Cultural Activities2020-08-02T11:28:46-04:00

Cultural Activities

Chinmaya Mission Boston provides an outstanding venue for teachers in the greater Boston area to instruct children and adults in classical Indian music and dance. The Center also permits the use of its facility for performances by international and local artists. For the list of upcoming cultural events, please click here.

Whether it is music, dance or drama, these fine arts serve as a motivating resource for children and youth to develop their talents in the service of something greater than themselves. While the public at large benefits from uplifting musical performances and grand theatrical productions, the true beneficiaries are the children of the community who get the opportunity to learn the ancient art of Indian classical music and dance and evolve both culturally and spiritually.

Our Cultural Team Coordinator : Durga Krishnan. Click here to email her for any questions.

Class &TimeTeacher Name & Contact Teacher Bio
Carnatic Veena & Vocal
Sundays: From 9 AM
Durga Krishnan
Durga Krishnan is a graduate of Carnatic Music College of India with a degree and Teacher's certificate in Carnatic music. She has been teaching and promoting Carnatic music in the Boston area for the last 3 decades. She is also one of the primary disciples of the legendary veena artist the late Dr. Chittibabu. She is co-ordinator for the Chinmaya Mission Cultural activities.
Sunday : 3:45 PM onwards
P.S. Prakruthi
P.S. Prakruti
Sundays: 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Classroom: Tejas (Downstairs, first classroom on the left)
Prakruti is an award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher trained in the classical Dhandayuddha Pani Pillai style of Bharatanatyam. She trained under Guru Smt. Charu Narasimhan and the legendary Guru Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. “Prakruti’s teaching method inculcates a natural reverence and love for this sacred art in her students.” Prakruti has researched the Natyashastra, Abhinavabharati and other ancient treatises on Indian aesthetics and has written a book based on her research, “Rasas in Bharatanatyam” available on and Kindle

Prakruti has been invited by ancient temples in India to offer Nritya Kainkaryam (Dance performance offering) and she has given performances in India, Europe and US; which have been praised by critics and audiences. She and her students perform actively in the Boston area. She also gives workshops and lectures in the US and in India. Recently she presented her award-winning paper on the Natyashastra at a conference at IIT-Madras. She is dedicated to passing on the traditional dance to her students. Prakruti, an Electrical and Aerospace engineer by profession is devoted to preserving and practicing Bharatanatyam.
Friday : 5:45 – 7pm
Sujatha Meyyappan
Sujatha Meyyappan is an acclaimed Bharathanatyam dancer and the artistic director of Kolam Academy of Dance. She is disciple of Guru. Madurai R. Muralidharan, a great composer and choreographer.  She has performed extensively in many prestigious venues in India, US and Canada over the past 20 years and has received many awards and accolades for her outstanding performances. Sujatha is known for her versatile and vibrant dance renditions. Sujatha is a member of Tyngsboro Cultural Council and actively participates in community arts events in and around the New England area. She has been part of many fundraisers for several non-profit organizations. At Kolam Academy of Dance, Sujatha nurtures young budding artists by passing on this great divine art, which she passionately pursues besides her profession in Engineering. She is a passionate dancer, choreographer and an inspirational Guru to all her dear students.
Sujatha has received Excellence awards for being a dedicated dancer, teacher and for spreading the great art of Bharathanatyam from different organizations including IANH and Lokvani e-magazine.
Hindustani Vocal & Music on Keyboard/Harmonium
Sunday – 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Monday – 6 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM
Thursday: 6 PM to 8 PM
Preeti Chakravarty**
978-352-7669 or
Preeti Chakravarty received her initial training in vocal music in Bhagalpur, Bihar and advanced training from Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan, a well-known exponent of the Gwalior Gharana. Mrs. Chakravarty has extensive experience in teaching music and curriculum development. She served as the head of the department of music in a four year college in Bihar and as the chairperson of the curriculum committee for a model music university. She was also a member of the board of examiners in various universities in the state of Bihar, India.
Sunday - 2 PM
Rajesh Puranik**
978-392-9309 or
Rajesh Puranik, a native of Mumbai, immigrated to the US at the age of ten. Rajesh studied with several of Boston's leading tabla teachers, including Nishikant Sonwalkar of LearnQuest, Aditya Kalyanpur and Jerry Leake. Rajesh has also studied with rising young tabla artists Nikhil Phatak and Ganesh Tanwade of Pune, disciples of Pt. Yogest Samsi and Pt. Suresh Talwalkar respectively. Rajesh has been teaching tabla to students at his home.

Batch 1 - 4 - 5 PM.
Batch 2 - 5:15 - 6:15 PM
Deepa Srinath
For classes, please e-mail:
Deepa Srinath is the Artistic Director of Vaibhava Dance School. She teaches in and around the Boston area. Deepa has been trained in Pandanallur Style of Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt. Radha Sridhar, Bangalore. Deepa has received several awards, titles and prizes for her performances, including the Aryabhatta Award, and the title “Sathya Abhinaya Sumdaram” from Bharatanjali Trust, Chennai. Doordarshan, India recognizes Deepa as a Grade “A” artist. Over the past 20 years, Deepa has rendered more than 100 performances – over 50 solo recitals, 10 dance ballets, 40 group performances, and 7 televised shows. She has also choreographed several dance ballets herself (“Krishna Leela”, “Navarasas in Ramayana”, etc.). She has delivered workshops introducing Bharatanatyam to foreign audiences in Europe and the U.S. She has also toured for her performances across India, Europe, Middle-East, and the U.S. For more information, please visit
Thursdays at 7 PM
Where: Meditation Hall at Chinmaya Mission
How: Wear comfortable clothes, bring a Yoga mat & water bottle, and cash or check for $10 made to Chinmaya Mission Boston. All proceeds go to the Mission.
Who: Bring a friend or two along, to kick off better health together!
Sheena Patel
After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and working on Wall Street, Sheena Patel noticed a need for balance in the Western lifestyle. Savsani was born blending eastern and western techniques for a holistic approach to wellness. Graduated from Aangikam School of Dance, and Sivananda Ashram and founded a Yoga Teacher Training School, Yoga Alliance Certified. Started Stress Management classes at MIT. Has enjoyed teaching yoga for over a decade at various locations such as HBS, MGH and Equinox. Her goal is to provide nutrition, yoga and stress management classes to more of the Indian community.
Yoga Classes
Wednesday 9.45 -10.45 am
Gentle Yoga with Asanas and Pranayam( Beginners Welcome) from Oct 2016-May, 2017.
Classes on:
November 2,9,16
December 7, 14
January 11,18,25
February 1,8,15,22
March 1,22, 29
April 5,12,19,26
May 3,10,17,24,31
Vibhu Nagral
Vibhu Nagral, RYT, IAYT, has been a practicing Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Patient Counselor for over 15 years. She began her Yoga journey as a teenager, training in multiple styles of Yoga, including Shivananda, Bihar and Iyengar Yoga. Her love and passion for Yoga culminated into a full time Yoga career, both in India and the United States.
Yoga Classes
Saturdays: 8:45 - 9:45 AM.
November – 5,12,19,26
December – 3,10,17
January – 7,21,28
February – 4,11,18,25
March – 4,11,18,25
April – 1,8,15,22,29
May – 6,13,20,27
Smitha Vayyavur
978-985-5583 or by email at
Smitha Vauuavur is a yoga instructor. She began practicing yoga from past many years with passion and dedication. She teaches alignment based on Hatha, Vinyasa and Power yoga. Her classes are tailored to meet your specific and individual needs, which will help to increase muscle strength and tone, maintain a balanced metabolism, improve cardio and circulatory health, improve respiration, energy, vitality, weight loss and more.
Kathak Dance
Sundays from 3 PM
Mona Mitra
by email at
Mona Mitra is a classically trained dancer, with a "Visharad" in Kathak. SShe has been trained under Pandit Chunilal Goswami and Dr. Amita Dutt, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj and the Dean of Fine Arts at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata.
Mona has been teaching dance for the last 15 years. In the Boston area, she has been teaching Kathak since 2010. She and her students from Mona's Dance Academy have been performing for various cultural and non-profit organizations and in local TV channels. Prior to Boston, she had taught in Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), and India.

**Faculty of LearnQuest Academy of Music.