Instructors


Carnatic Music:
Vani- An engineer by profession, Vani has been learning Carnatic Classical Music since childhood and has continued her training through the guidance of her guru, Vidwan Kalashri D.V. Nagarajan. She has completed the Karnataka State Senior Proficiency music exam with honors. Currently, she is pursuing the Vidwat Proficiency program. She enjoys teaching both kids and adults and has performed in many temples, sabhas, AIR, and on television. She has even had the pleasure of singing for the Puppet Show at Bimba the Art Hut, a popular cultural center in Bangalore, India. She begun her teaching at the Rastrothana Music School in Bangalore and has been teaching ever since.


Tabla/Harmonium:
Kirtiker Thaker - An international musician with high knowledge of the Harmonium (keyboard), Tabla/Dholak (percussion) and some basic knowledge of Western Music, Kirtiker Thaker has taught music to hundreds of students in and around the Chicagoland area from 1977 to the present. He is a disciple of tabla maestro Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri of the prestigious Ali Akbar School of Music and has learned harmonium from Pt. Jagjish Prasad.


Vocal:
Preeti Thaker - A former disciple of Smt. Mani Majumdar, Preeti begun learning Indian Classical vocal in Chicago. She went on to receive advanced training from Sanjukta Biswas and Sabina Mumtaz Islam of the prestigious Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) in Kolkata, India. She is comfortable teaching both classical and non-classical (Bollywood) vocal.

Veena:
Saraswathi - As founder of the world music ensemble "Surabhi - a melting pot of music," Saraswathi has been producing and presenting Raga-based cross cultural music: Raga-Flamenco, Raga-Blues-Senegalese, and Raga-Maqam in hopes of bringing a slice of the world to her audience for cultural education, joyful moments, and celebration of her mission: "One stage, one music, one community." Saraswathi is the recipient of titles "SriKalaPurna" (SAPNA Chicago), "Veena Pani Saraswathi" (Stingers India), and "Veena Vaadana Vishaarada" (Chennai India). Please visit SaraswathiVeena.com for more information.


Yoga:
Shanti Kumari - Born in Mexico to East Indian, Belgian, Mexican and Norwegian ancestry keeps an innate and intuitive connection to her East Indian tradition. Her grandfather, would wake up at 3:00 a.m. to recite slokas and practice yoga. The love and respect for this tradition were passed on to her Mother who in turn passed it on to her when she started yoga classes at the age of 5. Shanti teaches a classical yoga approach encompassing pranayama, mudras, asana, nada and dhyana. She has experience teaching young children up to the elderly with her eldest student being 95 years old..Shanti's self studies are a continuous process as this is a cherished way of living.

Hindi:
Khinayath- A Chicago Public Elementary School teacher with a minor in teaching bilingual children, Khinayath enjoys working with children and helping them get started on the path towards reaching their dreams via a good education. It is her firm belief that an education should empower children and help them to make a positive contribution to the world. She has 2+ years of experience teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced Hindi to kids ages 4-10 in an interactive and engaging manner, while also keeping classes fun!