Travelling with Stories – “Kottavi Raja and his Sleepy Kingdom”

Starting on September 9th, Snehadhara Foundation and Community Drumjam Foundation bring to you a vibrant world of wonder, rhythm and imagination through the story of
“Kottavi Raja and his Sleepy Kingdom”
(written by Yasaswini Sampathkumar and illustrated by Henu)

A story is a way of being magically transported into another world. It is not something that can be explained, but something that has to be experienced. This holds true for the Arts as well. It transcends time and space, with imagination set afloat and no limit to where one can reach. As a storyteller, with every word an unthreaded map follows – a key for listeners to open their mind to a treasure trove of journeys.

At Snehadhara Foundation, teachers and facilitators celebrate Teacher’s Day a little differently, as we combine it with International Literacy Day through the ‘One Day – One Story’ campaign. Our teachers embark on a voyage that epitomises the joy of giving, giving words, music, imagination and fantasy to as many children and groups as possible. Our intent is to use the arts; in myriad possibilities, whether to build acceptance or make connects within communities. What better way than to use stories!

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Snehadhara is a registered non-profit organization based in Bangalore. With a vision to foster a culture of respect and belonging Snehadhara aims to create inclusionary spaces that welcome, acknowledge, affirm, and celebrate the value of all learners. It is the only organisation in the country that works using Arts Based Therapy as a primary methodology in working with children and adults with disabilities.

We believe that each child requires meaningful and holistic learning spaces which are co-created by all those who engage with the children. With this objective, SF set up impART (Interventions, Methodologies and Practices using the ARTS), an initiative that looks at capacity building, training and social inclusiveness. In the last few years we have engaged with many government schools, organizations working with children, and schools. We use the arts, music, drama, visual arts, storytelling, dance, movement and experiential learning with nature, as the main approach to learning.

Community Drumjam Foundation is an organization founded by Roberto Narain and Vasundhara Das, to bring the joys of interactive drumming and in-the-moment music making to communities as well as populations in need. This year we are collaborating with Community Drumjam Foundation to provide that vim and vigour, that dash and spirit to the story, which is an indisputable domain of the energy that community drums bring.

Their intent is to build a sense of community among diverse individuals through music and interactive sessions. They work with different populations who benefit greatly from the therapeutic effects of music, they strive to empower children and youth with self-confidence, creativity and self-esteem. Their work encompasses a diverse population from children in schools to children at risk, institutions and colleges, populations in need and also at community celebrations, so that rhythm and its benefits become a part of their lives.

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