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Ramya Narayanan – President

Ramya Narayanan is Vice President and General Manager Credit Card Product Management at American Express OPEN. OPEN is American Express’s business unit dedicated exclusively to supporting small business owners and is the leading card issuer to this segment. Ramya assumed this position in April 2012 and is responsible for development and marketing of OPEN’s Proprietary Lending credit cards as well as Co-Brand credit cards (Delta, Starwood, Costco and Lowe’s). Ramya is on the board of Jiva Performing Arts, a NYC-based Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and Carnatic music organization. Ramya has an MBA from Cornell University, a MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BE in Industrial Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Giri Devulapally – President

Giri Devulapally, CFA, is a portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management where he is responsible for managing the large cap growth portfolio. Previously, he has worked for T. Rowe Price for six years, where he was an analyst specializing in technology and telecommunications. Giri received his M.B.A. in Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Supriya Ramamurthy – Treasurer

Supriya Ramamurthy is a Senior Vice President at Citigroup New York. She has been a banker with Citi for over 16 years in several roles in New York and Sydney Australia. She is a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney Australia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She also holds bachelors degrees in Commerce (B.Com) and Law (LLB) from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. Supriya lives in Manhattan New York with her husband Shanker Ramamuthy and two daughters. She is actively involved with Maina Foundation, an organization that focuses on raising awareness of Breast Cancer and the Chinmaya Mission NY. She enjoys Indian Classical music, cooking and reading and is a member of a monthly non fiction book club that discusses current events and international affairs.

Our Patrons

Jiva Performing Arts’ 2016 Patron Circle

Diamond Nymrata Advanai & Yunus Bickici
Ramya & Nandu Narayanan
Giri Devulapally & Athena Tapales
Namita Luthra
Ami & Amit Jain
Krishnamurthy-Tandon Foundation
Deepti Mittal
Chandni Prasad
Supriya Ramamurthy
Mahesh Shroff
Ram Sundaram
Elizebeth Varghese
Annu Warikoo
Sapphire Hansika Malkani
Logi & Subakeesan Rajagopalan
Mona & Ravi Sinha
Ruby Reggie Bahl
Soni Bhatia
Wendy Delaney
Sushma Neeraj Gupta
Maya Kappil
Kathleen Lathen
Jennifer Marrus
Marlane Melican
Shruti Ramachandran
Pearl Seth Bair
Rahul Bajaj
Sandeep Bidani
Binky Bose
Urvi Dalal
Karishma Javeri
Kumari Mayshark Patel
Shobana Raghavan
Anita Ratnam
Abhimanyu Warikoo

Jiva Performing Arts’ 2016 Film Patron Circle 

Diamond Anonymous
Ramya Narayanan
Arpana Gollapalli
Sapphire Mahesh Shroff
Ruby Renu Pandya
Pearl Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Kasi Aysola
Mandy Beisel
Soni Bhatia
Anar Bhimani Chanda
Rajesh Chawla
Supriya D.
Kanch Matthews Dasi
Sugumaran Devaraja
Pallavi Singhania Donde
Karen Dubinsky
Alokananda Elliott
Kalpana Gopalakrishnan
Hari Jagarnauth
Ami Mehta Jain
Sujay Jhaveri
Sarah Jubinski
Divya Karath
Sumitra Kilambi
Piyali Kothari
Devi Kumari
Juby Kuriakose
Deepa Majo
Rasapriya Mayshark-Hertz
Harrice Miller
Sonali Mishra
Puneet Panda
Shruti Pandey
Radhika Parashar
Keval Patel
Madhana Raghavan
Priyanka Raghavan
Haricharan Reddy
Sandeep Sawhney
Jim Schanz
Parul Shah
Maya Sinha
Anitha Srinivasan
Homer Stavely
Jasvant Surani
Larah Varghese
Sowmya Viswanath

Jiva Performing Arts’ 2015 Patron Circle 

Diamond Rani Rudrani Banik & Sandeep Patel
Rajesh Chawla
Athena Tapales & Giri Devulapally
The Gupta Family Fund
Ami & Amit Jain
Piyali Kothari & Nakul Kirshnaswamy
Deepti Mittal
Ramya & Nandu Narayanan
Chandni & Mukesh Prasad
Supriya & Shanker  Ramamurthy
Namita Luthra & Anil Shrivasatava
Nayana & Dr. Mahesh Shroff
Shilpa Shroff
Bala & Sonali Skandan
Ram Sundaram & Preeti Krishna
Annu Warikoo & Charles Barbee
Sapphire Ruchika & Amit  Anand
Ruchi Mehta
Vijay Bondada and Renuka Tyagi
Ruby Soni Bhatia
Sushma & Neeraj Gupta
Maya Kappil
Aditi Malhotra
Logi Rajagopalan
Shefali Shah
Lavina Shamdasani
Pearl Rekha Balu
Lisa DelDuka
Pallavi & Mandar Donde
Eric Fernandez
Poonam Javeri
Brinda Kathju
Deepa & Majo
Asha & Geoff Marsh
Lynn Mautner
Hansa Melvani
Katherine Mendez
Kamesh Nagaraj
Gaya Nemali
Mimi & David Niles
Brian G. O’Malley
Shruti Pandey & Vishal Mishra
Neal Patel
Monica Rajdev
Saumya RamaRao
Sonal Seth
Seth Bair & Radhika Shroff
Rita Taliwal
Vinita Tandon

Jiva Performing Arts’ 2014 Patron Circle 

Diamond Ramya & Nandu Narayanan
Athena & Giri Devulapally
Anonymous
The Tandon Family Foundation
Annu Warikoo & Charles Barbee
Maitreyi & Suresh Krishnaswamy
Ami & Amit Jain
Supriya and Shanker Ramamurthy
Renuka Tyagi and Vijay Bondada
Elizabeth Varghese and Matthew Veedon
Bharti Malkani and Vijay Jayant
The Amin-Elijah Family Charitable Fund
Ram Sundaram
Mahesh and Nayana Shroff
Namita Luthra and Anil Shrivastava
Deepti & Suneet Mittal
Gabriela Soppelsa
Nakul Krishnaswamy & Piyali Kothari
Ruchi & Amit Mehta
Shefali Shah
Chandni & Mukesh Prasad
Harin A. De Silva & Devjani Dev
Shilpa Shroff
Emerald Hemlata Narasimhan
Sapphire Renu Pandhya
Maya and William Hyland
Rajeev and Anupama Shah
Sadasivan Venkatesan
Saurabh Monga
Ashutosh Kacker & Maneesha Sharma
Urvi Dalal & Nadeem Walji
Miron Roth
Aaron and Alokanada Eliott
Lavina Shamdasani
Ruby Rajul & Alok Mehta
Suresh Gupta
Punita Lalvani
Anand Joshi
Rosa Ramoskwok
Gaya Nemali
Sumit Laddha and Hansika Malkani
Anitha Srinivasan
Maya Ariane Kappil
Amit Anand
Satyan Malhotra
Rajesh Chawla
Pearl Madhukiran & Srivalli Moturu
Akila Rangaswamy
Juby Kuriakose
Shyena and Puran Tolani
Sarada Krishnamurthy & Balaji Gopalakrishnan
Mamta and Nitin Madan
Kalpana Kanthan
Eric Fernandez
Gerardine Marotta
Neeraj and Sushma Gupta
Shannu Aggarwal and Suneeta Krishnareddy
Sandeep Bidani
Sushma Gupta
Indus Architect
Natasha Warikoo
Joanna and Krishna Thiagarajan
Vinita Tandon
Karishma & Abhay Javeri
Kavita Ramchandran
Subha Barry
Pallavi Donde
Hansa and Arun Melvani
Hari Chenglath
Donna Mondarano
Francois Lu
Shobana Raghavan
Naina Sharma
Reggie Bahl
Eric Gerster and Padmini Nunna

Ragas and Rhythm for Dancers

A course for dance students to introduce the concepts of Carnatic Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm). The understanding of Carnatic music is essential for any Bharatanatyam dancer in order to internalize the rhythms and melodic complexities inherent in the music compositions for dance.

Classes at Lighthouse International - 111 East 59th St. NYC, 4th Floor dance studio
Spring 2014
Fridays once a month starting February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
Instructor: Bala Skandan
6:30-7:30PM
This course is designed to gently introduce the dancer to the main concepts of Carnatic rhythm and melody through verbal demonstrations, discussions and practice. The goal is to strengthen the skills which will allow the dancer to become fully aware of the music they dance to, to become better and more aware artists and students, and to eventually acquire the skills necessary for teaching and creating their own work.

Weekend Yoga Workshop with Ami Jain

This inclusive family yoga workshop will cover the basics of alignment and breath and explore a simple but useful yoga sequence that can be practiced individually or as a family. The workshop will also discuss practical yoga philosophy and how to implement it on and off the mat. Ages 5-95

Cost: $30 for one parent and child for each day
May 17-18, 2014
Family Yoga Workshop 2-3:30 PM

Annu Warikoo – Secretary

Annu is a Risk Management professional with significant experience in leading multi-phase, multi-platform projects with global teams, in Financial firms. Her areas of expertise are in Technology Risk, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Regulatory Response for Technology and Business Process operationalization for the Enterprise. Since February 2012, Annu has been with Millennium Partners, an alternative investments firm with offices globally, in the role of Global Head of Business Continuity. Annu has an MBA from Baruch College C.U.N.Y and a BA in Computer Science from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Both her children are enrolled in local Public Schools and she is an active member of the Parents Association Executive Board for both schools. She actively participates in organizational aspects of the Yorkville Softball League for Girls where her daughter has been playing for many years. She is the Secretary of the Jiva Performing Arts Board. Her interests are reading fiction, listening to world music, downhill skiing and cooking.

Piyali Kothari – Gala Chair

Piyali Kothari was a Bharatanatyam dancer all through her childhood growing up in Chennai, India, the Bharatanatyam center of the world, and continues to have a keen interest in it today. She holds Bachelors degrees in Economics from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India and from New York University. She was an analyst at Goldman Sachs Equities and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, New York, for many years and then proceeded to be the Director of Business Development at Deepbridge Content Solutions, New York.
Piyali lives in Manhattan with her husband, Nakul Krishnaswamy and two children. She is the admissions liaison for the Gateway School of New York, a specialized school for kids with learning disabilities. She enjoys Indian classical dancing and music, reading, travel and jewelry design.

Ami Jain – Gala Chair

Ami Jain brings to Jiva a deep commitment to the preservation and expansion of classical performing arts in the New York City area. She is a yoga teacher who has taught adults and children for over 11 years and has also studied Bharatanatyam as a young adult. She was the co-chair of Jiva’s first Gala in 2013 and has strong experience in fund-raising for non-profit organizations such as Sakhi for South Asian Women and All Souls School. Prior to becoming a student and teacher of yoga, Ami worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for two years in financial risk assessment for regional banks. She then focused on lending to Fortune 50 companies at National Westminster Bank for three years in the Chicago and New York offices. Ami received her B.A. from The University of Michigan in Economics and French.

Shruti Ramachandran

Shruti Ramachandran is a dance student of Jiva and has been learning under the tutelage of Sonali Skandan since 2011. Originally trained by Smt. Radha Ganesan at the Natya Nilayam School in Maryland, Shruti spent 12 years learning the Rajarjeswari style and performed her arangetram in 1999. In the summer of 2001, she had the esteemed privilege of being one of the principal dancers in “Creeda”, a production directed by Shri C.V. Chandrasekhar. This marked her introduction to the world of Kalakshetra. Since joining Jiva, Shruti has worked closely with Sonali in further learning and mastering the Kalakshetra sytle of bharatanatyam. As a Jiva board member, Shruti provides the student’s perspective to strengthening dance education and plays a supportive role with respect to various events and performances.