Our Educators

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 Arangetram, and performed in various places within 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.

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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

 
 

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. Prema Ranjit

Ms. Prema is very generous and one of those who contributed greatly to Samspra and its student community since Day One!

Art and Painting

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. 

 

Sloka  and Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism) class

for Children

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. 

 

Born to Teach -  Bhuma Kannan is every child's dream teacher!

Bhuma has a Bachelors in Electronic Science. She is originally from Chennai. She has been teaching Tamil  for 8- years in Austin and is experienced Tamil curriculum developer. 

Ms. Bhuma Devi Kannan

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Mahalakshmi Vasudevan is a long time teacher. She holds a master's degree in Computer Applications.


     Maha has a great passion for math and science , also have hands on experience teaching public school kids as a substitute teacher.  

   She loves to teach loom knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Embroidery.

     She also 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. 

Nayana Lahoti is passionate about developing leadership qualities among children. 
     Ms. Nayana has a master's degree in Biochemistry. Her 20-years of working experience include different roles ranging from technology to sales. She is also a certified LifeCoach.

She believes that effective communication is integral and encourages mindfulness, active listening to foster a creative mindset for Children. She is excited to teach Creative Writing and Public Speaking classes at Samspra! 

 

Ms. Mahalakshmi Vasudevan

 

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. 

 

Ms. Chandana

 Gadepalli

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Chandana's calm, composed demeanor & the commitment to her students reflects in her student's success!

Chandana Gadepalli received initial training from Smt. D L. Tulasi Hyderabad and continued her training under the guidance of Veena Vidwanmani Sri.D.Srinivas, whose bani is rich in tradition combined with fastest fingering and sphuritha techniques.

 
Chandana has been teaching  and performing Veena. One of her performance was broadcasted on Yuva vani. Her performances include the Tygaraja Aradhana festivals, Hyderabad and at various venues around Texas.  She enjoys collaborating with Carnatic, Hindustani and western instruments.

Having studied Telugu as first language and in Telugu medium chandana is driven by the love and respect towards the language to assist the younger generation to understand its beauty and richness.

 

Rituparna is a Folk, Bollywood and Classical Hindustani  Vocalist, having a number of performances within her repertoire at venues, all over India and US! 

 

Rituparna says music is close to her heart and has had a positive impact all her life. She is continually inspired to provide the same experience to the younger generation, 

 

Having witnessed firsthand the beauty of Indian classical music and its multitude of forms, she is passionate to teach at Samspra Academy
institution.

 

She is confident her experience teaching and performing for multicultural audience has 
 instilled the values necessary to cater to the atmosphere at Samspra, where the excellent endeavor of giving the gift of tradition to the youngsters has been undertaken. She is delighted to teach. 
 

 

Dr. Hetal Nayak is an Anesthesiologist by training - Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2008! 

Hetal been initiated on the path of Kriya yoga by an ordained Himalayan Monk, Swami Vidyadhishananda 

 

Has been teaching yoga to kids, teenagers, adults, and older adults. Her students range from age 4 years old to 82 years old.

 

She is the President of the Sewa international San Antonio chapter. Founding member of   “ IDoYoga  “ a community project of Sewa international, Director of AUM Yog Sadhana school. Serving to bring yoga to the community in San Antonio and internationally and Training quality yoga teachers who can carry on the mission of enhancing life through the practices of Yoga. 

 Lives in San Antonio with her husband Dr. Devraj Nayak and 2 daughters.