Sita Sudhakar learns veena from her mother, Sheila Sudhakar. She also learns piano and vocal from Mrs. Barbara Danielson.
Sita, currently a freshman in Desert Vista High school, is a foodie who avidly experiments with all Asian cuisines except Indian. Sita practices yoga daily, with her favorite pose being Shavasana, listens to 80’s music, and is addicted to the Great British Baking Show.
A recent graduate of Desert Vista High School, Sushil will be attending Arizona State University in Fall, ’19, pursuing a Biochemistry major. Sushil learns Veena from his mom, Sheila Sudhakar, the Mridangam from his dad, Subra Sudhakar, and piano and vocals from Mrs. Barbara Danielson. He enjoys hiking and is a huge fan of the English Premier League soccer and IPL cricket.
Step is an Artistic Director - Music Director and Choreographer, all in one. Originally from Detroit, he has lived and worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and New York, with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Toronto Dance Theatre, Danny Grossman, Louis Falco, Jennifer Muller and Christopher Hyde. He also worked at Concordia College and N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of Dance.
A prolific composer, Step has composed and choreographed several music and dance compositions for his Desert Dance Theatre with his wife, Lisa Chow. Together they formed Crossroads Performance Group, which integrates music and dance.
Mahesh is a multi-talented percussionist, prolific on the Mridangam and the Kanjira. He studied Mridangam, first under the erstwhile Tiruvidaimarudur Sankaran and later under the Mridangam Maestro Guruvayur Dorai. He learnt the techniques of Kanjira formally under the Late Mayavaram G. Somasundaram. Mahesh is a popular percussionist in the West Coast, having accompanied vocalists, dancers, instrumentalists and in jugalbandhis over the years.
Murali plays the Ghatam and is also a seasoned vocalist. Based in Portland, Oregon, he trained in vocal music from his mother, Radha Krishna, a professional singer in New Delhi, in the Alathur tradition of Carnatic music. His formal introduction to percussion was at the age of 7 on the Mridangam, with K.M.Vaidyanathan, an expert of the Harihara Sarma school of percussion. He transitioned to playing the ghatam, under the famous T.H.Subashchandran, when he was in his 30’s and had a formal Ghatam "Arangetram" in 2013 . Murali is a rare breed, being one of only five Ghatam players in all of the United States.