Project AHSAS is an initiative taken by Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts (SNDA) in 2007 to support the artistic development of less privileged students by making dance education affordable to them. With this project, SNDA strives to impart quality dance education and bring the dance world together without any discrimination in the society. Until today, over 1000 children have benefitted through this project.
Under Project AHSAS, SNDA offers full and part scholarships to students having potential to pursue dance professionally. In the past SNDA has offered scholarships to children from the slums of Dharavi, Antop Hill and Govandi. A huge supporter of this project has been Josefin Wikstrom from Sweden, who looks after the financial needs to support dance education of these children.
JOY of GIVING Project
As an extension of Project AHSAS, we started the Joy of Giving Project, which is our attempt to reach out to differently able children and those with special needs through the medium of dance. In the past, SNDA has spread the Joy of Dancing to children at National Association for the Blind, Ashray (home for HIV positive children), Balanand, Apnalaya and other institutions committed to bring about a change in the lives of such individuals. In 2015, we got the opportunity to extend this joy to children at the Society for the Education of Crippled (SEC) at Antophill, Mumbai. With the support of Nisha Singh from USA and collective efforts of SNDA faculty, these lovely kids have found a way to express, to be joyous and to be themselves despite their physical limitations. With two years of continued effort, SNDA has now extended the project to two more centres of SEC, one in Santacruz and another in Charni Road.