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Darshan Krishna - Mrs. Krishna received Master’s Degree in Hindi from the University of Delhi and she worked as a lecturer at the Indra-Prastha College and the Lady Sri Ram college, the two constituent colleges of the University of Delhi

Worked as a Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies, and worked as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Public Education, The School of General Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

In USA she taught Hindi to several Foreign Service Officers of various US agencies and to World Bank officials for several years.

Mrs. Krishna with her husband, Dr. Raj Krishna founded The India School Inc, in Washington DC to promote the study of Hindi, other Indian languages,Indian Art and Culture.  The India School was the first institution of its kind to have been established in the United States.  The School become the premier institution of instruction and over the years has given instruction to numerous students.

It also prepared students for the Hindi Proficiency Certificate and the Diploma courses of the Central Hindi Directorate of India.  As its Director, she planned and prepared materials, supervised and carried out the teaching of Hindi and other subjects. She also started a Hindi/Urdu Club for interested students to socialize, converse and improve their Hindi.

As Director of India School she planned and presented in conjunction with the Capital Children’s Museum of Washington DC, a Festival of Arts and Crafts of India for Children. The exhibit was visited by thousands of American children and Washington Post called it “ A Young Traveler’s  Passageway to India” in a very complimentary review. She organized numerous performances by India School students at venues like Smithsonian and Kennedy Center. Mrs. Krishna also organized several programs presenting Indian classical dance and music by internationally renowned Indian artists like Ali Akbar Khan, and Zakir Hussain, Sitara Devi, Uma Sharma, Rajan and Sajan Mishra.

 In 1994, she planned and presented a series of five lectures on Indian music at Strathmore Hall, Rockville, Maryland.. In 1985, started a publication of a cultural magazine titled “HIGHLIGHTS” notes, news and views on Arts, History and Letters of India. She oversaw the India School publication of “From Thames to Hooghly; Calcutta Heritage”. She edited a booklet titled “Introduction to Indian Music” with the funding provided by the Maryland Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also wrote three workbooks for the teaching of basic Hindi titled Hindi Vowels, Alphabet Book I, and Hindi Vowel Symbols.

The Association of Indians in America gave an award as a community leader in the field of Education.

The Government of Montgomery County, Maryland awarded a certificate in recognition and appreciation for outstanding service to the community.

Kiran G. Chadda, Ph.D. - For over 20 years , Dr. Kiran Chadda has been working with India School both as an administrator and Hindi Teacher for adults.  At first showing interest in the institution as a means for her daughters to learn Hindi and take courses in music and dance, she continued to stay affiliated with the School to encourage other families to cherish the rich, age old traditions of India.  With a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology, she is currently the Director of Multicultural Affairs & International Student Programs at Hood College and is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Montgomery College in Maryland.

On a personal note:  India School provides students with a solid foundation in Indian languages, music, dance, and culture.  In my own experience, both my daughters took up an advanced level of Hindi, Indian Classical Vocal Music, and Kuchipudi Dance.  They went on to excelling at Hindi courses in college and were proud to be able to write letters in Hindi to family members living in India.  They have participated in dance dramas, South-Asian accapella, and enjoyed choreographing dance productions for their high school and later university cultural shows.  Their courses at India School provided them with inspiration and interest to further their talents and stay connected to their cultural heritage.  I too, have enjoyed teaching Hindi classes and am especially impressed by the interest in the language by non-Indians.  It has been a pleasure to watch children and parents cultivate their interest in Indian culture and pass on their findings to the next generations.

Astra Juneja

Mamta Khosla




Darshan Krishna
Madhu Puri
Susmita Shrivastva
Pratima Khadka
Astra Juneja
Sunaina Khanna


Parveen Siddiqi


Swati Dalal-  Mrs. Swati Dalal teaches Gujarati in India School since last 5 years. She was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and has earned Bachelor’s in Computer Science from University of Maryland. Teaching is her passion, and here in US when she got a chance to teach her mother tongue Gujarati she accepted the offer gracefully. She has a very good command on Gujarati grammar and vocabulary.
       She loves to teach Gujarati, and believe that all Guajarati’s should know their mother tongue i.e., read, write and speak. Her goal is to help preserve, protect and spread the cultural heritage of Gujarat, and of India as a whole. Before coming to US she was teaching computer languages at APTECH in Ahmedabad.
       She considers the real instrument for her motivation to be the active support given to her by her students, friends, family members and the Indian community at large. Mrs. Dalal currently lives in Germantown, Maryland with her husband, Anup Shah, son Tanuj and daughter Riya.

Deepali Shah


Surekha Krishnan -
Born to parents from the south and growing up in Delhi, Surekha Krishnan was exposed to various Indian languages. She belonged to Tamil and Hindi theater groups and acted in several plays. Tamil became her primary tongue after her marriage to an Iyer from Tamil Nadu. Both her kids were born in the U.S. and are well-conversant in Tamil. Surekha taught mathematics in the Montgomery County Public School system and currently works for a bio-pharmateutical company in Gaithersburg.


Light/Popular Music

Hindustani Classical Music

Shashi Verma
has been associated with the India School for the last 28 years. She has found India Schools as a leading institution, a maiden effort, and means to introduce rich Indian cultural heritage to our next generation. Children born in this country need to learn and inherit our national language, art, music, and numerous traditions of classical dances that have taught us discipline and enriched our lives since vedic times to date. Both Indian music and dance have deep routes in Hindu philosophy, and thus School provides a bridge to connect many cultures. India School has aptly taken the responsibility to transfer knowledge not only to our children, but also to grownup who have interest in our unique culture. After doing this social service for three decades, we are indeed proud to say that we have succeeded in sprouting Indian culture, music and dance in our youth. Today we see the reward of our continued hard work; we find our former students coming to India School with their children. Tomorrow, these children will carry our legacy to their next generation.

Instrumental Music


Monir Hossain hails from a musical family, grandson of researcher and performer Ustad Kader Buksh of Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. Born in Bangladesh, Monir was musically influenced at an early age by his father, vocalist Ustad Hafiz Hossain, a regular classical vocalist at All India Radio in Calcutta as well as his uncle Ustad Hamid Hossain. His long term guru is Pandit Samar Saha of Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta. Monir also received extensive talim from tabla stalwarts such as Pandit Nayan Ghosh of Bombay, Pandit Anup Ghosh of Delhi, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee as well as (late) Pandit Shawkat Ali Khan of Calcutta.
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Vinay Nagpal  has been trained for over 10 years in Tabla in the Delhi and Luckhnow Gharanas. In addition to doing his Bachelors in Computer Science and MBA in Information Systems, Vinay has done Prabhakar (Graduate Diploma) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.  Vinay studied Tabla in New Delhi, India from Guru Shri Baij Nath Kathak at the famous Kathak dancer Uma Sharma’s School of Dance and Music in New Delhi, India. And also received advanced training from Guru Fateh Singh Gangani in New Delhi, India. Mr. Nagpal is an accomplished tabla teacher and performer. He has been actively teaching tabla at the India School Inc. since 2002. Vinay has accompanied several musicans from India and played Tabla along with flute players, violanists, vocalists and other artists. Vinay is an active Tabla player for the Art of Living bhajan group and and Amritvani Satsang group in the DC area and has played at the local temples for religious events. Vinay has recently started playing the (western) drums and composing fusion music with Tabla and Drums. 

Bharatnatayam/Kathak/Bollywood/Popular Dance/Folk Dance

Bhim and Cordula Dahal are the directors of Nepal Dance School, LLC, They specialize in bringing the rich, cultural heritage of the Himalayan region to a wider audience through dance and educational enrichment programs. Styles include classical Indian Kathak, Bollywood, Nepali Folk dance, and rare Buddhist dances.  The Dahals have trained professionally in India and Nepal, and perform both here and abroad for museums, schools, and other organizations.  They conduct classes for all ages and levels. Their unique teaching methods focus on building a technically strong foundation with an emphasis on quality and excellence.

Kshanila Gandhi 

Trupti Bajpai

Kathak Level One: This is a class for beginning students of Kathak with little or no previous dance experience. Students will be taught foundation skills in footwork, taal, and basic theory. They will learn to sing bols and perform a variety of todas over the course of the semester. Classes are taught with an emphasis on quality and adhere to the traditional syllabus for Kathak. Ages 7+ (Younger children by permission of instructor only).

Kathak Level Two: This is the class for continuing students who attended Kathak Level One previously. The program begins with second year todas, expanding upon previous material by including more complex footwork patterns and advanced positions. The semester will also present a continuation of theory and counting and introduce the kavita toda. Ages 7+ (Prerequisite: Completion of Kathak Level One is mandatory).

Kathak Level Three: This is the class for continuing students who attended Advanced Kathak previously and have had at least 2 years prior experience. Course material includes all the constituent parts of a new, longer classical program with original choreography. Students will begin a challenging set of new todas and begin rudimentary work in abhinaya. Ages 10+ (Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Kathak is mandatory, or audition with instructor approval).

Bollywood for Children and Teens: This class uses original choreography for a current hit song and is geared to be both challenging and fun for younger people. Ages 7+ (Previous Bollywood for Children experience will be helpful, but is not essential).


Tehseen Chettri has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years. She has studied and taken classes in Mumbai, India under senior teachers of Guruji B.K.S.Iyengar. She has been teaching yoga at India School, Maryland since 2006. Her educational qualifications include a MA in Psychology and a Law Degree from the Bombay University. She has practiced both as a psychologist and as a lawyer in Mumbai.
The Yoga class at India School will be for beginners as well as those who have practiced for a few years and will evolve with the participants as we progress along the path of health and wellbeing.

Indian Art

Shanthi Chandra Sekar
Every aspect of India and Indian life is filled with art. Whether it is drawing done on the ground every morning, the colorful clothes we wear or the wall drawings to represent various events in our life, art plays an important role in a quiet way.
The Indian Art class will be learning about various folk and traditional art forms from India such as Madhubani, Gond, Worli, and Kalamkari etc. The students will also be introduced to Kolam drawing and Rangoli.
The students will also be introduced to calligraphy involving the various written languages from India such as Brahmi, Devanagari, Tamil. This will enhance their line drawing practice.
The class will also introduce the students to modern and contemporary Indian art and artists. Some of the artists we will be learning about are MF Hussain, SH Raza, J Swaminathan, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil.
For continuing students, they will be working on fine-tuning their skills and move ahead with making artwork on the theme we are working on.



Neeru Chaudhari
Sonia Dave