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!

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...

Seeking a sense of closure (or a new beginning)

Seeking a sense of closure (or a new beginning)

The suddenness of this closure is something we had not anticipated but in such an emotional journey of stories and so many things that this place has offered and taken away from us, it seems to be the Universe’s way of suspending things a bit so we get some time for...

To New beginning – Inauguration of our New Campus at Nelamangala

To New beginning – Inauguration of our New Campus at Nelamangala

Fifth of January 2020 witnessed another river of care, compassion and empathy with the inauguration of Snehadhara Foundation’s brand-campus at Nelamangala. This space will house our Direct Care Programme that is evolving into a semi-residential format starting April...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Defining Inclusion by un-defining it

Defining Inclusion by un-defining it

I have often tried to understand what this word ‘inclusion’ means. As I was reading up, I came across its many definitions. I felt that getting down to the act of defining it, itself echoed ‘Exclusion’ the loudest. Some thoughts on inclusion I came across were:...

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...

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Houseful – of Joy and Artistic Adventures

Asha Sarella is a Bharatanatyam dancer. She has embodied her passion for dance from the tender age of four, with the blessings of her gurus - Karnataka Kalashree Sathyanaraya Raju, Guru Jyothi Pattabhiram, Guru Karnataka Kalashree Bhanumathi, and Smt. Leelavathi...

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...

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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