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About

The Cause

For long we have believed that art connects people irrespective of the divides and the varied backgrounds. When we speak of artists we assume that they are a homogeneous gathering of art loving humans who instantaneously come together in the wonderment of the aesthetic beauty; undermining the presence of diverse cultural and social backgrounds. The presumption that the art world is barrier free makes it difficult for us to fathom the reality that art is equally affected by social and cultural discourses which are majorly based on exclusion and exclusivity.

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Our Supporters

Pt. Firoz Dastur Memorial Foundation

Pt. Firoz Dastur Memorial Foundation has been a source of support and inspiration to Baithak and has been generously supporting Baithak in making music accessible to kids across India.
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Shri Rukmineesh Seva Trust

Shri Rukmineesh Seva Trust supports Baithak@Classes program in the Pune city at 15 municipal schools and construction sites.
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Precision Foundation

Precision Foundation has been supporting Baithak@Classes initiative at 5 schools in Solapur.
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Ms.Hansa Gandhi

Ms.Hansa Gandhi is supporting our Delhi Pilot (2019-20).
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The Team

Dakshayani Athalye

Founding Trustee

Dakshayani is a law graduate and later completed M.A. in Elementary Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (T.I.S.S.) Mumbai. She has worked in social sector for many years handling multiple roles; from teacher to a CSR manager.

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Sowjanya Peddi

Program Manager - Delhi

Sowjanya has an M.Phil in Applied Economics. As part of her practice of Naad sadhana, she is learning the Dhrupad genre of music along with training in instruments - Pakhawaj and the Rudra Veena.

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Namrata Shah

Project Coordinator - Pune

Namrata Shah comes with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. She has worked in different roles; corporate trainer, instructional designer, Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer, and Senior Manager. Her love for music brings her to Baithak.

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Mukul Ranbhor

Project Coordinator - Pune

Mukul is passionate about literature and Indian Classical Music. He is a writer and publisher.

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Mandar Karanjkar

Founding Trustee

Mandar is a passionate believer in music as a tool for overall human development. Mechanical engineer by education, Mandar draws rich experience of consulting with startups and MNCs. Mandar is a published author and a student of Hindustani Vocal Music.

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Sourabh Londhe

Founding Trustee

Sourabh is a B.Tech in mechanical engineering from Government College of Engineering, Pune. He is presently working with Bajaj Auto in the research and development department. He is a music lover and learning to play harmonica.

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Fellows

Arundhati Patwardhan

Bharatnatyam Fellow at iTech Ahilyadevi Holkar English Medium School, Aundh.
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Reeshabh Purohit

Hindustani Vocal Music Fellow at Akanksha Foundation's CSMEMS School, Kasarwadi.
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Neha Muthian

Kathak Fellow at iTeach ADH English Medium School, Aundh.
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Pooja Bhattad

Kathak Fellow at iTeach BJR School, Yerawada.
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