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Our blog shares celebrations through pages of reflection & introspection, joy & laughter, tears & distress, adventures and our magic moments.

When differences disappeared

When differences disappeared

Charumathi Supraja and Bunty Shrestha of the Snehadhara team write about the House Concert held at Untitled Space in JP Nagar on 22nd September. It was just another beautiful House Concert. And yet, it was not just another beautiful House Concert. The simplest joys...

REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS

MANOJ INTERNED AT SNEHADHARA FOR TWO WEEKS IN JUNE. AN  MBA (F) FROM SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING, HE HAS EMBARKED ON A JOURNEY TO EXPLORE, DISCOVER, EXPERIENCE AND SERVE SOCIETY. THESE REFLECTIONS EMERGED AFTER HIS SHORT STINT AT SNEHADHARA AND HE...

In summer, the song sings itself.

In summer, the song sings itself.

  In summer, the song sings itself. William Carlos Williams   Every year in April, at Snehadhara, we shake up our bag of summer goodies and what emerges is a month full of exciting experiences and tremendous fun. We create new memories of what...

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...

Being an educator

Being an educator

Being an educator isn’t about what you do; it’s about who you are. The best teachers and educators are those who bring their personality, passion, and experience into the classroom — they don’t just teach about a subject, they open up a conversation that includes...

My Reflections

My Reflections

Thoughtful musings of an intern from CFL, Nivedita Jajoo, who charmed us all with her enthusiasm, sensitivity and compassion. Her ability, to navigate through the 5 weeks of her internship with creativity and insightful observation, was evident in her presence at 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’...

The Reverberation of the rhythm and the rumble

The Reverberation of the rhythm and the rumble

Rennee writes about her experience co-facilitating a session with the UG students at IIPR. The session is a part of the certificate course titled ' Psycho-Socio Wellbeing using Arts and Play' offered jointly by Snehadhara and Headstreams. Fifteen enthusiastic students...

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...

Samavesh – Inclusion is a noun.

Samavesh – Inclusion is a noun.

Gitanjali writes about her interaction with three organisations from Baruch, Gujarat and draws parallels to what Snehadhara is out to achieve.  We hosted a team of three organisations from Bharuch District- Gujarat today. Kalpana Ben, a special educator with Sarva...

A Beautiful Landscape

A Beautiful Landscape

Devika is a highly confused 20 year old, who likes to spend her time working with children, exploring craft techniques and drinking coffee. She has finished her schooling at Centre for Learning, and is currently on a gap year. Devika writes 'A Beautiful Landscape'. I...

If you never did, you should!

If you never did, you should!

    ….and will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Dr. Seuss     Dr. Seuss got it right……well almost! The children at Tukio covered the last 1and ¼th percent! When asked to step out into the unfamiliar and the unknown, most adults will...

Zentangle – a surprise that unfolds one stroke at a time

Zentangle – a surprise that unfolds one stroke at a time

  Entangle=cause to become part of a tangled mass Zentangle=creating mass of beautiful images from repetitive patterns. We got entangled in zentangles beautifully with the Grade 6 and Grade 7 at HLC, Chennai. The children explored their own capacity for a mindful...

Inclusion – A kaleidoscope of diversity

Inclusion – A kaleidoscope of diversity

A new stage performance of George Orwell''s "Animal Farm" by Centre for Film and Drama (CFD) in collaboration with Snehadhara Foundation was performed at Rangashankara, Bangalore on 21st & 22nd October 2015. The 18 member cast of the play included  children from...

A story transcends words the moment it is read or told.

A story transcends words the moment it is read or told.

Facilitator at Snehadhara, Shailaja Bedi shares her experience of travelling with a story.... To the story tellers "You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who...

From the land of metaphors

From the land of metaphors

Painting is silent poetry and poetry is a painting that speaks Dance is rhythmical poetry and poetry is dance in motion Seeking is searching poetry and poetry is seeking that helps find Dreaming is poetry and poetry is that dream of the unknown Being is feeling poetry...

Growing Down

Growing Down

  Facilitator at Snehadhara, Lakshmi Karunakaran talks about her journey of working with children and how she has learnt the most powerful lessons from the children she works with. I have resisted the urge to work with children for a long time. Children had no place...