Meet Our Committee
Our management committee serving Bhavan
Our management committee serving Bhavan
One of Bhavan’s long standing Committee Member, Alkaji has contributed in the Education committee as well as serving as Chair of the Programme Committee of Bhavan for many years. Having a keen interest in dancing Alkaji has coached young children in dance performances at our major events.
Being a senior Civil Servant, Alkaji has contributed immensely over the years in meticulously planning Bhavan’s major events and successfully delivering them at prestigious venues.
Amit Chawhan qualified from Pune in India, currently working in the specialities of acute medicine and, Cardiology has been associated with Bhavan for over 10 years. Having both of his children learning dance and music at Bhavan, Amitji recognised the professional work of our institution, and joined Bhavan’s Management Committee to render his selfless services for the community. Amitji’s active role in technology, administration and events organising has proved very valuable to Bhavan.
Amitji is also a Lay Minister (Licensed Reader) in the Church of England. At present, he is serving as a Lay Minister and Warden at Saint James with Saint Clements Church Parish, Moss Side, Manchester.
Growing up in the UK in the 70’s was very different to what it is today. My family had many friends who could help me stay in touch with my culture, but the one thing that was missing was a place where we could go and spend time learning the wonderful, arts and music of my mother country, which I adore so much.
I discovered Bhavan when I my son was 4½ years old and he was enrolled as a student from there on. I felt at home and was soon encouraged to join the team of dedicated volunteers. As an organisation it has always been very much a family based, friendly place where everyone feels welcomed. From dancing to Sanskrit to music – we have it all. And what makes me the most proud of being part of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan – are the wonderful students and the talented teachers.
Having obtained a PGCE in Primary Education from Manchester University and a Diploma in Instrumental music from India, Bhakti ji has a long track record of over 30 years of teaching experience. She has inherited musical talent from her gifted parents who were highly proficient in playing a variety of musical instruments and were teachers of vocal music.
Over the years Bhakti ji has acquired excellent skills in different teaching strategies of supporting pedagogy of music and is serving as a Committee Member as well as being Bhavan’s Sitar teacher. Bhakti ji plays an important role of liaising activities between Board of Trustees, Programme Committee, Education Committee and Digital Committee. Bhakti ji’s highly dedicated services to Bhavan and her expertise in management skills have proved extremely valuable for Bhavan
Malan Kaushal, is a long-standing member of Bhavan. Serving as Chair of Bhavan’s Education Committee, and also as Registrar, Malanji has contributed immensely in Bhavan’s progress. Qualified from University of Bombay (Mumbai), she is currently working for NHS since 2004. Along with her professional duties with NHS, her excellent organising skills have proved valuable to Bhavan.
An entrepreneur by profession, Mamit Agarwal joined Bhavan as a committee member in March 2020, handling technical and IT side of Bhavan. He is passionate for India and is always looking forward to serving the community.
Mamitji did his Engineering in Computer Science from University of Greenwich (London) and Master’s in Business Administration from Bradford University. He is also associated with other organisations and is currently serving Bolton Hindu Forum as a trustee and helped in setting up a community radio station ‘BHF Radio’ to promote Indian culture and tradition.
Neerja Sethi’s involvement as a committee member is relatively more recent compared to others but her association with Bhavan has been more than two decades long both as a student and a parent.
With her experience in teaching, sales and marketing, accounts and finance, dramatics, music and sport, she hopes she can contribute as a committee member in further spreading the good cause and effect of Bhavan Manchester and the immense contributions that bhavan provides to Indians living abroad in teaching Indian culture, languages and religion.
She is grateful to Bhavan for all the opportunities provided to herself and her boys in learning various aspects of Indian music, dance, instruments and languages and showcase those learnt talents on big stage in past and would like to provide similar opportunities to other people, families and their children alike as part of the management committee now.