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EARLY YEARS

Nehha was born to a family of two ever hungry daschunds, an ambitious mom, a super punctual dad, a naughty brother and a whole bunch of loving aunts uncles and grandparents. An aspirational middle-class family, Nehha's parents put her brother Jay and her in Delhi's foremost liberal arts focussed school- The Shri Ram School. Her school life was spent in a most creative way- from editing newspapers, painting, clay pottery, volleyball, national level roller hockey, Classical Dance lessons, swimming, vocal music classes and more. Every creative activity worth trying out was tried out and the mother would usually spend hours on the road driving the children from one class to the other! 

 

 

 

Nehha walked into the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Sociology Honors but transferred her credits to a liberal arts college in SouthWest of Chicago - Knox College for an undergraduate degree in International Relations. It was at Knox, that Nehha truly realised where her forte lies - in being a cultural ambassador for India. Her mind opened up to cultures from around the world and she saw the unique position India's culture held.

2009 - 2012

Post graduating, Nehha joined a new Guru - Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan in Delhi. She also enrolled in a Masters program at Delhi University for Political Science with a focus in International Relations. She began her cultural tours with the dance troupe at her Guru's school. She began to be invited for giving TEDx talks and the idea of teaching dance to the underprivileged girls took root through these talks. 

 

 

2012-2017

Nehha contributed immensely  to the field of Indian Performing Arts through her Foundation, Sarvam. Her legacy  in promoting arts in unique and innovative ways led to the  creation of hundreds of new audience and dozens of new artistes and art organizers apart from enduring opportunities for over 200 seasoned and upcoming artistes. Nehha also continued teaching 20 slum girls and they in turn received international opportunities for travel in dance. She also performed avidly in India and around the world, her beloved dance form of Bharatanatyam.

2018-present

Nehha married a beautiful human being, Ompi Rudraiah and moved her base to Brisbane, Australia for a new journey of discovery and adventure. She continued her work in India  by making Sarvam Shakti - the slum girl project her focus. It is 220 girls strong today and involves a holistic curriculum of study with arts being the focus. She is also undergoing serious study in Meditation and Pranayama along with learning skills of being a homemaker who loves cooking and also learning the Kannada language. In Dance, Nehha is focussing on Abhinaya or expressions in theorem of Bharatanatyam.  

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'Connecting ideas, arts, empathy, kindness, talent and love through various platforms has been something I have always enjoyed doing. Whether it is a remote lecture demonstration in a rural village or a Corporate training session, exploring this facet of my working life has been key to learning so much.

I have mentored summits such as Young India Challenge, Nokia Create To Inspire, UN Young Leaders Challenge and more apart from speaking at over three dozen conferences around India and some parts of the Western world.

I have also been a delegate at several prominent exchange programs around the world, be it the Rotary Group Study in Hong Kong or the Australia-India Youth Dialogue, the TED Active delegate in United States or the UNLEASH cohort in Denmark.'

RECENT PROJECTS

SARVAM FOUNDATION

Path-breaking collaborations and events in Performing Arts

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DANCE AS A CAUSE

Bharatanatyam as activism and for art's sake

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SARVAM SHAKTI

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Empowerment through a holistic education program for the 

marginalized girl child