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Confident steps to a successful career – Rupa Mukerji

Rupa Mukerji is energetic and focussed. She shares her professional journey towards success with Namaste Switzerland. Rupa Mukerji wears three hats in her professional life at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. She is: on the Management Board of the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation the Head of the Advisory Services department at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation an Advisor on the Climate Change for the organisation and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian arm of Helvetas –  Intercooperation India. The commendable fact is that Rupa is the first non-European member on the board of a Swiss development organization. She and...

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Blending the classical with the contemporary

Classical dance that transcends conventional norms, and becomes relevant to audiences of our times. That’s how Sowgandhika Krishnan & Ensemble blend together the classical with the contemporary in their dance drama productions. The ISKCON* temple was festooned and decorated with flowers on the occasion of ‘Janmashtami’. There was a steady stream of devotees visiting the temple through the day. Among several events for the day, was a performance by artist Sowgandhika Krishnan and Ensemble. We took our seats together with the rest of the audience in the temple hall to watch the dance ensemble make their Zurich debut of...

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Swiss Kathak dancer – Priscilla Brülhart

The story of a Swiss dancer and her love for Kathak-an Indian classical dance form, her artistic journey and the joys and challenges of teaching Kathak in Switzerland. Gauri is a Swiss Kathak dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is the founder of ‘Sangeet Swiss Association’ which aims to promote Indian classical arts in Switzerland. She teaches Kathak and Yoga at Le Dance center Monique Van der Roer Villars-sur-Glâne and in the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie in Geneva and has performed in Switzerland, India and in Europe. Growing up with a love for dance Gauri was born as Priscilla Brülhart in Switzerland...

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Living her dream in India: Barbara Maim

Meet an entrepreneurial woman, who moved bag and baggage to India, to become a technology entrepreneur and start her new life with her husband, kids, and company. Lausanne born Barbara Maim’s day begins early. A working techie, she wakes her kids and gets them ready. It’s fruits today for breakfast. At 8:30 am, the nanny rings the bell. She wishes them a good day with the nanny and is off to work with her entrepreneur husband. Their workplace is a 10-minute auto rickshaw ride from their home… in Bengaluru. “We work from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in...

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Sharanjit Kaur – Following her passion

Sharanjit Kaur talks about how she moved out of a demanding job in IT/Banking to find her own calling as an entrepreneur in the field of personalized dressing. Sharan exudes a quiet confidence as she talks passionately about her childhood connection with her hobby: sewing. She reminisces, “Sewing has been a passion ever since I can remember… we had a sewing machine at home and my mother would make dresses for us. My earliest memories date back to the days of ‘Usha’ machine with a foot pedal and helping my mum cut patterns for our daily wear. I knew...

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