Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh
Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh started learning the Veena at the age of 7 from Vidwan L. Sheshagiri Rao and then pursued Karnatak Vocal music under the tutelage of Vidushi Sudha V. Murthy and Vidushi Rohini Manjunath. She received her Post graduate degree in Karnatak Music from Bangalore University and was awarded the Gold Medal in 1995. Meera has completed her M.Phil and Ph.D from the same university with her M.Phil topic being The Splendour of Dr. L. Muthiah Bhagavathar under the guidance of Vidwan Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar and Prof. Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan and her Doctoral research was on Musical Composers during the Wodeyar Dynasty (1638-1947 AD) under the guidance of Sri. B V K Shastry and Dr. B M Jayashree. She was also the recipient of the Research Fellowship for the HRD, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, and completed her project under the guidance of Dr. R Satyanarayana.
Sindhoora S is a yoga instructor who specializes in Yoga Therapy and holds a Master’s Degree in Yogic Sciences from Bangalore University and is a Gold Medallist. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) and has also completed a Yoga Instructor Course from the same institution.
She is presently working on her Ph.D studies from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine on Infertility and Yoga Therapy. She is conducting her research at Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore under the guidance of Dr. Manisha P. Singh and Dr.S.K.Agarwal, President Indian Board of Alternate Medicine.
Vidhushi H. K.Kamala
Vidhushi H.K.Kamala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Karnatak Music from Maharani’s College, Bangalore where she studied under Professor G. Chennamma. Her marriage to prof. R. Balaji Rao and eventual settlement in Varanasi, gave her an opportunity to pursue her interest in music under the mentorship of Vidwan Professor Srirangam R Kannan, Professor, Banaras Hindu University. She is a performing artist and has given several stage acts at Banaras, Delhi (All India Radio), Vishakhapatnam, Chennai and Bangalore. In Banaras, she established ‘Gana Lahari’ – a school of Karnatak music where she trained several students. She has also released an audio CD titled – Sarvam Brahma mayam which includes Devaranamas and Bhajans of different composers. She relocated to Bangalore with her husband Dr. R. Balaji Rao where she presently teaches music to several students
Mrs. Sandhya Ram
Mrs. Sandhya is an artist across multiple fields; she is a Karnatak Musician and has been learning music since childhood. She has performed alongside Dr. Meera and other singers and has been one of the main singers for Sri Chakra Darshana as well Bhaktiyaana. Mrs. Sandhya has sung some portions of Soundarya lahari tuned in classical ragas which was telecasted in Suvarna TV Channel. Apart from music she is also an expert in floral decorations, crafts, and caning.
Dr. A Pranesh
Dr. Pranesh is doctor by profession who served as a medical officer at National Aerospace Laboratories for over 20 years and now continuing own practice in Bangalore. His interests include nature photography and have contributed several articles and given many slide shows in this regard. He has also contributed towards the screenplay and script for Sri Chakra Darshana.
Dr. R. Balaji Rao
Dr. R Balaji Rao is an academician – who is an author and engaged in research as well as teaching in addition to being a connoisseur of Karnatak music. Mr. Rao received his Ph.D from University of British Columbia, Canada. He started his research career at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay and then went on to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where he spent most of his active career. Mr. Rao, a Professor of Organic Chemistry at BHU, guided 15 Ph.D students, authored over 50 research publications and published two text books for Post Graduate studies in Organic Chemistry. Post his retirement from BHU, he settled in Bangalore where he pursues his book writing efforts and watches his granddaughters grow. His interest in music and fine arts was further bolstered by his marriage to Vidhushi H.K. Kamala as well as his association with music organizations in Banaras and Bangalore.
Dr. Sandeep B R
Dr. Sandeep is a second generation dental surgeon who practices in Jayanagar, Bangalore. He received his degree in Dental Surgery from Oxford Dentist College in 2003. Apart from dental surgery, he also has interests in the real estate space and is engaged in construction of residential apartments. He is an ardent runner and also plays tennis.
Mr. Gnanesh Shivanna
Mr. Gnanesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) and is presently a Software Development Manager at Wildfire Networks. Apart from software development, Mr. Gnanesh has a keen interest in Theatre and was trained under National Award Winning director – Prema Karanth. He has been a part of the drama team that has won several competitions at the University level and has gone on to represent the University at Zonal level competitions. He was also a part of the ‘mad ads’ team which was adjourned the ‘Best in Bangalore’ for two consecutive years. He entered professional theatre by directing and acting in the English play Death of a Salesman which was also performed at Ranga Shankara, Bangalore. Gnanesh has lent his voice as a narrator for Sri Chakra Darshana.
Mr. Sanjay Pranesh
Mr. Sanjay holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University, International Business School, Boston. He is presently a financial analyst working with an Equity Research firm. Apart from being a financial analyst, Mr. Sanjay is a traveller and wildlife photographer with a keen interest to Music and Theatre.
Dr. Archana Bhat
Dr. M V Archana Bhat is a Karnatak and Light music vocalist as well as a Gamaka Artist. Being a qualified musician in Proficiency grade from Karnataka Secondary Education Board, Dr. Bhat has learnt the art under the tutelage of scholars such as Vid. Sudha Sridhar, Vid. Shantha Bai, Vid. Madhur Balasubramanyam, Vid. Anoor Ramakrishna, Vid. D. Shashikala, Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh and Late Mysore Anantha Swamy in Light Music. She has received her Doctorate from Bangalore University for her research on Karnataka Sangeetada Rachanegalalli Sri Vidyeya Ullekha (References of Sri Vidya in Karnatak music Compositions) under the guidance of Dr. B M Jayashree. Dr. Bhat is also a Graded Artist of All India Radio, Bangalore and has sung for plays directed by Rajendra Karanth and Geeta Bali. She has given several performances and concerts in Karnatak and Light music as well as Gamaka at IGNOU, Prathama Gamaka Sammelana, Kannada Kavya Pata Sarani, IGNOU, Kumarvyasa Bharata and Doordarshan. In addition, she is a writer who has penned many articles on Music and Gamaka. She has previously served as Convenor, Youth wing Karnataka Gana Kala Parishath and continues to serve as Secretary at Raaga Sannidhi. She has been the former Editor of Gana Kalasiri and has contributed for the book Karnatak Music Artists published by Karnataka Sangitha Nrithya Academy. She has also been honored with the Aryabhata Award for Light Music.
Mr. Guru Rajaram
Guru Rajaram holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Southern Illinois University and is a senior Information Technology professional based in Cary, North Carolina. Guru has interests in studying the rich social values of Vedic heritage. He is actively involved in the Triangle School of Vedic Vision, a not for profit organization in Cary, NC that mentors children and youth in the teachings of Vedic heritage. Besides, he also participates in the North Carolina chapter of AIM for Seva, a non-profit organization that builds and runs Chatralayas (free student homes) in rural and tribal locations in India.
Mr. Satya Prasad
Mr. Satya Prasad served as a Section Officer at National Aerospace Laboratories. He chose Kannada theatre as a hobby and being an amateur dramatist, he has performed in more than 100 stage plays. Prasad has acted in more than 40 dramas of All India Radio, Bangalore. Directed many plays of which Home Rule of T P Kailasam earned him Best actor and Best Director awards at State level Drama competitions.
Prasad has also written and directed many plays. Some of them being- Madonmatta Gaanadatta on de- addiction; Yena Bedali Ninna Balige Bandu– a musical play; Nanji Putnanji– a comparison of T P Kailasam and G.P Rajaratnam; Abhinava Vaagdevi Kanti; Govina Kathe in association with Prabhat kalavidaru and many more.
Satya Prasad is the chief of Helping Hands an NGO, which is incessantly working for Orphanages and Physically Challenged Children.