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Ravi Gulati

Ravi Gulati is the person behind everything we do or have learnt in life. A co-founder of Delhi based nonprofit Manzil and a graduate from IIM-A, Ravi has given his life to transforming the education system by simply opening the doors of his home in Khan Market to learners. After transforming thousands of lives of people in Delhi, Ravi is now working with government school principals to enhance their capacity of work and effectiveness by facilitating their learning. At present, there are 250 children and youngsters in Manzil between seven and twenty-seven years of age who explore what they want to learn through multiple classes at various levels in English, mathematics, music, computers, painting, dance and theatre. Structured classes with a fixed timetable and schedule are held after school hours. No fee is charged, but one is fined for coming late because in Manzil there is no fee for learning, only not learning! Through this system Manzil seeks to stress punctuality, and teach students the literal value of time. Another key feature of Manzil is the collective sharing of knowledge and expertise among the participants, which fosters a sense of communal learning that helps people of all skills and disciplines collaborate and grow together.

Prahlad Singh Tipaniya

Prahlad Singh Tipaniya is an Indian folk singer who performs Kabirbhajans in the Malwi folk style from Madhya Pradesh. He performs along with a group of tambura, khartal, manjira, dholak, harmonium, timki, and violin players. Prahlad Singh Tipaniya has toured in the UK and the United States, as well as in India, and his music has been played on All India Radio stations in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Patna, Lucknow and Kanpur. Tipanya has received several awards including the Padma Shri in 2011.

Prahlad Singh Tupaniyaji is the person behind bringing Kabir philosophy in music to Manzil, inspiring musicians such as Neeraj Arya, Manzil Mystics and many more to spread the message of Kabir in their own music form. Prahladji is our guru and has supported us since our inception.

Prahlad Singh Tipaniya

Prahlad Singh Tipaniya is an Indian folk singer who performs Kabirbhajans in the Malwi folk style from Madhya Pradesh. He performs along with a group of tambura, khartal, manjira, dholak, harmonium, timki, and violin players. Prahlad Singh Tipaniya has toured in the UK and the United States, as well as in India, and his music has been played on All India Radio stations in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Patna, Lucknow and Kanpur. Tipanya has received several awards including the Padma Shri in 2011.

Prahlad Singh Tupaniyaji is the person behind bringing Kabir philosophy in music to Manzil, inspiring musicians such as Neeraj Arya, Manzil Mystics and many more to spread the message of Kabir in their own music form. Prahladji is our guru and has supported us since our inception.

Sadanand Ward Mailliard

Ward Mailliard, also known as Sadanandji, founded the Mount Madonna Center near Watsonville, California in 1978, and is currently the Vice President of the Board of Mount Madonna School, a K-12 school committed to “whole child education” integrating intellectual, emotional, social and creative learning.

As an educator for over 25 years, Mr. Mailliard is deeply committed to the learning process, and to building bridges of understanding cross culturally and between the secular and spiritual aspects of life. “It is undoubtedly important that we provide information and knowledge to our youth for their success in life,” Ward says. “But unless we also attend to values, character, discernment and creativity we run the risk of leaving our students without the ability to navigate the complex challenges that inevitably arise. In the interdependent world in which we all live, this has great consequence, not only to the individual but also to our communities and our environment.”

He has been engaged in creating the “Values in World Thought” curriculum at Mount Madonna High School since 1992 in cooperation with Bill Moyers, whose ground-breaking interviews with anthropologist Joseph Campbell on the Power of Myth captivated Ward. Rooted in dialogue and the art of the question, the ‘Values in World Thought” program aims to help students develop capacities of self-awareness and to support an ongoing inquiry into the values that inform actions in order strengthen students’ ability to engage in positive and mutually beneficial relationships with each other and with their communities. As Ward explains: “The critical shift we want to make is to encourage the students to take responsibility for their own learning as part of the human experience and to create a more collaborative learning environment with the teacher as facilitator of learning rather than expert.”

In 2007 Ward co-sponsored “Project Happiness” with the Dalai Lama Foundation, a project that developed a student-oriented curriculum based on the Dalai Lama’s book “Ethics For The New Millennium.” Their journey to India was the subject of a documentary film released in 2009. Also in 2009, Mr. Mailliard traveled to South Africa with his students to interview Archbishop Desmond Tutu as part of the Mount Madonna School Ubuntu and Sawubona Projects. He and his students recently journeyed to India in 2013 to visit the Sri Ram Orphanage and for a third meeting with His Holiness as part of the Vidya Dharma Project.

For 35 years Ward has served as President of the Hanuman Fellowship, the non-profit corporation that sponsors Mount Madonna Center, and serves as a vehicle both for the teachings of Yoga and for the variety of projects that have been developed by the Fellowship Members. He is Vice President of the Sri Ram Foundation that sponsors Sri Ram Ashram, an orphanage and school in Northern India where he spends two months each year. Ward resides with his wife Kranti at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville California, and has been a student and teacher of Yoga for the past 40 years.

Sadanandji has helped Manzil Mystics develop by being a mentor and a coach. He has supported Manzil Mystics emotionally and financially, and has been the sturdiest pillar for all the musicians of Manzil Mystics.

Heera Kulkarni

Heera Kulkarni ji is our guru and mentor in the journey of making music a tool. Heera ji is a classically trained musician who worked in the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi for 3 years and then moved to the USA in early 90s. Heera ji is runs a foundation; Raga Academy where she teaches music, yoga and helps students in whatever way she can.

When people talk about angels we tell them about Heera ji. We met Heera ji in 2014 through Manzil and got to know about her and the beautiful work she has been doing for 20 years. She really supported us by guiding us how we can promote our music and posting our videos in her friend circle. In December, 2016 we got our office, but didn’t know how we’ll pay our office rent. We shared that with Heera ji and without questioning anything she donated $1500 (1,00,000 INR) to Manzil Mystics so that we could pay our rent for 10 months.

Heera ji is known for her singing and the work she does. The money she gave us was a funding from VI.SH Koranne Foundation, USA. The Foundation was also founded by Heera ji which has been founded to provide workshops, concerts, training sessions, & lecture series in addition to awarding scholarships to needy students in USA & India. The training sessions aim to educate & empower the men, women & children residing in the local communities. Since January 2016, the foundation has started implementing vocational training programs in the low-income communities in Pune, India.

Specific Objectives of VI-SH Koranne Foundation:

Overarching goals – Educate, Encourage & Empower

1. Present workshops & concerts in Music of India (includes vocal music, instrumental music, & dance), classes & consultation in Yoga & Ayurveda. The goal is to preserve & promote our heritage through the traditional arts & alternate therapies.

2. Provide mentoring services & programs for youth through Youth Engagement for Success program or Y.E.S.

3. Award scholarships to deserving students in USA & India.

Heera Kulkarni

Heera Kulkarni ji is our guru and mentor in the journey of making music a tool. Heera ji is a classically trained musician who worked in the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi for 3 years and then moved to the USA in early 90s. Heera ji is runs a foundation; Raga Academy where she teaches music, yoga and helps students in whatever way she can.

When people talk about angels we tell them about Heera ji. We met Heera ji in 2014 through Manzil and got to know about her and the beautiful work she has been doing for 20 years. She really supported us by guiding us how we can promote our music and posting our videos in her friend circle. In December, 2016 we got our office, but didn’t know how we’ll pay our office rent. We shared that with Heera ji and without questioning anything she donated $1500 (1,00,000 INR) to Manzil Mystics so that we could pay our rent for 10 months.

Heera ji is known for her singing and the work she does. The money she gave us was a funding from VI.SH Koranne Foundation, USA. The Foundation was also founded by Heera ji which has been founded to provide workshops, concerts, training sessions, & lecture series in addition to awarding scholarships to needy students in USA & India. The training sessions aim to educate & empower the men, women & children residing in the local communities. Since January 2016, the foundation has started implementing vocational training programs in the low-income communities in Pune, India.

Specific Objectives of VI-SH Koranne Foundation:

Overarching goals – Educate, Encourage & Empower

1. Present workshops & concerts in Music of India (includes vocal music, instrumental music, & dance), classes & consultation in Yoga & Ayurveda. The goal is to preserve & promote our heritage through the traditional arts & alternate therapies.

2. Provide mentoring services & programs for youth through Youth Engagement for Success program or Y.E.S.

3. Award scholarships to deserving students in USA & India.