As an artist herself, Sonali has studied and played the Indian drum, the tabla, for over thirty years and has received a Sangeet Prabhakar Diploma from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She is a strong believer in "art with a purpose," a foundational pillar and primary driver of Tribhang's mission to explore, educate, and enrich.
An alumni of University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Indian Indian Institute of Technology-New Delhi, and Miranda House Delhi University, Sonali's professional background is in patent law. She works as a Division Counsel at AbbVie, Inc. Passionate in supporting her community, she serves as a volunteer or a member of the Board of Directors for a number of organizations including the Lake Forest Academy-Academy Fund, Kala Eternal Rhythms, Sanjeevani, Anila Sinha Foundation and YWCA.
Sean is the President of KNI Communications, a Chicago-based political consulting and issue advocacy firm which has been involved in a variety of local, national and global campaigns for health care and human rights. He first discovered the importance of the arts as a method of empowering people when he worked with Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC while attending Georgetown University. It was this uplifting and educational power of the arts that inspired Sean to support Tribhang.
More recently, Sean – whose father Gene Tenner is a popular local artist in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood – serves on the Board of Hope for the Day to further their mission of using the arts and creative expression to help young people deal with mental health issues. He also serves on the Board of Color Me Africa Fine Arts, which works with South African artists whose work and views were suppressed under the Apartheid regime. Color Me Africa Fine Arts helps to bring South African artists and their “protest art” to a new global audience and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve for their talent and courage.
As an artist herself, Puja has studied Kathak under Ms. Kiran Chouhan for ten years, completing her Sangeet Prabhakar Diploma from Prayag Sangeet Samithi in 2015. Her most recent artistic endeavors have followed her to college and venues across the country as she competed at national level tournaments in Indian folk dance forms bhangra and raas. Passionate for human rights, Puja finds inspiration in Tribhang's philanthropic efforts, specifically in the organization's most recent focus on human migration.
Now 20 years old, Puja is a junior double majoring in business and journalism at Loyola University Chicago. In an effort to give back to her community, Puja serves as an outreach coordinator for the LUC Dance Marathon, the proceeds of which benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. She hopes to pursue a career in predictive analytics or business journalism while maintaining her artistic and community involvement.
Shiwali has a long history of artistic involvement. Currently, she learns the classical Indian dance form of Kathak from Ms. Kiran Chouhan, Artistic Director or I-Radha. She is ever fascinated by Kathak Dance Sytles' story-telling techniques to detail experiences both past and present, as well as her vision for the future. This ability to convey profound messages through art was her inspiration behind founding Tribhang. Shiwali is also a member of the leadership Circle at WBEZ Chicago Public Media and a supporter of Save the Children.
Professionally, Shiwali’s background is in finance and change management. Most recently, she was the CFO at a venture fund after being the CFO of the super-premium chocolate manufacturer, Vosges Haut-Chocolat. She has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Shikha is a student of music and performs & learns the Indian Classical string instrument, the Sitar. She is also a photographer and an avid writer. Shikha believes that art and music binds people across the globe and through this medium we have the potential to make us feel connected to all of the humanity. The more we use art, music and creativity to bring us together – literally and figuratively – the more there is the potential for increased empathy, social connection, and cooperation on various socio-economic issues.
Professionally, Shikha is alumni of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, has a background in computer engineering and works at Insperity Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin.