The 2021 Executive Committee
Pratidhwani is 501(c)3 cultural non-profit organization. It is managed by elected representatives from the community.
Gurvinder Pal Singh, President
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shailendra Upadhye, Artistic Director, Classical Music Wing
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 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)
Pallavi Garg, Director, Development
Pallavi's love for the arts has grown exponentially over the years and includes experimentation and play with various forms of art. Her design collaborations with Pratidhwani began in 2013 and include Washer-Dryer, I & You, Queen, Aanthva Sarg, Ajab Bollywood ki Ghazab Kahani, Dance Like A Man, The Banyan Tree and their collaboration with Forward Flux, Amal. Pallavi also participated as Director at Intiman's Emerging Artist Program and directed Tasveer's Yoni ki Baat in 2015. Over the years, she has volunteered with multiple arts-based organizations and has been a featured artist at festivals at the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Metreon.
She currently leads product management at PATH, a global health innovation organization and is cofounder of StoryCo, a strategy studio. She actively participates in collaborative, partnership-based approaches to transform the way we solve global challenges with a diverse set of global nonprofits through her volunteer work with NetHope.
Alpa Dave, Director, Marketing
Alpa’s first show was unplanned. At age six, she snuck onto the stage of a someone else’s school talent show to perform a nursery rhyme. She remembers it being well-received. After that, Alpa performed in traditional Gujarati dances during high school and college. After moving to Seattle, she got into improv theater and acting, including Pratidhwani's production of The Banyan Tree and staged readings (House of Joy and Landlord). She has had the privilege to both perform in and co-direct Yoni Ki Baat (an annual South Asian performance inspired by the Vagina Monologues) and witness the healing power of storytelling. Alpa is an avid traveler and is fascinated by different cultures. Born in Sudan, raised in Dubai, she moved to Phoenix for college, and then relocated to Seattle where she has lived ever since. Humor and love are the driving forces of her life. By day, she is a researcher at Microsoft where she enjoys talking with customers and influencing products. She is passionate about putting technology in service to her community and society. She wishes to thank her family, her friends, and her husband for supporting her in all her creative endeavors.