The ABT faculty team comprises of two ABT practitioners who have also been ABT Guides for WCCLF. They are also the Founder and Managing Trustees and Co-founding members of Snehadhara Foundation.The Course faculty is/are trained as ABT Educator/s with WCCL Foundation, Pune. They have the competency to teach ABT after an intensive two years of ABT Educators’ Programme of WCCL Foundation.


Sumathi Ramjee has a First Class B. Tech in Electronics from Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai. After working as an assistant director with the Institute for Design and electrical measuring instruments, Mumbai, her field diverged and she acquired a Certificate in Guidance and counselling from Christ College, Bangalore. Thereafter followed a certificate in Learning Disabilities, a Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Teaching and a Certificate course on ABT from WCCLF, Pune. Sumathi is an ABT guide for South India with WCCLF. Thereon Sumathi practised Special education, language therapy and ABT at Deepika, Snehadhara, and Bubbles Centre for Autism and ASHA in Bangalore. Her domains of specialisation include Children with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Behavioural problems, Developmental Disabilities, Slow learners. She has been the creative director for ASHA School annual day for the last 8 years.

She was the recipient of Pearson Teaching award for Outstanding Contribution to Special Needs children in the year 2012-2013 and Pearson Special Jury Award in the year 2012-2013.

Sumathi has trained facilitators during courses on “Inclusive Education”, “Learning Disabilities” and “Care givers”, conducted Summer Camps for Mainstream children . She has led workshops in Teaching Aids, Creative Teaching, Teaching Methodologies, Stress Management for teachers and parents of Special Needs children, Process of Counselling, Personal Development, Memory techniques and Study skills, Learning Difficulties, Multisensory Teaching techniques, Multiple Intelligence, Differentiated Instruction, Fun ways of teaching Maths and Social Science, Arts in Education with special emphasis on the teaching of Civics and Geography. Poorna Pragyna, Institute for Faculty Improvement, Metropolitan Central School Bangalore, Hope – The Early Intervention Centre are some if the institutions that Sumathi has worked with through trainings and workshops. Sumathi made a Poster presentation on “Crossing Sensory Boundaries Using the Arts” at the South Asia International Autism Conference 2015, Delhi.

Gitanjali Sarangan is the founder of Snehadhara Foundation, an educationist, a social entrepreneur, an Arts Based Therapy (ABT) Practitioner and an ABT Guide for Bangalore and South India with over a decade’s experience in teaching a diverse population of children and adults. She is also an Internship guide at the Indian Society for Training and Development. Gitanjali is a recipient of the Millennium Alliance Grant for the project ‘Kala Samavesh – Inclusion and Education of Disabilities. She has been awarded as one among the 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators (Global Listing) by the World CSR Congress and Awards. Gitanjali is also the recipient of the ‘Dr. Amarnath Annual Award for Inclusion’, 2016. She is one among two artists to be awarded the Artist’s Grant 2014 for the ‘Art in Education Program’ by the India Foundation for the Arts and the Artist’s Grant 2014 by India Foundation for the Arts. She has been recognised by Global Ethics Forum and Indian Institute of Management, for working towards establishing an impartial and fair world. She has also spoken at the TEDx BITS Hyderabad on ‘The Goodness of Life’. Gitanjali is on the panel of experts of the ‘Arivu Disha’ a two-Pronged Program to Improve Learning Outcomes and Career Prospects of government school children in Karnataka.

Gitanjali has a Master’s Degree, a University Rank holder in Biochemistry, and has been a Lady Tata Memorial Scholarship Awardee.  She also has a PG Diploma in Applied Buddhist Psychology and Ethics from Pune University. Gitanjali is trained in Carnatic as well as Hindustani Classical music and is a Bharatnatyam dancer.

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