala. We are hoping to reach back Tiruvannamalai soon, after which we are planning on starting the shoot for the series.

3.       During the time of Corona lockdown, we have released six videos on the youtube channel, which is raising awareness among the masses about natural building.

4.       During this period, we could complete documentation of Flat mud roof in Kerala and traditional floor art using natural colours, which is increasing the data collection for the series.

5.       Web page for Back Home will be soon updated on our website, with the structure of the series and episode wise progress. 
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Goal: Rs.1,200,000

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