Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms symbolize rebirth and renewal. And they are associated with the onset of Spring. Cherry Blossoms are widely seen in the mountainous terrains of Himachal, Meghalaya and Kashmir. This is the idea and inspiration behind Kabir’s latest artwork “Cherry Blossoms “

“Cherry Blossoms “
Artist: Kabir Vernal CreativeSaathi associate
Medium: Poster Paints on Watercolour Paper
Size: A4 (8.7 inch x 11.7 inch)

The artwork involves process art with extensive finger painting, and the use of a brush for only the flowers in the foreground. Kabir loves playing with sticky textures, hence finger painting is something he truly enjoys.

Artist Kabir Vernal

Kabir Vernal, is a 11 year old on the Autism Spectrum from Hyderabad. He is primarily non-verbal. Although he has a fairly big vocabulary, his communication is still very limited and need based only. He loves playing with sticky textures, colours and the process of creating art.

Kabir enjoys the process, often choosing the colour palette and the subject of his art. His artwork styles include abstract floral art (with loose brush strokes), process art, abstract expressionism and intuitive art. Kabir loves spending time outdoors amidst nature.

Art by Kabir is one of the labels on SpecialSaathi’s OnlineShop [e-commerce platform] Art By Kabir– is an initiative to showcase art and art based products created by Kabir Vernal and are available on sale on Satviki. His artwork styles include abstract floral art (with loose brush strokes) , process art, abstract expressionism and intuitive  art.

A selection of his artworks is also available for sale on the Atypical Advantage website,

And his artworks are annually printed as blank greeting cards, that are sold via the Instagram and Facebook pages of Art By Kabir

Instagram: @artby.kabir



The Story of Vivekananda – The TAHD Way

RASA Day 2023

RASA (Ramana Sunritya Aalaya) teaches theater arts to individuals with different abilities. They use the Theater Arts for Holistic Development (TAHD) approach developed by Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, founder of RASA. I have been learning theater arts with RASA since 2020.

This is my second performance for RASA Day and my third drama performance with the Ramana Sunritya Aalaya (RASA) theater group. The previous two plays (Jatayu Moksham and Krihna Dootam) were in Tamil. But this play is in English with a Hindi song!

Thank You CreativeSaathi Morpheus Nag for the beautiful portrait of Swami Vivekananda.

Now, I am familiar with how RASA theater productions work. When I did my first play, it was much harder because I had no idea how the process worked. I also did not know anyone in

RASA. I was an online student and had not met other students. But now I go to RASA and know many of the students there.

I enjoyed RASA Day 2023. I liked hanging out with my RASA group before the performance. I also met people from the Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning (RMCL) group. When I was with the RASA group waiting for the show, teachers from RMCL also came and said hello to everyone. I was also happy that my two grandmothers, aunt, and my mother’s cousin’s family attended the event. Some of my relatives watched the performance by livestream.

Watch the recording of RASA Day 2023. My play Swami Vivekananda starts at 2 hours and 1minute into the video.

Preparing for the performance

My aunt volunteers at the Ramakrishna Math. As soon as she knew that I was going to participate in this theater production, she got me some books about Swami Vivekananda.

I started reading the books. I also watched a video of a prior performance. I listened to the audio and learned my parts.

Imitate, Repeat, Memorize, and Improvise

This is my third drama performance. In each performance, we follow the imitate, repeat, memorize, and improvise process.

Imitate: We learn by imitating Dr. Vaishnavi Poorna, our drama teacher. We have to learn how to position ourselves on stage, how to coordinate movements with other students, and how to coordinate movements with music. We learn these elements through imitation.

Repeat: I repeat my part daily with the video. My mother helps me practice at home. Sometimes, she stands in the place of other characters to help me practice.

Memorize: As I practice, I memorize my part. I check and make sure I remember my part completely.

Improvise: Even if you are well-prepared, we have to be prepared to improvise! Things don’t go exactly as planned on stage.

Swami Vivekananda and Ramana Maharshi

Since I learn about Ramana Maharshi in my dance classes, I am curious about Swami Vivekananda and Ramana Maharshi. How were they similar? How were they different?

100 Days of Reading

After finishing this performance, I will be starting a 100 Days of Reading project. During this project, I plan to read about Ramana Maharshi and Swami Vivekananda. I also want to read the Ramayana and Mahabharata since my previous performances were from Ramayana and Mahabharatha. I will start my reading from what I have learned through Theater Arts for Holistic Development (TAHD) experiences. First, I will finish reading the books on Swami Vivekananda that I started during the play.


Ray I. 2006. The Story of Vivekananda. Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata 700013. ISBN 978-81-85301-65-5

Swami Raghaveshananda. 2022. Swami Vivekananda Pictorial. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai,

Theater arts is not just about performances. Once you know the tools of TAHD, you can use them in many ways. For example, I am planning to use my TAHD experiences to enrich my reading experiences. As mentioned earlier, interactions with family member and community. To learn more, join our group here.

Author Ananth Raghunandan


Brain development activities- Copy the pattern puzzle

A video blog by Pinki Kumar on copying the pattern puzzle – different brain development activities.

Author Pinki Kumar

Pinki is a special educator, play therapist and a mother of a neurodivergent kid. She has a YouTube channel Play and learn to teach different methods and strategies. These videos are a great resource for the parents to help their child learn various skills.