Blog

Our blog is the pulse of our responses to the experiences that the Snehadhara family shares together. From joy and laughter, tears and distress, adventures and magical moments, celebrations and reflection, introspection and humour – you will find much of our lives recorded here!

The Mind of a Fearless Educator with Ms.Gitanjali Sarangan

The Mind of a Fearless Educator with Ms.Gitanjali Sarangan

Watch Gitanjali Sarangan, our Founder and Executive Director at the Masterclass with Fearless Educators: A Digital Webinar Series exclusively designed for the Head of Schools and Teachers across India by Future School Leaders (FSL) on 2nd August,2020. The School...

THE TIDE OF CHANGE IS HERE

THE TIDE OF CHANGE IS HERE

From being symbolic of prosperity, fertility, rebirth and creativity, to appearing as the first of the Dashavatars “Matsya” in Hindu mythology, the fish has been representative of intelligence, endurance, consciousness, transformation and more, across world cultures...

Rebuilding magic, one story at a time

Rebuilding magic, one story at a time

Often when we’re at the heart of uncertainty, we tend to lose sight of the fact that after every phase of darkness comes light. As cliched as it sounds, that’s just how the Universe is built… with unmistakable balance and infinite wisdom. But when the tough times...

TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

Peacocks, they say, are often troubadours of transition. They signal the arrival of the monsoons and dance to the new tunes of change. They’re also a great indicator for rain, a trait that we found was tying perfectly with our new story of the fortnight: The Peacock...

Onion rings in fun learning

Onion rings in fun learning

An onion is a vegetable that desperately needs an image consultant. It is often derided as being responsible for heightening our emotions and bringing tears to our eyes, even though it quietly goes about its business, safely ensconced in layers and layers of flavour....

FINDING WONDERLAND IN THE TIME OF LOCKDOWNS

FINDING WONDERLAND IN THE TIME OF LOCKDOWNS

At the turn of the year, we welcomed the new decade 2020 with much-repeated wit; it was the year that in hindsight would give us much clarity. After all, hindsight is always 20-20, they say. And this 2020 appeared no different. Yet barely a quarter in, we were...

Making new connections

Making new connections

The word ‘continuum’ means a process which has a distinct start and end, but varying shades of beginnings and endings in between. The 21-day lockdown by the Government of India is but one of those shades in the continuum of compassion and care Snehadhara pledges to...

Inclusion in the Time of Social Distancing

Inclusion in the Time of Social Distancing

A new world order seems to be taking over life as we have known it. Now more than ever, countries which stressed on building a sense of togetherness and belonging with special needs populations are encouraging people to stay at home. We at Snehadhara too had to...

Cafe Obattoo – Feb 2020

Cafe Obattoo – Feb 2020

This February, Cafe Obattoo brings you the most famous breakfast of Karnataka - Chow Chow Bath. This delicacy consists of one serving of spicy Khara Bath and another of sweet Kesari Bath. Vegetable Pulao is a substantial rice dish mixed with vegetables and mildly...

Cafe Obattoo – Jan 2020

Cafe Obattoo – Jan 2020

This January, Cafe Obattoo brings you typical South Indian dishes like Uthappam and Lemon Rice or Chitranna as it is called in Kannada. Uthappam is a type of dosa, served with delicious tomato chutney and Lemon Rice is prepared by mixing cooked rice with turmeric and...

Cafe Obattoo – Dec 2019

Cafe Obattoo – Dec 2019

This December, Café Obattoo brings you the timeless delicacy Poori and Chole, a substantial Vegetable Paratha stuffed with different vegetables and the Italian speciality Vegetable Pasta. Place your orders in advance and don’t miss out on a delicious menu. Please note...

Cafe Obattoo – Nov 2019

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...

Cafe Obattoo – Oct 2019

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.

Cafe Obattoo – Sep 2019

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!

Cafe Obattoo – August 2019

Cafe Obattoo – August 2019

The monsoon saga continues at Cafe Obattoo. On offer in August are Grilled Sandwiches, Gulab Jamuns and Onion Pakodas. Place your orders at the earliest and enjoy the weather!

Cafe Obattoo – July 2019

Cafe Obattoo – July 2019

Crisp and crunchy will be Cafe Obattoo's theme in July. The unbeatable combination of sandwiches, bhel and masala vadas may leave you wishing every month was July at Cafe Obattoo! Come and feast with us on a range of flavours and textures!

June Flavours

June Flavours

Café Obattoo is back with some solidly delicious fare for the new term. From Akki rottis to bondas, you won’t feel the lack of energy in our snacks on offer at the Café this month! Eat well – we have a long way to go together!

Bricolage 2019 with the children

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...

The Mind of a Fearless Educator with Ms.Gitanjali Sarangan

The Mind of a Fearless Educator with Ms.Gitanjali Sarangan

Watch Gitanjali Sarangan, our Founder and Executive Director at the Masterclass with Fearless Educators: A Digital Webinar Series exclusively designed for the Head of Schools and Teachers across India by Future School Leaders (FSL) on 2nd August,2020. The School...

THE TIDE OF CHANGE IS HERE

THE TIDE OF CHANGE IS HERE

From being symbolic of prosperity, fertility, rebirth and creativity, to appearing as the first of the Dashavatars “Matsya” in Hindu mythology, the fish has been representative of intelligence, endurance, consciousness, transformation and more, across world cultures...

I(m)nclusion | In conversation with Ms. Gitanjali Sarangan

I(m)nclusion | In conversation with Ms. Gitanjali Sarangan

Watch Gitanjali Sarangan, our Founder and Executive Director, deconstruct the habitual labelling and slotting of children and adults, as she reminds us all that being human and humane is all we need to do. Inclusion will then happen automatically. Yet, given the times...

‘Danthon Danthon Mein’ – a toothy exercise in inclusion

‘Danthon Danthon Mein’ – a toothy exercise in inclusion

The ground floor of Snehadhara Foundation was turned into a dental clinic this morning and not everyone was all smiles. JAS Dental led by Dr.K.Mahaboob Basha had kindly consulted to conduct a dental check-up for all the children and adults coming to our Centre. There...

Celebrations of Inclusion and Connection

Celebrations of Inclusion and Connection

A festival is an excuse to celebrate, sing together and love more loudly. Every festival has its unique flavour and Christmas brings with it a season of cheer, sharing, giving and loving unconditionally. For us at Snehadhara Foundation, the celebrations of the season...

Of Collaboration and Inclusion

Of Collaboration and Inclusion

Snehadhara Foundation and Snehagram (a Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre for Children Living with HIV) share more than the first half of their names. Working with vulnerable children and enabling them to take a lead in transforming their own lives – is the...

Inclusion is Creating Conversations

Inclusion is Creating Conversations

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”  What’s the starting point? Morality and fairness? Or Success and effectiveness? I stepped out of a session on ‘Building inclusive classrooms through the Arts’...

STANDING UP, in a classroom

STANDING UP, in a classroom

In our year long engagement with Kamala Niketan , Trichy we are working with the teachers in the schools to see how together we can look at arts as a tool to impart academic learning in classrooms. It has meant a lot of questioning, challenging existing methodologies...

Let’s start with working relationships

Let’s start with working relationships

Inclusion classrooms are a wonderful concept but it takes a lot of training, patience and compassion on the part of these teachers. Because fully inclusive classrooms have students across the educational and developmental spectrum, ranging from typically developing...

BINDHUMALINI: THE PERFECT LOCKDOWN ANTIDOTE

BINDHUMALINI: THE PERFECT LOCKDOWN ANTIDOTE

When our Houseful sessions were planned, we looked at giving our children a space to partake in creative experiences, both passively and as engaged listeners. Not wanting them to have to miss out on this during the lockdown, our Houseful sessions moved online… just as...

HOUSEFUL TURNS SOULFUL with Dr.Geetha Bhat

HOUSEFUL TURNS SOULFUL with Dr.Geetha Bhat

Music brings the world closer. It transcends barriers of geography and cultures, communicating with its listeners through its own universal yet intimate language. This month’s Houseful saw Dr Geetha R. Bhat speak with us through the lilting syntax of the veena. The...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Mridula Rao is a Bharatantayam and Kathak practitioner based in Bangalore and has over two decades of experience in the classical dance field. She has been mentored by Nirupama and Rajendra in Bangalore. Besides training in classical dance, she regularly participates...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Vishwi (short for Vishwambaran) started learning Carnatic vocal at the age of 6. Singing prowess apart, he has tried his hand at various instruments like the keyboard, guitar, tabla, drums, melodica, harmonica etc and is currently trying to make a career as a music...

Finding her own voice: A Special Houseful by K. Swaathi

Finding her own voice: A Special Houseful by K. Swaathi

Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.K. Swaathi, our very own student from the senior group took the stage this afternoon as a Houseful artist. Our first Inhouse Houseful artist, Swaathi’s flair and passion for music have been carefully cultivated...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, we are more than delighted to welcome ACTS Harmony, the choir of the ACTS Secondary School, to our Centre for the second time. Bringing their spirit of cheer, the energy of their love and truly inclusive spirits, the children...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Swaathi is a member of the senior group at Snehadhara Foundation. Her passion and inclination for music have been carefully cultivated and shaped over the last two years that she has spent here. As she now stands at the helm of change and prepares to become a...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

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...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

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...

The Right Approach: The problem of equality- Caste and Education

The Right Approach: The problem of equality- Caste and Education

This blog is focused on the relationship of caste and education in India, by a series of blogs, we intend to explore the inequalities rampant in the society along the vertical and horizontal plane and the impact it had or has on the education and system of education...

The Right Approach: The Problem of Equality

The Right Approach: The Problem of Equality

This blog is focused on the social inequality in terms of caste and by a series of blogs, we intend to explore the inequalities rampant in the society along the vertical and horizontal plane and the impact it had or has on the education and system of education in the...

The Right Approach: Contradiction to equality by the Apex court

The Right Approach: Contradiction to equality by the Apex court

The prima facie observation made by the Supreme Court on children with special needs to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them is not only regressive but also in violation of the principle of inclusive...

The Right Approach: Altruism of an Inclusive Society

The Right Approach: Altruism of an Inclusive Society

In the state of nature, there was no civilized society. The life was violent and there were no civil liberties and rights. We entered into a social contract to protect rights of the individual and live with social coordination and solidarity, thus, laying the...

The Right Approach: Strategy of Inclusion

The Right Approach: Strategy of Inclusion

The global estimate of children, i.e. under 14 years of age, with moderate or severe disability is 93 million which means 1 out of 20 children globally under the age of 14 years. In the ongoing series of blogs, we have discussed that the gross enrolment ratio and the...

The Right Approach: Sarva Shiksha Abiyaan- Part 2

The Right Approach: Sarva Shiksha Abiyaan- Part 2

The Right Approach is back after a week’s break, we are examining the inclusive education and disability covered under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and how it is closely working with the Right to Education Act, 2009 to achieve the aim of Education for All. Education is a...

The Right Approach: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

The Right Approach: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All) is a programme launched by the Indian government to achieve its goal of Universal Elementary Education (UEE). It came into being in the year 2000-2001 as multiple intervention programmes for access to education, retention...

The Right Approach: The Dawn of Educational Policies in India

The Right Approach: The Dawn of Educational Policies in India

In this ever changing socio-political regime, we are mapping the progress made in the policy framework for creating a quality and efficient education system in the country. Continuing with the Right Approach, this week we are tracing the footsteps of National...

Prajnadhara: ABT course certification ceremony

Prajnadhara: ABT course certification ceremony

Prajnadhara launched the Arts Based Therapy(ABT) Course for the 1st time in Bangalore on July 2017. The first batch got certified on March 11,2018 in a ceremony that evoked joyous memories of the journey for each one of them and a quiet satisfaction in the teachers...

Teachings by Pema Karen Schaefer

Teachings by Pema Karen Schaefer

Prajñādhara is a division of Snehadhara Foundation that looks at learning and practice for all. Prajñādhara offers: A certificate course in Arts Based Therapy (ABT) “Study of the Mind”, which takes eastern philosophical mind traditions and makes these unique...

A Cave Within

A Cave Within

‘A Cave Within’, Snehadhara’s two-day workshop that offered a space of insights to look within as one explores a relationship with the world around. “The way out is the way within............. Be filled with wonder Be touched by peace” The Cave Within was an...

A year long engagement with AMC

A year long engagement with AMC

Association for the Mentally Challenged (AMC) was founded in 1960 by Dr. D. L.N. Murthy Rao. Today, AMC is an NGO that supports over 200 children, adolescents and adults with an aim is to educate, train and rehabilitate mentally challenged individuals and their...

Inter Disciplinary exchange between SF & Israel team

Inter Disciplinary exchange between SF & Israel team

We believe that a progressive effort is essential in bringing a fundamental shift in the way we look at experiencing learning.  Towards that end, we have set out on a journey to create co-learning spaces and be enriched by shared experiences with others working on...

Spark- Compete For a Cause: Fundraising event in San Jose, California

Spark- Compete For a Cause: Fundraising event in San Jose, California

Our friends would be delighted to know that the event "Spark - Compete For A Cause" is being organized at San Jose, California, USA by 'Aram Sei', an organization that supports grassroots organizations around the world. They have heard about the work we are doing at...