“I don't sing because I'm happy,
I'm happy because I sing.”
- William James
Owner & Vocal Music Director
Dance Director - Bharatanatyam, Bollywood
Sudakshina Mukherjee is the artistic dance director of Heritage School or Performing Arts. She has been cultivating Bharatanatyam from her young age of 3 years. The learning has mostly been in Kolkata from Guru Keka Chatterjee, Guru Abhay Pal and later from Guru Uma Tilak in Pune. She has been taught under the Pandanallur style of Bharatnatyam. Along with Bharatnatyam she is also trained in Contemporary, Bollywood, Folk, and Rabindranritya. She has taught all ages and every level at numerous studios, events and managed the creative vision of the group. Her choreography has won many accolades throughout India as well as in the USA and Georgia. Recently she is also teaching a class about the Indian dance form at Emory's Osher Learning Program. Above all, she believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all.
Anamika Palkundu is a Hindustani vocalist and the owner of Heritage School of Performing Arts. She showed inclination towards music from her early childhood. She started her initial training under Tapati Nag who taught her first “Sa Re Ga Ma”. Anamika moved to many different places due her father’s job posting but never stopped taking music lessons and music became integral part of her life.
Anamika came to Kolkata when she was 14 years old. She then started cultivating her talent and voice under renowned musicians, singers, gurus like Dwijen Mukherjee, Maya Sen, Swagatalakhsmi Dasgupta. She was also a prominent student at Calcutta Music School, a 100 years old renowned music institute in Kolkata. She also completed her Bachelor of Music at the age of 20.
Anamika strongly believes that music learning process never ends. She has been trained on specialized and advanced classical vocal music skills from guru Mrs. Dalia Rahut, head of the department of Indian Music and Dance at Calcutta Music School, who is a disciple of renowned classical singer Girija Devi.
Anamika has performed at many concerts and prestigious festivals in India and US. She has also composed few songs which she presented in few festivals.
Anamika has been teaching Hindustani Vocal music for more than 10 years now. Many of her students have been performing in the USA and in India. She loves to see her students singing perfectly on the stage or in any friendly gathering and spreading Indian Heritage and culture abroad.
Aarthi Krishnan is the Carnatic vocalist and Carnatic vocal music teacher at Heritage School of Performing Arts. She started her initial training in Carnatic music at her early childhood when she was only 6 years old from Guru Sri Alappuzha Sreekumar who is currently the principal of Swathi Thirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram. He instilled discipline and adherence to Sruthi-Laya aspect. Aarthi was also trained under another Guru, Sri Prasanth. Her aunt Smt. Padma Narayanan has also been a guide in her musical journey. She believes that music learning never ends and currently learning advanced skills under Guru Smt Jayasree Prakash. She loves music as much as teaching kids. She has been teaching Carnatic vocal music for more than 5 years now. She has made several successful performances in the USA and in India. She is passionate about honing the vocal skills of little kids and guiding them as they place their initial steps towards the ocean of music.
Carnatic Vocal Instructor
Parag Pal is the Hindustani, Bollywood and Contemporary vocalist. Parag started learning Hindustani Vocal, Contemporary and Tagore songs from his early childhood. He received his Bachelor of Music degree when he was a high schooler. He has been performing on stage from his early childhood. He organized, directed and performed in many musical events in his school, university festivals and in other social events in India.
Parag has been trained on specialized and advanced classical vocal music skills from guru Mrs. Dalia Rahut, head of the department of Indian Music and Dance at Calcutta Music School, who is a disciple of renowned classical singer Girija Devi.