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Nation Builder Award 2021 by Rotary International
Gitanjali Sarangan has been awarded the Nation Builder Award 2021 by Rotary International. Gitanjali Sarangan was among the prestigious list of 12 outstanding teachers; she was lauded for overcoming every obstacle that the situation presented and turning them into opportunities to meet the children’s emotional, learning and therapeutic goals.

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Women Icon of the year (2021)

Gitanjali Sarangan, our Founder and Executive Director was awarded the Women Icon of the year 2021 by the International women’s day award, 2021 IWD –Indian Women Achievers awards on 7th March 2021.

The ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY INDIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD’ (IWDIAA) was felicitated to 40 eminent women achievers for their exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments in the fields of innovation, multitalented, sports, arts, culture, social service and achievements etc.

This award honoured all women and girls for the invaluable role they play in society and the economy, to create an awareness and understanding of their backgrounds, journeys and stories of resilience.

The award ceremony took place on 7th March 2021 at the Conrad, Bengaluru and was felicitated by several dignitaries. Sowmya Reddy, the General Secretary of All India Mahila Congress of Karnataka and a member of the Indian National Congress, Bhaskar Rao, a former Commissioner of Bengaluru City Police (Aug 2019-Aug 2020) were honorary guests. Anuradha, an Indian actress, BJP member, and a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, along with Dr. Balwant Singh, the Executive Director of Sphere,  and renowned actress Shubra Aiyappa also graced the occasion with their presence.

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Global Excellence Award 2020

Snehadhara Foundation has been proudly awarded the World’s Prestigious “Global Excellence Award 2020” for outstanding excellence and remarkable achievements in the field of Digital Education and Inclusive education of special needs during a pandemic. The award recognizes and honors innovative individuals and organizational initiatives that address the digital advancement in the Education Sector and have emerged as strong beacons of light for the world.

Our Direct Care work with children and adults with special needs has enabled us to constantly reassess strategies, build constructive pathways towards caregiving, and share learnings in diverse locations, for diverse populations in and outside the country. As the pandemic hit us, we geared up for transforming our Direct Care space into a virtual learning space, a format to which the children responded beautifully. This need also birthed école இllam, India’s first arts-based online learning programme for persons with special needs, and this programme has been running many successful batches for the past few months.


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Certificate for the Real Superwoman

We’re super proud of our Founder and Executive Director Gitanjali Sarangan, whose efforts in re-imagining and re-building our society through art and inclusion have been recognised by the Forever Star India Awards (FSIA). She has been awarded the ‘Certificate for the Real Superwoman’ by FSIA in appreciation for her remarkable work and influence as a social innovator.


Snehadhara Foundation wins the Millennium Alliance Global Award

We are ecstatic and proud to announce that our Founder and Executive Director, Gitanjali Sarangan, is an awardee of the Millennium Alliance Global Award-Round 6, for one of her many break-through innovations, ‘Kala Samvaad – Arts Practices for Inclusion’ in Nepal.

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Creative Art Therapy Award – Sancheti Healthcare Academy

We are delighted to share that Gitanjali Sarangan has received the 2nd Creative Art Therapy Award 2020 in recognition of her “outstanding contribution to the field of Art Therapy”. This is part of the Sancheti Healthcare Academy Awards for 2019-2020.Sancheti Health Care Academy honors the silent heroes who have done exemplary and exceptional work in the field of Creative Art Therapies.

She shared the stage with people doing inspiring work with vulnerable populations from across the globe. The awardees were from US, UAE, Kolkatta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Himachal, Calicut and Bengaluru. This award is truly special for us given that it comes from the medical healthcare fraternity.

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LEAPS SUMMIT, Qatar 2019

Snehadhara Foundation was one among the 6 global progressive institutions to be part of the LEAPS (Leading Educational Advancement through Progressive Schools) Summit along with Lumiar Foundation, South America and UK; Hub School 21, France; NuVu, US; Kingsland Pre-Prep, UK and Agora School, Netherlands.

The LEAPS Summit was hosted by the Qatar Foundation at Doha on 19th Nov, 2019. At the Round Table with Vice Chairperson and CEO Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Gitanjali Sarangan, Sumathi Ramjee and Soundararajan Sarangan shared the story of Snehadhara Foundation’s innovation in education and in reimagining classrooms using the arts.


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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 change as a strategic tool for sustainable growth. Such Leaders who are impactful & believe that there is a MAD approach to their work (Making A Difference).

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45th International Conference of AEE at Montreal, Canada

Gitanjali Sarangan was an invited presenter at the 45th International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education at Montreal, Canada. This conference brought together a worldwide community of more than 700 practitioners, teachers, therapists, facilitators, adventure guides and trainers.

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The Super Achiever Award

This award is instituted by the Association of People with Disability (APD) in memory of its founder N.S Hema, who established the organization in 1959. This Award is to recognise outstanding work of Karnataka based NGOs in the field of Disability in and outside Karnataka.

Along with awarding the N S Hema Memorial Award to Tamahar Trust this year, five NGO’s were recognised as Super Achievers. The recognition is for organisations that have done great work worthy of the national and international recognition and whose contribution to the sector has been immense and inspiring.

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The NGO Leadership Award

We are pleased to announce that Snehadhara Foundation has been a recipient of the NGO Leadership Awards 2017 on 20th Sep 2017 by The World CSR Day. The Bengaluru NGO Leadership Awards recognises leaders who have contributed value & made a change as a strategic tool for sustainable growth. Such Leaders who are impactful & believe that there is a MAD approach to their work (Making A Difference).

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Millennium Alliance award – Top five Innovations in the country for Education

We are extremely proud to be the recipient of the Millennium Alliance (MA) award as one of the top five Innovations in the country for Education. This is also the first time MA has recognised and awarded a project for disabilities and inclusion. Our Executive Director, Gitanjali Sarangan has been awarded as the Innovator for the project ‘ Kala Samavesh for inclusion and education of disabilities’.

The MA is an inclusive platform to leverage Indian creativity, expertise, and resources to identify and scale innovative solutions being developed and tested in India to address development challenges that will benefit base of the pyramid populations across India and the world.

Under FICCI’s leadership and in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Technology Development Board , Department of Science and Technology, Government of India ,Millennium Alliance awards Innovators in various sectors.

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Award for 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators

Our Executive Director, Gitanjali Sarangan was conferred the award of one of the “50 Most Impactful Social Innovators” globally at the World CSR Day.

Certificate of Merit

Snehadhara received the “Certificate of Merit” for our quality of work, reach and outlook, and ability to contribute value to social change at the World CSR Day awards.

Dr. Amarnath Annual Award for Inclusion

Gitanjali, our Executive Director received the ‘Dr. Amarnath Annual Award for Inclusion’ acknowledging her ceaseless effort towards the inclusion of children with special needs at The Roopa Shivkumar Memorial Annual Seminar.

IFA Artist’s Grant 2014

IFA Artist’s Grant 2014: Taking Art in Education Ahead

India Foundation for the Arts has awarded Gitanjali Sarangan, Executive Director, Snehadhara Foundation the Artist’s Grant for the ‘Art in Education Program’ for this academic year. She is one among two artists to be awarded the grant this year.

Taking ahead our belief in Art Based Education and its effectiveness in creating inclusive and accepting environments and more importantly integrating arts into teaching methodologies within classroom settings, the ‘Art in Education’ program will help create an inclusive program for 30 children from the Puttenahalli Government School and their community. This work will use creative arts based interventions to build awareness about the environment and water conservation among the children and their neighborhood. The program will also focus on building social skills in children while looking at specific needs of those who require support with meeting learning needs.

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is an independent, nationwide philanthropy organisation, dedicated to strengthening the arts in India. IFA’s mission is to enrich the arts in India, by providing support for innovative projects and capacity building across all the arts. IFA makes grants to individuals and organizations with the aim of filling important gaps in private and public assistance for culture and the arts in India.

Global Ethics Forum’s ‘My Choice for Equality’ Recognition 2014

Gitanjali Sarangan has been recognised by Global Ethics Forum and Indian Institute Of Management, for being an individual who has stood up against inequality and taken action towards establishing a more equal, impartial, and fair world. is a global network of persons and institutions interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number of resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library and facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, online publishing and information sharing.