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BOD/ EC Team for 2021

Board of Directors

Executive Committee


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 "

Dr. N S Prasad
Diwakar Dyamanna

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."


Santosh Krishnamurthy
Vice Chairman

"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!"

Sarpabhushan Mallikarjunappa

 "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."

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.

Sudeep Hebbar

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.


Dr. Anu Bhat

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.

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."


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
Srinivas Prasad
VP - Operations

 "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."


Sreedhar Venkat  is living in Alpharetta since 2015 with wife Thanuja Ramachandra. Before moving to Atlanta, lived in Boston and looking forward to serving kannadigas through NKK.

Sreedhar Venkat -
VP - Public Relations
Shailaja Prashanth
Jt. Secretary

I come from Samskuthikanagari of Karnataka, Mysuru. I live in Cumming, Georgia, with my husband, Prashanth and my son Abhay, who keeps me on my toes.

I have been a member for over 4 years and happy be a part of EC team for NKK, Atlanta. I have served in various boards and communities. Being an artist, I am humbled to serve and give back to our community. Looking forward to work with the other board and EC members.

Vasanth Halemani
Jt. Treasurer

I have been in the USA for more than 10year, I was a member of other Kannada groups in other states before moving to Atlanta, and been with NKK for a few years. Living in Marietta with his wife Nayana, daughter Anvi and son Anish. My kids go to “Marietta Kannada shale” to learn Kannada over weekends.  "I am a CIVIL/structural engineer, interested in outdoor activity and messing with automobiles, electronics, computers. I am excited to be part of the executive committee & looking forward to serving our Kannada community."

Jayanth Palakshiah

"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."


Jagan is a member of NKK for over 4 years, living in Marietta with his wife Vani and two lovely daughters Sakshi and Sejal.

"I passionately engage in tennis, trekking and movies as my pastime. As a member of executive committee, I eagerly looking forward to serve our community and make NKK a better platform for kannadigas"

Jagannath Joshi
Jt. Secretary - Operations
Madhu Iyer

Madhu is an entrepreneur and has establishing the business in ERP implementations since October 2013.

"After living in 9 states in USA for 12 years finally took the decision to return to Atlanta from Dallas, TX in 2018, I had the opportunity to get associated with NKK. Being a participant and member in other US states Kannada kootas, I was able to gain and learn a good amount of experience.  Also, have worked as a responsible leader for hosting NAVIKA in 2017 at Dallas, TX, and took responsibilities of managing food, communications, and stage management for the biggest event that Dallas Kannada koota had organized. I joined the NKK BOD group in Jan 2021. I live in Cumming, GA along with my wife Rathna, kids Dheemanth and Vaibhav. Looking forward to contributing the best to ensure the well-established NKK and make an excellent community service for Kannadigas of Greater Atlanta Area and to other Kannada kootas which gets associated with NKK"

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