Board of Directors

Bhava Thamotharan

joined Kala Bharati as a young student, was serious about her dance studies and was involved in many of the activities such as fenêtre sur le monde, resource and documentation centre, school administration etc. Bhava was a part of the performing troupe and travelled with the group to perform, gave her Ranga Pravesha in 2000 and taught at the dance school as well.She is an active member of the Board of Directors of Kala Bharati and takes keen interest its affairs .

Ginette Guay

has  recently joined the board thereby  enriching the organization. .Fluently bilingual, Ginette’s professional experience as an Executive Secretary is a valuable asset for running  the Foundation . At meetings in which important  decisions have to be taken, Ginette provides a information, which may been different from the majority viewpoint but always based on well thought out reasoning. thus she represents a fresh look at important issues.In having her on Board , we also benefit from her husband Kanwal Sharma’s contribution who has  helped  Kala Bharati ever since its inception.

Harbans Nakra

the quiet force behind a lot of the important projects at Kala Bharati. He has been a key factor in the growth and development of the organization to an international stature. An engineer by profession, his understanding of dance matters is surprisingly astute. He has a particular interest in how dance affects the devel pment of the brain and the role dance can play in teaching multiple-intelligences to children.

Jean Francois Jette

has been  involved in producing comic books based on Indian themes and facets. He contributed  to the success of the  Centenary Celebrations of Guru U.S.Krishna Rao in the year 2012. On behalf of Kala Bharati he  produced  a book by children from a Montreal based school  on the story from the Panchtantra called The  Crocodile and the Monkey with sketches and text, which was highly appreciated.His pursuit in music is fueled by his interest in Indian, particularly the  Vedic culture.

Jitendra Desai

has been a Director since inception of Kala Bharati. He is actively involved in the Indian community, and has taken particular interest in the area of Kala Bharati’s web development projects. His expertise in the field of IT has enabled Kala Bharati to undertake a giant step to revamp its website to make it more interactive and more user friendly. A loyal supporter, he has contributed to Kala Bharati in many of its important undertakings.

Mamata Niyogi Nakra

Founder-Artistic Director, her passion for dance has been the guiding force of the vision and success of Kala Bharati. Regarded as one of the internationally acclaimed disciples of Guru ji & Amma, she considers receiving the Maha Maya award from her Gurus, as one of the sixteen Gurus they honoured during their Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Aug.1992, as her most cherished moment.

Prasenjit Niyogi

one of the younger members of the Board of Directors, he adds a fresh perspective to the discussions and decisions at Kala Bharati. Based on his professional background in Management, he has been helpful in keeping Kala Bharati administrative matters streamlined and focussed. His expertise in IT related matters has been very helpful in our web development projects.

Renu Chitra

came to Kala Bharati as a student in the nineteen eighties, performed as a member of the Troupe went on to give a memorable  Ranga Pravesh, became part of the teaching staff and finally coming full circle as a member of the Board responsible for among other activities, the growth and development of espacedanse. Her association and long service to Kala Bharatai makes her an  invaluable and multifaceted person to further the legacy of this institution.

Rokaya Mahgoub

since its inception, she has joined her husband Jitendra Desai, a Director, serving Kala Bharati loyally and enthusiastically. A strong presence at Board meetings she has helped us through her advice and involvement in the activities over the years, and also through her participation as a parent, in the dance school affairs related to teaching. Her own expertise as a Professor of Computer Science has been a source of ideas, initiative and innovation for projects undertaken by Kala Bharati.

 Seshagiri & Shaila Rao

The Rao couple based in Montreal, in the Kala Bharati Parivar. This hardworking pair have been founding members and been involved in the areas of administrative and hospitality aspects of the Kala Bharati operation. Sesha Giri’s contribution to fundraising has been outstanding and has enabled us to complete many of the important projects in the field of Dance and the Child. Always there to lend a hand whenever we needed help, Seshagiri has also been, for over 20 years, and continues to be, the Vice President with a remarkable record of service.

Usha Mukhedkar

has helped us over the years in the eighties and nineties, in an unusual capacity: looking into our international travel needs. She became one of the Directors recently and in this capacity has been a very energetic member of the Kala Bharati Parivar. Always ready with offer of help, she has been a regular contributor at the meetings, sharing her views and giving counsel with much enthusiasm.