Esteemed Judges for GMI 2.0
Shweta Shetty knew from a very young age, what she wanted to do.
At the age of 10 she started her love affair with music. Grew up on classical music, r&b, soul, rock and eventually got her big break in 93 with Magnasound and Biddu with, Johny Joker, which went on to become the highest selling pop album and Shweta becoming an icon which lasted well over a decade.
Shweta was selective right from the start, but the few songs that she did, sold millions and got her fans world-wide with the Indian community. She churned many classics in a short period, which are remembered till today.
Her pop hits, Johnny Joker, Deewane tho Deewane hain ( which incidently was the lock-down song trending all over india) and Oorja. Mangtha hain kya, Rukhmani from Roja with A R Rehman created musical history.
She went on to create many more Bollywood blockbusters, like tote tote, poster lagwa do, ore ore, dilli ki sardi, to name a few…
She left at the peak of her career to get married and settled in hamburg/Germany in 1998. There her talent was discovered by none other than Sarah Brightman, ex wife of Andrew Lloyd webber and the star of, phantom of the opera. she toured the us, Europe, China, Australia, etc with sb and sang 2 duets with her on journey home and Arabian Nights, which she co-wrote and co-composed part of the song.
She went on to sing with talented producers, like Frank Peterson, Jam and Spoon and the Gregorians. Back now in Mumbai for good and just released a single, Daro Na, with house music producer, Addy S, which has garnered rave reviews and a welcome change to Shweta’s strong, powerful and unmistakable vocals which was sorely missed.
Public Speaking, Comedy, Acting, Senior Combined Group
Bharat Dabholkar - A man of many talents from being an advertising genius to a producer and a well-known actor. He is Known as the ‘funny ad-man’ and The innovator of what most of us call Hinglish today.
Bharat Dabholkar is the man behind the marketing of Amul, Videocon, Frooti, Appy and Bailey products. He won 14 advertising excellence awards for writing the Amul ads.
He wrote and directed over 32 english musical plays including Blame it on Yashraj and Bottom's Up which is the longest running play in the history of english theatre in India.
Moving on to films, he brought a lot of roles to life and played supporting roles in popular films like One 2 Ka 4 (2001), Company (2002), Mr Ya Miss (2005), Corporate (2006), Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007), and Sarkar 3 (2017) Dabang 3 and upcoming movie Khabees among others alongside Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Rajnikanth.
Instrument, Voice (Hindi & Regional)
Rahul Ranade has been composing music for more than 35 years for Advertising, Cinema, Television and Theater.
He has scored Music and Background Music for more than 35 Hindi and Marathi films like Nidaan, Vaastav, Astitva, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai. Saatchya Aat Gharaat, Kaakasparsha, Dr Prakash Baba Amte, the National Award winning Kachcha Limbu, and the latest Amitabh Bachchan, Vikram Gokhale starrer AB ani CD to name a few.
He has scored music for more than 200 Plays in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English and German languages. The current ones are, the magnum opus Hamlet. Also, the recent ones, Tila Kahi Sangaychay, Vacuum Cleaner, Knock Knock Celebrity, Idiots, Himalayachi Savali.
He has toured US and East Europe with the famous play Ghashiram Kotwal, as a singer- actor.
He has had the honor of composing music for the Worlds Largest Audio book, Daasbodh, penned by Shri Ramdas Swami in the voice of Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, and also for India's first film, Raja Harishchandra directed by Dadasaheb Phalke.
He has Directed Zee Marathi's 'Nakshatranche Dene', 'Sa re Ga Ma Pa', and events like 'Garja Maharashtra Maza' held in London, Mahesh Manjrekars MICTA and Shankar Mahadevans 'My Country...My Music'.
Rahul Ranade also has under his belt, the Mega Musical show 'Viraasat' which he conceived and executed, with musicians to the likes of Vikku Vinayakram and Selva Ganesh, Louiz Banks and Gino banks, Ganesh and Kumaresh, Taufique Qureshi and Zakir Hussain playing in an ensemble. In 'The Masters', Rahul brought together Ustad Rashid Khan and Shankar Mahadevan to perform together.
His latest show, "Asha Bhosle Live with the Bengal Tigers" pulled up packed audiences last December, which will be repeated on February 15th with Shaan joining hands with Ashaji. This show is conceived, produced and directed by Rahul.
Rahul Designed and Directed the online show 'RaRa' Rum Pum, the first of its kind, with Guru Thakur, Vaibhav Joshi, Priyanka Barve and Prashant Damle.
Monica Cooley is a well-known performer, teacher and choreographer of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of southern India. She is a senior disciple of the renowned dancing couple, Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi of Chennai, India. An American born in Singapore and raised in Indonesia, with an academic background in South Asian Studies and over 35 years of performing and teaching experience in Bharatanatyam, Monica is uniquely suited as an interpreter of Indian culture for Western audiences. She has performed extensively in the United States and India and is known for her clarity of technique and depth of expression. Monica is a skilled teacher of Bharatanatyam who has trained hundreds of students at her institution, Kala Nivedanam, established in Nashville, TN in 1992 with her husband, Carnatic vocalist, Dr. S. Mahadevan. The performing wing of Kala Nivedanam offers senior students the opportunity to perform at local cultural events and festivals as well as to tour nationally in Kala Nivedanam dance-drama productions. She was a faculty member of the Vanderbilt Dance Program for 19 years, served as visiting professor for Indian dance at Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 1998 and 2001, and has taught workshops in many cities in the U.S.
Natalya Castillo has been trained from the age of 6 by some of the best ballroom dancing coaches in the world. Throughout her expanding 25-year career Natalya has been a finalist and champion in several competitions, she has performed at numerous venues including Busch Gardens, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Burn the Floor, and has had the honor of coaching with some of the most talented champions in the ballroom dance industry. She has competed in International Latin and International Standard as well as American Rhythm and American Smooth.
• Rhythm Rising Star Arthur Murray World Champion
• Rhythm Open Arthur Murray Finalist
• Rhythm Open City Lights Ball Champion
• Adult Latin Nevada Star Ball champion.
• Youth Ten Dance US Champion.
• Junior US Champion.
• Junior Blackpool Latin Quarter Finalist
• Multiple-time Ten Dance US finalist.
• Multiple-time Ohio Star Ball Finalist
• Runner-up US Latin Division Junior championship.
• North American Dance Sport Championships Finalist.
• Tri-State Challenge Finalist.
• Northeastern Open Invitational Finalist.
• Norwegian Cruise Line Performer
• Burn the Floor Performer
• Forever Tango on Broadway Performer
• Performer on Donny and Marie
• Performer on Nickelodeon
Derek Johnson is a Managing Director at Slalom Build in Atlanta Georgia.
He is an active member of the community, serving on the advisory board for Women in Technology Georgia.
He is a proud father of 2 college students, who are at 2 of Nashville's finest colleges, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State University.
Kamber is classically trained pianist, vocalist, and songwriter in the Nashville area. She studied Music Business at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and graduated in 2012. She also spent a semester at a special intensive music program called the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN where she learned the fundamentals of contemporary and commercial songwriting, recording, and performing.
She currently teach piano, voice, and guitar at the Jan Williams School of Music in Brentwood, TN, and also work as a freelance pianist and vocalist for wedding ceremonies and receptions. She is also pursuing my own personal music career as an artist and performer.
Heather Orne, a freelance television host, reporter and public relations specialist, spent almost 10 years as a local news anchor and reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. She then used her skills to transition into PR and media relations work for state government and several different private companies in fields such as real estate, healthcare and finance. She recently taught broadcasting and communications classes to high school students.
Mathangi is the Founder/Owner/Director of MDC - Mathangi's Dance Company, Michigans Leading Indian Dance Company.
She has been dancing from the age of 4 and choreographing and teaching dance from the age of 11. She has been trained in various Indian and International dance forms .She has professionally performed in many high profile dance shows like Filmfare, Mathraboomi, Cinema express and also in many televised dance shows.. MDC has won the best entertaining award in MotorCity Choreographer conclave 2017 ,a dance showcase for all the professional dancers of various International styles. They have also placed 4th in World of Dance Regionals - Michigan, 2019 and also Winner of Best costumes in the same competition. MDC’s students have performed for many celebrities like actor R Madhavan, Vivek Oberoi and for Musician Devi Sri Prasad . Their Annual Dance Show Maya is the most talked about and reviewed dance show of Michig
Voice (Hindi & Regional)
Vocal Musical Artist with over 30 years of experience of stage performances, playback singing, studio
recording, TV & Radio performances in India. Since 1992 over 300 performances in USA & Canada.
Playback singer in 4 movies, 7 Marathi programs on TV, 60 programs on Radio, 300 performances in Pune, Recordings in Marathi and Punjabi. Want to know more about her, check her Youtube link
Voice (Hindi & Regional)
Alka Jupudi is a professional singer from Canton, Michigan. She has done playback singing for south Indian films with singers like Hariharan and has rendered her voice for over 25 television serial title songs.
She is a winner of the Telugu "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" conducted by renowned playback singer S.P. Balasubramanyam.
She also received the Best Female TV Singer Award in 2012 in India.
She is also an accomplished classical dancer. She trains kids and adults in classical music and dance and gives voice lessons for singing Bollywood songs. You can check her YouTube Channel
Manisha Mehta is vocally classically trained from the well-known institute, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
Manisha is also classically trained Bharatanatyam Dancer with a Vishradh Degree in it. She is the Founder, Creative Director and Choreographer at her own Institute, “MUDRA” Bharatanatyam dance academy where she teaches all kinds of dance forms. Mudra Dance Academy is run in 3 locations in Atlanta and has been running for many years now.
She is also an event planner with her own company BCreative Productions. You can follow her youtube channel MAM Melodies for singing and Mudra Bharatanatyam Dance Academy for dance
She believes that Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the imagination and the power to heal because it touches every individual's heart and soul and that could change the world!
Hannah Horvath was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2008 to pursue music. She attended and graduated from Belmont University as a Commercial Voice Major with a double emphasis in Performance and Music Business. During her time at Belmont, she was part of numerous vocal ensembles, toured the country with her performance groups, and began her teaching career. Upon graduation, Hannah landed a job in the music industry working as an account manager for leading country music artists. As much as she enjoyed her time in the music business—her love was invested in teaching aspiring musicians the art of singing and performance. She taught students from all over the world—with some moving on to the top musical colleges in the country, landing spots on performance reality tv shows, and winning numerous performing competitions. Hannah has always said, “70% performance, 30% raw vocal talent...performance is key!”
Dance, Senior Combined Group
Anagha Huprikar is a versatile Kathak dancer of Jaipur Gharana. In addition to being an accomplished
dancer, she also holds a bachelorette in German from Pune University.
Anagha began her Kathak training at Padanyas (पदन्यास) Kathak Dance Institute in Pune under the able
guidance of her guru, Pt. Sujata Natu, at the tender age of 6. Through hard work and perseverance, she
completed her Visharad in Kathak with distinction from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. She stood first in
the University and was awarded a scholarship that encouraged her to pursue Kathak further. She also
had the opportunity to hone her skills under the able guidance of Pt. Sundarlalji Gangani and Pt.
Jagdishji Gangani of Vadodara. Additionally, she has taken lessons in Laya and Taal from the
distinguished Tabla player, Pt. Ramdas Palsule.
Anagha has received several prestigious awards in solo Kathak and has given many excellent stage
performances in India.
She was a Professor of Kathak at the Badruka Music College, Hyderabad for 2 years.
She moved to Michigan from Pune in 2011. Pretty soon, she established herself as a well-respected and
versatile dancer. She started her own dance institute, ‘ASMI Dance Academy’ (अस्मि) in Michigan. She,
along with her students has given a number of enthralling performances.
She was one of the lead choreographers in the BMM 2017 Opening Ceremony - ‘Ranga Marathi
Manache’. She collaborated with and choreographed more than 40 dancers.
Anagha has been very active in the Indian community in Michigan. She has worked successfully as the
President of Maharashtra Mandal Of Detroit for one and half years - From July 2017- December 2018.
Anand Mehta has professionally been singing for the past 29 years. He has been given the title of Mohamed Rafi of Atlanta by his admirers.He has been performing for special events, cultural events, concerts, fundraisers and captivating audience with his charming personality, ability to connect to audience
instantly and above all his musical ability. He started learning to play the tabla from his Gurujee Kinnarsen in N.Y.
Through music, Anand Mehta would like to create awareness on various social causes and collaborate with organizations around the globe to make a difference.
He promotes live singing and entertain their fans under MAM Melodies.
You can follow Anand Mehta with the links provided for all the musical entertainment-
Senior Combined Group
Sunitha is a World Music Composer and Singer who is trained in North Indian classical music. As a composer she has more than 100 released & unreleased compositions to her credit. She has given many performances in India and in major US cities.
As a child, Sunitha grew up in an environment surrounded by music and poetry.
She is the daughter of the famous Mysore Ananthaswamy, the pioneer of Sugam Sangeet in Karnataka who has left an indelible mark with his numerous compositions.