Rajeshwary Kandhasamy

Rajeswary started learning Karnatic Vocal and Violin at a young age of 12years. Her formal training began under close individual guidance of Shree Sarvaswara Sarmha. Rajeswary was an able pupil who achieved excellent marks for every grade during her training. She is privileged to have a great musician for a mother who has also been a source of inspiration and learning. Rajeswary’s mother/ teacher has excelled in Vocal music while continuing to play the Harmonium even at the ripe old age of eighty five years. Rajeswary undertook a special teaching course which she successfully completed in 2009. She is a keen musician and a dedicated teacher who feels that she is blessed to have the opportunity to create an atmosphere of music in which children enjoy and give of their best. Rajeswary has gained considerable experience in teaching violin and the violin to young children. She has been in demand, mainly by South Asian audiences, as a performer of music both in and out of the United Kingdom. This has been in fairly large venues like community halls and Temples.


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Jackie Brown

Interested in sport from childhood, Jacqui started attending yoga classes in 1971 and qualified as a teacher in 1984. She soon started her own Tuesday evening classes at Brown Lane Methodist Church which continue to this day. Jacqui emerged with further qualifications in Yoga by undertaking a three year teaching course run by the British Wheel of Yoga. In 1998 Jacqui was appointed Yoga Teacher at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Manchester). Very soon the remarkable increase in the number of yoga students meant that her class had to be split into 3, for ladies, gentlemen and for children. Jacqui has always maintained an element of fun in her teaching while taking the discipline of yoga itself very seriously. She believes that she is a life- long learner of yoga and regularly attends Yoga seminars to improve her own skills further. Jacqui has been with Bhavan ever since it’s conception. Her friendly, caring, delightful nature has attracted many people who have become close friends over the years. Her positive influence in the yoga class has turned into great admiration and respect for Jacqui by students over the years. Jacqui, for her part, takes enormous enjoyment from watching her students make progress.



Abha Puri

Abha Puri, our Hindi teacher at Bhavan, joined us over two years ago. Abha does everything in her power to ensure that learning Hindi is an enjoyable experience for her students.  She has been a successful language teacher for many years.


Abha has gained her M.A. in English, Economics and B.Ed qualifications from India. She has had eight years’ Hindi teaching experience in India.


Abha has also worked as a Primary School teacher in a Public School and currently teaches English (to the speakers of other languages) as an (ESOL) Tutor to adults in the UK.  During her teaching career she has been working with people from different nationalities and taught IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for a brief period of time.


Abha brings to her work as Hindi teacher, extensive skills and expertise gained during her past 11 years of teaching as ESOL tutor in UK.



Prajyoti Madhusudhan

Prajyoti Madhusudan is a Bharatanatyam dance artist, teacher and choreographer. She received her training in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Guru Gopinath Nair and from G. Karunambal of the famous Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, one of the most prestigious dance institutions in Mumbai.   

Prajyoti Madhusudan has been training students in Bharatanatyam at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Manchester for the past 19 years. Her students appear for grade exams with ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)which is one of the leading dance examination boards in UK and 80% of her students have successfully passed their exams with distinction. Senior students are also trained in vocational training with ISTD which offers them opportunities to pursue a career in dance. Plenty of performance opportunities at various cultural and charitable events are offered to the students at Bhavan which in turn enhances their confidence and self esteem. 

As an artist, Prajyoti has also been involved in various arts education projects, choreography, dance-in-education school projects, workshops, INSET training courses, Charity events and touring dance productions. Her work reflects her vision of making art accessible to people of all ages and from all walks of life. 


Rakesh Joshi

RAKESH JOSHI: Indian Music Composer ~ Teacher ~ Singer

Gurushri: Rakesh Joshi is musically trained in India from Gurushri Dinesh Majmundar, Shri Brij Joshi and Shri Shashank Fadnis. Rakesh has taken special voice culture and vocal training from Gurushri Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Achieved Diploma in Indian music with distinction from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India and PGCE (Indian music) from the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Hindustani style music teacher: Vocal, Harmonium and Keyboards.

Artistic Director: Bharatiya Vrund Gaan (BVG-the Indian Choir of England), first Indian choir of the UK for adults and SHIVA – the youth choir of Indian music.

Artistic Director & Composer of ‘Raga Jyoti’ – The Indian Classical Music Ensemble of England
Raga Jyoti is artistically created traditional Indian music ensemble, group thirty musician’s presents especially composed traditional Indian classical, contemporary and theme music in the orchestra style. In the past, musicians of the Raga Jyoti have presented special music projects such as Divine Light, Divinity, Eternity, Akashganga and The Light beyond Millennium. Halle Youth Orchestra, RNVM musicians and talented Indian musicians of the UK have performed in the Raga Jyoti’s projects. Raga Jyoti musicians have also performed one of the special compositions for late Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. (Watch Video)

‘Shakti Vrund UK’- Rakesh is a main Singer and group leader. Shakti Vrund performs traditional folk songs of Gujarat (Raas-Garba-Lagna Geet)

Rakesh is specialised in singing Bhakti Sangeet (devotional songs) and Sugam Sangeet (light music).

Passionate of promoting Indian culture, music and dance education across the North-West England.

In the past, Rakesh has accompanied Harmonium, Keyboards and vocal to many world class International musicians, and worked as an arts manager with few well-known Indian arts organisations of the UK.

Rakesh has given background music for the Indian television channels, dances and many audio albums. He used to be well-known Radio Broadcaster in Manchester Asian Radio Stations.

Favourite Music: Classical themed music based on the nature, divine chants and songs, classic Bollywood songs and the western symphony.

Favourite Musicians and singers: Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Dr, Jayanthi Kumaresh, Ustad A. R. Rahman, Shri Hariharan, Kaushiki Chakrabarty and Shri Jagjit Singh.



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