Welcome to Visthar

Founded in 1989, Visthar is a secular Civil Society Organization committed to social justice and peace. Located in a serene six acre campus away from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore city, Visthar has a rich history of involvement in community-based-advocacy as well as transformative education with a strong link to the international academic community.

Visthar is a hub of socio-cultural and environmental consciousness. Famous for hosting events that highlight challenges to basic human rights and the survival of the marginalized, it emphasizes the need to evolve sustainable alternatives. Visthar offers study programs on a plethora of subjects including gender, diversity, social justice, peace and development. Several of these are accredited by universities in India and overseas such as the course on Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation and the semester on Justice, Peace and Sustainable Communities. Our programs attract students, artists, performers, development workers and activists from various parts of India, Africa, South and East Asia, the US and northern Europe. As part of its Community Based Initiatives, Visthar works with marginalized women and children in north Karnataka.

We have designed our campus in Bangalore to be an Eco-sanctuary. It continues to be developed as a place for traditional seed preservation, biodiversity conservation and environmental education. Our Conference and Retreat Centre (CRC), located in this green environment, is a social enterprise which offers facilities for conferences, exhibitions and celebrations. Another initiative on the campus is the Recycled Paper Unit producing paper and paper products.



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  • Celebrating Earth Wisdoms - Book

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    Celebrating Earth Wisdoms - A publication from Visthar Eco Sanctuary Through this publication we bring to the readers a compilation of photographs and notes on the history, origin and beneficial properties of 100 select plants and trees on Visthar campus. With each reader who learns the richness ...
  • Calendar 2018

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    Our Calendar 2018 presents photographs of butterflies from the Butterfly Garden at Visthar Eco Sanctuary. The proceeds of the sale will go towards maintaining the garden. Place your orders now !  For bulk orders of 100 and above, we offer  printing of your logo on the flyleaf.   For details contac...
  • Namma Angadi

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    NAMMA ANGADI A RETAIL OUTLET OF SOLIDARITY ECONOMY ENTERPRISE With society becoming more and more consumerist, the nature of purchase and the bond between buyer and seller has been fundamentally altered. What should have been a warm, caring relationship involving conversation and a pleasant ...



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Arundhati Roy

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