Transforming Artists and Being Transformed by Them
Ahila Devi Vigneswaran
Kalaichudarmani Ahila Devi Vigneswaran has acquired advanced degrees in the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and the Carnatic Music and Associate Foundation course from Madurai Kamaraj University and the Government of Tamil Nadu. She trained under Guru Balasubulakshmi and Guru Vasanthakumari. She has over 30 years experience as a teacher of Bharatanatyam with over 700 performances to her credit. She served as an official examiner at Tamil Nadu Government Music College and as an active mentor for Bharatanatyam grade exams at the Annamalai University of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. She holds the world record for performing the longest Indian folk concert lasting for 43 hours. She has taught workshops in Sri Lanka and is fluent in Tamil, English and Sinhala.
Ahila leads the development of curriculum for School Program and Dance Academy students. She also choreographs Company productions and performances for specific audiences.
Director of Programs and Community Outreach
Allison joins Kalapriya as Director of Programs and Community Outreach at their new South Loop location in The South Asia Institute. She comes to Kalapriya with a rich experience with arts having produced Chicago’s Arts in the Dark parade and Halloween Gathering for the past 5 years as well as other corporate and cultural events. In this senior leadership position, she is responsible for developing and executing Kalapriya’s programmatic, performance, educational, and outreach activities. In addition to her experience as an event producer, she has video production experience and is a licensed DJ. We are counting on her connection skills to keep lots of exciting projects “spinning” for our organization and her artistic background to bring out the best in our team and outreach partnerships. Allison is an alumnus of Denison University and loves film, vinyl LPs, art showings, live music, her menagerie of pets and connecting with people.
Mordion Gall is a sound engineer and production specialist. She has a Bachelors of Science in Sound Recording Technology from SUNY Fredonia and has worked as a sound engineer since 2001. In addition to sound work, Mordion is a Flamenco dance teacher and performer. She manages the production of Kalapriya’s events as well as assisting with social media and marketing. She has been working with Kalapriya since April 2019.
Sonia’s background is in gender empowerment, community organizing, and education. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Tanzania, East Africa from July 2016 – August 2018. While she worked primarily as an English teacher, she also taught and developed a life skills curriculum that focused on topics such as peer pressure, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. During her time in the Peace Corps she served on the Volunteer Advisory Committee and was regional safety and security warden. Most recently, she worked as a program coordinator for buildOn, to help provide service learning opportunities to high school students. Sonia is an alumnus of The Ohio State University. She enjoys spending quality time with her cat, food, horribly cheesy rom coms, travelling, Bollywood films, karaoke, and, of course, dance.