Festivals / conventions using music, sports, culture, livelihoods, college sessions and community meetings are where young people in large numbers have a lot of fun while getting to know about Samvada and learning about one social issue.
Each of these festivals has been an attempt at “cultural politics” as oppressive elements in traditional rituals and practices are subtly challenged and new ideas affirmed. Presenting dalits as artistes or priests, women as social actors and not only as beauty objects, singing revolutionary songs instead of film or folk songs, celebrating darkness instead of the light or fair complexioned, cooking and eating organic instead of synthetic, let us know if you’d like to collaborate with us on one of these!
Haadu Habba - Songs for Social Change
Hasiru Habba - Green Festival
Mahila Habba - Celebrating Women
Amase Habba - Celebrating Darkness
Beladhingala Habba - Moon Festival
Moongaru Male Habba - Monsoon Festival
Aata Odanaata - Game For Change
Inspired by “Cricket for Peace” in Gujarat, Samvada along with other youth organizations, has embraced the idea of using sports/ games as a way giving young people a chance to meet and play together across boundaries of religion, gender and community. Along with National Youth Foundation, we hosted our first such festival, Aata Oodnata, in 2005. Young people play traditional village games in teams where each team is a mix of boys and girls who are both Hindus and Muslims, urban and rural, rich and poor. Taking part in simple games where everyone can join, ensures that young people have much fun with laughter and solidarity along with a chance to make new friends.
We have been organizing such events to celebrate the spirit of our traditional games where there is no element of competitiveness, no need for expensive equipment or clothes and no distinction between players and spectators.