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Ananya Bhat

Ananya Bhat is an Indian playback singer who primarily works in Kannada cinema

Through her singing career, she is the recipient of Filmfare Award for the song ′Namma kaayo devane′, of the film Rama Rama Re... at 64th Filmfare Awards South, 2017.

Born in Ankali, Belgaum district, she was raised in Mysore, Karnataka. She is currently residing in Bangalore.

Nandini Rao

Nandini Rao Gujar began her public singing career when she was just 12 years old. In the ensuing 20 years she has given over 1500 concerts as a Carnatic Classical singer. Nandini resides in India but her concert tours have taken her music to the Indian diaspora in the USA, Canada, London, Scotland and Ireland. On Television she has done recorded as well as done live-shows for Zee Kannada, Suvarna and Doordarshan channels

Sangeetha Rajeev

Sangeetha Rajeev also known as SaRa is a multilingual Playback singer, composer, Pop icon, she is the winner of The Best International Pop Song of the year at the global VIMA Music Awards 2019 in Malaysia and the most sought after performer from India. She proudly takes the credit of introducing the ಕ pop genre (Ka Pop aka Kannada Pop). She released the first single YML (You're My Love) in ಕ pop (Ka Pop) genre in 2020.

Ganesh Desai

Singer, Music director and a teacher for Indian music. Who hails from Dandeli, Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, started learning Hindustani vocal at a very young age from his father Shri Vibhakar Desai. Started learning classical form of music from Smt. Sujatha Bhat and Shri R.P. Asundi. He has also learnt Tabla from Shri Dattatreya Hegde and Harmonium from Shri Vasanth Kanakapura Dharwad. Ganesh Desai has toured extensively and performed in various countries including USA, England, Canada, Singapore and Australia. He has performed in fests organised by international organisations.

Basavaraj Mahamani

ಶ್ರೀ ಬಸವರಾಜ್ ಮಹಾಮನಿ ಮೂಲತಃ ಯಾದಗಿರಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಶಹಾಪೂರ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಹತ್ತಿಗುಡೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮದವರು. ಮೂಲತಃ ಕೃಷಿ ಕುಟುಂಬದಿಂದ ಬಂದ ಮಹಾಮನಿ ಯಾದಗಿರಿ ಮತ್ತು ಶಹಪುರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಿಕ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ, ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಜೆ.ಸಿ. ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಧುಮುಕಿದರು. 2000 ನೇ ಇಸವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗಂಗಾವತಿ ಪ್ರಾಣೇಶರ ಹಾಸ್ಯ ಸಂಜೆಯನ್ನು ಯಾದಗಿರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸುವದರ ಮೂಲಕ ಹಾಸ್ಯ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಧುಮುಕಿದರೆನ್ನಬಹುದು. ಮೊದಲೇ ಮಾತುಗಾರರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಮಹಾಮನಿಯವರು ಪ್ರಾಣೇಶರ ಭಾಷಣದಿಂದ ಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ರಭಾವಿತರಾಗಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ರೂಪ ಕೊಡಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದರು. ಪ್ರಾಣೇಶರನ್ನೇ ಗುರುವಾಗಿ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಿದರು. ಅವರನ್ನೇ ಅನುಸರಿಸುತ್ತ ಅಧ್ಯಯನ, ಸಂಗ್ರಹಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿ ವೈಯುಕ್ತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಡಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದರು. ನಂತರ ನಡೆದದ್ದು ಇತಿಹಾಸ.

Abhishek Matad - Choreographer

Abhishek is a Bangaluru based Artist and Dance Choreographer @kannada film industry. He runs a Dance Academy called Stepz Dance Factory since 10 years. Abhishek has won the State Award for Best Dance and performed and Choreographed more than 400 Stage Shows! Rewarded in Various Schools ,Colleges and Institutions for Best Dance Choreography also acted and Associated for Dil ki Baat Music Video


Meera Vinay - IndianRaaga London

Meera Vinay heads IndianRaga’s operations in the UK & in Europe. With a career spanning more than 15 years in commercial roles in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech sector, Meera has kept her creative side intact along with professional commitments.

Meera resides near London & loves taking long walks in the British countryside.

Raghavendra CK - Artistic Director

Raghavendra also known as CK is an artistic director at the CKDC international centre for performing arts. Raghavendra is internationally trained and certified professional dance choreographer and dance fitness educator and founder of Danceatomy cardio fitness.

Raghavendra has won the choreographer of Colors kannada Dancing star season2!

Deepa Rao - Head of Chirantana

Deepa Rao is an educationist, current director of Chirantana who is also a choreographer and an anchor for last two decades. Deepa was instrumental in introducing Chirantana last year to the UK Kannadigas at the KUK Kannada Rajyotsava 2019. An excellent organiser, passionate Kannadati from Bengaluru spreading Kannada Language and culture internationally through Chirantana.

Shashwathi Sridhar

Shashwati Shridhar has been learning Bharatanatyam from almost the age of 4.

She has completed her Dance degree in the prestigious Kalakshetra, Chennai. She has been learning various other Dance forms too. A versatile dancer and her command over the art is exemplary. She is teaching to hundreds of students today.