The Looking Glass is the brainchild of Priyanka Patel and Anuraag Dhoundeyal – both stalwarts and pioneers in integrating arts and education in the modern-day context. Their collective skills and experience form the foundation of The Looking Glass.

Priyanka Patel

Co-founder

Priyanka is driven to create environments where children can learn better and deal with various social, economic, behaviourial and academic issues that work as impediments in holistic development.

She holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and is a trained classical dancer who has worked extensively with theatre techniques, music, movement and visual arts in therapeutic settings.

Her love for arts and its potential took new life as she headed the Arts Academy for Salaam Bombay Foundation, NGO helping build life skills amongst slum kids through providing training in music, dance and theatre.

She has worked at schools in Mumbai with students, teachers, parents and support staff integrating arts and education in her sessions.  Priyanka was the resident counsellor at Shishuvan School in Mumbai, during which she was responsible for conducting Personality development classes for students across middle school and high school. She organized leadership training sessions for students and parents. Priyanka trained teachers on effective teaching methodologies, enhancing learning environment in classrooms and on disciplining strategies. She conducted a series of workshops for teachers and parents on understanding pre-adolescents and adolescents, improving communication between parents and children and sex education.

Priyanka was also responsible for organizing educational field trips across the country enhancing the scope of learning, making it more experiential and hands-on.

As a special educator for children with learning disabilities, she made effective use of arts to combine visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.

Her work at Walsingham School involved enhancing communication skills in students using theatre games and techniques.

As a psychologist, she has engaged first hand with counselling for sensitive issues including cancer patients in pediatric wards at the Tata Cancer Hospital and at the Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Massina Hospital.

She has also been the Director at Adhyayan, an education movement, dedicated to improving the quality of leadership and learning in schools.

Besides heading The Looking Glass, she also performs in ‘Sounds of the Sufis, as a story teller and narrator.

Anuraag Dhoundeyal

Co-founder

Anuraag is a musician and a versatile singer. Anuraag believes in the potential of music to transcend all boundaries and to help individuals become more sensitive to their environment.

A graduate in Economics from St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai), Anuraag has spent over a decade learning Hindustani Classical Music under the tutelage of the best in the field.

He has worked with Banyan Tree Communications as a radio producer and programmer. He was also a producer for Fever 104 FM where is successfully planned schedules, created content and trained RJ’s.

He has been a faculty member at Institute of Management Studies making English both interactive and enjoyable for the students.

He has to his credit a number of performances and collaborations, both national and international, in India and abroad. He has partnered with musicians from different genres in creating original compositions as well as lending his voice for multiple projects covering genres like western classical, jazz, folk music from Africa, Ireland and Rajasthan, world music and Sufi. He has also composed and performed the music for a South African play ‘The Coolie Odyssey’.

As a Music Educator, he was invited by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) to attend workshops for Professional Musicians and Educators and also to conduct workshops on Indian Classical Music for the post-graduate students of the University.

Anuraag, also worked with Salaam Bombay Foundation, an NGO, where he trained a group of 50 students with no formal training in music, over 3 months to perform for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2012.

Besides heading The Looking Glass, Anuraag has initiated Indicus, an endeavour integrating musical influences like Hindustani Classical, Sufi, Jazz and Electronica while taking music to a wide range of audiences.

He also performs in ‘Sounds of the Sufis’ as singer, music composer, and co-narrator.

Watch some of Anuraag’s performances:
IndianSoul – Mora Saiyan
IndianSoul – Rang De
IndianSoul – Kesariya & More Saiyan
IndianSoul – Saanson Ki Maala

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