At Samvada, we are reaching out to young people through colleges, hostels, work-spaces and communities and inviting them to our worlds where we have so much to offer them in their journey of youthhood. We organize festivals, lectures, campaigns, and other events at places wherever young people are to be found! The goal is to strike a conversation, invite young people to our youth resource centers, and open up discussions on a variety of themes and topics that are interesting and socially-relevant. 

Young people of all backgrounds and identities are always welcome at Samvada.

Campus Happenings


Youth mentors are frequent visitors to classrooms in over  50-60 colleges in Bangalore, Hospete, Mangalore and Tumkur. College principals and lectures who see the values of our work with youth, invite us to have short discussions or film screenings  on current events or issues of concern to young people.  We connect college curriculum with socially-relevant themes and use it to talk about youthhood and youth rights, going beyond the defined syllabus but remaining within  the bounds of young peoples’ interests, curiosity and imagination.

NSS Camps

Another way of meeting  students  has been  at NSS camps. NSS officers find that Samvada’s inputs and interactions  during a  NSS  residential camp, enlivens the atmosphere and  gives students a chance  to discuss a wide range of  issues. We, too, find it energizing to talk to students on questions  and concerns, in a relaxed atmosphere -away from the classroom.

Youth- Led Campaigns

Every year, young leaders at Samvada lead a campaign on youth rights. They choose themes that are relevant to young people and meet students, teachers, college principals to bring about the change they wish to! They have led campaigns for equal opportunity, for career guidance and against harassment on campus.


Abhivyakti(Hindi: expression, articulation of feelings) was an inter-college cultural event organized by the Bangalore Youth Resource Centre and National College, Basavanagudi in August, 2016.
Back in 2014, Abhivyakti was first hosted as a community radio show  in collaboration with Radioactive.

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!

ಹಾಡು ಹಬ್ಬ

haadu habba

Songs for Social Change

ಹಸಿರು ಹಬ್

hasiru habba

Green Festival

ಮಹಿಳಾ ಹಬ್

mahila habba

Celebrating Women

ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ ಹಬ್

amase habba

Celebrating Darkness

ಬೆಳದಿಂಗಳ ಹಬ್ಬ

beladhingala habba

Moon Festival

ಮುಂಗಾರು ಮಳೆ ಹಬ್

moongaaru male habba

Monsoon Festival

Aata Odanaata

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.