Snehadhara Foundation

Snehadhara Foundation (SF) 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 have crafted three initiatives in pursuit of this goal: Direct CareimpART and Prajnadhara.



Prajñādhara’s twin aims are to create inclusive spaces that celebrate neurodiversity by certifying students in Arts Practices for Inclusion (API) and Study of the Mind.

Direct Care

The Direct Care space at Snehadhara is our realm of caring and practice. Respecting every child’s unique needs, our programs are carefully designed to enhance their abilities and meet their therapeutic goals. The use of Arts Based Therapy forms the foundation to healing and learning in this program. Our aim is to address the social and independence goals of the children to meet their aspirations for life, vocation and livelihood.

Our Direct Care Centre works with children and adults with developmental disabilities that include Down syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Speech Delay/Impairment, Learning disorders and mental illnesses along with their caregivers and families.


impART, a division of Snehadhara Foundation is a platform that looks at interventions, methodologies and practices using the Arts  in schools, colleges, corporates and the community to create an inclusive society.

News And Events

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Adrienn Izsépi is a Hungarian choreographer, dancer and teacher. She trained in Budapest and Vienna in a file of contemporary dance, modern dance techniques, classical ballet and jazz. In 2007 she won a European championship in Germany. She has been active as a dancer...

Cafe Obattoo – Nov 2019

This November, Café Obattoo brings you a soft Indian flatbread typical of Gujarati cuisine with curd, an energy drink with Ragi Ladoo and yummy dry Bhel Puri. Place your orders in advance and don’t miss out on a delicious menu. Please note that the menu has been...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Formed by singer/songwriter Bindu Subramaniam, termed as a “third generation prodigy” and violinist/composer Ambi Subramaniam, known as “the new king of Indian classical violin,” SubraMania fuses traditional Indian music with elements of pop, rock and jazz, to create...

Cafe Obattoo – Oct 2019

This October enjoy sumptuous Methli Theplas with curd or the utterly delicious Seviyan Kheer as a part of our Obattoo Cafe offering. Place your orders in advance to not miss out on the festive menu. The menu has been decided by a student from our Jaaji group.

Snehadhara awarded the NGO Leadership Award (2019)

We are pleased to announce that Snehadhara Foundation is once again the recipient of the NGO Leadership Awards that was presented on the 18th Sep 2019 by The World CSR Day. The Karnataka Leadership Awards recognises leaders who have contributed value & made a...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Asha Sarella is a Bharatanatyam dancer. She has embodied her passion for dance from the tender age of four, with the blessings of her gurus - Karnataka Kalashree Sathyanaraya Raju, Guru Jyothi Pattabhiram, Guru Karnataka Kalashree Bhanumathi, and Smt. Leelavathi...

Cafe Obattoo – Sep 2019

Chatpata chat and snacky (but healthy) sundal are some of the delicacies on offer at Cafe Obattoo in September. Place your orders in advance and make best of the fresh flavours floating towards you!

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Recent Blogs

Kala Avahita in Nepal: Another step towards a long journey with art and craft

Art and craft don’t just tell stories. They carry them in their physical dimensions. This is possibly what makes a handcrafted product so much more special than a machine-made one. Snehadhara’s Jaaji group has been working on crafting earrings, making envelopes from...

A spark of light can break the darkness

It is around 5.30 pm. A woman’s body has just been dismembered by a truck ramming into her while she walked with her family by the road side. This is near Nandini Hotel, 24th Main, JP Nagar. A crowd of about 150 has gathered. Some people have climbed the steps leading...

Crossing the threshold into a new experience

X is daunted by doorways. She stops dead in her tracks and cries loudly, sometimes bites her hands and refuses to enter or exit – depending on which side the doorway looms. As soon as she has crossed the threshold, she often smiles like the sun...

Shared Journeys with the Valley School interns

We had the pleasure of welcoming four interns from The Valley School to our Centre for the first two weeks of our summer school ‘Oh the places you’ll go!’ It seemed the theme of the summer school was so well-matched to the spirit brought in by the interns, for not...

The Pipilika Path (2018-2019)

Pipilika is Sanskrit for “ant”. When ants are at work, if there is an obstacle, they find their way around it but carry on with the work. Ants work with purpose, clarity, conviction and in well-coordinated teams. Our Pipilika team at Snehadhara seems to work exactly...

Bricolage 2019 with the children

The whole centre has been on a craft and colour high these last three days. There has been a flurry of activity – facilitators running up and down the stairway while carefully setting up different rooms for different adventures; children splashing their hands and feet...

ABT as a complementary health practice

In the war between doing and being, much life is trampled. While we’re all tuned to trill out loud about our joys or sing soulfully of our sorrows, we train our voices to be silent or scream incoherently (when we can’t be silent anymore) because we can’t remember to...

TEDx 2014 ‘heART of the MATTER’- A Therapy of Love and Compassion

We want to eliminate economic status as a variable in receiving the care that children and adults with special needs deserve. So our program relies on voluntary contributions to bridge the gap.

We are enthused to seek Personal, institutional & corporate funding support to ensure that we have a sustainable financial model.

The Snehadhara Family