As a tiny mountain hamlet at 8500 feet above the sea level, Shilaroo would have gone unnoticed had it not been for the construction there in 2010 of the multi-purpose stadium, the Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre by the Sports Authority of India. The stadium has a synthetic hockey turf, rumored to be the highest in the world, and it is this stadium which has saved Shilaroo from anonymity.
With a population of only a few hundred, the community of Shilaroo is close knit. The simple, honest and kind village folk participate wholeheartedly in each other’s happenings. Even as the Shilaroo Project was taking shape, the loving community at Shilaroo was always keen to assist us in all kinds of ways and we realized how the project was becoming from a family affair into a community one. This mutually loving and beneficial alliance with the community increased the scope and reach of TSP and hence the first program of the project would evidently be for the celebration of this eternal alliance of the community with TSP.
The first community program at TSP will include imparting the people with some simple yoga practices, followed by a light meal and ending with an informal discussion about progressive farming techniques and other ideas to advance the condition of the primarily agricultural community of Shilaroo.
This community interaction at TSP will be a regular feature and we are hopeful many fruitful endeavors will emerge from this interaction.