Team and Facilitators

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Ms. Kamalika Guha Thakurta
Founder and Managing Trustee

Ms. Kamalika Guha Thakurta has been personally involved with the Performing Arts as a student and performer for more than two decades and that experience has given her an understanding that the Arts can be used beyond Entertainment.

Aishani Shah

Aishani Shah
Sr. Practitioner
Dance Movement Therapy
Integrative Restoration – I Rest practice

Aishani Shah’s expertise lies in using Dancing Movement Therapy for increasing self-awareness, self-esteem and personal autonomy, managing feelings and coping with the situation and handling it in a positive manner.

She came from a big fat demanding career in a corporate. After toiling for 17 years, one day she decided to quit and pursue her passion. On looking for options, she came across this course at TISS – Chembur called “Dance Movement Therapy” (DMT) and somehow had an inner instinct that this was her calling. This course is in collaborating with Kolkata Sanved – an NGO amongst lot of other fields, specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating survivors of human trafficking.

During the course she rediscovered her true self and how important it is to be happy within you in order to spread happiness and inner happiness is the key to a Healthy and Fulfilled life.

Akshara Ayyar

Akshara Ayyar

Akshara has been an enthusiast of the performing arts since her childhood. She is an alumnus of AIESEC, a global student organization, and the Teach For India Fellowship, a two-year teaching and leadership programme. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Dance Movement Therapy from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Holistic Healer

Georit as a holistic healer. He worked as a medical social worker for the Central Govt of India but realized that there was something more he wanted from life. He started learning dance movement therapy and became the first male certified dance movement therapy practitioner from TISS and now holds a Diploma in it. He works as a Dance movement therapy practitioner and a fitness instructor who is an Internationally Certified Zumba Instructor, Reebok group fitness Instructor, Yoga practitioner and is also trained in various arts-based therapies. This year he became the first guy in the world who was selected and has completed Level 3 of DMT + Trauma Healing & Resilience course and is a part of their curriculum building team. In the last 3 years, he has worked with individuals, groups and various organizations.

Komal Ratanpal
Dance Movement Therapy Sr. Practitioner

Ravikant Upadhyay
Admin Coordinator

Sharmishtha Basu

Sharmishtha Basu
Graded Vocal Artist

The multi-talented Sharmishtha Basu holds a strong professional qualification. She is a graded singer (for Marathi Sugam Sangeet) with All India Radio, Mumbai, a casual announcer with Vividh Bharati, Mumbai. Further she is a Sr. Diploma holder in Kathak dance from Prayag University, Allahabad. Not only this, but she is also a vocal artist (live performances & playback) and a voice trainer for Indian classical & light music.

Talking about her achievements, then Sharmishtha is a university 2nd rank holder in order of merit, in B.F.A (Vocal Classical Music). She is a “Vani” certificate holder from Akashwani, All India Radio.

Shruti Khanolkar
Programme Manager

Shruti has, voluntarily and professionally, been involved in the development sector for the past 6 years. During her college years, she was deeply connected to the Rotaract movement. After graduating, she led a class of 8th and then 9th graders as part of the Teach for India Fellowship for two years, followed by working in the Campaigns team at United Way Mumbai. Shruti loves animals, baking, and believes that art has immense potential to make this world a better place.

Sejal Bhatt Paleja
Therapeutic Practitioner

Sejal is a therapeutic practitioner certified by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Dance Movement Therapy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has over 8 years of experience in the social sector doing voluntary work. She has also been an Instructor with Shiamak’s Victory Arts Foundation for 7 years training students in Dance As Therapy and helped them put up enthralling performances. She has performed with The Shiamak Group for many shows and awards.

Vaishali Tare

Vaishali Tare
Reiki master and healer

She is also a disciple of Guru Krishnananda and practices Light Channeling. She works with a wide ranging age group.