Meet The Team
Arun is a Bangalore-based musician and social entrepreneur. His performances have been featured at many prestigious venues and concerts across India and the world. Arun studied music at the University of Gothenburg, specializing in World Music (percussion). He has represented India as a cultural delegate in over 15 countries, delivering performances and awareness lectures curated to promote unorthodox means for global integration, cultural dialogue and preservation of endangered ethnicities. He holds a master’s in Social Work and continues to tirelessly organize local workshops and performances for communities who cannot afford it , as well as tour internationally and within the region in collaboration with various renowned artists and producers.
Co-Founder/ India Co-coordinator
Sangeetha Ravindranath is a multilingual playback singer who has delivered countless live performances across the globe. Her recording profile in the Industry is studded with masterful music directors and composers who featured Sangeetha’s voice in more than 100 songs since 2010. She had the honor to receive the prestigious Karnataka State Award for the ‘Best Singer 2017’. She is a versatile multi-lingual singer who performs in Kannada , Hindi , Tamil and Telugu. She has performed multiple tours in Germany , Sweden , Finland, Denmark , Dubai , Vietnam, Bahrain, Singapore and Malaysia. She continues to collaborate with various internationally acclaimed artists and also works towards promoting women and music on global platforms..
A creative professional fascinated with all forms of art. Anu brings rich insights and experience from theater and dance forms deriving inspiration from Nature . Having worked with children as a theater, dance and life skills facilitator in a 2 decade long career. Anu’s passion drives her to deliver every curation with ease and simplicity. She has also worked as a content head , creative producer and brand strategist for creative firms and celebrities..
Editorial Consultant and Independent Writer contributing to multiple platforms, international agencies and nonprofits. Sumanto specializes in translation, research/reporting, customized content, profiles and long-form writing. He is a former correspondent with the ‘Global Polling’ team at Reuters International News. He reported on Bangalore's local economies and culture for The Hindu and The Newsminute. Sumanto has worked in multiple development sector roles and also served nearly two years as an English and Social Science teacher in a school for Adivasi children in Odisha’s Koraput District..
Advisor (International Relations)
A teacher of Psychology, Aina also specializes in Sociology, Pedagogy and Special Education. She retired as an Advisor in Special Education within the school system for the Swedish government. Aina was a consultant and trainer for adults with visual impairment in Norway. She is the author of three books about attitudes and work around people with different abilities. She also produced two films about living a life with multiple physical and emotional challenges.
V Sreenivasmurthy is a documentary filmmaker and visual-Anthropologist from Karnataka. Popularly known as Sirigandha Sreenivasmurthy, he grew up with a passion for traveling and this took him to places, exposing him to the wonderful people and landscapes of Karnataka. He joined Doordarshan Kendra as a news cameraman, posted in Srinagar of Jammu & Kashmir, New Delhi and Bangalore. He also worked at ISRO Ahmedabad. For the Sirigandha series, he traveled extensively into the forests, mountains and corners of rural Karnataka and captured the colorful cultures and unique rituals of various tribes and folk communities. With the telecast of hundreds of episodes, his dream of bringing tribal-folk art forms and rituals into limelight came true. He has produced & directed more than 2600 documentaries and is the recipient of many accolades and awards from Govt. organizations, Academies, Parishaths & other social & cultural organizations.
'Ghatam' Giridhar Udupa
Synonymous with the ghatam, world-renowned percussionist Ghatam Giridhar Udupa is one of the most loved names in the field of music. With three decades of musical journey enriched by collaborations with eminent artists across the world, concert visits to more than fifty countries and numerous accolades and awards, Udupa today stands as a true global icon, an ambassador of world music, and a pioneering exponent of Carnatic Classical Music. Rooted firmly in the tradition of Carnatic Classical Music, Udupa has extensively widened the boundaries of his repertoire with a wide range of path breaking collaborations. He is also the founder and director of “The Udupa Foundation”, a registered charitable trust founded in 2015, with the aim of promoting music, performing arts and culture. He has performed at the most prestigious venues globally.
Dr. H.C. Boralingaiah
Dr. H.C. Boralingaiah is a renowned folklore scholar, author, professor and writer. He attended Bangalore University and completed an M.A. in Kannada in 1981 with the ‘GP Rajaratnam Gold Medal’. He went on to complete a Ph.D from the Kannada University 's Department of Social Sciences for the essay 'Amnesia and Culture: Culture Debate in the Background of a Tribal Worldview' . He is an expert on various places, personalities, events and movements that occupy an important part of the region’s history and culture. He is an esteemed academician and is the former Vice-Chancellor of the Kannada University, Hampi, Karnataka.
Dr. Boralingaiah was awarded 'Janapada Tajna' (Lifetime Achievement) by the Folklore and Yakshagana Academy in 2003, the Manteswamy Literary Award in 2004, the Aryabhata Literary Award, the Baroda Language Research Center Award, the ‘'Shivarama Karanta Award' for Folk Publishing of Honnavara and the Gundmi Folk Award among other..