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


Rotary Exemplars Outstanding NGO Award 2022-23
Snehadhara Foundation received the Rotary Club of Bangalore Exemplars Award for Outstanding NGO of the year. The Exemplar Award honours individuals and organisations who work relentlessly, pursue their dreams, overcome challenges and achieve the impossible.

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SF Wins Millennium Alliance Round 7 Grant for API Sri Lanka
Snehadhara Foundation has been awarded the Millennium Alliance Round 7 in 2023, for South-South Countries supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Govt of UK, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India and FICCI to take its work with Arts Practices for Inclusion to Sri Lanka. This third-time support from Millennium Alliance will allow us to take the work to the Eastern and Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka, benefitting 10000 children with special needs across 20 organizations.

4th Stories of Change Awards by Azim Premji University

Snehadhara Foundation’s story ‘Uhuru’ was selected as one of the ten stories in the Stories of Change Compendium, Vol IV at the Azim Premiji University, Bengaluru, 2023 as a recognition of good practices of social change by NGOs, CBOs, Government programs/ Organizations, Social Enterprises and other organizations directly involved in design and implementation of development interventions.

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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 was 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.


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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

Snehadhara was awarded the 2nd Creative Art Therapy Award 2020 in for outstanding contribution to the field of Art Therapy by the Sancheti Healthcare Academy as a recognition to the silent heroes who have done exemplary and exceptional work in the field of Creative Art Therapies.

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LEAPS SUMMIT, Qatar 2019

Snehadhara has been awarded as one among the 6 global progressive institutions at the LEAPS (Leading Educational Advancement through Progressive Schools) Summit at Qatar along with Lumiar Foundation, South America and UK; Hub School 21, France; NuVu, US; Kingsland Pre-Prep, UK and Agora School, Netherlands in November 2019.

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

Snehadhara Foundation was 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

Snehadhara was the recipient of the Millennium Alliance Grant as a social innovator of one of the top five innovations in the country for Education, 2017 by FICCI and in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Technology Development Board, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for the project ‘Kala Samavesh -Inclusion and Education of Disabilities, 2017.

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 was recognized at the Global Ethics Forum’s ‘My Choice for Equality’ Recognition 2014, by Global Ethics Forum and Indian Institute of Management, standing up against inequality and taken action towards establishing a more equal, impartial and fair world-2014. 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.