About Team Members
Ujjwal is an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi) alumnus and holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has lived in the Triangle area since 1990 and has been an active volunteer in the Indian American community.
He has helped establish a solid foundation for the two largest Indian Cultural Arts festivals in the Raleigh-Cary area. He is now working with Indian communities in other cities to help ignite a grass roots movement to establish a similar Indian Cultural Arts festival in each of these areas. These festivals hope to foster a lifetime of learning in youth by creating an opportunity to showcase their talents and passion for various Indian dance and music forms at a national stage. These festivals will be based on the same state-of-the-art online platform that Ujjwal helped build for Nuv Yug's mega production to offer an unmatched participant experience each year.
Ujjwal serves as President and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Nuv Yug.
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Harshad has lived in the Triangle area
since 1996. He has always been involved with music and music related
organizations since childhood. He has served on the committes of
several organizations. He was active with SPIC-MACAY (Society for
Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) in
his undergrad and Vice President of the same in grad school (Clemson
University). He has been actively involved in the Marathi community
and served on its committee. He is a semi-classical singer and also
plays the keyboard. He has participated in several cultural programs.
Harshad brings his experience and enthusiasm to Nuv Yug.
Harshad serves as Vice President & Treasurer and is a Trustee of Nuv Yug.
Richa has lived in the Triangle area since 1997 and currently lives in Morrisville with her husband and children. She has been an active volunteer in the community. Richa was born and brought up in Kolkata, India and is an MBA from Calcutta University. Currently she is a stay at home mom.
Richa is passionate about music and dance and has been involved with kids to promote Indian Culture and Heritage. She has also actively participated in a number of cultural programs in the Triangle Area.
Richa has been involved with Nuv Yug Cultural Committee since 2010.
She believes that Nuv Yug is an excellent platform to promote Indian Culture, Heritage and Diversity in the USA as well as bringing out the local talent. Since 2014, she is serving as Vice President of Cultural Programs.
After finishing undergrad Electrical Engineering in REC, Surat and working with JK Corp in India, Ashish moved to Charlotte, NC in 2000, where he pursued his Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UNCC while working as a quality assurance engineer.
He moved from Charlotte to the Triangle area in 2007 with his wife, son and daughter. He has been an active volunteer in many ways with our community. Currently, he is actively involved in NC state parks which involves planning with state troop for creating volunteer work for a team of people, making and maintaining trails, cleaning up lakes with a team of volunteers and planting trees.
Ashish is passionate about music, dance and art. He satisfies this by providing full support to his child’s dance and culture participation. He believes that Nuv Yug is giving many local artists with every age group a platform to grow, and at the same time, bring Indian culture heritage to Indian American community who is living far from India. By associating with Nuv Yug, Ashish wants to be a part of a team to serve community as a good citizen.
Ashish serves as Vice President of Vendor Liaison.
Pritika holds dual Masters degrees in Special Education & Social Work. She has lived and worked in many cities across India and has experienced numerous cultures and art forms. She has a deep appreciation of the inherent diversity in the performing arts.
Pritika comes from an artistic family of renowned Tabla player and Musicologist, Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh of the Farukhabaad Gharana. She started her training in dance (Bharatnatyam) at a very early age and has a Diploma with distinction from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. She is also an active proponent of other dance forms like Bollywood, Indo Jazz and Hip Hop. She is passionate about the positive value art brings in the lives of children and adults alike, brought about from an exchange of ideas and cultures.
Pritika has been volunteering under various capacities at Nuv Yug for several years. After moving to Charlotte, she has successfully spearheaded Nuv Yug's effort to start a grass roots movement for a new festival in Charlotte. She serves as a Vice President on Nuv Yug's Board of Directors and as President of the Charlotte Chapter.
Payal has lived in the Triangle area since 2001. She lives in Morrisville with her husband and two daughters. She has done her MBA in Human Resource and now works as HR trainer.
Payal has a passion for dance. She has been choreographing dances for many years and continues to do so with an aim to help the community
connect to their Indian roots and be a part of their rich culture and heritage.
Her passion for cultural arts and choreography brings her to Nuv Yug .
Payal believes that Nuv Yug is a platform that spreads diversity and promotes Indian culture and she contributes her time to work
towards this goal.
After spending a few years in India recently, she has returned to the area recently. She serves as a director.
Sanjeev grew up in a small village in India. He worked for Maruti Udyog Ltd (India) before he moved to Michigan in 2000. He also lived for 8 years in Chicago, where he helped organize Indian cultural programs. In 2013, he moved to the Raleigh area. He lives in Cary with his wife and two daughters. Sanjeev enjoys working with people and serving the community. Sanjeev has a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Engineering and Technology Lucknow (India), a Masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (India) and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Sanjeev serves as a Director.
Siva enjoys doing quality work with interesting people. He has been in the Raleigh area since 2010. He works as an AVP with Credit Suisse, RTP since 2002. He has a MS from WMU Michigan. He has been a part of various cultural festivals and in event management throughout his life. He is also involved in many volunteer activities in the community, especially with the Triangle Down Syndrome network.
Siva serves as Corporate Secretary of Nuv Yug.
Mehul grew up in a large
city in India. He went through formal training of Indian Folk dances.
His love for folk dance grew into making him a great folk dance
teacher by his undergraduate years. Mehul taught Indian folk dances
to children ages 5 to 12 while earning his engineering bachelor's degree.
Mehul moved to Triangle area in 2000 and since then he has greatly
involved himself with Indian community at large. Mehul has participated
in more than 50 festivals as a volunteer, choreographer and dancer.
He has choreographed many dances in the past several years
and participated in different festival celebrations and fund raising
programs. From 2000 to 2004, Mehul worked with children from Indian
origin to raise awareness of Indian folk dances.
In November of 2002, Mehul joined the "NuvYug" team. Since
the inception of Nuv Yug, Mehul has held several positions on the
board. Mehul served as president during 2007-2008. His passion
for art and culture continues today.
Mehul is a Trustee and Director of Nuv Yug.
Rekha has been raised in Delhi, India. She has her Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Advertising and Public Relations.
Rekha has been in the Triangle area since 2001. She is currently living in Morrisville with her husband and two children. Even though she is an active volunteer for a lot of organizations, she has been volunteering with the Nuv Yug team since 2007.
Rekha feels that Nuv Yug is a great platform to promote Indian Culture and Arts in today’s youth in the USA. Her desire to help others motivated her to find her own strength, and pass that power to others.
Shweta has been closely involved with the Indian community development in US. She has was involved in the local Indian communities in LA, Columbus OH and moved to Raleigh in 2008 and has been associated with Nuv Yug since then.
She is from Nagpur India and won the “Miss Maharashtra” during her college days and was the college’s cultural president and participated in several fashion shows and dance events across US and India. She feels working with Nuv Yug keeps her interest alive and gives her a platform to stay connected to her culture. She brings energy and enthusiasm to Nuv Yug family.
She is an Interior Designer and manages sales for her family’s Granite Distribution business. She is married with two children and lives in Raleigh.
Seema Viswanath comes from a culturally rich city of Mysore, Karnataka and holds double Masters
degree in ‘Fine arts – Bharathanatyam’ and ‘Computer Applications’. She has worked at Dell for almost a
decade as an IT professional.
Being a daughter of a Dramatist and Stage designer, she was introduced to Indian classical dance from an early age. She has been learning
Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Danseuse Guru. Nandini Eswer, Mysore for last 20+ years. She has
also learnt Kathak under the guidance of Guru Late Dr. Maya Rao in Natya Institute of Kathak,
Bangalore. She has been privileged to learn two styles of Kathak, i.e. Jaipur gharana and Lucknow
gharana from these two famous teachers. She has completed ‘Vidwath’ exam in Bharathanatyam and is
a first rank holder in ‘Kathak’ exam conducted by Karnataka Board. She is a graded artist in Doordarshan
and has delivered hundreds of performances in various stages across different states of India and also in
International stages of Sri Lanka and United States. She has always been a part of the arts field as a
performer, teacher, examiner, choreographer, judge, etc.
She recently moved to the triangle area with her husband and has been choreographing and
performing in various festivals and association functions. She has a strong drive to serve the arts field to the best
of her ability. After her performance in Nuv Yug Charlotte 2015, she joined the Nuv Yug team.