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BOD/ EC Team for 2020

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Satish Shivarudrappa

Satish has been an NKK member for the last 14+ years and has volunteered in various events since then, he is in Lilburn GA along with wife Ranjitha, kids Mridini and Om.

"I am proud to have served as a Secretary and Joint Secretary in the executive committee team for the last 4 years. I am humbled and thankful to all the members who have given me an opportunity to continue my service for NKK as the Chairman"

Dr. N S Prasad
Vice Chairman

Dr. N S Prasad, a dentist by profession, am passionate about serving the Kannada community. "I live in Newnan GA along with my wife Komal Bhat who is also a dentist and two adorable kids Lakshmi and Raghav. I had the privilege to be part of the Executive Committee and BOD for the last 3 years and look forward to serving NKK as the Vice Chairman "


An e-Commerce Analytics Manager, Bharath is married to Kavya and a proud father of Aarohi. Has been a resident of Atlanta for the past 3 years. Bharath joined his hands with NKK in 2017 as part of the executive committee. He is passionate about independent and content oriented movies, theatre, photography and long drives.

Bharath Tejasvi

A software engineer by profession, I have been a resident of Atlanta since 12 years. I am married to Chetan and a mom to a very active 9 year old son Nachiket.

"I am a classical dancer and very much interested in Music and Drama. With my inclusion to the Executive Committee of NKK for 2019, am looking forward to serve our Kannada community."

Kavitha Hegde
Santosh Krishnamurthy

"After moving down south from Pittsburgh, PA in 2016, I had the opportunity to get associated with NKK. From the previous experiences I had with Kannada Kootas, I took over as the president in 2017 and continued for 2018 term as well. During my leadership, had the privilege to host NKK’s 45th Year Anniversary celebrations. I live in Alpharetta along with my wife Sowmya, kids Sinchana and Samarth. Looking forward to make NKK a better platform for Kannadigas of Greater Atlanta Area!"

Vinay Venkatesh

"After living in 3 different cities all over the US, we finally call Atlanta our home since the past 2 years. Atlanta has embraced our family with open arms. I am married to Sowmya, we have 2 kids - Aditi and Aprameya who keep us going strong.As a member and office bearer of NKK, I eagerly look forward to give back to our Kannada community in Atlanta. Proud to be serving such an accomplished Kannada community outside our homeland."


"I have been an active NKK member since 2005. During AKKA 2012, I was the Chair person for Cultural programs and got accolades for executing the backstage activities. Over the years, have been popular among NKK community for stage performances and as program director for various events. As the new BOD for 2019, I would like to support in reaching out to people and build a strong team for common cause."

Sudeep Hebbar
Jt. Treasurer

Sudeep Hebbar along with wife Chaya and sons Sumith and Sanchit called Atlanta home since 2008 and are currently settled in Cumming. Sudeep is originally from Udupi district and Chaya is from North Canara. They have participated and volunteered in NKK ever since then.

Sudeep is a Software Architect by profession and is an outdoor and music enthusiast. Looking forward to serving Atlanta area Kanndigas thru NKK.


Vinay N.png

After being a member of NKK since 2015, Vinay made it to Executive Committee this time. My vision of being with NKK is to make sure that Kannada is with us and with our next generations forever in the land of opportunities.

"I live with my wife Shruthi and Son Sudhanva. During my free time, I enjoy music and movies."

Vinay Nataraj

 "I am a native of Bengaluru. After living in 5 different cities in USA, my family moved to Cumming in 2013 and calling it our current home. I have been associated to NKK from 2014 when my Son started participating in cultural programs. I am married to Manasa and have 2 Sons, Abhiveer and Akshaj. Both my son's are always excited to participate in NKK cultural events. I look forward to working with talented people of NKK and serve our community."

Sarpabhushan Mallikarjunappa
Jt. Secretary - Admin.
Jayanth Palakshiah
Aruna Gadekar

Aruna Gadekar, living in Alpharetta, GA with my loving husband Mahantesh and 2 beautiful kids, Amogh and Nidhi. We have been members of NKK since I moved to USA in 2001. We have actively participated in the NKK programs and our kids have regularly attended 'Kannada Kali' in Marietta and Alpharetta. I served as Secretary in NKK EC from 2012-14 and Co- Chair for the Reception Committee for the 7th AKKA World Kannada Conference held in Atlanta in Aug-Sept 2012. Looking forward to serve our community and make NKK a better organization.

Dr. Anu Bhat
Ajay Madwesh

Dr Anu Bhat is Physician who did her super specialty Rheumatology at Emory University in  Atlanta who was awarded Top Georgia Rheumatologist  in 2018. She is married to Dr Subrahmanya Bhat Pulmonologist, who served as Chairman NKK 2019, they have one son Kiran Bhat who is pursuing literary career. 

Both of them are involved in various charity organizations  sponsoring multiple  cultural  and charitable activities in GA, FL and India. Some examples of Organizations that they have contributed in Atlanta  include Heaven house, A Friends house Inc, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Clayton state  University, Kennesaw state University, The  Raksha Foundation.  Ekal Vidyalaya, Habitat  for humanity

She is board member of numerous organizations through which she serves local communities.

Anu is also interested in encouraging music  and dance activities and has promoted numerous cultural activities including hosting Yakshagana musical troupe. .She has hosted several famous entertainers including singers, violinists, Sitar players, authors for various organizations.

Ajay Madwesh and his wife Veena have lived in Roswell, GA for nearly 10 years. He has been active in the Kannada community and NKK for many years including volunteering at Kannada Koota’s functions and performing on stage. He has performed at NKK functions with Ms. B.R. Chaya and other artists visiting from India as well as organizing music groups to perform at NKK functions. He has actively helped NKK by taking the lead in organizing segments of work, providing hands-on help during programs and supporting fund drives. Ajay also spends time in the development of the Indian community in the greater Atlanta region which include creating awareness and supporting organizations like Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation and the upcoming Shri Krishna Vrundavana Temple in Cumming. He presently works for Deloitte Consulting running Analytics and Cognitive and has worked for many large companies as well as Bay Area start-ups. He is a member of organization such as Atlanta CEO Council, TiE and is a designated mentor at several organizations. He has spent considerable time at conferences and councils promoting the use of technology to simultaneously improve corporate performance and sustainability.


 "Having been a long time volunteer of NKK, I was an active member on the organizing committees of the successful Atlanta AKKA conference in 2012. Association with NKK and being part of the Executive Committee, gives me the opportunity to serve my community along with helping me stay strongly bonded to my roots (nadu-nudi-samskruthi).

My wife Anu and I have 2 blessings in Aayush and Arjun. I passionately engage in yoga, spirituality, music and movies as my pastime."

Srinivas Prasad
Jt. Secretary - Operations
Diwakar Dyamanna
VP Public Relations

Diwakar is a member of NKK for over 3 years, living in Marietta with his wife Madhu, daughter Sheona and son Srihan. His kids go to “Marietta Kannada shale” to learn Kannada over weekends and his wife actively takes part in anchoring the NKK events. 


"I am interested in acting in Kannada dramas and long drives. I am excited to be part of executive committee & looking forward to serve our Kannada community."



Vidhushi Varsha Krupananda, a professional Bharatanatyam dancer from Bengaluru. " I am a passionate artist, choreographer and have performed in many prestigious stages.

I have been part of various organizations and am now excited to be part of NKK Atlanta. Moved to USA 7 years back and have been in Atlanta for the past 5 years with my husband Krupananda and daughter Kruthi."

Varsha Krupananda
VP  Administration
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