Happening Habbas!

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.