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Speakers & Performer

Senior Associate, Design Research & Strategy, Quicksand
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS
Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist
Professor of Psychiatry & Dean, NIMHANS, Bangalore

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 27 May 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Yellow symbolises happiness. A colour associated with hope. May being Mental Health Awareness Month, The Yellow Party calls for a celebration while focusing on the all-important question – What makes you happy?

Join us for an evening of conversation with young individuals about the importance of mental health, a live music performance by Huyana, pop up food and bakes stall by Cafe Plume and beverages by Arbor Brewing Company.

We are taking it up a notch with the craziness and going all-out yellow on this one! So come prepared for yellow (seasonal) food and drinks! There will be a vibrant community that values mental health alongside engaging activities and some feel-good, upbeat music to get you grooving.

And lastly, don’t forget… the dress code is yellow! See you there.

5:30 pm | Note to Self: Emotions Make Us Human | Discussion
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm | Live Music Performance by Huyana

Note to Self: Emotions Make Us Human | One out of six young people are dealing with a mental health condition in India. Navigating such experiences and accessing mental health care can be a difficult and often lonely terrain. As young professionals working with young people in the city, the panelists will share insights about common reasons for seeking help post the pandemic, the challenges individuals face in countering stigma around mental health (internal and external), the use of social media for self help, the role of substances in managing difficult emotional states, and finally what families and friends can do when they find someone struggling with emotional problems and when do they decide that they need help? Lastly, they will also touch upon whether young people over diagnose themselves and is that a good thing or not.

A discussion between Rohan Patankar, Bakul Dua and Dr. Jayanth Mahadevan moderated by Dr. Prabha Chandra.

Speakers & Performer



Varshita Ramesh aka Huyana is a 24 year old musician based out of Bangalore, India. She started performing live at the age of 14 and has trained in various vocal styles including opera, jazz and contemporary. Her music is honest, relatable and ever-evolving as she goes and grows through life.

Her track “Nothing Wrong in Not Being Okay”, a song written during the pandemic, addresses what it’s like for the artist to deal with high-functioning anxiety on a daily basis.

Rohan Patankar

Senior Associate, Design Research & Strategy, Quicksand

Rohan is a design researcher and strategist with a background in architecture and urbanism. With his experience in trans-disciplinary research, planning, and strategy work in the urban realm, he is interested in realising the potential of design-oriented problem-solving to improve experiences in our everyday life. Through listening, drawing, and writing, he is often thinking about telling better stories and asking better questions about the worlds we live in. He is also curious about entrepreneurship and co-founded Delhi Dallying- a venture for curating walking tours and narrative experiences. He holds a bachelors degree in architecture from SPA, Delhi and a masters degree in City Design and Social Science from LSE, London.

Jayant Mahadevan

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS

Dr. Jayant Mahadevan is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre For Addiction Medicine at NIMHANS, Bangalore. He did his MBBS and MD in Psychiatry from JIPMER, Pondicherry and then did a three year specialization in Addiction Psychiatry from NIMHANS. He is the recipient of the Dr Sarada Menon gold medal for DNB in Psychiatry.

He is a passionate clinician and enjoys working with young people with substance use and individuals with co-occuring psychiatric illness and substance use.

His research centres around understanding biological and environmental vulnerability to psychiatric illness, substance use disorders and substance use related medical problems.

Bakul Dua

Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Bakul Dua is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She has over eleven years of experience in clinical, research, and advocacy settings across Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. She completed her training at NIMHANS, where she was awarded the M.V Govindaswamy Gold Medal, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences where she was awarded the Institute Gold Medal. Her therapeutic approach draws on attachment, family systems, and psychodynamic thought. Her practice is informed by a strong social justice framework, anchored in an understanding that structural oppression intersects with social identities to play a major role in psychological distress.

Prabha Chandra

Professor of Psychiatry & Dean, NIMHANS, Bangalore

Dr. Prabha Chandra is Professor of Psychiatry and Dean at NIMHANS, Bangalore and current President of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health. She graduated from the Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, did her psychiatry training at NIMHANS and then did fellowships in New York, USA and Manchester, UK. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, India, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

A clinician, therapist, teacher and researcher, she is currently co chair of the Global Community of Practice in perinatal mental health of the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Jhpiego. Her work with young people focuses on trauma focused therapy with a gendered lens.