Yuva Mahotsav (Youth Festival) a three day festival to celebrate the successful completion of School for Social Change training was organized on 26th 27th and 28th May at Sane Guruji National Smarakin Pen tehsil in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Yuva Mahotsav as the name suggests was meant to create a space to celebrate the vibrant colours of youth, diversity of cultures and build a collective strength and intervention through cultural expression. The Festival was a culmination of a year long (School For Social Change) training process conducted in 6 centres : North Central India, Odisha, Maharashtra, Barwani, Dungarpur and Tamil Nadu, making it a truly diverse and energetic collision.
The festival was dedicated to felicitating the 250 participants who had completed the training for the year 2017-2018 from the 6 centres and was envisioned to be a showcase of the transformative process.
The festival also brought together SRUTI fellows from across the country, SRUTI Delhi team, youth volunteers-interns from various colleges and universities from Delhi-Mumbai and eminent resource persons like Subhash Ware, cultural activist Sambhaji Bhagat, esteemed film maker Jayprad Desai and Dhamma and Pravin from Yelgaar Theatre Group.
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The three-day Mahotsav also witnessed the wonderful chemistry and very energetic bonding between the participants. The rhythm of such spontaneity and synergies was seen at the felicitation ceremony with cheering each other and sloganeering together extending mutual expressions of solidarity without even knowing each other’s languages. The video can be accessed here —
“Jinhe koi fikar nahi” a song celebrating the spirit of bold and fiery women, composed by the hindi group and can be watched here –>https://youtu.be/RW5K9ox25rY
A Short comic satirical twist on the digital india was prepared by the tamil group which can be seen here –>https://youtu.be/HawFyF1tlUQ
A short film on who holds power in the society was also prepared by a group of partcipants, titled “Kiski Chlti hi?” itcan be seen here –> https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=6JEqW_Xyt00