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Meet the Bollywood Performers

Bollywood Ball Dancers

The Bollywood Ball is less than a month away!  Here are some of the very talented Bollywood Performers who will be providing entertainment at the event:

Pragnya Yogesh Prakash
Pragnya Yogesh Prakash

Pragnya Yogesh Prakash is an Indian classical artist, folk dancer, Bollywood dancer, choreographer, a MBA graduate, a Cultural Ambassador for CultureAll. At present she is the Artistic Director of Eshanjali dance Academy in Des Moines spreading the divine art of dance to the young aspirants in and around Des Moines.

Christina Gonzalez
Christina Gonzalez

 

Christina Gonzalez is the president of Bhangra club at Iowa State University. Christina is from Chicago, Illinois and with a Hispanic background. She is currently involved in a Punjabi style of dance, Bhangra.

Gayatri Paudel
Gayatri Paudel

 

Gayatri Paudel is the co-captain of the Bhangra Club at Iowa State University. She is from Nepal, but currently resides in Burlington, Iowa. She is currently involved in a Punjabi style of dance, Bhangra.

Himanshu
Himanshu

 

 

Originally from Mumbai, India, Himanshu has been dancing since the age of 4 and performing since age of 10. Dance and music are Himanshu’s passions. He has been choreographing and teaching dance since age of 23. His style of dance is Bollywood, Popping locking, hip hop, freestyle.

 

Madhubala Gandikota
Madhubala Gandikota

 

Madhubala Gandikota is a professionally trained Carnatic singer; started learning Carnatic music since she was young, and continued lessons until 2014. She loves to sing, both traditional and contemporary songs and appreciates melodious music in general. She works for Wells Fargo and recently moved to the Des Moines area.

 

Trish Karsjens
Trish Karsjens

 

Trish Karsjens, Director of Creative Fusion Dance Company. Trish is one of the founding members of Creative Fusion Dance Company. She has been a bellydancer for 14 years in the Des Moines area. She fell in love with Bollywood 10 years ago, and has not stopped dancing.

 

Ritu Varma
Ritu Varma

 

Ritu Varma is a classically trained master sitar player. She has performed at various events in the Des Moines metro and other cities in Iowa. Ritu has been associated with CultureAll 10 years and conducts Indian classical music workshops at schools educating students about Indian culture through music.

 

Rikita Jain
Rikita Jain

Rikita Jain is an architect by trade, and has a passion for Bollywood dance. She is a prolific community volunteer and you will find her everywhere from Iowa Asian Alliance, Indo American Association, Des Moines public schools, “American Institute of Architects, Iowa,” etc., sharing her skills, background, culture and heritage. She led the Iowa Asian Alliance Entertainment committee in 2015 and frequently leads cultural education workshops in schools.

Somdatta Guha Pathak
Somdatta Guha Pathak

 

 

Somdatta Guha Pathak is a professionally trained Kathak dancer. She started learning Kathak at the age of 5 and completed ‘Sangeet Prabhakar’ in Kathak from Prayag Sangit Samity, Allahabad, India, at the age of 20.

 

 

 

 

Do you have your tickets for the Bollywood Ball?  Get them HERE!

We look forward to seeing you on April 16!

Bollywood Dancers

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