Ask an urban child where their water comes from and s/he will typically reply, the tap, or the plastic (mineral) water bottle or the Aqua-guard system at home. Further, they will take it for granted that someone fills the bottle or that the taps are working, sometimes during limited hours of the day, and that their parents, most likely their mother, ensures that the water they are drinking is safe and potable. Little will a child (or an adult), unless taught at school, be mindful of their water consumption or how the distribution system works, or the stories of the women and men managing and maintaining these. They may not know the history behind Mumbai’s water tanks or public fountains, or her tales of conquest, trade and navigation, or the songs of her fishing communities and other indigenous groups.
Although much work has been done on Mumbai’s water history and its waterscapes this tends to be disparate and not visually communicated in a manner which is accessible to children and youth, our future water (and climate change) leaders.
Our project goal therefore is to:
“To collect, curate and communicate Mumbai’s rich water heritage through a variety of media in English and Marathi, that can engage people of all age groups, particularly children and youth.”