Dr. Vijayalakshmi Villadathu (Viji), is the Managing Director and Founder of Thakajum Indian Dance & Music Academy. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, she learned dance for several years, initially as a child from Guru Smt. Kala Govardhan and later from different dance schools under the guidance of various well known professional Bharatnatyam dancers.
Among other activities, she devotes her time to pursue her passion for dance as well. She is a member of the International Dance Council (CID c/o UNESCO, Paris, France)
She is also the president of Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft (Indo-German Society) that fosters cultural and political exchanges between the 2 countries.
Apart from the cultural engagements, she is the Adjunct Professor at EU Business School in Munich and Head of IT Strategy at Consors Bank, BNP Paribas Group in Nuremberg.
Vidushi. Vineetha Avadhooth, member of International Dance council CID, is a renowned Bharatanatyam artiste, trained under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Uma Rao (Kalakshetra style) and Guru Smt. Nandini Eswer (Thanjavoor style) for over 20 years.
She has performed in various prestigious events in India and abroad including Mysore Dasara, Hampi Utsava and German Media. She started teaching Bharatanatyam in Lalithakala Academy Mysore and founded Natya Taranga School of Dance. In Germany, she is enthusiastically bringing forward the art form through video productions, workshops and performances under the name of Nrityaalekhya. She also collaborates various productions with Kathak artists under the name Bharatakatha. She is learning Kathak under Guru Deodatt Persaud at Samvedan Kathak Studios, Nuremberg.
Vineetha is an engineer (M.Sc Information Technology) by profession and works as Team Lead (Software Verification, R&D) at Diehl metering GmbH.
Mrs. Swetha Chittoju is the Dance Co-ordinator at Thakajum. She is a Bollywood freestyle Dancer and has been performing since a very young age and took part in many dance competitions at State level.
Being a dance enthusiast she attended many workshops and is a performing artist. She believes Dance is the way of feeling the Joy, a medium of expressing the emotions and art that involves your body and soul.
Swetha is currently training herself in Kathak and she holds a degree in MBA.
Geetha Ravindran is a coordinator at Thakajum. She has done folk and semi-classical dance performances from the age of 5. While also performing on behalf of Thakajum, she helps in bringing together the performers and addressing any specific needs.
She is an engineer by profession and a student of dance for life.
Rashmi Gawande is the Kathak Dance Teacher at Thakajum. She is a Software Engineer by profession (Masters, TU Chemnitz, Germany) working in Elektrobit Automotive GmbH. She has been learning and performing dance since the age of 3.
She performs katthak, bollywood, indian folk, Maharashtrian lavani, latin style (salsa, bachata, chachacha, jive and rumba). She has her own dance platform named Natraas. Winning many dance competitions and working as cultural head in the past, she has given plenty performances in many cities of Germany.
Sheethal is a professional dancer, performing in various platforms for many years and is a certified Zumba trainer since 2017.
She has taught Zumba and Bollywood dance in Bangalore for couple of years before moving to Germany.
Dancing is her passion and enjoys Bharatnatyam, freestyle Bollywood, Oriental, Latin styles and is ever enthusiastic to learn new forms of dance. She started focussing on Bollywood styled Zumba to make fitness enjoyable and fun!
Mrs. Aparna Ganesan has been hailed in a musical family alongside with her mother who is a professional Carnatic vocal and Veena teacher, Aparna was fortunate enough to learn and practice Carnatic vocal for more than 10 years (amidst of being an engineer by profession) from Gurus Smt.Akila Raghavan and Shri P Rengachari.
Performing Carnatic and light music in various stages at school, college & work place was always a part of her curriculum and she does believes as someone rightly said, "Music is nothing but an alchemy of wind and mathematics".
Mrs. Ramya Srinivasan is Proficient in Carnatic Music and Chanting Sanskrit Slokas. She is a Software Engineer by profession and music is her passion. She has been learning Carnatic Music from the age of 4 from her guru Smt. Viji Parameshwaran and Slokas from Late Shri. Rajagopala Sasthrigal.
She has given multiple performances and won multiple Prizes. She would like to pursue her passion as musician and pass on this valuable Art to the next generation. She would like to cultivate interest in handful of kids/adults and make a difference in their lives using this wonderful art form.
Moumita Ghosh Chatterjee is a trained Indian vocalist and possesses Sangeet Pravakar in classical music and Sangeet Bivakar in Nazrulgeeti from Allahabad University. Music is her passion and she believes that music can reach our soul and bring peace to our life.
Moumita is a versatile singer with training both in classical and modern music. Her musical training started at home at age three from her elder sister and later she was trained in classical music by Sri Pardip Bandopadhyay, a gold medalist vocalist from West Bengal, India. Furthermore, she was trained in Rabindra sangeet by Sri Avijit Bandopadhyay, a famous vocalist from Kolkata and in light music & in Nazrulgeeti by famous singer and musician Sri Subhankar Bhaskar.
Her ongoing musical journey began at the age of five by performing on various concerts followed by her performance as a child artist in All India Radio at the age of twelve. So far, Moumita has performed in a number of concerts and television channels namely: Doordarshan, ETV, Tara Music, Akash Bangla, etc. Moreover, she has also performed in international platforms including USA Indian Festival, CCI Cincinnati, COBCA Ohio, and NJPA New Jersey; and recently in Germany in DPF Erlangen, Spirit for Life Yoga Festival Plankenfels, Diwali Nuremberg 2019, DIG Nuremberg, etc.
Moumita loves sharing her musical knowledge with others and she believes in what rightly said by Pablo Casals: “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart”
Thakajum Indian Dance & Music Academy as an institution is a member of International Dance Council (CID c/o UNESCO, Paris, France)