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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!

Snehadhara awarded the NGO Leadership Award (2019)

Snehadhara awarded 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...

A spark of light can break the darkness

A spark of light can break the darkness

It is around 5.30 pm. A woman’s body has just been dismembered by a truck ramming into her while she walked with her family by the road side. This is near Nandini Hotel, 24th Main, JP Nagar. A crowd of about 150 has gathered. Some people have climbed the steps leading...

Crossing the threshold into a new experience

Crossing the threshold into a new experience

X is daunted by doorways. She stops dead in her tracks and cries loudly, sometimes bites her hands and refuses to enter or exit – depending on which side the doorway looms. As soon as she has crossed the threshold, she often smiles like the sun...

Shared Journeys with the Valley School interns

Shared Journeys with the Valley School interns

We had the pleasure of welcoming four interns from The Valley School to our Centre for the first two weeks of our summer school ‘Oh the places you’ll go!’ It seemed the theme of the summer school was so well-matched to the spirit brought in by the interns, for not...

The Pipilika Path (2018-2019)

The Pipilika Path (2018-2019)

Pipilika is Sanskrit for “ant”. When ants are at work, if there is an obstacle, they find their way around it but carry on with the work. Ants work with purpose, clarity, conviction and in well-coordinated teams. Our Pipilika team at Snehadhara seems to work exactly...

People and Places- Summer School 2019

People and Places- Summer School 2019

Every year in the month of April, we delightfully welcome our new session with the Summer School at Snehadhara.  It is a time reminiscent of the ‘lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer’ filled with tremendous gaiety, colour, fun and joy. Summer School 2019- ‘People and...

ABT as a complementary health practice

ABT as a complementary health practice

In the war between doing and being, much life is trampled. While we’re all tuned to trill out loud about our joys or sing soulfully of our sorrows, we train our voices to be silent or scream incoherently (when we can’t be silent anymore) because we can’t remember to...

Snehadhara’s Sixth Birthday – A Celebration of Expression

Snehadhara’s Sixth Birthday – A Celebration of Expression

Snehadhara’s sixth Birthday celebrated on December 5th at the Direct Care Centre in JP Nagar, was a grand event that brought many smiles and much cheering from facilitators, children, staff and parents. From months before, plants were grown, pots painted, menu plans...

Kala Samvaad-Dialogue Circles

Kala Samvaad-Dialogue Circles

“If you have to choose between being liked and being heard, be heard” – Tara Jaye Frank Caregiving brings cares that only those who care actively can know from the inside. Tears, sometimes, cannot fall. Screams have to be swallowed whole. Words collect inside – thick,...

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...

March Flavours

March Flavours

If the heat of the summer is sapping you, Café Obattoo’s summer specials will put the spring back in your step. Our March flavours are focussed on keeping the fluid levels high so energy levels can follow suit. Juices and salads – sweet and savoury, tangy and tingly –...

February Flavours

February Flavours

February will be a month of steaming and frying at Obattoo Café. We’re focusing our culinary skills and imagination on lentils and cereals through this month’s menu. The garnishing and seasoning will tingle and tease your palate. Dals soaked and steamed or dals soaked...

January Flavours

January Flavours

With the New Year our repertoire of ingredients is taking a leap at Cafe Obattoo. We are back with Chaats to entice your palate and once again the inventiveness of our Cafe Team is reflected in the diverse ingredients that inhabit the familiar chaats. Each time we...

December Flavours

December Flavours

Each month sees the Cafe expand its range of flavours. The ingenuity of our Cafe Team is reflected in the diverse ingredients that inhabit the familiar sandwiches, smoothies and snacks. As we augment our skills this December with every new addition to the delicacies,...

November Flavours

November Flavours

Cafe Obattoo increases its flavours in November. It continues to be inspired by the festive season retaining the traditional yet infusing the innovative zeal of the Cafe Team. We keep the focus on honing our skills with novel ways to present sandwiches, chaats and...

October Flavours

October Flavours

Our experiments with food at Cafe Obattoo are unabated. October brings with it innovation and creativity along with a sense of fun. Of course our focus on health and nutrition is unwavering and so we have been presenting foods that focus on specific food groups. We...

Obattoo Cafe: September Flavours

Obattoo Cafe: September Flavours

Our culinary journey now takes us into the traditional delicacies of Sundal. Sundal is a traditional South Indian dish (originally from Tamil Nadu) prepared for naivedyam (prasad) after pooja during religious festivals like Navratri and Janmashtami. At Cafe Obattoo,...

Obattoo Cafe: August Flavours

Obattoo Cafe: August Flavours

August brings with it something craveable—sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and crunchy the inimitable street food- Chaat. Join us in our culinary adventure of Street Food Galore on Tuesdays.

Obattoo Cafe: July Flavours

Obattoo Cafe: July Flavours

July brings with it spicy flavours and crisp textures in the palate of food. A hint of lime here a dash of colour there. Cooking with tanginess is what we shall explore this July. Join us in our culinary adventure of Crunchy July Chaats on Tuesdays.

March Munchies: Obattoo Cafe

March Munchies: Obattoo Cafe

March brings with it subtle flavours and special hues in the palate of food. A hint of lime here a dash of colour there. Cooking with delicacy is what we shall explore this March. Join us in our culinary adventure of March Munchies on Tuesdays. Our team of chefs...

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Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

‘Houseful’ creates artistic experiences that allow us to be touched by another’s creativity, while personally engaging in the process of co-creating with a performer. This month we are delighted to welcome Arpita Gaidhane, a Baul practitioner, to share her songs with...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

‘Houseful’ creates artistic experiences that allow us to be touched by another’s creativity, while personally engaging in the process of co-creating with a performer. We’re delighted to welcome Debapriya Das, a belly dancer, to perform at Houseful in July 2019....

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

‘Houseful’ creates artistic experiences that allow us to be touched by another’s creativity, while personally engaging in the process of co-creating with a performer. We are super excited to begin this year's artistic adventures with Vasu Dixit! Vasu's open-throated...

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

‘Houseful’ this year has allowed us to grasp the nuances of performances by artists and to revel in the sharing of their craft, thus revisiting the artist in ourselves. In March, we conclude this year’s Houseful event with another expression of creativity. Our artist...

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

We continue our journey of creativity in February with our next ‘Houseful’ event where we invite artists to explore artistic spaces with us through their craft. Our guest this month is Archana Kumar.  Archana Kumar is an independent performing artist, who prefers to...

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

We ring in the New Year with yet another ‘Houseful’ performance, exploring creativity through the artistic spaces that we create together. This month we welcome Bindhu Malini Narayanaswamy in our midst. Bindhu Malini is an Indian singer, composer, musician, music...

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Christmas is the season of loving, giving and sharing joy with others. Blending the spirit of Christmas into this month’s ‘Houseful,’ we are delighted to welcome ACTS Harmony, the choir of the ACTS Secondary School, into our Centre. What could be better than children...

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

We return with another ‘Houseful’ performance, our attempt to collectively recreate artistic spaces –immersing ourselves in the magic of creativity as creators and artists in our own lives. This month we welcome Madhulika Srivatsa in our midst. Madhulika was...

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Houseful – of joy and artistic adventures

Watching a performance together could be as thrilling as singing in harmony or acting in a multi-cast play. In the first term, we saw a glimpse of the lightness and joy that flowed from The House Concert musical evening at the Untitled Arts. That huddle of attention...

The Right Approach: Features of The RTE Act, 2009

The Right Approach: Features of The RTE Act, 2009

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, also known as the Right to Education Act (RTE Act), a Fundamental Right under  Article 21A of Indian Constitution. The major highlights of the RTE Act are: It ensures free & compulsory education to...

The Right Approach: The Right to Education-Part Two

The Right Approach: The Right to Education-Part Two

This Week, ‘The Right Approach’ is back with part two of the Right to Education blog which covers the provisions entailed under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The right to Education was made a fundamental right under part III of Indian...

The Right Approach: Right to Education – Part one

The Right Approach: Right to Education – Part one

This week’s blog reflects the importance of primary education, right to education and its incorporation as a fundamental right in the Constitution of India and how inclusive education for children with special needs is the ultimate goal of envisaging this legislation...

The Right Approach: The census on disability

The Right Approach: The census on disability

In this edition of The Right Approach, we are trying to understand the ground realities through analysing census data concerning persons with disabilities. This analysis is important as it will reflect the areas which need to be addressed by the government and in turn...

The Right Approach

The Right Approach

This is the first in a series of blogs which will enable us to delve deeper into the world of disabilities. The intent is to access information from diverse sources to expand our own understanding through a variety of lenses. A larger and more informed picture would...

Rights of person with disability act, 2016: Review

Rights of person with disability act, 2016: Review

The rights of a person with disability act 2016 was passed by Lok Sabha on 16th December 2016 after it was passed by Rajya Sabha on 14th December 2016. It received the presidential assent on 27th December and has replaced the Persons with Disabilities (Equal...

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