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The 2019 Executive Committee

Pratidhwani is 501(c)3 cultural non-profit organization. It is managed by elected representatives from the community.  

Gurvinder Pal Singh, President

president@pratidhwani.org

Gurvinder's stage career started way back in school (in 4th or 5th std) when his teacher needed girls for a dandiya dance and she couldn't find any. Instead she asked him to dance, with his hair open and tons of makeup! Since then Guru has been on stage, be it a dance or a skit or a mime (although never as a girl again!). In college - the dice got rolling with a mono act that he did in his first year, and never looked back. Guru was the dramatics rep at his IIT-D hostel and then the Cultural Secretary. At the end of years, he had earned a name in skits and dances. Aath Ghante was his first hindi play in which he had a major role, followed by Dr. Ahuja in Everyone Loves a Good Tsunami, Ensemble role in Gaare ki Deewar, Directed the Bollywood Ballerina Desi Girl, played the Kotwaal in Ek Tha Gadha and was director and Genie in Mausam Xpress, the King in Chitrangada and directed Darling Tere Liye. Other than MCing shows (Ina Mina Dika, Gunjan, IAWW Diwali, Cry Idol etc.) and skits, Guru is a member of the Pratidhwani Dance group, Dreams dance group and Shub Gill's Rhythms of India Bhangra group.

Ankur Gupta, Treasurer

treasurer@pratidhwani.org

Ankur first appeared on stage as Mangal Pandey during 5th standard and has been an active participant since then. The journey continued in Seattle with appearances in plays like Sangharsh ki Oar (Lakshman), Aath Ghante (BrijBhushan Verma), Gaare Ki Deevar (Sanjeev), Ek Tha Gadha (Devillal), Kanyadaan (Arun), Samsara (foetus) and The compleat works of William Shakespeare (Various), Bollywood dance dramas (as script writer/actor/director) like Yam Ne Bana Di Jodi (Khunkhar Singh), Mausam Express (Mausam), Pardey Ke Peecheey (Karodimal), Shaadi.Con (Ranjeet), Jab We Dance (Arjun), DesiGirl (Mohan). He has also MC’d shows like Ina Mina Dika, Bhartiyam's Diwali, Shaam Mastaani, Hai Dum, Colors of India, APCC. He managed stage for Everyone Loves a Good Tsunami, Chitrangada, Darling tere Liye, Imagine India, Kingdom of Cards. He has been serving as Pratidhwani treasurer since 2013. 

Dheeraj Mehta, Secretary

secretary@pratidhwani.org

Dheeraj first got involved with Pratidhwani as a back stage crew for a dance wing show called 'Pardey Ke Peeche'. He has since been part of multiple plays and dance shows in various capacities. Outside of Pratidhwani, Dheeraj volunteers with Child Rights and You (CRY) and works as a Program Manager for Amazon.

Bonny Ghosal, Artistic Director, Light Music Wing

Bonnyg@pratidhwani.org

One of the founding members of Pratidhwani, Bonny has been the force behind Pratidhwani Dance Wing till 2009. Since 2010, she has been the President until 2014. She is proud to see the enthusiasm, passion and teamwork her Pratidhwani family has shown over the years to take Pratidhwani to new heights. From 2015 onwards, as the Artistic Director of Light Music Wing, her efforts has been geared towards continuously building on the existing strong team of vocalists and musicians at Pratidhwani and deliver outstanding musical shows. She is not shy of wooing fresh talent for Pratidhwani. In her spare time she enjoys working at Nintendo (ah well!), dancing, singing, traveling with family. With a musician husband and a dancer/singer daughter, her home is warm with melody and rhythm always.

Agastya Kohli, Artistic Director, Drama Wing

agastyak@pratidhwani.org

Agastya has led Pratidhwani's Drama Wing since 2005, and has written, directed and produced a number of productions under the Pratidhwani banner. He has also directed for other local companies including Live Girls! Theater, Infinity Box, and 14/48. As an actor Agastya has worked with Theatre22, Book-it Repertory, ReAct Theatre, 14/48, PFP, SIS Productions, Theater Schmeater, Live Girls! Theater, and many others.  An avid theatre goer, Agastya watches about 3 plays a week and is happy to recommend his favorites if you're looking for suggestions. Contact him at agastyak@pratidhwani.org.

Tanvee Kale, Artistic Director, Dance Wing

Tanvee@pratidhwani.org

Tanvee considers herself an artist, although where she's from school, academics, education are everything. She creates code, she choreographs dances, she expresses emotions! So, while she works as a software engineer during the day, her evenings and most of her life is dedicated to her passion - dance and theater; the sounds of ghungroos and audience applause being her life's most prized moments. Tanvee has been with Pratidhwani since she landed in Seattle in Feb 2009 - her first show with Pratidhwani being Colors of India (2009). Since then she has participated in, choreographed, danced and acted  in Yam ne Bana di Jodi (2009), Chitrangada ( 2010), Darling Tere Liye (2011), Kingdom of Cards (2012) , Yours Mallika (2015), Chitrangada (2017 remount) and the latest being Devi (2019) . She has directed a couple of dance wing shows - Pardey ke Peechey (2013) and Shaadi.CON (2014) and stage managed for Ajab Bollywood ki Ghazab Kahani (2016).  Apart from these, she has participated in two full length drama wing shows - Dance like a Man (2015), and Athvan Sarg (2017) while also being part of multiple stage readings. 
Outside of Pratidhwani, Tanvee is also actively involved in shows with Seattle Maharashtra Mandal and Xperiments, having acted and danced in many Marathi dramas. 

Shailendra Upadhye, Artistic Director, Classical Music Wing

ShailendraU@pratidhwani.org

Shailendra started learning the art of tabla from Shri Kuntal Roy of Kolkata around 2005. During his musical journey, he has been privileged to learn from late Dr. Sharad Gadre of Seattle, a well known vocalist & also has received occasional instruction from Shri Harshad Kanetkar from Pune. Shailendra loves to arrange & participate in various Indian Classical music endeavors as well as light music events. He has participated in semi-classical events such as Sur Sandhya & Kashish as well as Light-music shows such as Dil ne Kaha & Swarali. 

Meenakshi Rishi, Director, Partnerships and Alliances

meenakshi@pratidhwani.org

Meenakshi Rishi is an overdetermined woman.  She is, mostly a Professor of Economics, hopefully a supportive spouse, and always a crazy mama. When she grows up she would like to see a world without inequity and injustice.  She is blessed to be surrounded by friends and supporters who inspire her to hone her passions further and deeper.
In addition to her teaching talk show (on air since 1993), she has performed in several shows for Pratidhwani as well as for Centrifuge, and Mirror Stage.  She was nominated for a Gregory Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ratna in Dance Like a Man (Pratidhwani, 2015). She was seen most recently in Ron (Seattle Theatrewala, 2017)

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