How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way.


Snehadhara Foundation (SF) is a registered non-profit organization based in Bangalore. It is the only organisation in the country that works using Arts Based Therapy (ABT) as a primary methodology in working with children and adults with disabilities. ABT is evidence-based use of art forms to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.  The practice of ABT is based on use of various art forms like music, drama, visual arts etc, to address specific therapeutic goals.

OUR JOURNEY BEGAN as a direct care centre using the Arts to facilitate learning for children with special needs. The proven modules using the Arts address areas of learning development across domains – speech, motor, cognition, social, sensory.

AS WE EXPANDED, we explored the potential of learning through the Arts in general classroom environments, and found that it has great potential to help ALL students improve their own learning outcomes and increase their empathy for others who learn in new ways.

OUR RECENT EFFORTS have focused on a more fundamental question – should education itself be re-imagined? Will children learn better if we replace the current system by an interdisciplinary and holistic approach that recognizes the diverse and very different ways in which we all learn?

OUR WORK TODAY encompasses our three initiatives:

Direct Care

Direct Care (Our Social Lab) is a model for special populations that addresses life goals, academic interventions, and learning experiences to meet vocational goals, livelihood and long term care. The ambit of Snehadhara’s mission encompasses working with children across disabilities and across age groups using the Arts.


impART (Advocacy and Outreach) is an initiative that looks at interventions, methodologies and practices using the Arts to build empathetic communities and to create an inclusive society. impART looks at capacity building, training, certifications to re-imagine classrooms & learning facilitation in schools and colleges, building lifelong partnerships by introducing corporate citizens to the goals of a socially inclusive society.


Prajñādhara (Reimagining Therapy and Education) offers the Arts Based Therapy Certificate Course in Bangalore and aims to collaborate with other NGOs, learning centres, schools and institutions to implement ABT. The twin goals of Prajñādhara are Arts Based Therapy Certification and Study of the Mind.

Legal Status

Karnataka Trust Registration Act

Reg No:BK IV BNG-BMH 470/2012-2013
Date of Establishment: 05.12.2012

Registered under Section 51,52 of Persons with Disabilities(Equal Opportunites, Protection of Rights and Full participation) Act,1995

Reg No:#125
Date of Establishment : 25.03.2013

Registered with National Trust of India

Reg No:  KSNE16512252414

Registered under section 12AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961

Reg No: DIT(E)BLR/12A/S-2457/AAMTS2250A/ITO(E)-3/Vol 2012-13. DTD 06-03-2013

Exemption u/s 80G(5Xvi) of the I.T.Act 1961

No:DIT(E)BLR/80G/86/AAMTS2250A/ITO(E)-3/VoI 2013-2014

Registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

Registration Number : 094421625