Our Team

Meet Leela Institute of Kathak’s global team including our Board of Directors, artists, faculty, and administrative staff working across the United States and India to elevate India’s artistic and cultural heritage.

Board of Directors

Los Angeles
Harkishan Vasa, Chair
Ronda Berkeley, Secretary
Dinesh Mehta, Treasurer
Dinker Shah
Nitin Shah
Swamy Venuturupalli
Anna Cross
Trina Chaudhuri

San Francisco
Ronda Berkeley, Chair
Sarah Morelli, Secretary
Bina Nivas
Evanthia Spanos

Artistic Leadership

Rina Mehta
Seibi Lee
Rachna Nivas
Sarah Morelli

Artists & Faculty

San Francisco
Joanna Meinl, Soloist & Senior Faculty
Cimeron Ahluwalia, Soloist & Senior Faculty
Poonam Narkar, Faculty
Neeraja Yadwakar, Faculty
Seema Barua, Faculty
Ahana Mukherjee, Ensemble Dancer
& LYDC Assistant Director
Ben Kunin, Guest Artist

Los Angeles
Suchitra Paranjpe, Faculty
Monika Ramnath, Faculty
Rakshitha Ballal, Faculty

Denver
Carrie McCune, Ensemble Dancer & Faculty
Pallavi Salvi, Faculty
Shilpi Nikhil, Faculty

New York
Neha Tummala, Faculty
Ria DasGupta, Ensemble Dancer & Faculty

India
Seema Mehta, Soloist & Guest Faculty
Jayanta Banerjee, Guest Artist, Kolkata
Kalinath Misra, Guest Artist, Mumbai
Satyaprakash Mishra, Guest Artist, Mumbai
Vaibhav Mankad, Guest Artist, Mumbai

Boston
Shefali Jain, Soloist

Texas
Ritu Joshi, Faculty

Seattle
Sonali Toppur, Ensemble Dancer & Faculty

Administrative Staff

Monika Ramnath, Executive Director | Leela Institute of Kathak
Shreya Mehta, Creative Director | Leela Institute of Kathak
Pallavi Salvi, Director | Leela Academy
Lavina Mehta, Director | Leela Academy
Carrie McCune, Manager | Leela Dance Collective

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