Nov 19, 2020




RASA - Ramana Sunritya Aalaya – Life Skills Training through the ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE


  1. Independence Day Celebration


RASA conducted an online  Independence Day celebrations . Though nature has locked us down for being safe , our patriotism to the motherland is always present and united we stand


This was the programme presented by our ‘differently able’ artistes.


We started  with a Prayer - by Deepa, prajith sujani and sripriya - SRIYAM


Next, we moved on to  the Song - shakti - by saranya and navya


This was Followed by a Dance - aduvome by Mukund and guru


Varun presented a speech on freedom


Followed by a song  by Vm Bharat - vande mataram


Prasanth sang a Hindi song on freedom and Jaikanth spoke about freedom and the current situation.


We showcased artwork done by -Archana, Revati, Rashmi, S Bharat,Arun and others.


 The Finale dance was performed by janani 


We ended the programme with a prayer by - Naveen and Deepa and The National anthem by - Jaikanth and Kaushik



  1. ‘RASA 30’ Celebration


RASA 30 was a one month long online celebration for showcasing our 30 years of service in the field of Art and Culture and its impact on one and all without disparity . A wide range of programmes were curated . Some of the key programmes were


  1. A live interaction with our director about the various aspects of RASA
  2. A live story telling session by Mrs Janaki Sabesh
  3. A drama discussion by theatre personalities
  4. A discussion on the scenario of Carnatic classical music
  5. Theatre productions  of differently abled artistes on various themes like stories from Mahabharata and lady saints of India
  6. A Madhubani art workshop by Mrs lakshmi Shivshankar


Many stake holders of the organization – Primary or otherwise ,  who are associated with RASA in a strong way  - provided a video byte of  their experience with RASA . The activities of RASA was also delineated in the morning slots .



Deepavali Celebration


This year , Deepavali was also celebrated from the students homes. The students dressed up and performed music , dance , slokas and speeches . In this celebration the staff of RASA also participated by showcasing their singing talent and conveyed their wishes to the RASA family  .


Online classes were held from the beginning of the month in order to prepare for the same . Individualised attention was given to each student and the parents also contributed by wielding the camera and being the costume and makeup designer for their children .


Jul 24, 2020

RASA 's response in the time of the Pandemic

Online session in progress
Online session in progress

What a past few months it  has been for all of us .. Most of humanity with the exception of frontline workers have been staying in the past few months due to the pandemic .

The lockdown in Chennai , India has allowed us at RASA to " work from home" in a unique way which is characteristically RASA's style.

Lessons have been offered on Skype, stories told, music taught, yoga practiced, and the facilitators have pooled in all their resources to do their very best in these different times.

This allowed not only the staff but the children, teens and  Team RASA also to enjoy the " essence " of the moment.

At RASA, the students are given daily tasks to do which they complete with the help of their caregivers at home during the time of the pandemic.

The following writing from our Director's desk clearly outlines one of the crucial philosophies with which RASA functions.


Joyful learning is that in which the process itself is completely fulfilling in every way

There is self-actualization at every point in the process. It is not about learning something to achieve an end result or goal but is about enjoying the process of learning. This ensures that the learning happens spontaneously and positively from within oneself

While the inputs could be external, the learning actually is received from within and made into a beautiful experience that stays with the individual for life. In that 'learning' moment there is a complete transformation that happens within us and remains with us forever

Joyful learning fosters inner empowerment that is most beautiful. Such is its nature.

So let us all learn joyfully, making the learning itself the end result.

Let us make joy our own because that is our true nature.

~ by Dr. Ambika Kameshwar


We look forward to your continued support and patronage to help us support and assist in making the world of these very special people brighter .


Enjoyment of sessions from home
Enjoyment of sessions from home
Sriyam work from home
Sriyam work from home


Mar 26, 2020


The thought of standing, emoting, and moving, dressed in special clothes in front of an audience can be a life transforming moment for anyone ...... and more so for a person with special needs .
When we overcome personal inhibitions , and get into our roles,we experience the POWER of Theatre which allows us to play different roles and be different people . This by itself is of a great therapeutic value.
Theatre provides a creative and  enriching environment , and the ARTISITIC EXPERIENCE enhances the quality of life .
By focusing on performance training, we,at RASA  , help individuals with special needs 
  • Gain confidence
  • Develop discipline
  • Express self
  • Develop ability to work in groups.
  • Await turn to perform.
  • Understand the dimensions of proper timing and proper spacing 
  • Experience different cultures through different roles , AND
  • Get an opportunity to be in the limelight .
This is done very systematically at RASA . Our trained facilitators go to identified outreach centres . (Outreach centres are other special schools in chennai )  They train students with special needs through the year and the culmination of the effort is what is seen on  what we call "RASA day"  -An annual event at Narada Gana Sabha . Chennai.It is a grand event where around 160 to 180  individuals with special needs take part. They are brought in from different parts of the city,  get ready , put their make up on , don special costumes and TAKE THE STAGE BY STORM ! it is indeed a very special culmination of a year's work. Here is a write up of this years presentation: Nithya Mukthan.
 Nithya Mukthan was a presentation of Indian Dance Theatre directed Dr Ambika Kameshwar and presented by around 160-180 artistes with different abilities.

Held at Narada Gana Sabha on 28th February 2020,it marked 30 years of service for the organisation Ramana Sunritya Aalaya- RASA . The presentation covered the stories of eight great saints Kanchi Paramacharya , Sri Ramakrishna , Yogi RamSurat kumar , Abhinava VIdya Theertha Mahaswami , Shirdi Sai Baba , Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi , Naranathu Bhranthan and Pappa Ramdas. It was an enriching experience for all .

The special artistes who presented the show were from five of RASA’s outreach centres ( Andhra Mahila Sabha , Ashraya , MGR home for the hearing impaired , Pathway and Saraswathi Kendra Learning Centre ) , and three of RASA’s own centres .

Dr Ambika penned the script , scored the music and Directed the Show .The trained team of RASA staff - Usha , Poorna , Anandhi , Rita and Jayashree handled the choreography , & the Research Resource was provided by G Kameshwar . Multi media visuals were provided by RASA’s Audio Visual Team comprising of Poorna, Jayashree and Francis , and the rich costumes were coordinated we by Anandhi from RASA with a support team . The programme management was by Mathangi Ramprasad and V Sundhar .
(The above are names of staff members and have already been published in the invites )
Experience the dance of Maa
Experience the dance of Maa
Experince the Music
Experince the Music
Ramana Maharishi
Ramana Maharishi


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