Student Name: Nebu George
Guide: Ms. Shrinkhala Aren
Thurav
The district of Idukki in Kerala is famous for its scenic hills and spices. This industry-dependent agrarian region faced an economic breakdown and loss of cultivation and market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The seasonal floods and landslides added misery to the habitation. The streets and businesses that would have been full of tourists remained empty, the prices of the spices had fallen, and cultivation had started to deteriorate due to the lack of labour. The project is a video essay of a small town in Idukki, narrated through the experiences of a few people. The film was scripted in a documentary format. The narrative closely follows Suja, and her husband, Joy, who runs a homestay in the tourist town. Suja is an active member of a self-help group who earns by selling batter with other members of the group. Kapyarachan, the sexton of a local church and a farmer, talks about his experience of the lockdown and quarantine. Two other characters are Krishnamma and Thamara, who work in the tourism department as town cleaning staff. All the characters are bound by the place and the similarities in their experience of the lockdown.
Keywords: gender equality, human settlements, land consumption, sustainable communities, sustainable development
Student Name: Nebu George
Programme: M.Des.
Guide: Ms. Shrinkhala Aren