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Founder Committee 2021-23

Executive Board

Bhaskar Sherigar


Bhaskar Sherigar has been living in Andover Boston MA since 2008 with his wife Shailashree and kids Abhishek, Aniketh and Ansika. He moved to the United States from Bangalore after the startup he was working on was acquired by a US company. He is working in the field of Digital Video Technology-VLSI-IC Design, and named in 7 granted, 11 pending United States Patents as an Inventor. He has published research papers in national and international conferences.

Born and brought up in Maala Karkala. His father is from Maala and mother is from Kellaputhige-Marnad in Moodabidri. After his early education in Mala-Karkala, had his Engineering education in Bagalkot and National Institute of Technology (NITK) Surathkal, India. He served as a Lecturer in Nitte Engineering college for a short period of time.

He is one of the founding members of New England Tulu Koota (NETK) Boston USA and instrumental in driving its growth as President for two terms. A fervid enthusiast of Tulu Language, Literature, Culture and actively involved in Tulu drama, skits, dance, Yakshagana, etc. Bhaskar prides himself for knowing how to read and write in Tulu script. Besides Tulu Koota, he is also involved in Kannada Koota and an active member of other local Indian Associations. He is passionate about giving back to society in his own capacity by helping underprivileged schools in India.

Shirish Shetty


Born and brought up in Mangalore City, did early schooling and college at St Aloysius and later Engineering from MIT, Manipal. Came to USA in 1988 to pursue MBA from Kansas State University. Initially moved to New Jersey area and later called Atlanta home since 1998. In the early years worked in the technology field but since 2001 has diversified into various business ventures. Currently have a diversified portfolio in Technology, Real Estate and Retail Sectors.

Married to Sandhya with 2 children – Ariyana, a Senior at Georgia Tech and Aatish, a Sophomore at Georgia State. Shirish is an avid Tennis player and has a few accolades to his name. Has represented the State of Georgia in the USTA over 40’s league tennis.

A big proponent of Tulu language and talks only in Tulu at home and with family. As a family they have made it close to compulsory to visit Mangalore at least once or more every year and have done this since 2008 until COVID.

President of BANA (Bunts Association of North America) from 2019 – 2022. Under his leadership BANA has been more active in trying to bring the community together with various initiatives and to keep the membership engaged. He has attended 13 out of the last 15 BANA Conventions.

Shirish, has also engaged in trying to help the underprivileged and especially during COVID he has helped various charities back in India.

Prakash Udupa


A techie by profession, Prakash moved to the Bay Area in 2007, living in Austin, TX, since 2010, with wife, 18 y.o. son, and 11 y.o. daughter. He has served as secretary for Austin Kannada Sangha, and also a founding member of Austin Tulu Koota.

Growing up and being educated in cosmopolitan Bengaluru helped with learning many Indian languages and familiarity with the cultures around those regions. However Tulu language and culture takes a special place in his heart.

Prakash’s paternal ancestral home is in Harekala / Ambalamogaru, and maternal ancestral home is in Thokur near Haleangadi.

Subtle inclination to art and various forms as a kid motivated him to rekindle it after moving to the US. He is pursuing Kannada, Tamil, English professional stage theatre when opportunity arises, also directing and acting in short movies. Prakash is passionate about percussion instruments, particularly Chenda, and is continually learning and a member of local Kerala Chenda melam group.

Puja Shetty


Puja Shetty is a software engineer by profession working in the Pharma industry for over 20 years. Along with her husband Ashwin and daughter Sneha she lives in suburbs of the Boston Area.

Always taking pride in her roots Puja has been associated with BANA( Bunts association of North America) as a member since her move to the US and is currently serving as one of the board members and the regional representative of the New England area. She is grateful for having had the opportunity of serving a 2 term tenure ( 2015 to 2019) as the general secretary of the New England Tulu Koota in Boston where she got to introduce new members

Into the fold thus connecting tuluvas in and around the New England area while also connecting with many others around the world. Puja has also been volunteering for the New England Kannada Koota Seva Mandaara ( charity wing ) since its inception in 2013.

On the personal front she grew up in Bhadravathi, studied in malnad college of engineering in Hassan. Puja prides herself in being the granddaughter of Late Mrs . Leelavathi Rai first female MLA in Dakshina Kannada and lives by some of her guiding principles . Her father Sudhakar Rai is from Vitla, Kundadka and Kaidale and mother Geetha Rai is from Kodial Guthu and Bakrabail family and she has 1 brother Vikas Rai residing in Bangalore.

Puja has great love for the tulu language , culture and cuisine and believes that she has learnt a lot from her New England tulu Koota family. She can speak tulu fluently and takes pride in learning to read and write in tulu in 2020 under the guidance of Satish Agpala from Kanaada and his tulu lipi online classes.

Subhas Shetty


A Software Engineer by profession, Subhas Shetty moved to the US in 1999 to Lowell, MA and has been living in California Bay Area since 2003 with his wife Prajna, son Dhyan and daughter Aaadhya. He was born and brought up in Kowdoor in Karkala Taluk with early education in Kanajar and Bailur.After completing his engineering from NMAMIT and a short stint in Bangalore, he moved to US.

Subhas is an active member of Bunts Association of North America and involves himself in promoting Yakshagana, Tulu movies and any other activities to support Tulu language and its culture in the US.

Growing up in a family of amateur artists and litterateurs, Subhas has immense interest in preserving, protecting and developing Tulu language and the cultural heritage of the land.

Fredrick Fernandes


Born in Moodubelle, Udupi district, Fredrick Fernandes is a post graduate in Personnel / HR management. He has been working in the field of HR in the IT Industry for the past 30 years. He has been associated with New England Tulu Koota (NETK) since its inception. He speaks Tulu, Kannada, Konkani fluently and has been founding Secretary of NETK. Besides NETK, he is actively involved with MCA – New England, an association of Mangalorean Catholics from New England for the past 20 years.

Board of Directors

Dr. Shridhar Alva


Scientist by profession in a healthcare industry, Dr.Shrdhara Alva has been living in California since 2004 with his wife Sujna and son Ishaan. Born and brought up in Karinka, Bantwal, finished early schooling around Neralakatte and Puttur.He received his Master 's degree in Chemistry from Mangalore UUniversity and PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He moved to the United States in 1994 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Massachusetts of Lowell.

Dr.Alva is an active member of Bunts Association of North America, served in various roles in the regional and national levels over the years. He has a passion for Yakshagana, and serves as the Secretary of Yakshadhruva Patla Foundation USA, organized to support the artists and the art. He is actively involved in the Tulu associations in the Bay area.

Ajith Bhaskar Shetty


Ajith Bhaskar Shetty was born and brought up from Mysore India.He was graduated in computer science and moved to the USA in 2006 and settled in NY.He Currently holds COO(Chief Operating Officer) Position in Cricmap, developing a product for enhancing Batting skills.He is a good allrounder and has been playing cricket for more than 25 years and still playing in his leisure.

Ajith roots are from Sringeri and Udupi.He has spent most of his time in Mysore, studied his engineering in chikmagalur and worked in Bangalore for few years. He is currently one of the Board of Directors for USA Cricket.He has served as Co - chair of the Cricket Committee.Under his term, the USA has achieved ODI Status in 2019. Currently, he is serving as chair for the Strategy committee and working on 1 st ever strategy for USA Cricket after the formation of the new Board.He manages multiple Cricket Organizations.He is also President of NYTBCL and Kannada Koota NY.He started the many petition to get the grounds and helping senator for Empire state Task force, which is proposed to understand and develop cricket in NY.0 ver the years Ajith Bhaskar worked hard to nurture and grow the cricket in New York area.The capacity and commitment to serve the sport is undoubted.Past few years he is very aggressive in acquiring ground, promoting cricket for youth, and finding sponsors for league and Clubs.Managing a large league like Commonwealth cricket league with more than 2000 players is a mammoth task and with his vision and experience he is setting up the right policies and rules to run the show smoothly. He had conducted many coaching camps for Kids and a great advocate of cricket in the local community.

Dr. Mohanchandra KP


Dr.Mohanchandra KP was born in Kasaragod and brought up in Kotekar, Mangalore.He received Master's degree in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Mangalore University.Before moving to the US, he was a lecturer in the department of Materials Science, Mangalore University.Currently, he is working as a Senior Research Scientist at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California Los Angeles, and has been living with his wife Indumathi and daughter Pranathi in Los Angeles, CA, since 2000.

Dr.Mohanchandra served in various capacities on boards, committees of Karnataka Cultural Association, Southern California(KCA - SC) and is passionate about Yakshagana, Drama and other cultural activities.He is also one of the founders of Karavali - SC, an organization which serves to unite people from Karavali(Kasaragod, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Districts) in southern California.

Prashanth Kumar


Techie by profession with Electrical background, living in Troy, MI since 2016. Born and brought up in Mattu Kopla, Udupi. He did Engineering from Mangalore University and Masters from Manipal University.Mother tongue is Tulu. Parents are from Mattu.Father is Laxman Rao, who is Naga Pathri & priest of Mattu Brahmalingeshwara Temple.

Engaged himself in various community activities related to Tulu, Kannada and religious activities.Back in India, he did volunteer service in temples and played a different role in various community groups. He is one of the founding members of Shivalli Kutumba of North America and currently serving as a President.

Very passionate about Yakshagana, engaged himself in Tulu Drama and other cultural activities. He is serving as lead committee members of the Detroit Yakshagana Sangha. Currently continuing learning Badagu tittu Yakshagana dance.

Prithi Shetty


Prithi Shetty is a Computer Science Engineering Graduate from VIT, Belgaum and has been working as Project Manager for 16 years in IT industry.Minnesota has been her home for the past decade.Thanks to her father 's job in Vijay Bank, she has grown up in different cities in Maharashtra, Assam & Karnataka.Her parents are from Bailur & Pandibettu in Udupi district.Growing up outside Kannada, meant Tulu was the link to parents & extended family.Only as a grown up, did she realize the magnitude of Tulu reach. She is very fond of watching Yakshagana. Her sport is Running and she has completed 20 + Half Marathons & 2 Full Marathons.

Dr. Rathnakar Sherigar


Dr.Rathnakar Sherigar has been living in the United States since 1995, currently resides in Roanoke Virginia since 2002 with his wife Reshma and 3 kids, Nikheel, Nikitha and Nishanth.He moved to United States from Delhi in 1995 to pursue Residency training in Internal medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Endovascular Medicine.Currently he is practicing at Carilion Clinic hospitals Roanoke VA and VAMC Salem Virginia. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University OF Virginia Charlottesville, VA.

Born and brought up in Maala Karkala.His father is from Maala and mother is from Kellaputhige - Marnad in Moodabidri. After his early education at Sri Gurukula primary school, he completed PUC at Bhuvanendra College Karkala. He completed his Medical School in Mysore and additional post doctoral study at University of Delhi.

He is actively involved with Association of physicians of Indian subcontinent and other Indian associations. He is a strong supporter of Indian heritage and culture. His wife is an accomplished Bollywood and bharathnatyam dance artist.He loves playing chess and Badminton.

He is very enthusiastic about Tulu culture including yakshyagana, Booths Kola, Tulu Nataka, Tulu Movies and tuluva parampare.

Shrivastha Ballal


Technologist, with Computer Science background , presently living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Kannada and Tulu literature enthusiast with passion for fine arts, theatre arts , classical music and philosophy. Born and brought up in Udupi, moved to Bangalore in pursuit of greener pastures in mid 90's and subsequently to the US in 2000. Back in India as well as in the US engaged himself in various activities involving drama, movies and classical music concerts. Has penned articles in Kannada over the years on various topics including covering the events held across North America by Kannada Kootas and traveling artistes.

Dr. Sudhakar Rao


Sudhakara Rao is a chemist by background and an IT professional by career. He hails from Bantwal Tq of Mangalore district and did his Masters in Chemistry at Mysore University.After obtaining his Ph.D.from IISc, Bangalore he moved to Boston where he has been staying for the past 35 years.He engages himself in numerous community activities related to art, language and culture, particularly in relation to Kannada and Tulu.Over the last two decades, he has served in the local Kannada and Tulu Kootas under various capacities including as president.Currently he is heading the charity wing, Seva Mandaara, of New England Kannada Koota. He and his wife, Usha Rao, founded the charity organization, Kala Tarangini, to support programs that facilitate inculcating various traditional art forms of India in the 2n d generation Indians here in the US.Sudhakara runs weekly SuktaDhama classes where the attendees learn a methodical way of chanting Sanskrit verses with a touch of grammar.He is instrumental in running monthly Bhajans through Bhajana Tarangini and yearly Navaratri series called 'Mane Maneyalli Navaratri' through GKVV.

Umesh Asaigoli


Umesh Asaigoli is a software professional hailing from Asaigoli(near Konaje), Mangalore.Both paternal and maternal grandparents are from Kanyana - Karopady, Bantwal taluk and parents currently live at Kolya, Kotekar.His elder brother Vishwanath(who acted in a few Tulu and Kannada movies), younger sister Sharmila and younger brother Sharath.After completing early education from Deralakatte, higher school education from Mudipu, and PUC education from SDM college Ujire(Gurukula education from Siddavana Gurukula, Ujire, Dharmasthala), he graduated as Mechanical Engineer from NITK(formerly KREC) Surathkal.Umesh moved to the States in 1997 and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Ranjani, son Suhan and daughter Sanvi.

Umesh is passionate about Yakshagana, cultural stage activities and artwork.Besides charity work, he is actively involved in Tulu and Kannada community organizations.Umesh is the founding president of Triangle Tuluvere Chavadi, North Carolin

Regional Ambassadors

Anitha Naik


Software management professional with a passion for social development in four pillars, namely education, holistic health, creative art and cultural heritage. Lives in California 's San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. Works as a program leader for software products at one of the Big Five technology companies. When not working, enjoys painting and community activities. Performed singing, dance and Yakshagana at cultural events.

Born and raised in coastal city Mangalore listening to sweet sounding Tulu bridging the hearts, and cherishing Tuluva culture being the way of life. Member of Tulu speaking families from both parents ' side, mother from Puttur and father from Mangalore.

Brings 20 + years of social impacting experience in nonprofits dedicated to education in India(ASHA for Education, FFE), community health(IndiaCC) and culture(KKNC, BANA) as a member of executive and functional committees.Founded holistic health services company and trained communities on Yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle. Founded Tuluvas group in the bay area with the purpose of preserving Tulu language and culture.

Avil D'Souza


Avil Dsouza has been a resident of Morrisville, North Carolina since 2015 and is a proud member & current president of the Tulu association, Triangle Tuluvere Chavadi.Avil moved to the states with his wife, Seema Viswanath, who is a classical dance performer / teacher.Seema has been choreographing dances for various cultural associations which has led to the introduction of a lot of Tuluvas in the Triangle area.Avil is proud to be one of the earliest members of Triangle Tuluvere Chavadi, NC and has a lot of friends who are Tuluvas.He has been actively involved in various Tulu activities such as organizing picnics, annual cultural events, fundraisers, hosting Yakshagana artists, representing Tulunadu in Kannada association programs etc.Despite Konkani being his mother tongue, he feels more comfortable to converse in Tulu and looks forward to every opportunity to meet up with Tulu families. Avil loves watching / playing sports and is involved in various sports such as cricket, soccer, volleyball, badminton and table tennis. Due to his wife 's connection to the field of arts, Avil is also involved in the cultural scene of the Triangle area.

Avil 's native place is Sanoor, Karkala and he graduated in Commerce from Nitte college, Nitte. Avil's parents live in Sanoor and their association with the Tulu community there has ingrained the love for Tulu in Avil 's heart & mind.

Kumar Shetty


Sukumar Shetty - goes by Kumar, is a transportation specialist and is currently engaged for a transportation company in Atlanta, GA, as an operations manager.Both his parents are from Padubidri - Avaral Matt and being the older child in the family, was born in Padubidri and later pursued school and college in Mumbai. Tulu has been the primary language of communication at home and also around his native places in Padubidri and with relatives.Moved to the USA, in 2010 and since then he had been in and around Atlanta, GA, with his wife Kanthi Shetty.He is an active volunteer of Shri Krishna Vrundavana Temple, Atlanta, GA and also a member of BAANA.Loves to interact with Tulu speaking individuals and watch a lot of Tulu channels online.

Pavithra Shetty


My name is Pavthra Shetty.I was born and raised in Bhadravathi, India.My father is from Agrabail, Udupi and mother is from Katkeri, Kundapura. Currently, I am a homemaker living in Snoqualmie, Washington State.I love dancing, outdoor activities and travelling to new places.

Prajwal Shetty


Born in Mangalore and raised in Bangalore has always been very much associated with his roots(tulunadu) and the tulu language.His parents made sure that the whole family visited their hometown at least twice a year growing up, which has kept him attached to the culture and traditions of tulunadu.Prajwal 's paternal house is in padubidri (Santoor) and his maternal house is in Kaikamba.

Prajwal Moved to the U.S.to pursue his master 's in the year 2012 and has been living in Detroit, Michigan ever since. Married to Akshatha Shetty for 2 years now and they have been actively participating and serving in the kannada koota and other Indian community related events in Michigan.

Prajwal along with his friend(Manas) started the Michigan Tulu Koota group to unite and bring together all the tuluvas in the Michigan area. The group started off as a community with only 4 members and today it proudly boasts of having over 100 families come together as one. Prajwal has also actively participated in many Stage shows, tulu natakas and even a few short movies.

Prasanna Lakshman


Prasanna Lakshman is a Technologist by profession with Computer Science background.He lives in Acton, Massachusetts with his family.

He was brought up in Kolar Gold Fields(KGF) as a Tuluva where he did his early education and later moved to Bangalore and then to the USA. His dad is from Kavoor, Mangalore and mom from Sringeri and has roots in Udupi & Dakshina Kannada district.

Prasanna has been involved with the England Tulu Koota(NETK) since its inception and he is the current Secretary of this organization. He initiated and organized the spoken Tulu & Tulu script classes in the USA.He also knows how to read and write in Tulu.He is an active member involved with other local organizations as well.He loves music and likes to sing during his free time.He likes Yakshagana and watches it during his free time. He is a sports enthusiast and loves to watch Soccer, Cricket, American football and various other sports.

Ram Kanchan


Born in Kumbashi(Anegudde) and brought up in Santekatte Udupi and Mumbai.Did early schooling and college at St.Xavier 's College Mumbai, Joined Hospitality Industry at the age of 21 also worked 16 years at Royal Caribbean International.Currently living in Long Island NY since 2002 and partnered with AOA Bar and Grill NYC.

Married to Sudha Kanchan with one son - Aryan.

A big proponent of Tulu language and talks only in Tuluand Kannada at home and with family. As a family they have made it close to compulsory to visit Udupi / Kundapura at least once or more every year and have done this since 2020 until COVID.

Rithesh Shetty


Chemical Engineer by Education.Born & Brought up in BOMBAI(as we all say it) Mother from Ambalpady(Syndicate Bank) & Father from Upoor. Kavathar(Mulky) - is my Native home.

I work as Sr Project Manager for HCL America Inc.Stay in Minneapolis since 2012. With Wife Preeti & Daughter - Thanishka

Do a lot of biking & walking.I enjoy walking even in the most terrible winters. Watch & hear a lot of Tulu natakas & Videos.Have seen some good Atas in 1990--2000 Very Fluent in speaking Tulu.

Santhosh Shetty


Santhosh Shetty works as a Director of Cloud & Software development in a California based Software Company. He holds a master 's degree in computer science and worked for various multinational software companies as Software professional in Mangalore and Bangalore prior moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, USA in 2011. Later he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015. Currently he lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Bhagya, son Lalith and daughter Prisha.

Santhosh was born in Sullia, Dakshina Kannada and grew up in the same city by watching and being part of the beautiful arts of the Tulunadu like Yakshagana, Aata, Nema, Kola, Kambala, Tambila and unique festivals like Bali Padyami, Keddasa, bisu parba etc. His agricultural family background helped him to develop a strong bondage and respect in Tulu culture.

Inspired by the thoughts of the great Swami Vivekananda at a young age, he volunteered to organize various charitable activities at state level back in India, including organizing student programs, fundraising and cultural events.His passion for connecting people helped in expanding the Karavali group in outhern California and organizing yakshagana programs in the region in 2019. Santhosh is also actively involved in various charity programs especially helping underprivileged students in India.

Shreevalli Rai Martell


Shreevalli Rai Martell has been living in Florida since January 2010 with her husband and daughter. Her job as a Legal Counsel at a reputed Anti - Money Laundering(AML) and Governance Risk and Compliance(GRC) provider required her to move to the United States. She initially joined this company in April 2008. Rai Martell started her journey with this firm at a client location in Bangalore, India. Prior to this, she practiced Civil Law in Mangalore District Court between 2004 and 2008.

Rai Martell was born and raised in a remote village in Belthangady, a local administrative region about 60 minutes away from the city of Mangalore. Art has always been running the family, her father was a Yakshagana artist, a government employee and an Agriculturist.Yakshagana is a traditional folk theatre form mostly practiced in coastal regions of Indian state of Karnataka.Her grandfather was also a Yakshagana Bhagavata, the chief narrator of the play. Rai Martell 's mother is a homemaker and takes care of the family farm. Growing up with two siblings, she has always been inclined towards arts and culture, She practiced singing Indian classical music.She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts(BA) degree from SMC college in Moodabidri and later with a Bachelor of Legislative Law(LLB) from the SDM Law College(affiliated with Karnataka State Law University) in Mangalore. She was appointed as a Cultural Secretary and Joint Secretary at SMC college, and later as a Joint Secretary at SDM law college.

In 2015, Rai Martell decided to take a break from her corporate career to take care of her family and to pursue her interest in music, embossing, quilling and other paper arts.In 2021, she founded Florida Tulu Koota and is currently involved with organizations promoting Tulu culture in India and overseas. Rai Martell 's aim is to help the immigrant communities and second generation of Tulu origin in the United States, especially in Florida, to connect with each other and stay in touch with their culture.She is currently learning to read and write Tulu 'lipi'(script) to further broaden her horizons.Rai Martell likes traveling, exploring new culture and cuisines. Florida 's beaches, the warm weather, coconut and mango trees reminds her of hometown Mangalore.

Siddharth Shetty


Siddharth pursued his Master 's in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and moved to Houston, Texas in the year 2011 where he started working for an Oil and Gas company as an Electrical Design Engineer in Automation.

Active member of Bunts Association of North America and currently the BANA regional Representative for the Southwest region.He is actively involved with Bhajane, volunteering, fund raising and Charity events as part of the Houston bunts group. He also is an active member of the Houston Kannada Vrinda and the Udupi temple and has served both those organizations in various capacities.

Born and raised in Bangalore where he did his schooling and Engineering.His roots are from the very heart of the Tulu speaking region Mangalore. Paternal ancestral home is in Kolnaadu and mothers native place is Kinnigoli near Kateel.The regular visits to grandparents place have kept him rooted to the Tulu culture and watching festivities like Kambala and Buta Kola have made him appreciate the Tulunadu traditions.He has participated in several cultural programs like singing, dancing, drama, short movies and the most beautiful yet most challenging art form Yakshagana which he performed in Houston, Texas in 2019 for a Kannada Sangha event. Siddharth has had the privilege to represent the country in swimming at the World Swimming Championship 2012.

Umashankar Kadambar


Umashankar Kadambar was born in Mangalore and brought up in Khopoli, Maharashtra where his dad used to work for Zenith Steel Pipes. His dad is from Kadambar(close to Manjeshwar) and mom from Neermarga.

He moved to the US in 2007, but has been living in St Louis since 2013, with his family(wife and twin daughters).He works as a Project Manager - ERP implementation. Actively involved as a volunteer in several not for profit organizations promoting Bhartiya Classical music and Yakshagana.

Speaks Tulu at home with family and is connected to his roots in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.


Dr. Bheem Bhat


Bheem Bhat is originally from Alike Village of TuLunadu, near Vittala town.Studied BSc in St Aloysius College, Mangaluru, MSc in KMC, Manipal & PhD(Medical Microbiology) in WHO center, Delhi U, and Post - Doctoral Research at Wash Uni Med Sch, St.Louis, MO.Worked as a BioPharma R & D scientist for 20 + years in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Once retired from Scientific Research, Bheem has been serving the local community members needs in Real Estate as a Realtor and in Yoga as a Certified Yoga Instructor. He has also been volunteering for 15 + years enthusiastically as a Judge for Science Fairs K4 - K12 to encourage local budding scientists and as a mentor for K4 - K12 in science & service projects.He has been a supporter of the vision and mission of several service organizations including SEWA international, AIM for SEVA, Shankara Eye Foundation & Ekal Vidyalaya. Bheem has been involved in promoting culturally enriching organizations such as Chinmaya Mission Balavihar, Sruti Classical Music & Dance Society of Philadelphia, local Kannada Koota & Havyaka Association North East chapter.Bheem also got an opportunity a few years ago to serve as the President of Havyaka Association of Americas.

Dr. Guru Prasad


Guru Prasad is a Mechanical and Aerospace engineer and originally from Udupi.He worked as a scientist for ISRO and came to Orlando, Fl in 89. He persued his MS and PhD at Univ of Central Florida and was a scientist at Simulation Institute and adjunct faculty.He worked at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology labs and at Aximetric building simulators and simulations for aerospace and military.Dr.Prasad was a volunteer at Hindu Univ. Of America, Hindu Society and organized lectures, Yakshagana, concerts and founder at Orlando Kannada Sangha and in organizing AKKA conf. in Orlando.He was founder of Topie.com set to promote hitech startups in C.Florida.Dr.Prasad developed an Indic keyboard and one for Tulu also. He is currently in India for last four years and started Kanaada Phonetics for manufacturing and establishing language labs in Tulunad and Made in India Indic keyboards to promote digital literacy of Tulu.

Shrestha Jay


Born and brought up in Kukke Subramanya.Works as Senior Director of IT for a fortune 500 company in Chicago. Past president and advisory board chair of Vidyaranya Kannada Kuta, Chicago. Founding member and chairperson of Shivalli Kutumba of North America.Founding member of KAVANA, USA.

Shrivathsa Joshi


Born and brought up in Maala village of Karkala taluk, Udupi district, studied in Kannada medium till SSLC. He did his Engineering in Computer Science from Govt BDT College of Engineering Davangere.After working for a Govt of India enterprise at Delhi and Hyderabad, he moved to the USA in the year 2000. Now he works for IBM as a Software architect and lives in the Washington DC area with wife Sahana and son Srujan.

With keen interest in Kannada language, literature, culture and fine arts, Srivathsa Joshi is an active member of the Kaveri Kannada Association of Washington DC.As a hobby, Srivathsa Joshi started writing for Kannada newspapers and periodicals.From past 18 years he has been writing weekly columns in various Kannada news portals and newspapers such as thatskannada.com, Vijaya Karnataka and Vishwavani.Till date 13 books of these column write - ups have been published, of which 5 have made it to the Library of Congress - world 's largest library located in Washington DC. The present weekly column 'Tiliru Torana' in Vishwavani, gets published every week as podcast too and is quite popular in social media.

Srivathsa Joshi has been publishing a weekly series titled 'Swaccha Bhaashe Abhiyaana' in social media since past 3 years, about correct grammatical usage of Kannada.Many have found it quite useful in refreshing their Kannada knowledge.

Last but not the least, Tulu is one among nine languages Srivathsa Joshi is conversant with! (Marathi, Kannada, Konkani, Samskritha, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and English the other eight)

Sudhir Prabhu


Born in Ganjimata near Mangalore.Grew up in Udupi.Studied at Christian High School. Then went on to complete PUC at Manipal Junior College.Completed Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology. Moved to US in 1992 for graduate studies at New Mexico State University.Moved to Boston in 1995. Been in the financial services industry since 2004, presently working at Morgan Stanley in Boston. Currently residing in Acton MA with wife, 2 teenagers and a dog.

With keen interest in Kannada language, literature, culture and fine arts, Srivathsa Joshi is an active member of the Kaveri Kannada Association of Washington DC.As a hobby, Srivathsa Joshi started writing for Kannada newspapers and periodicals.From past 18 years he has been writing weekly columns in various Kannada news portals and newspapers such as thatskannada.com, Vijaya Karnataka and Vishwavani.Till date 13 books of these column write - ups have been published, of which 5 have made it to the Library of Congress - world 's largest library located in Washington DC. The present weekly column 'Tiliru Torana' in Vishwavani, gets published every week as podcast too and is quite popular in social media.

Srivathsa Joshi has been publishing a weekly series titled 'Swaccha Bhaashe Abhiyaana' in social media since past 3 years, about correct grammatical usage of Kannada.Many have found it quite useful in refreshing their Kannada knowledge.

Last but not the least, Tulu is one among nine languages Srivathsa Joshi is conversant with!(Marathi, Kannada, Konkani, Samskritha, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and English the other eight)