Rajan Krishnamurty comes from a family that is steeped in the performing and visual arts. Unfortunately, none of this rubbed off sufficiently to enable him to perform…but there’s still time. Inspired by the community service of his wife, Shelly, he has recently become more involved with non-profits such as Chaya and Ragamala. Rajan greatly appreciates the dedication of volunteers, the life-blood of these organizations. In his spare time, he runs cardomain.com as President and COO.
Saris, cultural and religious artifacts, Indian delicacies and a repertoire of folk tales – these are Shailaja “Shelly” Krishnamurty‘s arsenal in her personal campaign to educate schoolchildren about India. An active volunteer at her childrens’ school, Shelly took things further by making regular visits to the school to share her culture. By weaving culture, history and mythology, Shelly engages her audience and enriches their understanding of Indian traditions. Starting with one school in 2001, she now visits upto 25 schools each year. She is involved with the World Affairs Council and is a board member of SAAM. She has been an active presenter at the World Language Day program at the UW for the past 4 years. Shelly is involved with the local non-profits, especially Chaya. Shelly loves to cook and enjoys hosting auction dinners for various charities. For her dedicated volunteerism, Shelly received the Top Contributors to the Asian Community Award from the Northwest Asian Weekly.
(Shelly’s bio. adapted from the Dec 3, 2005 article that appeared in Northwest Asian Weekly)