Faculty Profile


 Dr.(Smt.) Uma Rele

Year of Passing:- Ph.D in 2001. Masters of Performing Arts 1991

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Gold Medal for Light Vocal by the University of Mumbai. 2. Chairperson- Ad hoc Board of Studies in Dance in the University of Mumbai.
3. Has been appointed as an External Examiner for B.A (Hons) Performing Arts (Bharata Natyam) with Education at Mahatma Gandhi Institute affiliated to Mauritius University, Mauritius. 4. Has visited college as a Peer-Team Member of N.A.A.C Committee in 2005, Music College for the Blind in Gadag Karnataka.
5. Was invited as an Expert Member on the Selection Committee for the interviews of Lectures in Dance at the M.S.University, Baroda, Gujarat. 6. Also on the list of Assessors for NAAC Peer Team visits for Accreditation, appointed by NAAC U.G.C.
7. Has been appointed as a member of Research and Recognition committee of the University of Mumbai.. 8. Received “Nalanda Kanak Nartana Puraskar -2017” from Nalanda Dance Research Centre.
9. Has invited “Kalaikaviri College of Fine Arts “, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, as a Peer Team Member of NAAC in August 2019.

Performances/Research Activities: -

1. Conceptualised ‘Choreographed and Directed a documentary “STREE GAATHAA” (Story of Woman) for the Govt. of Maharashtra which was released by Dr.Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai. 2. Performed for International Yoga Conference at Kaivalyadham held in December, 2015.
3. Performed at Kala Ghoda Festival Mumbai with Nalanda Students in February, 2016. 4. Performed for “Nalanda Suvarna Mahotsav” At NCPA (National Centre for the Performing Arts) at August 2017.
5. Performed for Fund Raising Programme for Kerala at NCPA(National Centre for the Performing Arts) in September,2018. 6. Performed for Pandit Haridas Sammelan in November-2018.
7. Performed in Nartanotsava of Nalanda Dance Research Centre as “Rele Nartana Parampara” in November 2018. 8. Performed in Times Sanskruti Festival of Thane in January 2018.
9. Was appointed as curator for NCPA’s Mumbai Dance Festival inaugural event held on 13th January 2019. 10. Has completed the Minor Research Project of UGC on “The Concept of God as Lover- Its Impact on Contemporary Classical Dances”. Planning to publish a book based on the similar project and Ph.D. Research.
11. Has been appointed as on “Academic Counselor” for Certificate Programmes of Indira Gandhi Open University (I.G.N.O.U) for the Bharata Natyam dance style. 12. Has been appointed as a Referee for Ph.D Thesis by University of Pune.
13. Read a Paper at the International Conferences held by Oriental Research Institute, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, in June 2009 on “The Origin of Bhakti as Rasa in the Alankara Shastra and Vaishnava contribution towards Bhakti Rasa”. 14. Has been appointed as a Resource Person for Orientation Programmes and Refresher course held by U.G.C Academic Staff College, University of Mumbai.
15. Read a Paper on “The Magic, Meaning and Function of Shiva Nataraja’s Dance” in a seminar on “Myth- Its Magic, Meaning, and Function” organised by Vivek college of Commerce, Goregaon, in September 2010. 16. Read a Paper on “Human Rights Vis-a-Vis Dharma / Righteousness” in the International conference on “Spirituality at Workplace” held in February 2013 at the Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Management, Mumbai.
17. Currently Chairperson Ad-hoc Board of Studies in Lok Kala Dept., of University of Mumbai and Member of Academic Council University of Mumbai. 18. Presented Paper on “Inculcating Moral Values Through Education”, in National Conference of Association of Indian College Principle’s in February 2014 at Khalsa College Amritsar.
19. Chaired a session for the National Conferences on ‘Changing Perspectives in Indian Classical Performances’ held by Dept. od Dance of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad in December 2015. 20. Has been Guiding Five Students for Ph.D. under the University of Mumbai as an approved Ph.D guide.
21. Have Guided Six students for Dissertation in MPA (Master of Performing Arts- Dance) Part II. 22. Presented a paper on “Performing Arts Human Resources” in International Inter Disciplinary National conference on Economics, Banking- Finance and Social Science (INCEBS 2018) in KES Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Kandivali, Mumbai.
23. Was invited as a Resource Person for the International Seminar held by the Faculty of Performing Arts of M.S. University, Baroda on “Independence of Performing Arts: Music, Painting, Drama, Dance, etc” In January 2019.

Associated in Nalanda since: -1997 till date

 Dr.(Smt.) Ambika Viswanath

Year of Passing :- MFA (Dance) 1985, Ph.D. (Dance) 2014.

Accolades Award: - 1. Nalanda Kanaka Nartana Puraskar, November 2018.

Research Activities: -

1. UGC Minor Research Project on “The Concept of Tala in relation to Carnatic Music System-2009-2011. 2. Presented Research papers at National and International seminars and conferences.
3. Conducted workshops on Indian Classical Dance, Music and Nattuvangam all over India and Abroad. 4. Recognized as a Ph.D. guide in Dance and a Subject Matter Expert by the University of Mumbai.
3. Chairperson of the Ad-hoc Board of studies in Dance – Universities of Mumbai from 2016. 4. Member of the Academic Council, Research and Recognition Committee for the Ad-Hoc Board of Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, teaching and Research in Dance, University of Mumbai.
3. Appointed as the External Examiner at Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka- Mauritius for BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Bharata Natyam Part –Time) for the Academic year 2009-2010 and 2012-2013. 4. Have been on the Panel of Judges for many competitions conducted by the University of Mumbai and various other forums.


Mastered the rare skill of single handedly singing and conducting all dance programmes at Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya and also at various dance festivals in India and abroad like :-

1. Nalanda Nrityotsava. 2. Khajuraho Festival.
3. NCPA:-
a) Kanaka Mahotsava 2017.
b) Mudra Festival (2019).
4. Sur Singer SamsadSur Singer Samsad.
5. Haridasa Sammelan. 6. Modhera Festival.
7. Kalidasa Mahotsava. 8. Pt. Durgalal Festival.

A rare combination of dance guru, vocalist, nattuvanar and choreographer.

Associated in Nalanda since: -1990 as a faculty and now as Associate Professor


Year of passing in: -1979 – Diploma in Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandalam.
2012 – M.A in Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed to be University.

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Pravasi Kalashri by Kerala Sangeetha Natak Akademi 2014. 2. Nrithya Choodamani by ‘Padam’ Mumbai- 2012.
3. Natyashree Puraskar from Kerala. 4. Guru Abhivaadan Diwas Puraskaram from Kalasadan Mumbai.
5. Kalpataru Kala Sanman from Solapur. 6. Navratna Samman -2018.
7. Nalanda Kanaka Nartana Puraskar 2018 from Nalanda Mumbai. 8. SPIC-MacKay Artist Nehru Centre- NCPA.

Performances: -

1. Kathakali – Bhandup- Sopanam Festival- Kalakshtram Dombivali. 2. Mammagam 2000 Festival.
3. AYYAPPA Festival. 4. Navee Festival.
5. Mohini Attam – Konark, Khajuraho etc. 6. Nattuvangam with Padmabhushan Dr.(Smt.) Kanak Rele and her Students.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 1982-2019 (37 years).

Also Perform in Several Production:- Like – kalyani, swapna vasavadathay,

Kanchan mruga, Rukmani swayamvaram.

Toured the World UAE, Sri Lanka,Russia, North Korea, South Korea and Europe with Padmabhushan Dr.(Smt.) Kanak Rele as accompanist.


Year of Passing:- 1. Six years course in Kathakali Music in Kerala Kalamandalam (1984) with First Class
2. Two years course of postgraduate study and practice in Kathakali music (1986) First Class in Kerala Kalamandalam.

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Central Government Scholarship 2 years (1985-1987). 2. Best Kathakali Singer Award-
a. Venkita Krishna Bhagawathar Award ( 1983).
b. Kalamandalam Neelakandan Nambeesan Award (1985)
3. The Sangeetha Vidhwan Puraskaram by The Chandra lekha Bharatanatya Kalakendra Mumbai (2010). 4. All India Radio B-High artist in Kathakali Music.
5. Kerala Sangeetha Natak Academy Kalasri Award for Pravasi Malayali’s (2013-2014) on Kathakali Music. 6. Foma Excellence award from Forum of India Media Associates (Regd) 2014.
7. Tru Indian Guest of Honour by Tru Indian Information and Guidence Society (2014). 8. Outstanding Achievement Award by Mumbai Yogakshemasabha.
9. Sopanam Kalakshreshta Puraskaram from Sopanam Fine Arts Society, Navi Mumbai (2015). 10. Geetvadya Shiromani Award from Geeta Nrithya Vidyalaya (2017-2018).
11. The Dance India Felicitation (2017-2018).

Performances with Dr.Kanak Rele in India: -

1. Khajuraho Festival. 2. Konark Festival.
3. Upavan Festival. 4. NCPA.
5. Keli Festival. 6. Kalakshetra - Mumbai.
7. Kalakshetra – Chennai. 8. Released Album Devotional Songs “krishnanu ente avilpothi” written by famous lyricist chovallur kishankutty.
9.Kerala Kalamandalam. 10. Spic Macay (North and East)
Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Mumbai IIT.

Associated in Nalanda: -18 th August 1987

Toured the World USA, UAE, Sri Lanka,Russia, North Korea, South Korea and Europe with Padmabhushan Dr.(Smt.) Kanak Rele as accompanist.

 Smt. Madhuri Deshmukh

Year of Passing: - Masters in Performing Arts 1991.

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Singermani, Nrityashali. 2. Graded Artist of Doordarshan.
3. ICCR Empanelled artiste. 4. i) Member of Board of Student’s Development and University’s Information Bureau. Under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, Member of Advisory Committee.
ii) Member of Expert Committee for the Youth Festival of University of Mumbai.

Performances: -

1. Sur Singer Samsad. Mumbai.
2. Haridasa Sammelan. Mumbai.
3. Young Dancer’s Festival Organise by Nehru Centre. Mumbai.
4. Konark Festival. Konark.
5.Sangeet Natak Akademy Yuva Mahotsav. Bhuvaneshwar.
6. All India Mohini Attam Festival. Delhi.
7. Shivali Young Dancer’s Festival. Mumbai / Delhi.
8. Khajuraho Festival. Khajuraho / M.P.
9. Golkonda Festival. Hydrabad.
10.ICCR Heritage Series at NCPA. Mumbai.
11. Ghoongru Festival. Bhopal.
12. Maharashtra Utsav. P.L. Deshpande Academy, Mumbai.
13. Kalaghoda Festival, Mumbai Festival. Mumbai.
14.Being an empanelled artist was invited by ICCR to perform a series of performances in Srilanka on the occasion of 2 nd World Hindu Conference.

Group Performances: -

1. Khajuraho Festival. Khajuraho, M.P.
2. Konark Festival. Konark, Orissa.
3. Modhera Festival. Modhera, Gujarat.
4. Spring Festival. North Korea (Sponsored by ICCR).
5.Tour to European Countries. Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland Etc.(Sponsored by ICCR).

Number of Research Papers presented in National and International Seminars.

Persuing Ph.D. in Dance under the guidance of Principal Dr.Uma Rele.

 Dr.Meenakshi Iyer Gangopadhyay

Year of passing:- MFA (Dance) – 1995, Ph.D (Dance) 2002.

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Nageshwar Rao Scholarship from University of Mumbai for Standing 1 st in the faculty of Fine Arts of Mumbai University – 1993.

Performances: -

1. Performed at Mudra Festival of NCPA (Mumbai) as a member of the Troupe of Dr.Kanak Rele (April 2019). 2. Performed at “ Kanaka Mahotsava’ at NCPA (Mumbai) – (August 2017).
3. Performed at ‘Suvarna Mahotsava ‘- The Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Nalanda Dance Research Centre at P.L. Deshpande Academy (Mumbai) – January 2016. 4. Participated in Prestigious Dance Festivals such as ‘Sharngadeva Festival’ (Banaras Hindu University Varanasi), ‘Kalidasa Mahotsava’ (Ujjain), ‘Khajuraho Festival’ (Khajuraho) etc. with Nalanda Troupe.
5. Performed as the leading Bharata Natyam dancer in the dance production “Rutu Samhar”, choreographed by Dr.Kanak Rele, for the 18th Pt.Durgalal Festival (Nehru Centre, Mumbai). 6. Performed as the main Bharata Natyam artiste for ‘Mahagami’ – Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy, Aurangabad.

Research Activities: -

1. U.G.C Minor Research project on “Ancient Tamil Literature and Music of Bharata Natyam” (2005-2007). 2. Was one of the team of Analysers who worked on the project “Synergy Between Education and Culture” – Ministry of Culture (2010-2011).
3. Presented Research Articles at National and International Seminars and Conferences. 4. Published Research Articles in reputed Journals.
5. Conducted workshops on Indian Classical dance, Drama and Art in Education, etc. 6. Recognized as a Teacher of the Mumbai University for the Ph.D. Degree in Dance and guiding students of Masters in Performing Arts (Dance) Dissertations.

Associated in Nalanda since: - Since 1995 as a faculty.

Currently Pursuing: -
1. M.A. (Indology) – Final Year from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
2. SWAYAM – NPTEL Online course “Body Language: Key to Professional Success.”

 Smt. Radhika Premanadhan Nair

Qualifiaction :-

1. Master of Fine Arts in Classical Dance Bharata Natyam from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya affiliated to Mumbai University.. 2. Passed National Eligibility For Lectureship in the year 2001.
3. Diploma in Sanskrit language from Mumbai University. 4. Post Graduate Diploma in Dance and Fitness from Mumbai University.
5. Post Graduate Diploma in Comparative Mythology from Sanskrit department Mumbai University.

1. Working for many years as a performer, instructor, cultural co-ordinator, event organizer organizing and giving lec-dems, presenting papers, visiting lecturer etc for institutes, University Arts Department, Associations and Educational Institutions.
2. Was the Cultural Coordinator and one of the Choreographers of ‘Mumbai Pooram Maha Kaikotikali’ 2010 that entered Limca Book of World Records and 2012 that entered The Guinness World Records.

Associated with Nalanda since: - 2003 as lecturer.

Currently Pursuing:- 1. Ph.D. under the able guidance of Dr.(Smt.) Uma Rele and enrolled for Course in academic writing from Swayam

 Dr.Vijaykumar Ambadasrao Patil

Year of passing: -

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Co-ordinator IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell), Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai. 2. Co-ordinator GAAC (Global Academic and Accreditation Consortium) Mumbai.
3. Co-ordinator, Satsang Series , Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai. 4. Ph.D and M. Phil. Guide Department of English, University of Mumbai..
5. Field Co-ordinator, Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension, The University of Mumbai. 6. Editor, Nalanda Sanskriti Pravah, Peer Reviewed Research Journal.
7. Teaching and Taught to
Undergraduate Programme: B.P.A.,B.A., B.Com., B.Sc, B.E., B.S.L
Post Graduate Programmes: M.P.A., M.A., M.B.A., M.C.A., M.M.S.
8. Playwright and Director.
9. Delivered Keynote address at MEET ( MUMBAI ENGLISH EDUCATOR’S TEAM), an association of English Teachers. 10. Soft skill Trainer.
11. Chief Editor, Insider, the College Magazine, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai 2008, 2009. 12. Conducts Workshops for Research Scholars.
13. Resource Person. 14. Visiting Faculty, for M.A. English.
15. Member Organising Committee of International Seminars. 16. Member, College Development Committee, Asmita college of Architecture, Mira Road, Mumbai.

Books Authored: -

1. Research Methodology in Literature. 2. Communication Skills.
3. Ovalni. 4. Duryodhan Vyasacha ki Bhasacha.

Research (Published papers):-

1. African American Feminism: An Analysis, 2. Translation: An Introduction,
3. Kalidasa’s Shakuntala: An Introduction, 4. Blanche: A Barren.
5. Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter: An Analysis. 6. Folklore and Science Fiction.
7. Need for Interdisciplinary Study in Higher Education. 8. Zora Neale Hurston’s Theory of Folklore,
9. Feminism without Illusions, 10. Study of Folklore: An Alternative in the Context of Globalization.
11. Major Challenges in Translation, 12. Impact of Digitization on Folk Literature,

Presentations at International Conference: -

1. Use of Devices in Teaching Saint Literature: Divine or Destructive. 2. Billy Budd: A Story of Marginal Group.
3. Subaltern Studies: Identity and Impressions. 4. Globalization and Folklore: A Study of Moses, Man of the Mountain.
5. Protest: A Study of Murder in the Cathedral. 6. Louise Erdrich’s Track: The Plight of Native Americans.
7. Our Culture: Our Concerns. 8. Our Culture: Our Concerns with special Reference to Cultural Research.
9. Teaching English in Today’s Aura. 10. Need for In-built Flexibility in Syllabus for Teachers.
11. Counseling Methods for Post Graduate Learners at Distance Education. 12. Teaching Technical Writing Skills- A Skill.
13. Use of Video-conferencing in Teaching English as a Second Language

Chairmanships at International and National conferences:-

1. International Conference on Protest, organized by Department of English, University of Mumbai, Mumbai on “Literature and Protest” on Saturday 03rd Feb. 2018. 2. International Conference on New Trends in World Literature organized by Department of English, University of Mumbai, Mumbai on 25th March 2017.
3. National Conference on Indian Theatre/Drama in English and in Translation, Session on Gender and Society, organised by Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, Mumbai.

Resource Person:-

1. Workshop on ‘Research Methodology in Social Sciences’ organized by Department of Life Long Learning and Extension, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, on 16th Aug. 2018. 2. Conducted Workshops for Research Scholars at Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai till date.
3. Delivered speech as a Resource Person at an International Conference on Postmodern Trends in Language and Literature organized by Department of English, the University of Mumbai on 26th Dec. 2015. 4. Delivered a Lecture for Research Scholars at University of Mumbai organized by Dept. of Gujrati, University of Mumbai, and Mumbai.

Study Material Developed (For Institute of Open and Distance Learning Centre, University of Mumbai, Mumbai)

1. Communication and Soft Skills (For M.C.A). 2. History of English Language and Criticism ( For B.A.).
3. Study of English Poetry ( For B.A.). 4. Business communication (For B.A.).

Upcoming Dance – Drama:- 1. Sitayan

 Dr.Chinmayi Hrishikesh Deodhar

Year of Passing:- June 2006 (M.A Sansrit), Ph.D. (2014).

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Secured 2 nd Rank in Overall meritlist of Mohini Attam (University of Mumbai) (2005- 2006). 2. Asha L Datar Gold medal from University of Mumbai 2006.
3. Junior Research Fellowship from UGC (2010). 4. VC’s Fellowship (Mumbai University).
5. Represented Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya in 17 th World Sanskrit Conference (July 2018) (Vancouver) (Paper Presentation). 6. Presented papers in National Seminars (6 Papers).
7. Contribute to Marathi Vishwakosha (online). 8. 2 Articles accepted for publication (ISBN).
9. 1 article published in (Emerging Trends in Modern Sanskrit Literature) (ISBN- Nag Publication). 10. Recognised as PG teacher (Sanskrit) by University of Mumbai.

Associated in Nalanda since: - Dec.2013

Currently Pursuing: - Swayam Courses
1. E-Assessment
2. Academic Writing

 Smt.Megha Mohad

Year of Passing: - 2007

Accolades & Awards: -

1. ‘Sringar Mani’ by the Sur Singar Samsad. 2. ‘Nalanda Nritya Nipuna’ by Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya.
3. ‘B’ Grade artist of Doordarshan. 4. Recipient of Scholarship Instituted by Nehru Centre at Nalanda.
5. Acknowledged as a Promising Artist by the Critics and Connoisseur of art.

Performances: -

1. Sur Singar Samsad. 2. Nalanda Nrityotsava.
3. Nehru Centre’s Dance Festival. 4. Nritya Saptak Festival of Mahagami Sangeet Academy.
5. Sangeet Natak Akademy Nritya Pratibha Dance Festival. 6. Ananya Festival – Delhi.
7. NCPA Umang Series. 8. Performed in various ballets and Production like – Santavani, Ritu Samhara, Vittala Tujhya Charani, Chaturdhara with Nalanda.
9. Performed at ICCR as a member of prestigious troupe of Dr.Kanak Rele all over India.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 2009

Currently Pursuing: - -

 Smt.Ramyia Shreejesh

Year of Passing:- Masters in Library & Information Science (M.L.I.Sc) in 2011, UGC NET 2012

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Successfully completed Refresher course in Library and Information Science from Mumbai University with “B” Grade – (4th January to 24th January 2019).
2. Successfully completed ‘SWAYAM’ course on ‘Digital Library’ with first-class..

Experiences: -

1. Have worked as a Assistant Librarian at Thakkar Institute of Management studies & Research, an ISO 9001: 2008 certified institute from 2006 to January 2014.
2. Have participated in various state level and National level workshops, seminar and conferences.
3. Have around 3 research article published in ISSN & UGC recognised research Journals.

Associated in Nalanda since: - February 2014 as a Librarian

Currently Pursuing: -

1. 15 weeks Swayam course on “Research Ethics.”
2. 15 weeks Swayam course on “Academic Writing”.


 Shri.Kalashree Lalitha Kalalayam Nambisan

Year of Passing:- MPA in Kathak 2019

Accolades & Awards: -

1. KEERTHI MUDRA AWARD 2018- From Souhrudam Centre (Multi Super Service Centre) Wadakkanchery, Trichur, Kerala. 2. KIM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2018 – From Kerala in Mumbai – A wellknown Publications.
3. Rashtriya Kala Nirman National Award 2017 – From Indo Socio Development Association New Delhi. 4. National Senior fellowship Award 2015-2016 from Ministry of Culture,Delhi.
5. Kerala Sangeet Nataka Academy “KALASHREE” State Award 2013. 6. “Kala Darpan” Jwala Award 2015 Mumbai.
7. “Kala Vipanchika” m2015 Award from NOC, Nelluvaya,Trichur,Kerala 2015. 8. Rashtra Guarav Puraskar award Pune 2003.
9. The best Citizen of India Delhi 2009.


1. Solo performance & accompaniments dance in the famous festivals in India & abroad.
2. Solo performed Vadya Vrunda Pravaham Jugalbandhi at Tribhuvan, Kanak Kullu Palace organised by KTDC’s Onam Festival 2015 & Kala Ghoda Festival at Mumbai & many more.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 1987 to 2008.

Currently Pursuing: -
1. Working as Music at Dr.Kanak Rele’s Nalanda Dance Research Centre Mumbai.

 Smt.Shyamala Gopalakrishnan

Year of Passing:- Graduation in Music 1970-1971 and Masters in 1973 from Kerala University

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Received the Scholarship from ICCR in the year 1971 to 1974 for Carnatic Music. 2. “Sunaada Gayika” Award from Chambai Memorial College from Palakkad.
3. Best Singer and Best Teacher Award from Mulund Fine Arts Society. 4. Received Gold Medal from “Government of Kerala” for standing “State first Rank” in my Graduation Exam.
5. Received the “Best Musicologist Award” from Government of Tamilnadu in the year 1980.

Performances: -

1. Performed all over India at various Carnatic Music Concerts. 2. Compose music for dance ballets for Nalanda.
3. Compose Music for dance items. (Padams, Tillanas, Keertanams). 4. Accompanied for dance programmes of Nalanda as a Vocalist.
5. Performs as an ‘A’ grade artist in AIR.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 1996 – 2011 (Retired) - Working as a Visiting Lecturer 2011 and still continuing.

Currently Pursuing: -
As a Visiting Lecturer in Nalanda.
Composing Songs (Devotional, Varnams and Tillanas for Dance and for Concerts.
Conducting Workshops for Voice Culture, Singing techniques etc.
Giving training for students to pursue Carnatic Music at professional level in India and abroad.
Giving training to students to perform in T.V.Channels.

 Smt.Nutan Patwardhan

Year of Passing:-2010

Accolades & Awards: -

1. M.A. in Kathak with Distinction, Mumbai University, from the Nalanda Institute of Dance, Mumbai. 2. Diploma in Kathak with Distinction, Nalanda Institute of Dance, Mumbai University.
3. Nritya Visharadh in Kathak from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (ABGM). 4. Trained under renowned Guru Manisha Sathe of Pune, under late Guru Madhurita Sarang for advanced abhinaya training at Nritya Darshan institute, and now under the guidance of Guru Shama Bhate of Pune.

Performances: -

1. Performed at the Zaryade Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia. 2. Performed at the Sanskruti Festival in Mumbai.
3. Performed at the Nataraja Festival in Chidambaram. 4. Performed at the Tirupati Festival Tirumala Devasthanams.
5. Performed during the Pu.La. Deshpande Festival conducted in Mumbai in November 2011. 6. Performed during the Panchtatva Festival held in Mumbai in May 2010.
7. Performed during the Lakshya Festival held in Mumbai in 2009. 8. Choreographed and performed in the ballet Smriti Sankalp and Ajnamika, organized by Yuvak Biradari and performed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan during February 2008.
9. Performed at the National Youth Festival 2003, held at Nehru Centre, Mumbai in January 2003. 10. Performed at the raindrops Festival 2004, held in Mumbai.

Associated in Nalanda since: -2004.

Currently Pursuing: -
1. Teaching students of Advance Diploma and Master of Performing arts Part – I and and Master of Performing arts Part – II.

 Smt.Jonaki Raghvan

Year of Passing:- 2011, Master of Performing Arts (MPA) from (Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya).

Accolades & Awards: -

1. 1 st position in the Rajya Sangeet Academy; Kolkata. 2. 2 nd position at Talent search Contest at Dove lane Music Conference, Kolkata.
3. 1 st position in Kathak and Rabindra Sangeet Style at Inter-Collegiate Oriental Dance Competition. 4. 2 nd position at State Youth Festival.
5. Holds Diploma in Kathak from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya and Prachhen Kala; Chandigarh.

Performances: -

1. Kala Mahotsava, Banaras (2017). 2. The Mumbai festivals (2008).
3. ICCR, Kolkata (1995). 4. Konark Festival (1996).
5. The Parab Festival (2014). 6. Chaiti Festival, Orissa (2015).
7. The Aura-Aurangabad (2016). 8. The World Book Fair (New Delhi) ( 2017).
9. At London Book fair (2017) (London). 10. Nehru Centre (London) (2017).
11. At Dubai (UAE) (2014). 12. The Rashtrapati Bhavan (New Delhi) 2007.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 2012

 Smt.Vaidehi Lal

Year of Passing:- Masters in Performing Arts (Bharata Natyam) 2016.

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Nalanda Nritya Nipuna 2016. 2. Guru Kadirvelu Pillai Nritya Sadhaka Title 2016.
3. India Dance Week 1 st Prize. 4. Natvar Gopikrishna Award, Bhillai, 2016.
5. Aacharya Nandikeshwar Puraskar 2019. 6. Graded Artist of Doordarshan, Mumbai.
7. Anchor at Doordarshan, Mumbai. 8. Compere for Nalanda Performances.

Performances / Research Activities: -

1. Khajuraho Festival, Madhya Pradesh 1998. 2. Kala Ghoda arts Festival, Mumbai 2016.
3. Rajgir Mahotsava 2016. 4. Natyanjali Festival Chidambaram 2017.
5. Konark Festival, Orissa, 2017. 6. Kalpataru Festival, Solapur, 2019.
7. Dissertation Student at Masters- Topic – Bio mechanism of Angika Abhinaya in Bharata’s Natyashastra. 8. Successfully clared NET (National Eligibility Test) in 2016.
9. Research Paper at Bharata Colleges Nritya Sanskaar aur Jeevan Pranali.

Associated in Nalanda since: -

1. Visiting Faculty at Nalanda College from 2016 onwards for Bharata Natyam.
2. Teacher at hobby classes conducted by Nalanda from 2014 onwards.

Currently Pursuing: - Ph.D. in Dance - Indian Classical Dance Elements & Human Fitness.

 Smt.Ketaki Samarth

Year of Passing:- 2013

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Completed Kovida with A+ grade.
2. Completed M.A in Performing Arts (Kathak), in Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya.
3. Topped the class in M.A. Kathak.
4. Performed at Nrityotsava 2013, in Mumbai.

Performances: -

1. Times Sanskriti Festival.
2. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
3. Haridas Sammelan.

Associated in Nalanda: - 2012

Currently Pursuing: -

1. Senior Teacher for Hobby Class.
2. Teaching for Certificate Course.
 Shri.Dakshinamurthy Pillai

Year of Passing:- 2012. B.Music from Annamalai University Chidambaram.

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Have Accompanied ‘Padmabhushan Dr.(Smt.) Kanak Rele Madam.
2. Padmabhushan Shri.C.V.Chandrashekhar Sir.
3. Shri.Vaibhav Arekar Sir for Live performances, Video and Audio recordings.

Performances: -

1. Have performed in the prestigious Sabhas like Music Academy, Chennai, Shanmukhananda, Chembur Fine Arts, NCPA.
2. Ravindra Natya Mandir for various festivals.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 2017 August

Currently Pursuing: - M.A. Mridangam from Bridege Academy…

 Smt.Jhelum Paranjpe

YAccolades & Awards: -

1. Senior disciple of Pandit Kelucharan Mohapatra. 2. Kanak Nartana Puraskar 2018.
3. Maharshtra Government Sanskrutik Puraskar for Classical Dance. 4. Mahari Award (Orissa) (1 st Nonodiya).
5. Sanjukta Panigrahi National Award Orissa. 6. Kumar Gandharva Award, Maharashtra for innovation.
7. Founder of Smitalaya. 8. World renowned Odissi exponent.
9. Performed extensively in India and abroad. 10. Most sought after Odissi Guru in Mumbai.

Associate in Nalanda since: - 2019 onwards Visiting Faculty for Odissi.

  Smt. Daksha Mashruwala

Awards & Accolades: -

1. Senior disciple of Pandit Kelucharan Mohapatra. 2. Founder of Kaishki Nrityabhasha.
3. World renowned Odissi exponent. 4. Performed extensively in India and abroad.
5. Most sought after Odissi Guru in Mumbai.

Associate to Nalanda since: - 2019 onwards as Visiting Faculty for Odissi.

 Mr.Mehul .B. Lal

Accolades & Awards: -

1. Post Graduate in Nutrition and Dietetics from Symbiosis University of Pune. 2. Certified Sports Nutrition for K 11 Academy of Fitness Sciences Mumbai.
3. Certified Master Trainer from K 11 Academy of Fitness Sciences Mumbai. 4. Specialist in Fitness Nutrition ISSA (International Sport Sciences Association).

Associated in Nalanda since: - 2014 onwards as Fitness and Nutrition Advisor and Consultant for Staff and Student.

 Smt.Trupti Jatinkumar Rathod

Accolades and Awards: -

1. BSc. (Home Science –Human Development). 2. MS (Counselling & Psychotherapy).
3. P.G Diploma (Yoga Education). 4. Certificate Therapy Course in Yoga-Ayurveda- Naturopathy.
5. P.G. Diploma in Yoga Counselling.

Associated with Nalanda since :- 2010 onwards as Yoga Expert for Staff and Students.

 Shri.Utkarsh Patel

Accolades and Awards: -

1. Year of completing PGDBM - 1995. 2. Diploma in Comparative Mythology form Mumbai University - 2008.
3. Diploma in Advanced Comparative Mythology from Mumbai University - 2009.

Associated in Nalanda since :- 2018 onwards as the Mythology teacher and guide for staff and students.

 Smt.Rajalakshmi Haridas

Accolades and Awards: -

1. Teaching English, Geography, Malayalam. 2. She is associated with Malayalam Mission Programme designed and conducted by Govt of Kerala to facilitate the Pravasi Population the Taste of Malayalam Language.

Associated in Nalanda since: - 2009 as Malayalam Teacher.

 Smt.Trusha Panchal

Accolades and Awards: -

1. Master in Performing Arts (MPA) 2015. 2. The official makeup artist for all Nalanda performances.

Associated in Nalanda since:- 2018 as Make up teacher.


Accolades & Awards: -

1. Honour of the Nation award for best practices in Engineering, received for at the hands of Dr.Bhishma Narayan Singh, Former Governor of Tamilnadu at India International Centre,New Delhi. 2. Glory of India received at the hands of Dy Prime Minister of Thailand in Bangkok.
3. Gem of India award received at IIC, Delhi. 4. Bharatratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalaam award for ethical practices in Engineering, in Delhi.
5. Best Citizen in India award (Asia’s who is who). 6. Jewel of India award from International Institute for Success Awareness, Delhi and so on.

Associated in Nalanda since: - July 2018 onwards as.

Currently Pursuing: - Naturopathy, Siddha medicine, acupressure, alternate medicines.

 Smt.Meeta Brahmbhatt

Accolades and Awards:-

1. Clinical hypnotherapist. 2. Training in Core Somatic Integration.
3. Member of IALSE (Indian Association of Life Skills Education). 4. M.A Psychology with specialization in in counselling from Mumbai University in 1993.

Associated with Nalanda since : - 2019 as a Counsellor for Staff and Students.