Meet our Executive Board

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Co-Director

Mythri Sundar

Mythri is a junior majoring in Urban Studies with minors in Museum Studies and Music. Having grown up in the South Hills, Mythri has fond memories of taking part in initiatives by members of the Pittsburgh Indian community from a young age. Since 2007, Mythri has been a student with Nandanik Dance Academy, founded and directed by Smt. Nandini Mandal. These days, Mythri continues to dance, perform, and assist with weekend classes at Nandanik. With a passion for the arts and hopes for the community, Mythri is excited to be working with a strong team of students on Dhirana for a unique yet promising year.

Secretary

Avani Mathur

Avani is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and Sociology with a minor in Chemistry and on the pre-medical track. She is a classically trained Kathak dancer who has held her Visharad degree since 2018, and also has experience in the Bollywood and Bhangra genres. Avani has seen firsthand the value classical dancing can bring to one’s life, and was inspired by this experience as well as her interest in healthcare to join Dhirana her freshman year and support the Birmingham Free Clinic. Though the pandemic has posed a number of challenges this year, Avani has enjoyed navigating through them with the Dhirana team and looks forward to another year in the organization!

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Co-Director

Madhura Leninkannan

Madhura is a junior Interdisciplinary Studies major at Pitt and is currently on the pre-med track. During her three years at Pitt so far she has become engaged with many different cultural groups through being a part of Dhirana and through being a mentor for international students. She loves learning about people from all over the world and how our culture influences us. Madhura is also involved in research at the Children’s Hospital looking at pediatric traumatic brain injury and the predictors of their long-term outcomes. Apart from that, in her free time she loves exploring photography and dancing!

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Business Manager

Twisha Padodara

Twisha is a current senior, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Chemistry. She will be attending Temple University for dental school this upcoming fall. She hopes to utilize her business degree and dental degree by opening her own practice one day and looks forward to creating beautiful smiles. When she was a young girl, Twisha practiced Bharatanatyam and Kathak, but was not able to continue in college. Fortunately, she found Dhirana, which provided the perfect mix of celebrating Indian culture and providing care to the Pittsburgh population. Although her last year in Dhirana is nothing like she expected, Twisha is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this organization and can’t wait to see how it continues to grow!

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Nrityamala Representative

Vidhya Madireddy

Vidhya is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Neuroscience with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. Having been a member of Nrityamala, Pittsburgh's premier classical dance team, she has seen just how much of an impact the Dhirana competition makes in the dance community, bringing teams together from across the country so that they can connect and share their passion for the arts with each other. Even with the unique circumstances this year, Vidhya looks forward to continuing the Dhirana legacy!