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RGDNY Shiksha Teachers

Shiksha New York teaching staff are qualified and passionate about the subjects they teach. Their care and commitment in passing the knowledge they have received to not just their children but to all interested children of upcoming generations are noteworthy.
Shiksha New York welcomes its teaching staff and thanks them for their efforts.


Radha Govind Dham New York Bal Vidyalay TeacherMadhulika Misra has a B. Sc. from Lucknow University in India. She has been employed as an educator by the East Meadow School District and the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services since 2000. She works with special needs children as well as being a substitute teacher at Maria Montessori School in Levittown. She has two daughters aged 8 and 12, and enjoys teaching children and imparting her knowledge of Hindu religion and culture. Contact:

shiksha-ny-rohitRohit Sharma & Jasvinder Gulati have been playing dholak with bhajan groups in New York for a combined total of 17 years. Their focus while teaching the dholak is on uplifting the kirtan session through the quality of sound, timing and rhythm. Their method of teaching is very methodical and lively and they encourage everyone to play during the satsang in some capacity to gain the practical experience of a real time performance. (Special Requirements: It will be helpful if students purchase a dholak to practice at home. Alternatively, they may practice at Radha Govind Dham during designated times; Contact: or

Radha Govind Dham New York Bal Vidyalay TeacherAnuradha Khanna is a Hindustani Classical vocalist and a disciple of renowned vocalist Shree Vaman Acharya Ji. She has a Masters degree in classical vocals from Allahabad University. She developed an interest in music at a young age due to the influence of her father, who was a great musician and performer of classical songs, bhajans and ghazals. She has performed widely in India and the US, been featured on Disha, Sanskar, TV Asia, and ITV, and her vocals have been used in the making of documentary films. She regularly performs and collaborates with touring artists. She has vast experience in teaching music to children. Contact:


shiksha-ny-AvinashAvinash Pancholi has been teaching English as a second language (ESL) at Department of Education New York City Public Schools for over 18 years. As an ESL coordinator, he has taught English to students of various linguistic and cultural backgrounds; and also trained teachers. He has taught Hindi as a foreign language to native and non-native speakers of the language. As an honorary teacher, he has taught Hindi and Gujarati at a number of Indian cultural organizations.

Avinash has earned three masters degrees – an M.A. in English/linguistics from India and an M.S. in journalism from Iowa State University (ISU) and an M.S.Ed from a New York college in ESL.

A winner of one gold and two silver medals from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, and a graduate scholarship from ISU, Avinash was a professional journalist for over 12 years with prestigious international news agencies and newspapers in India and America. Contact: Avinash@RGDNY.

shiksha-ny-anilAnil Kumar Rambadri

Educational Background: – Diploma for Kathak classical dance, 5 year program (1977-1982).
– Government College of Music and Dance of India (Bhartya Kala Vishva Vidhyalaya)(1983-1986)

Concentration: Bharta Natyam classical dance.

Kuchipudi Fine Arts Academy (1983-1986) in Madras and Hyderabad
Concentration: Kuchipudi classical dance.
University of Hyderabad (1989). Two semesters in Master’s program.
Concentration: Kuchipudi classical dance

Dance &  Choreographic Career:
Received “Grade A Artist” status from the Doordarshan Government of India.
Now performs in India’s most prestigious arts and dance festivals and recitals.

Main Government Functions in which Mr. Rambadri participated and for which he has certificates
of acknowledgement: Apna Utsau (1980), Film Festival of India (1985), South Zone Cultural Center of
India Festival (1985), Festival of India (1985), Belgaoun Festival (1986), Andaman Nicobar Island Festival
(1989),World Telugu Conference (1990), Republic Day of India at Delhi: 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995.

shiksha-ny-vidyaVidya Ramanathan has been volunteering for Samskrita Bharati since 2003, with special focus on teaching Samskritam to children in an enjoyable way. She has helped develop curriculum for children, and has authored a multilingual and fully illustrated children’s book in Samskritam, published by Samskrita Bharati. She also works at the Samskrita Bharati office on Hillside Ave, Floral Park, NY.