Ujjwal has lived in the Triangle area since 1990 and has been an
active volunteer in the Indian American community. He has served
on the board of several cultural and religious organizations. As
Vice President and Treasurer of the Hindu Society of North Carolina,
he computerized society accounts, just as the society was gearing
up for the construction of a new hall, to increase transparency and bring it closer to
As the founding president of Hum Sub Inc.,
he formed and led a highly motivated volunteer team to implement
Cary Diwali, a Hindu Festival. Within two years, Cary Diwali grew
to attract 6,000 people and received praise from all for being a
well-organized and smoothly-run event.
Under his leadership Nuv
Yug has grown to attract a large number of general public from diverse
backgrounds to its events each year. He has led teams to write
several successful grant proposals with arts agencies. He is also
regarded as one of the most prolific fundraisers in the local Indian
In recent years, he has helped implement an interactive web based system for managing a large number of stage performers, vendors, advertisers, and volunteers at India Fest. This system has been successfully utilized to produce the stage performance since the 2009 festival where over 1,000 performers share the stage during the two day festival.
Ujjwal has a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (India) and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also a licensed real estate professional.
Ujjwal serves as President and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Nuv Yug.
Harshad has lived in the Triangle area
since 1996. He has always been involved with music and music related
organizations since childhood. He has served on the committes of
several organizations. He was active with SPIC-MACAY (Society for
Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) in
his undergrad and Vice President of the same in grad school (Clemson
University). He has been actively involved in the Marathi community
and served on its committe. He is a semi-classical singer and also
plays the keyboard. He has participated in several cultural programs.
Harshad brings his experience and enthusiasm to Nuv Yug.
Harshad serves as Vice President & Treasurer and is a Trustee of Nuv Yug.
Darshana has been in the Triangle since 2000 and currently lives in Cary. She is actively involved in music, dance and arts since early childhood, is a “Sangeet Visharad” in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music and a Kathak dancer. Darshana and her music academy "Sur-Sumiran School of Music" have been valuable assets of the Triangle Indian community. Her school, affiliated with Gandharva Mandal - India, teaches vocal and instrumental music. Her students actively participate in local events - ICMDS, Nuv Yug, Hum Sub, HSNC, TGA et al. Darshana has also choreographed numerous dances in India and in the U.S. Her passion for music, dance and arts brings her to Nuv Yug. She wants to spread awareness about India and Indian cultural heritage and believes that Nuv Yug is an excellent medium for doing so.
Darshana serves as Vice President of Cultural Programs.
Richa has lived in the Triangle area since 1997 and currently lives in Morrisville with her husband and two kids. She has been an active volunteer in the community. Richa was born and brought up in Kolkata, India and is an MBA from Calcutta University. Currently she is a stay at home mom to her two kids.
Richa is passionate about music and dance and has been involved with kids to promote Indian Culture and Heritage. She has also actively participated in a number of cultural programs in the Triangle Area.
Richa has been involved with Nuv Yug Cultural Committee since 2010.
She believes that Nuv Yug is an excellent platform to promote Indian Culture, Heritage and Diversity in the USA as well as bringing out the local talent.
Shweta has been closely involved with the Indian community development in US. She has was involved in the local Indian communities in LA, Columbus OH and moved to Raleigh in 2008 and has been associated with Nuv Yug since then.
She is from Nagpur India and won the “Miss Maharashtra” during her college days and was the college’s cultural president and participated in several fashion shows and dance events across US and India. She feels working with Nuvyug keeps her interest alive and gives her a platform to stay connected to her culture. She brings energy and enthusiasm to Nuv Yug family.
She is an Interior Designer and manages sales for her family’s Granite Distribution business. She is married with 2 children and lives in Raleigh.
After finishing undergrad Electrical Engineering in REC, Surat and working with JK Corp in India, Ashish moved to Charlotte, NC in 2000 where he pursued his Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UNCC while working as a quality assurance engineer.
He moved from Charlotte to the Triangle area in 2007 with wife Bhavna, son Shubham and daughter Lagni. He has been an active volunteer in many ways with our community. Currently, he is actively involved in NC state park which involves planning with state troop for creating volunteer work for a team of people, making and maintaining trails, cleaning up lakes with a team of volunteers and planting trees.
Ashish passionate about music, dance and art. He satisfies this by providing full support to his child’s dance and culture participation. He believes that Nuv Yug is giving many local artists with every age group a platform to grow, and at the same time, bring Indian culture heritage to Indian American community who is living far from India. By associating with Nuv Yug, Ashish wants to be a part of a team to serve community as a good citizen.
Mamta is an Electronics Engineer with an MBA in Marketing and IT. She moved to triangle area in 1999. In course of her international career she has served as a Partner in business initiatives in USA, Hong Kong and India working in International Trade business, Management and IT consulting.
Mamta is an avid sports person and represented her school, college as well as State in Badminton tournaments. She holds diploma in Indian classical dance “Kathak” and also participated in dance shows and won classical dance contests.
She has been actively involved in cultural and volunteer activities and participated in dance and fashion shows.Mamta has helped organize fund drives and promotions for non-profit organizations such as CRY.
She believes that Nuv Yug offers an excellent platform to perform and stay connected with Indian culture.
Siva enjoys doing quality work with interesting people. He has been in the Raleigh area since 2010. He works as an AVP with Credit Suisse, RTP since 2002. He has a MS from WMU Michigan. He has been a part of various cultural festivals and in event management throughout his life. He is also involved in many volunteer activities in the community, especially with the Triangle Down Syndrome network.
Nalini has been a Vice President and a Trustee of Nuv Yug in the past.
Mika is a top
notch and a highly sought-after choreographer. She used to be "Ms.
Twinkle Toes - Farah Khan" of Triangle. She has been trained
in various Indian dance styles since the age of 7. Her presentations
always receive a thunderous applause from the audience as they have
her trademark of well coordinated and dazzling moves. Her expertise
extends to event planning and stage management.
was a key member of the Cary Diwali 2002 team. Her meticulous production
of the main stage program received rave reviews from one and all
as a long array of items were presented like clock work. She also
co-directed the "Badhai Ho Badhai" Fashion Show. During
2003, she helped Nuv Yug create history with Bhangra Dhamaka The
Ultimate Blowout. The first such event in the Triangle area that
attracted over 2,500 people at Cary's Regency Amphitheater.
served as the Vice President of Nuv Yug. She lives in Chicago
and continues to be a source of constant moral support to Nuv Yug's
team. She has served as a Trustee of Nuv Yug.
Payal works as a Software Engineer at IBM. She moved to NC in 2005 to pursue a Master's in Computer Science at NC State University. Payal has been a choreogrpaher, a dancer (Odissi and other forms) and an artist since childhood. She holds a senior diploma with distinction in Odissi from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She has won several contests and has been a chair of cultural activity teams in school and college.
She has also served as the board member of various student and professional bodies and volunteered for several organizations including Rotaract, IBM's Women's Diversity Networking Group, Duke Children Hospital and Women and Math Mentoring in the Triangle. Payal was awarded the President's Bronze Award for volunteering services in 2007.
Payal stepped down from the Nuv Yug board in summer of 2011 to attend the executive MBA program at Duke University.
Pritika holds dual Masters degrees in Special Education & Social Work and has been volunteering at various organizations from a young age. She has lived and worked in many cities across India, thereby exposing herself to various cultures and inculcating a love for diversity in all art forms.
Coming from an artistic family of renowned Tabla player and Musicologist Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh of the Farukhabaad Gharana, Pritika started her training in dance (Bharatnatyam) at a very early age and has a Diploma with distinction from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. She has also taken classes in Indo Jazz, Jive and Hip Hop dance forms and has been performing and choreographing for various cultural events in the triangle region.
Pritika feels passionately about the positive value that art brings in the lives of children and adults. This is what brings her to the Nuv Yug family.
She has moved to Charlotte and is a member of the Advisory Board.
Nikhil has been in the Raleigh area since 2005. Being an aficionado of the classical arts and involved with student organizations at various levels, over the years Nikhil became more interested in contributing to the improving cultural experience of the local community at large. He enjoys work and recreation in equal measure. He is currently working on finishing his PhD at NC State University, which takes up a majority of his recreation time.
He is a key member of the grant writing team at Nuv Yug. He has served as Secretary. He has moved to Italy and is a member of the Advisory Board.
Nandita Garg moved
to the area in 1994, and has been an active member of the community
for the past 13 years. She is an Occupational Therapist by training,
and works in a private practice in Raleigh. She volunteers her
time at various local organizations including Kiran, a non profit group to support victims of domestic violence. She is interested
in working towards providing a platform that enhances cross cultural
awareness and interaction, through involvement in areas such as
education and the performing arts. She served on Nuv Yug board from 2006 to 2010.
Ashish is a software engineer working at
IBM, RTP since 2002. He has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He has been a part of various cultural festivals, events and volunteer activities throughout his life. He has served
as board members of several student bodies at school and college
level. He is actively involved with the Asian Diversity Networking
Group and Culture Connections at IBM. Whether it is performance
or organization, he enjoys both with equal zeal.
Ashish has served as Vice President of Nuv Yug.
Payal moved to the triangle area in 2001. She lives in Morrisville with her husband and 2 daughters. She has done her MBA in Human Resource and now works as HR trainer.
Payal has a passion for dance. She has been choreographing dances for many years and continues to do so with an aim to help the community connect to their Indian roots and be a part of their rich culture and heritage.
Her passion for cultural arts and choreography brings her to Nuv Yug . Payal believes that Nuv Yug is the platform that spreads diversity and promotes Indian culture and she contributes her time to work towards this goal.
Payal served as Vice President of Cultural Programs. She is a member of the Advisory Board.
Leena Mehta is a resident of the Triangle
area since 1994 and lives in Cary with her husband and son. She
is a Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in a Disease
Management Program area, and is also a Wake County Public Health
Board Member. Her expertise is in business and health care management.
Leena enjoys meeting people, traveling, and participating in community
activities. Her interest lies in health education, and culture awareness.
As an executive board member, Leena wishes to build Indian cultural
awareness and appreciation for its traditions with the Triangle
community. Her hope is for the community to embrace the diversity,
respect the differences, and share the myriad cultures with pride. She served on Nuv Yug board from 2006 to 2010.
Neeta Pillai has been involved and has won accolades in cultural activities since her childhood. She was elected as the debating secretary of her college. In the past, she was an active participant and volunteer in the events organized by the Malayalee community in Raleigh.
Neeta has been a member of Nuv Yug since 2003. She led efforts to diversify Nuv Yug's funding sources. She was instrumental in conceptualizing, organizing and co-hosting the immensely popular 'Antakshari Muqabala' in the summer of 2005. She has also been part of the core team that was involved in brainstorming and conducting various diversified events organized by Nuv Yug like 'Pratibha 2005' and 'Asiascope'. She has also been an active participant and organizer in the cultural events presented at India Fest.
Currently, Neeta leads the effort in the search for international artists to perform at India Fest. She was instrumental in having the Queen of Indian pop music, Usha Uthup, to perform for India Fest 2007. This was followed by a thrilling performance by Indian Idol 3 runner up, Amit Paul for India Fest 2008. This year she helped bring Indian Idol 3 winner. Prashant Tamang.
Neeta has moved back to India to realize her dreams of giving back to her motherland but continues to provide support and help to Nuv Yug. She has served as a Trustee of Nuv Yug.
is a linguist by training. She works full time as a foreign language
professor and serves as a coordinator of the Study Abroad Program
at a local college. Ms. Sehgal has a BA and MA from Louisiana State
University. She has recently completed an ESL program at Duke University.
She is active in the community as she volunteers her time at National
Charity League with her daughter. She was appointed by the Governor
of North Carolina to serve as a member of the North Carolina Human
Relations Commission. She also serves on the board of Interact, a non-profit organization to support victims of domestic violence. Her passion to promote cultural diversity,
respect and mutual understanding between different cultures with
the hope that all individuals retain an attitude of openness and
respect toward each other is the reason she joined Nuv Yug. She served on Nuv Yug board from 2006 to 2010.
Anshul is an Electronics
Engineer and he moved to Triangle area in 2006 from Boston.
He has been serving the community by volunteering for many different
organizations. He has always been involved with cultural events
and has performed in many plays and dances. Anshul earned his Master's
in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla, where
he was also a member of Student Council, representing Indian Student
Association. Anshul brings his event management experience and enthusiasm
to Nuv Yug.
Anshul has served as Assistant Vice President of Marketing. He now serves on the Advisory Board.
Dhwanit moved to theTriangle area in 2005 and has been actively involved with Nuv Yug ever since. He has been involved with cultural events and event organization for a long time. He was the Steering Member of Cultural Committee in his Undergrad and organized several concerts and programs. He has also envisioned and architected
National level Symposiums for his Alma-Mater in India. He is also the founding member of NEXS-A - the vey active Alumni association of Navrachana, India where he did his schooling from. Dhwanit is a Computer Science major from University of Southern California where he was actively involved with Association of Indian Students and the Trojan Cricket Club administration. He brings his creativity, enthusiasm and energy to Nuv Yug and lives by the true Trojan Spirit -
Dhwanit has served as Assistant Vice President of Operations. He has moved to California and continues to be a source of moral support to Nuv Yug.
Mehul grew up in a large
city in India. He went through formal training of Indian Folk dances.
His love for folk dance grew into making him a great folk dance
teacher by his undergraduate years. Mehul taught Indian folk dances
to kids ages 5 to 12 while earning his engineering bachelor's degree.
Mehul moved to Triangle area in 2000 and since then he has greatly
involved himself with Indian community at large. Mehul has participated
in more than 50 festivals as a volunteer, choreographer and dancer.
He has choreographed more than 25 dances in the past several years
and participated in different festival celebrations and fund raising
programs. From 2000 to 2004, Mehul worked with children from Indian
origin to raise awareness of Indian folk dances.
In November of 2002, Mehul joined the "NuvYug" team. Since
the inception of NuvYug, Mehul has held several positions on the
board. Mehul served as president during 2007-2008. His passion
for art and culture continues today. Mehul has moved to Bangalore India to take on an exciting challenge from his employer.
Mehul is a Trustee of Nuv Yug.