K N Suntook
NCPA Chairman and SOI Founder
Mr Khushroo N Suntook has had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in business, initially as one of the founders of India's first mineral water company, Bisleri, and later in various senior capacities in the Tata Group, where he still continues to sit on boards as an independent Director. He joined the National Centre for the Performing Arts, India's premier performing arts institution, first as the Vice-Chairman in 2000 and then as the Chairman in 2008. His brief tenure as Chairman of NCPA has witnessed changes which have vitalised this venerable institution.
Executive Director and Council Member
Mr. Deepak Bajaj has had a long corporate career spanning four decades across various capacities. He was Vice President at Lakmé Limited and Lakmé Exports and subsequently Lakmé Lever between 1981 and 2000. He has spent four years in the United Arab Emirates as well, as the CEO for a large consumer goods firm. He has been a Council Member and Director, Sales & Marketing, Administration at the NCPA since 2005.
Director – Legal, Secretarial and Special Projects
Mr. Prashant Karkare has had a long corporate career spanning three decades across various capacities, most recently as the Vice-President of Business Improvement Group, Voltas, where he was responsible for driving initiatives such as Business Excellence, Process Improvements, Innovation, Knowledge Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Corporate Sustainability in addition to handling all the property development matters.
SOI Music Director
Internationally-renowned violinist Marat Bisengaliev is the founding Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India. Described recently by The Times as a "brilliant violin soloist", Marat Bisengaliev has also been designated "a latter-day Ysaye" by the American Journal Fanfare. The New York Times says that "He has taken to heart a style of playing that was a hallmark of violin virtuosity early in the century”.
Associate Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra
ZANE DALAL was born and educated in England. Awarded an Organ Scholarship to the University of Oxford, he held the position of Choirmaster and Organist at Oriel College Chapel. During his tenure the choir made several tours within the United Kingdom, notably to the cathedrals at Lichfield, Ely, Coventry and York. He holds Masters Degrees in Music from both the University of Oxford, U.K and from Indiana University, at Bloomington.
Senior Manager – Programmes, Western Music
Coming from a Zoroastrian background, Farrahnaz Irani was brought up on music and art, something so intrinsic to her native culture. Though she had studied science, she changed her career path and joined the Multi-Media Department of Universal Music (India) in 1996, where she managed electronic media planning, purchasing, positioning and controlling marketing spends. Farrah's dynamic and natural flair for interacting with people from diverse cultures led her to handling public relations and ground events for the Universal Music launch, where she managed events for artists such as Pankaj Udhas, Asha Bhosle, Falguni Pathak, Daler Mehndi, Shiamak Davar and Enrique Iglesias. She also handled the contracts and signing of new artistes, new films and recording of new projects as well as the album launch of both national and international artistes.
Head of Piramal Gallery
Mukesh Parpiani is a renowned photo-journalist, having had an active media career of over 30 years. He has worked with The Daily and been the Photo Editor at The Indian Express and the Mid-day.
Head – Programming, Theatre & Films
Deepa Gahlot wears many hats… she is a journalist, critic, columnist, editor, scriptwriter and author. Deepa's love and passion for theatre and films is evident from her varied body of work. Her writings have appeared in anthologies on women's studies and cinema, the latest being Bollywood – Popular Indian Cinema, Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema – A Visual Journey Through the Heart of Bollywood, and Janani. She has also written The Prithviwallahs (co-authored with Shashi Kapoor), biographies of Shah Rukh Khan and Shammi Kapoor, translated several plays (by Manav Kaul and Paresh Mokashi) into English and adapted Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist for the stage.
Head Programming, Dance
Swapnokalpa Dasgupta (Roychowdhury), an outstanding disciple of legendary Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and Guru Poushali Mukherjee, is a dancer proficient in the Odissi style of Indian classical dance. Since her early childhood she has trained under Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. She was considered by him as one of his talented disciples and an established, dedicated and devoted Odissi dancer with a sense of neat artistry and discipline. After his untimely death in 2004, Swapnokalpa started training under Guru Poushali Mukherjee. Under the tutelage of both the gurus she has mastered the art and technique of Odissi dance.
Dr. Suvarnalata Rao
Programming Head-Indian Music & Research Scientist
Dr Suvarnalata Rao has had an illustrious career in Indian art music, as an artiste, a researcher and a curator.
General Manager, Technical
Mr. N.P. Kale is a qualified Electrical Engineer with postgraduate diploma in computer software, systems analysis and applications. He has also taken an advanced course in 'sound recording and reproduction' from University of Mumbai.
General Manager - Finance & Accounts
Siddharth has been with the NCPA for over 8 years in the Finance team. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has also completed his Masters in Commerce with specialization in Finance and Accounts from the University of Mumbai. He has been a Gold Medalist in the College and a merit rank holder in the B.Com Examination of the University of Mumbai.