Our Instructors

Summer 2019

Hari Krishnan holds eight national medals in Kalaripayattu and a Guinness World Record for fastest movement with long flexible sword (230 strokes in 37 seconds). At the age of 10, he learned Kalari from his grandfather, a former Army sergeant, and later joined Thekkan Kalari at the age of 13 for six years. He currently practices Vadakkan Kalari under the guru Ismail Gurukkal. Hari has taught more than 400 students. Some are participating in national level Kalaripayattu competitions and have won gold medals in multiple age groups.  

Kalaripayattu Head Instructor

HARI KRISHNAN

Deepali Salil is an award-winning Bharatnatyam dancer and movement facilitator. She has performed at cultural festivals across India, winning the Nritya Nalin Samaan in Bangalore and the IndianRaga Monthly International Competition, among others. She holds an MA in Bharatnatyam from Nalanda Nritiya Kala Mahavidylaya under the tutelage of Kalamamani Guru Rama Vaidyanathan, and a certification in Creative Movement Facilitation from CMTAI, Delhi.

Bharatnatyam Instructor

DEEPALI SALIL

Anuradha is a senior lecturer at the University of Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is charged with uniting our experiential education programming into a discussion-based seminar for ages 12 and up. She has taught courses in London, Oxford, and Cambridge. She has acted as the principal curriculum writer for undergraduate degree courses granted by the University of Wales. She has also organized and run academic and interfaith workshops, seminars, and conferences internationally. She oversees curriculum development for Camp Cardamom and serves as a lecturer in residence during camp season.

Academic Director

ANURADHA DOONEY

Tanya is a national-level competitive swimmer. She has won more than 100 swimming medals, including silver and bronze in aquathlon, which combines a 5K run with a 750M swim. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Carmel College in Bangalore. She manages operations for Camp Cardamom and also runs our swimming programs.

Deputy Head of Operations

Tanya Agnihotri

A virtuoso in tabla and harmonium, Beny has played with musicians such as Paul McCartney, Ilayaraja, and Lata Mangeshkar. After studying under famous North Indian tabla master Kishan Maharaj, he worked as a performer and composer in Bollywood. He has 20 years of teaching experience at schools and colleges in Kerala such as Jyothi Nikethan. Since 1998, he has been an artist in residence at Marari Beach Resort.

Music Director

JOHN BENNY FRANK

Subish is an expert on the Western Ghats, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. He will lead our students on treks while explaining environmental questions such as why elephants are keystone species and how the forest adapts during the wet and dry seasons. Subish served as a senior naturalist at Inn The Wild resort in Tamil Nadu before launching his own eco-resort, Monsoon Retreats Ecostay, in Thekkady. He holds a master's degree in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute, Dehradun. He often consults for governments and NGOs on eco-tourism and sustainability.

Naturalist & Trekking Coordinator

SUBISH SEBASTIAN

Two years ago, Nikhil left a well-paid job at a multinational diamond jewelry company to focus on the teaching and practice of yoga. He runs his own yoga studio in Chennai, and has led sessions for corporate clients such as Black Rock Mutual Fund and Robinson's Cargo. He holds multiple yoga certifications from Art of Living in Chennai, Isha Yoga in Coimbatore, and Yoga Alliance USA in Mysore, among others. He also holds a post-graduate degree in Marketing and Sales Management from Stansfield College in Singapore.

Yoga Instructor

NIKHIL BHANSALI

Pawandeep is an English teacher at the Bright School in Vadodara, Gujarat. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Maharaja Sayaji University in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Diploma in Elementary Education from the National Institute for Open Schooling.  She enjoys reading, traveling, drawing, and spending time with her dogs.

Head Counselor

PAWANDEEP DANG

Manu is an Ayurveda therapist for Cure Monastery Ayurveda Wellness Center, where he treats visitors from around the world. He holds a certificate in Ayurveda Nursing, Panchakarma, and Yoga from Asramam Charitable Ayurveda Hospital in Idukki. In 2013, he earned a Bsc. (computer science) from the College of Applied Science in Kanthalloor.

Ayurveda Instructor

MANUPRATHAP V.K.

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