Darshan Krishna - Mrs.
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
two constituent colleges of the University of Delhi
Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies, and worked as a
lecturer in the Department of Public Education, The School
National University, Canberra, Australia.
she taught Hindi to several Foreign Service
Officers of various US
agencies and to World Bank officials for several years.
Krishna with her
husband, Dr. Raj Krishna founded The India School Inc, in Washington DC
promote the study of Hindi, other Indian languages,Indian Art and
Culture. The India
was the first institution of
its kind to have been established in the United States.
School become the premier institution of
instruction and over the years has given instruction to numerous
students for the Hindi Proficiency Certificate and the Diploma courses
Central Hindi Directorate of India.
its Director, she planned and prepared materials,
supervised and carried out the teaching of Hindi and other subjects.
started a Hindi/Urdu Club for interested students to socialize,
improve their Hindi.
Director of India School
she planned and presented in conjunction with the Capital
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
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
and music by internationally renowned Indian artists like Ali Akbar
Zakir Hussain, Sitara Devi, Uma Sharma, Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
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
notes, news and views on Arts, History and Letters of India.
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
Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
also wrote three workbooks for the teaching of basic Hindi titled Hindi
Alphabet Book I, and Hindi Vowel Symbols.
Indians in America
gave an award as a community leader in the field of Education.
Government of Montgomery
awarded a certificate in recognition and appreciation for outstanding
to the community.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Shashi Verma has
been associated with the India
for the last 28
years. She has found India Schools as a leading institution, a maiden
and means to introduce rich Indian cultural heritage to our next
Children born in this country need to learn and inherit our national
art, music, and numerous traditions of classical dances that have
discipline and enriched our lives since vedic times to date. Both
and dance have deep routes in Hindu philosophy, and thus School
bridge to connect many cultures. India School
has aptly taken
the responsibility to transfer knowledge not only to our children, but
grownup who have interest in our unique culture. After doing this
service for three decades, we are indeed proud to say that we have
sprouting Indian culture, music and dance in our youth. Today we see
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
John Bell (Sitar,
Violin, Guitar, Sarod, Flute) Mr. Bell
Indian Classical music in 1973. Since 1978, he has spent summers at the
Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California learning from
maestros such as Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain, and Swapan Chaudhuri.
He performs for weddings and house concerts in The D.C. area. He also
repairs Indian instruments. He teaches the instrumental and vocal
compositions of Ali Akbar Khan and welcomes the players of all
instruments who want to learn this music.
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.
Mr. Hossain's new website.
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,
has done Prabhakar (Graduate Diploma) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. Vinay
from Guru Shri Baij Nath Kathak at the famous Kathak dancer Uma
and Music in New Delhi,
And also received advanced
training from Guru Fateh
Singh Gangani in New
Mr. Nagpal is an
teacher and performer. He has been actively
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
Tabla player for the Art of Living bhajan group and and Amritvani
in the DC area and has played at the local temples for religious
has recently started playing the (western) drums and composing fusion
with Tabla and Drums.
Mehta is the instructor of Bollywood Dance who has more
than ten years of teaching and choreographing experience. She also
teaches Bharatnatyam and holds a Masters In it. Furthermore, she is an
assistant teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. Teaching dance
and spreading our culture is something she values dearly. One of the
quotes she believes in is “Dance from your heart.” Come and
sit in her class to see it for your-self.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
continuing students, they will be working on fine-tuning their skills
and move ahead with making artwork on the theme we are working on.