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.
Sood - Ms.
Somesh Sood has been associated with India School since 1989. A Gold
Medalist, Masters Degree in Hindi Literature and Arts, joined India
School, a premier leading intuition, to give back and promote the
indian culture, heritage and language to the Indian American
communities. Additionally, she is a certified teacher with a bachelors
degree in Education (B.Ed.). She has expert knowledge in the language
Sanskrit as well as English. Her recent certifications have been in the
area of Child Psychology and Development.
She has been primarily affiliated with India School as a Hindi Teacher
and took this opportunity to help kids, teens and adults in learning,
understanding and excelling in the language.
She has attended many workshops and seminars related to the language
subject area and is an active social member of the community in
general. She has worked as Senior Hindi Teacher/Vice Principal since
1976 in India and has continued to teach Hindi Language as an
Instructor/Linguistic Expert at various prestigious Government and
Private Language Institutions. She has worked as an Official
Interpreter for different organizations. She has held private tuitions
with various age groups. She is also employed with University of
Maryland University Libraries as a Librarian and teaches Hindi Language
as an Instructor/Professor for the University.
Sood provides her expertise in
computer skills by supporting in the India School's Administration
Operations area. She brings leadership qualities and excellent
interpersonal skills to handle the responsibilities of this outstanding
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.
1) Trained in and performed vocal Carnatic Music for 12 years.
-Learnt Geetams , Varanams, Keerthana and Devarnama from Mrs.Vijaya
Murthi in Bangalore for 7 years.
Received further training from Mrs. Neela Ramgopal in Bangalore, India.
Vocal Carnatic music for one year in the
school –“Shrithi Swaralaya”,
Fremont, California. As a group of 6 students, we performed in temples
and community centers.
2) Completed 7 grades of music examinations from the Royal School of
- Studied musical theory and played compositions from the Classical,
baroque and modern eras.
3) Vocalist for Indian music band “Aurko”. The band
performed Bollywood and Indian pop music.
4)2001-2005-Keyboardist and vocalist for Indian music band in B.M.S
College of Engineering in Bangalore ,India. Our band focused mostly on
playing cover versions of Bollywood music composed by AR Rahman.
5) Vocalist and keyboardist for “Liquid Groove”,
College Rock band. Liquid groove composed and
own compositions and won several competitions locally and nationally in
6) 2001-2005: Western music coordinator for BMS College of Engineering.
a music coordinator it was my responsibility
to hold regular music auditions (Vocal and musical instruments),for
students in B.M.S College who were interested in performing
showing their talent in competitions.
-Music training sessions were also made available.
7) Radio jokey for Radio Indigo - On-air talent hosting the request
show “BPL Oye!
-Communicated with listeners around the globe and played popular music
on demand. The station was aired on the World Space Network,
satellite radio station.
8) Piano teacher for beginners in Bangalore, India.
9) Certified Sivananda Hatha Yoga teacher.
-Completed 1 month (450 hours) of teacher’s training for
Sivananda Hatha Yoga in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Madurai
-The Yoga training included meditation, breathing, proper exercise for
physical fitness and diet.
-Learnt methods to teach Sivananda Yoga to Children, adults (Young and
elderly) and pregnant women.
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.
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.