Jayashree Voruganti is the current president of India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) for the term of 2015-2017. She is a bio-pharmaceutical professional with masters’ degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology/Biochemistry, and has worked in the Greater Boston area for over 30 years.
She is a lifetime member of IAGB and has been an IAGB supporter for over 20 years. She joined IAGB in 1995 as a director and served for two consecutive terms as Culture Committee (CC) Chair. She was part of the team that brought India’s Independence Day Celebrations back to the Hatch Shell in 1997 to celebrate India’s 50th Independence Anniversary.
She joined IAGB again in January of 2012 as a director and served for two consecutive terms. In 2015, she assumed responsibilities as IAGB President after winning the presidential election by a landslide!
Her vision for IAGB is to expand community service activities proactively and unite the fragmented Indian society of Greater Boston, to gain the strength and visibility it rightly deserves. This can only be achieved through expanding its membership base, recruiting like-minded individuals and launching initiatives such as Community Services, Integration and Reaching Beyond Our Boundaries that the ever-growing Indian society needs today.
Her vision also includes expanding culture activities beyond the two flagship events IAGB conducts (Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations) to four events a year, one each quarter. Under her leadership, IAGB has launched an e-newsletter that is being published on a monthly basis.
In addition to IAGB, Jayashree is a volunteer for Saheli, FISCO and NEMM. She was instrumental in founding an organization for Burlington residents, Indian Americans for Burlington (IAB), whose mission is to unite Burlington residents of Indian origin to promote educational, civic, charitable and community activities.
Praveena Naduthota is currently Vice President of IAGB, and has previously been Director of IAGB for 2013-2015 term. He is an Executive Committee member of Karnatic Hindistani Music Circle (KHMC) and immediate past President and Chairperson of KHMC, a non-profit Organization promoting Karnatic and Hindustani classical music in New England. He has been President of New England Kannada Koota (NEKK), where he grew membership almost 300% and celebrated 40th anniversary of NEKK with 2 day celebrations. Praveena is a founding member and Chairperson of the non-profit organization Gayatri. He is actively involved in fundraising for causes like 'walk for hunger' and 'heart walk', and leads a group of 'Yaksha Loka' spreading the art of 'yakshagana', an ancient art from coastal areas of South India. In his free time, he writes, directs and acts in dramas, performing all over the USA and India. Professionally, he is Senior Director in a multi-national company.
Jeyanthi Ghatraju is the co-chair of the Cultural Committee of IAGB and a Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer with a mission to perform for charity and the underprivileged. She has been a co-producer of several fundraising dance productions, collaborating with gurus from India and the New England dance community for the past many years, notably Vision Aid. Jeyanthi offers Certificate and Degree Programs in Performing Arts through her affiliation with Alagappa Performing Arts Academy, Alagappa University, India and several of her students have graduated. Many students have performed their arangetrams under her guidance. Jeyanthi was the first President of the Karnatic Hindustani Music Circle and currently serves as its Treasurer. She was awarded the coveted US Presidential Gold Service Award in 2013 for her community service.