Tara Kini received continuous training in Hindustani classical music over a period of twenty years from eminent Gurus Shri Narayan Rao Patwardhan, Smt. Meera Khirwadkar and Pandit Rama Rao Naik. Currently Tara is learning music from Smt. Lalit J. Rao. She has also been visiting the Dhrupad Gurukul in Bhopal and receiving guidance and inspiration from the Gundecha Bandhu. Tara has been engaged in several music activities that include composition of music for theatre, conducting music workshops and giving classical music performances. She conducts weekly sessions in a self-interest group of music enthusiasts called Sunaad that has performed several shows in Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Goa. She has worked with film maker Shabnam Virmani in extensive research on the music and poetry of Kabir. She taught a course on the Music and Religion of South Asia in Stanford University with Dr. Linda Hess in 2010 and 2004. Tara was the music director for a new media performance that was produced by Srishti at the ARS Electronica festival in Linz, Austria, in 2005.
Tara has a post graduate degree in education from Oxford Brookes University, a masters in Agricultural Physics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and a Visharad in Hindustani classical vocal music from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
She has taught physics in high school and music from K to 12 in Aditi, Bangalore, for twenty years. She was also the administrator for two years in Aditi. In 2002, Tara set up the Centre for Educational Research, Training and Development (CERTAD) in the Srishti School of Art, Design and
Technology, along with its director, Geetha Narayanan, and headed the Teacher Education department till May 2008. She has presented research papers on music and education at international conferences in Sheffield and Helsinki.
Currently she is an independent consultant in Music and Education and works with several reputed institutions in Bangalore, Andhra Pradesh and Ahmedabad.
Performer, choreographer, educator and arts entrepreneur-Madhu Nataraj is the founder director of the Natya Stem Dance Kampni
She studied Kathak from her mother Dr Maya Rao & from Smt. Chitra Venugopal .
Madhu was chosen as one of India’s 50 young achiever’s by ‘ India today’ . She has received many awards, recent amongst which are the Mohan Khokar award for excellence in dance and the Bismillah Khan Yuva puraskar from the central Sangeet Natak Akademi
A graduate of commerce, journalism & choreography( Natya Institute of Kathak & choreography), She has also trained in Indian martial arts, ritualistic/folk dance traditions, pedagogy and Yoga.
Although she trained in contemporary dance in New York, Madhu returned to India with a vision to create a unique dance company with its own distinctive contemporary Indian dance identity – the Natya STEM Dance Kampni.
She believes dance is a potent medium for change in the public domain. Ranging from education, social issues, documentation to healing, her projects aim to materialise this philosophy.
Madhu has created over 75 choreographic works (short pieces & productions) in the 16 years of the Kampni’s existence . She is also a Panellist at important Design, Cultural and Academic institutions.
She is often invited to perform, design programmes and Choreographic works for prestigious cultural organizations across India, UK, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, SE Asia, Europe & USA.
Madhu and Tara Kini, in association with BrilArt@WorkTM are now tapping into their exceptional creative talents and teaching abilities to infuse creativity and innovation into the corporate world.
Anil Srinivasan holds an M Phil from Columbia Business School, with a specialization in consumer psychology, marketing communications and information processing. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has consulted on marketing, analytics and consumer understanding for various companies including Sara Lee, TTK, The Manipal Group of Institutions, Ashok Leyland, Titan among others.
As an entrepreneur, he co-founded MusicUniv, India’s first structured music education initiative taking classical music into schools using a combination of physical and virtual methodologies.
As a musician, his performances and compositional skills have won him the Sangeet Natak Akademi youth award for Creativity and Experimentation, a national award. He lectures, performs, workshops and teaches all over the world
A classical vocalist who has already achieved the top slots in national and international venues, Sikkil Gurucharan has been hailed as a musical sensation by critics and audiences alike. A winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for vocal music (best under the age of 35), a national award, Gurucharan is a regular on concert and festival circuits worldwide. His performances in the UK, Australia, the US, New Zealand, the Middle East and the Far East have become top draws for a versatile audience. He has also conducted workshops, lectures and seminars on music. His collaboration with Anil Srinivasan has led to the creation of a new genre of contemporaneous classical music and has a worldwide following.
Note: The videos used here are merely displayed here to showcase Anil Srinivasan’s and Sikkil Gurucharan’s expertise, with permission from the artists. No association with the owner of the video or ownership of IP is implied here. Courtesy : THiNK, Tehelka’s Conference, 2011 and SS Music and Vijay TV.
Strategic Innovation Coach. Expert in clearing cobwebs in minds, igniting imagination. Accredited CEO & Business Coach
Imagine an old mirror, covered with layers of dust and grime. In addition, it is unsteady. Imagine trying to look at your face and wanting to comb your hair neatly.
Our minds are like this mirror. It is covered with our biases, habitual ways of looking at issues, fears, anxieties and baggage from the past. How can we get fresh, new ideas from such minds?
Just as you need a hand to hold the mirror steady and wipe it clean without scratching it, we often need external help to look at things afresh.
That is what Sridhar enjoys doing most. Helping people get out of habitual thinking. Stretching their minds. Challenging assumptions. Revel at unearthing new ways of looking at old issues. Attacking what is considered impossible. Igniting imagination and opening a new world of possibilities is equally exciting.
Seeing his clients’ faces when they come out with numerous new ways to look at an issue is rewarding in itself for Sridhar.
Sridhar is always thrilled to hear a client say he followed a new idea through and it is working for him.
Sridhar’s philosophy: “Why should serious work be boring?”
Sridhar is a Strategic Innovation Coach par excellence. Sridhar is a thoroughbred creative guy who has more than 25 years of creating and nurturing world-class brands with O&M, and over 13 years of experience in innovation coaching after that. When Sridhar left O&M to pursue his passion of coaching, he was at the helm as Director and Chairman of Integrated Marketing Communications.
Sridhar says “I believe my job does not end with helping clients think better and get better ideas. Very often managers drop good ideas at the first sign of opposition or objection to the idea. My job is to help them stay with the idea and win in the innovation game. If they win, I win.”
His current passion: One-to-One to Innovation Coaching to CEOs/SBU Heads to build the innovation capabilities of their teams
Strategic Innovation Coaching, Business Creativity Training, Creative Problem Solving Workshops for Business Results,
Sridhar is a stalwart and an Accredited CEO and Business Coach, by CFI. As with every Brilart@Work facilitator / partner, he is not just another corporate trainer, but a true creative genius!