Education is a learning experience where knowledge, skills and information are passed on from one generation to the next, which essentially transforms the way one thinks, feels or acts. Should this apply only for the subjects we learn at school or even for the arts and culture?

Svanubhava addressed this very same question, when it was inaugurated in 2008 as an Indian performing arts festival ‘for the students, by the students’.

This festival aims to involve students of music and dance institutions, students from private and public educational institutions, and in the process, create hubs of student communities where they can feel a sense of belonging and nurture their passion towards the Indian art forms.

Over the years, Svanubhava has spread and become a national movement with successful festivals in Bangalore, Delhi and Tiruchi.

While Svanubhava was fun for kids who got some time off school, it was a serious exercise in the finer lessons of life for many senior students of art and for college students.

Priya of MOP Vaishnav says, “The discipline and perfection with which performing artistes lead their lives is a revelation.”

Shravan of Vivekananda College says, “I used to learn the flute as a young boy but after hearing such greats, I wish I had pursued some art form just for my own satisfaction.”