MEET THE CORE TEAM

Deepa Shyamprasad

I have been associated with art and culture and heritage activities for a long time. As a Project Coordinator for the Heritage Lottery Funded Project on Krishna, I bring to the table Project Management skills gained from IT sector and the field of Education. Teaming up with the Kalakunj parent volunteers has been motivating, refreshing and fun and we look forward to the opportunity to spread awareness about the artistic and philosophical aspect of  Krishna - The Mythological Hero through different traditional dance forms and music.

Kavitha Prakash

I am an IT professional with a great passion for Indian Classical Music and Dance. I was delighted when Kalakunj was established in Reading and enrolled my daughter for the Bharatanatyam classes. As a child, I learnt the 'Veena' instrument and understand very well how one's life can be greatly enriched, with even basic knowledge of any art form. I also love painting and stage decorations. This love and appreciation for arts has driven me to take an active participation in events and projects involving music, dance and decorations. The Heritage Lottery Fund Projects organized by Kalakunj is an amazing platform to embrace the arts world, while working to deliver awareness of Indian culture in the local community.

Henna Patel

I have been always passionate about Indian classical dance and trained in Bharatanatyam, thereby my interest in Indian cultural history has grown. Over the years, my role has evolved from being a pupil to becoming a supporting volunteer and teacher, involved in enriching the new British generations with Indian cultural heritage; my most recent role is now as HLF Project Administrator for 'Krishna: the Mythological Hero'; this revolves around supporting the delivery of the project, assisting the Project Lead and Project Coordinator, to share the wonderful epics of Krishna in the community in his spiritual, philosophical and artistic forms. Aside from this, the skills being developed in my training towards becoming a pharmacist also contribute to my work for Kalakunj; particularly with regards to building strong relations with the wider community and embarking upon a shared learning journey.

Krishnapriya Lekha

I am part of Kalakunj family since 2012 when my daughter and I signed up for lessons with Ananya. Since then I have enjoyed every moment I spend in Kalakunj. I have played active roles in various initiatives by Kalakunj including the previous project - The Story of Shiva . I am very excited about this new project, Krishna: The Mythological Hero. Currently I am acting as the IT consultant for the project.

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