Our Educators are not only certified and professional teachers, they are also fully aware of our student's growth potential and are mindfully committed to our students success.
Our teachers also understand that each and every student
1. is a brimming vessels always making room for more knowledge
Aano bhadraha krithavo yanthu vishwathaha
2. They will be a step ahead not just in one direction but a leader in every room they walk into
Vidhwathwam cha nripathwam cha naiva tulyam kadachana
swadeshe pujyathe raja vidhwaan sarvathra poojyathe
3. Because they will lead not by walking alone, but by taking everyone along,
san gacchadhvam sam vadadhvam sam vo manamsi janatam/
We Come together, Speak together, and let our minds be all of one accord
samani va akuti: samana hrdayani vah/
samanamastu vo mano yatha va: susahasati//
Let our aim be one and single! Let our hearts be joined as one.
United be our thoughts. At peace with all, may we be together in harmony.
Everyone that enters her door becomes part of a special and supportive community because of the warmth she radiates.
Hema Raja is Known for her dynamic choreography, beautiful expressions, statuesque poses, and uncompromising style in tradition and devotion. She is a disciple of Smt. Mutulakshmi who was a prominent Bharthanatyam dancer in South India in a lineage of temple dancers. Temple dancing follows a pure, traditional way prescribed by the dance Guru to students, derived from the Natya Sastras - A Vedic dancer's texts
(Brand names such as a school, place, and teachers' names as dance styles are in fashion only in the current day). An accomplished dancer or artist will agree that hype of styles become irrelevant as long the instructions and knowledge of the art are passed on without altering the original texts.
Hema has been teaching in Austin for over 20 years. Several students performed traditional Bharthnatyam Arangetram (dance Graduation) under her able guidance. She has been giving dance performances since age 6. She has over 100 performances in the USA and India. Many of her students have graduated, completed Arengetram, and performed in various places with the USA & abroad.
Hema's dance instructional focus is towards traditional Bharatnatyam.
But, some of her choreography and dance performances, has elements of Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak forms, to convey the stories, poems, culture, traditions, myths, and legends of various genres. Her passion for Bharatanatyam, arts, and culture is evident in her ways of teaching.
As a guru, she works tirelessly to train her students to perform to the best of their abilities. She truly loves every child that enters her doors. At the same time, she is an extraordinary dance professional. She takes the time to make sure the steps, expression, and energy are just right and honor this art form at the highest level. Hema has an educational background in Microbiology, Educational Curriculum, and Administration.
Shri. Manu Narayanan
(Swami Ananda Nadayogi)
Our Proud teacher who conducted Samspra's 1st classes during the school inception and an ardent supporter!
Ananda Nadayogi is trained in Indian Classical Violin and Vocal by the legendary musician, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and his son Lalgudi GJR Krishnan hailing from the disciple lineage of the great Trinity music composer Saint Thyagaraja. Ananda underwent training in the Gurukula system, staying at the Master’s residence. In the Indian classical Violin playing, Lalgudi style is traditional, innovative, vibrant and a judicious blend of musicianship and technique.
Ananda Nadayogi has graduated in Indian Music from the University of Madras. He is a versatile violinist of the Indian Classical music genera. He has collaborated with many world-class musicians in various concerts. Ananda Nadayogi has the credit of teaching Carnatic Violin and Vocal over a period of two decades in India, Middle East, Singapore and the United States of America.
Ananda Nadayogi also is an adept practitioner and instructor of traditional Yoga. Ananda is a Certified Yoga trainer. He took on Yoga at a very young age and has undergone training under different eminent masters from India in varied modalities. Learn Physical Postures, Breathing Techniques, Meditation, Relaxation Methods
Radhika, with her passion for music, and dedication to teaching has already earned the trust of her Guru, parents and students. A great role model for our younger generation!
Radhika is an Electrical Design Engineer by profession and Carnatic music is her passionate hobby. She started learning at the age of 5. She has learnt under various teachers in Chennai, India and she continues to learn under her music Guru. She considers myself a student, educator and lifelong learner and above all an ardent rasika of Carnatic music.
Radhika has been teaching Classical Vocal music At Samspra Academy for the past 4-years. Under her able guidance, she transforms novice singer to perform and show case their music ability. Radhika's love for music also encouraged her to teach, organize and perform at many local events in Austin.
Ms. Radhika Venkatasubramanian
Nothing can interfere with Ms. Pankaj Sharma's commitment to her students and her innovative ways to teach. Her journey as Samspra's Hindi teacher is a boon!
Ms. Sharma is originally from the state of Rajasthan in India. Professionally, she has Master’s degree in Electronics from Stanford University and works as a design engineer at AMD.Her native language is Hindi. Her passion to teach Hindi began when her daughter started kindergarten and switched from speaking fluent Hindi at home to speaking English. She wanted to make sure that her kids continue to learn their Mother tongue and can read/write/speak this language fluently. She started teaching them at home. Soon she realized that she would love to share her passion to teach this language to other students as well. She is excited to resume her teaching journey at Samspra Academy.
Ms. Sharmistha Bansal aspires to develop a well-rounded skill set in her students. She believes that every child is unique, has different ways of processing stimuli and learning patterns.
Ms. Bansal is passionate about developing and fostering appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimal development of children according to their age, ability and aptitude. She has a Master’s degree in Commerce, a Bachelor of Education degree in Commerce, Teachers training certificate in elementary education and is also formally trained in the International method of teaching. She has completed a certification in Psychology and Counseling, covering introduction to psychology, counseling skills & techniques, psychological testing and assessment, mental disorders, behavioral & academic difficulties in children, REBT & special education. With 8 years of work experience as a Pre-K, elementary teacher and a curriculum designer, she is adept in implementing and designing changes according to the age, capability and aptitude of the child. She is currently pursuing her teachers’ certification course here in Texas.
Ms. Prema Ranjit
Ms. Prema is very generous and one of those who contributed greatly to Samspra and its student community since Day One!
Drawing and Painting have been Prema's passion and she has been painting since she was in elementary school. She comes from a family of artists. She has been teaching art classes for 8 years in Austin. She enjoys colors, creating images and loves the look of pride on the kid's face when they have created something beautiful on their own.
Prema has been teaching Hinduism and sloka for kids in South Austin for the past 8 years. She believes that kids should be taught our Hindu culture through stories, the Epics, songs, and slokas. Chanting Vishnusahasranamam ( Thousand names of Lord Vishnu) is known to enhance the health and happiness of children in the home, improves memory and promote their overall welfare.
Ms. Devi Swapna Venkatagiri
With an analytical mind and a keen eye for detail, Swapna finds a great balance!
Swapna is a trained and certified Architect (Building Design and Construction). She earned her bachelor's degree in Architecture from SAP, Anna University Chennai, and a master's in Construction Management from NICMAR, Pune. She is also a LEED-Accredited Professional (Green building Design) and a certified Web Developer. Before moving to Austin in 2007, she managed the residential development at Mahindra World City, Chennai.
Her desire to work with children and kindle their curiosity motivated her to become a teacher. She has a variety of subject teaching experience, including Tamil, Math Pentathlon, leading scout activities, organizing and teaching summer camp, pre -k classroom teaching, hands-on STEAM, and Knitting & Crochet. She looks forward to applying her diversified education and work experience to provide you and your child an enriching experience in her classes at Samspra.
Mr. Saavan Patel
With a passion to impart authentic classical Hata Yoga in the West as a means for inner balance & Wellbeing, Saavan has become part of Samspra!
Saavan Patel is a professionally trained classical Isha Hata Yoga teacher. From the age of 8 to 18, he grew up in Isha Samskriti, a traditional gurukul environment at the Isha Yoga Center in South India. There, students live with their masters and are in constant practice towards mastering an art form. During his time at Isha Samskriti, Saavan mastered Hata Yoga and Kalaripayattu (martial arts). Additionally, he has learned various Indian art forms such as Ayurveda, Sanskrit, classical music and dance. In 2018, he graduated from Isha Samskriti as a certified Isha Hata Yoga teacher. He passionately seeks to share the ancient science of yoga as a tool for wellbeing for the world. Saavan has conducted yoga workshops in India and the United States. He offers programs for children, adults, pregnant women, and also offers personalized combinations of practices for various health conditions. Saavan is excited about sharing his skills with the students of Samspra Academy.
Spent 10 years learning various Indian art forms at Isha Samskriti in India and mastered yoga and Kalaripayattu (an Indian martial art)
Professionally trained & certified Yoga teacher by Isha Hatha School of Yoga
(Ancient Martial Arts)
Swathi strongly believes that it’s our prime responsibility to explain the rich legacy of our culture to the younger generation, the ones we have inherited from our ancestors.
Right from childhood, Swathi Sampath has been immersed and brought up focusing on the Sanatana Dharma scriptures and Literary works. She believes that these scriptures have different takeaways at different points in one’s lifetime.
She loves teaching and was an art instructor for two years. She joined art school at the age of 7. She believes that Art enhances memory power thereby improving the overall cerebral ability. She is also an illustrator for an Indian kid’s magazine.
An engineer by profession, she has experience teaching mathematics for middle school. Swathi also holds an MBA degree in Human Resources. She loves teaching Sanskrit and aims at providing the structured language to kids thereby making them inherit the rich legacy of our culture.
Mahalakshmi reveals the secret to a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal. Try her class to believe if fresh ingredients, authentic recipe, with a bit of affection does the magic to a hungry tummy!
Mahalakshmi Vasudevan is a long time teacher. She holds a master's degree in Computer Applications.
She loves to cook. Her cooking is simple, delicious, and healthy. She is willing to share the tips and techniques that were passed down to her mom and grandmother. She feels Indian cooking is time tested, flavorful, colorful, healthy, and very satisfying.
She cannot wait to teach cooking in person at Samspra location or online. Come, try and she guarantees you will be happy.
Bhargavi is a passionate and committed teacher who loves working with children and instilling the knowledge of Telugu to all interested.
Telugu is Bhargavi Paladugu's mother tongue and second language in school. She is an Electrical Engineer and holds a Mtech in Power Systems.
She says that the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.
She is an experienced Telugu teacher. Her classes are mostly activities based and involve student participation, teamwork, and the traditional way of teaching.
Avni is a great dancer. With her artistic ability and creativity to express ideas, she makes her classes more enjoyable and builds a caring relationship with her students.
Avni Singh received her credentials as a professional dancer of Bharatanatyam, an ancient South Indian temple dance, with the completion of her Arangetram, or dance graduation, in 2017. Under the tutelage of Samspra’s founder, Smt. Hema Raja, Avni has been learning and performing Bollywood and Bharatanatyam pieces since she was five years old. After her Arangetram, Avni began producing, filming, and performing in dance music videos with her Samspra peers. Now a rising sophomore in college, Avni is a dancer for her school’s nationally ranked Bollywood fusion competition dance team, UNC Chalkaa. She performed Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Raas, and contemporary dance styles at competitions in Ohio, Georgia, and Massachusetts during her first year in college, and hopes to travel to more competitions soon. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (through Zoom) and majoring in Behavioral Economics and is excited to teach the outdoor movement class and to see you in class.
Rekha’s intention is to encourage a love of music as a means of creative self-expression and to further well-being. She stands out with her flexible and personalized approach to teaching.
Rekha was captivated by the warm, evocative tones of the piano early in life. She started formal lessons at age 6 and has performed, as well as accompanied numerous groups since then. On acquiring advanced level certifications in Piano Performance and Theory (Trinity College of Music London), she began to teach in Bangalore. More recently, she has been teaching in Austin and has prepared students to perform at talent shows and various social events. Her enjoyment of music, combined with her ability to play by ear, allows her to adapt lessons to suit students of various ages, abilities, and interests. Besides, she is able to teach popular tunes to complement individual lesson plans.
Poly is a trained percussion south Indian classical musician. Later his interest in North Indian music and folk music led him to play Hindustani classical music on an electric guitar. Over a decade of study with Grammy winner, Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt made him a truly international artist and musician, performing slide guitar & Sitar combo instrument called a Mohan Veena. He has performed over a hundred concerts in different parts of the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, America, the Mozart Chamber in Vienna, and Gras in Austria. In total, he has performed in over 43 countries. In 2017, he performed at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, UK. In 2018 he toured UAE and will be performing in California, Austin, Chicago, and Chile.
Presidential Award, Monsoon Music Festival -August 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award, State of Goa- April 2018
While perfecting and pursuing the depths of music with his guitar, Poly developed his own inimitable style of improvisation. Poly’s unique experiences and experiments led him to develop the 40-stringed, three-neck guitar which he named "Poly String Guitar". This helped deeper expressions in melodies, moods, and ragas.
Having traveled and lived with Folk Baul singers of West Bengal, India, he loves to render high-pitched Baul songs, Kabir, and soulful Rabindra Nath Tagore Poetry.
With acclaimed talent in acting, Poly has been involved in experimental theatre for several years. He has acted in over a dozen movies in different languages.
Poly has directed music for films and theatre alike. In 2005, he won the Jeevan Atlas Award for Best Music Director of the Year in India for the film "Kootilekku" (Towards Home). His first American movie “Maiya” is set to release in September 2018.
Poly Varghese is a well-known poet and his work has been translated into English, Tamil. Bengali, and Hindi. He was invited to Poetry and coffee festival, UK. His poems were read in British Poetry Radio. The first book of poetry was released in May 2018.