About Gargi Duggal

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An IT Professional and an Entrepreneur is owner at UCMAS (World's leading Mental Math Program).  She has received congratulations letter from Guinness World of records for climbing 12,400 ft Parvati Valley of Himalaya Ranges at the age of 5yrs 8 months. She holds a Bachelors degree in Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance form). Performed at 2002 Commonwealth games held in Manchester . Recently, awarded Best Dancer trophy for Texas Dance USA Dance Season-II and bagged Texas Indian Icon trophy for International Indian Icon (3iii) Season-II. Internationally, she made it to the top finalists with an all age open dance category for 3iii Season-II. She has been mentored by renowned Bollywood Art Director Sharmistha Roy and assisted her in many films: Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Fiza, and Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega.

Aniv Karthikeyan, 4.5 yrs old, Riverside butterfly school, Coppell , TX
When you were 4.5 years old, were you a geographic walking encyclopedia?

Most of us cannot say ‘yes’, but Aniv Karthikeyan a 4.5 years old child from Irving, TX knows it all. Hard to believe, right? Come to UCMAS Plano on every Saturday and see the magic he creates through the numbers as well.

He locates the capital of a 100+ countries, from as tiny as Vatican City to as vast as Russia. This little fearless child is so confident and looks straight in to one’s eye to give his answers.

Show him the world map outlined on a piece of paper or any world map app on an ipad he will let you know the answer in fraction of seconds. It does not end there, Aniv can also recognize all the states in USA and name their capitals. You show him the state or country map cutouts and he would jump high to give the answer. 

Besides being such a bright kid, he enjoys construction and building Legos. In fact, he won first  place at the Annual Summer Lego Building Competition at West Irving Library. He built a remarkable spaceship out of Duplo’s. He has now surpassed his expectations and is engaging in Legos.

At home, he loves playing puzzle games. He enjoys making geographic and picture puzzles in his free time. Lastly, Aniv is in higher level reading. He is reading advanced 2nd grade books at the age of 4.5! Essentially, he is at twice the level of expertise than expected.

Gargi Duggal  Nov-2019   802   0

Meet Jinal Pandya : Actress in South Indian and Bollywood Movies
Recently, Jinal Pandya and I did a modelling campaign together, where I got to be up close and personal with her. Pandya will be seen in a lead role alongside Sanjay Dutt in the movie Amrapali which is slated to release during Diwali 2019. Prior to joining the film industry, Pandya indulged in prominent modelling assignments. She was a Femina Miss India 2010 finalist. Jinal believes body is a combination of mind and soul.

Gargi Duggal: You are raving on the silver screen; how did you make your way into Indian Cinema?
Jinal Pandya: I started off with Telegu movies, and then did a Kannada movie. Later, I took part in Femina Miss India, and that’s how I kicked off my acting career. Currently, I am shooting a movie with Sanjay Dutt, it’s a remake of Vaijantimala and Sunil Dutt starrer 1964 Amrapali movie.

Gargi Duggal: What piece of advice would you give to millennials, who want to choose Indian acting and modeling as their career, but are living American lifestyle?
Jinal Pandya: Any career you choose, you must feel passionate about. I have tried two to three different careers before I choose acting as my career. When I was studying, I thought I could be an IT graduate and that’s exactly what I did, but once I started working, I realized I wasn’t enjoying. If your heart feels like doing something, don’t give up before you try it out. You will only be successful if you are 100% determined.

Gargi Duggal: People like us who moved here in early 2000s, our parents gave us only two choices either medical or engineering, what is your take on that?
Jinal Pandya: Parents need to realize that there are many other career choices beyond medical or engineering. As a parent you need to find out what your kids are interested in. You have to give them the liberty to choose what they are passionate about. If they deeply care and make an effort to succeed, they will sore high. Sky’s the limit!

Gargi Duggal: How was your experience working with the ‘Amrapali’ crew?
Jinal Pandya: The movie is a period film, set in ancient India around 500 BC. We spent a lot of time in the make up room getting decked up and ready. There is lot of effort put in each and every shot. The detailing in terms of our costumes, the jewelry, and the set design, that you will see on the silver screen, were all thought through. Everyone has worked hard to make this a big success.

Gargi Duggal: You have your own clothing line called ‘Krishna Leela’, what kind of designs and brand are you trying to sell?
Jinal Pandya: Back in India lots of people wear sarees on their daily basis, not the one for fancy events but the comfortable ones. My brand carries very subtle versions of it that they can wear anywhere they like, even casually. The price is affordable, so even middle or upper class can manage to buy it.

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” - Michelle Obama
Gargi Duggal  Sep-2019   865   0

Gargi Duggal in conversation with Lauren Gottlieb
Lauren Gottlieb (born June 8, 1988) is an American dancer and actress from Scottsdale, Arizona. She was a contestant on the third season of the reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance and played the lead role in the 2013 Indian dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance. She was the runner up in the popular Indian television dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 6) with choreographer and partner Punit Pathak in 2013. She was also a Judge in the Indian television dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. 

Acting career:
Gottlieb's first shot at acting was on the television show Ghost Whisperer (2005). After Ghost Whisperer, she guest starred in Make It or Break It (2009), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011). Gottlieb played the lead female role in the Indian 3D dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2013), directed by Remo D'Souza.[8][9] Prior to filming, Gottlieb moved to India in March 2012 and spent three months learning Hindi[10] and Bollywood dance techniques. The film was shot in Mumbai where she played the role of dancer Rhea, a student of Vishnu (Prabhu dheva). It featured Kay Kay Menon, and Ganesh Acharya as well as dancers Salman Yusuff Khan, Dharmesh Yelande and Punit Pathak from the television show Dance India Dance.  
Gargi Duggal  May-2019   640   0

Arya Dance Academy’s 4th Annual Gala 2019 - MUSICAL MAYHEM!! Guest of Honor was Manushi Chillar-Miss World 2017 and all proceeds were donated to UNICEF-Project Lion
Arya Dance Academy’s 4th Annual Gala 2019 - MUSICAL MAYHEM!!
Guest of Honor was Manushi Chillar-Miss World 2017 and all proceeds were donated to UNICEF-Project Lion!

Arya Dance Academy
Arya International is a charitable dance and entertainment organization, dedicated to teaching South Asian dance techniques to students of all ages. Their goal is to encourage current and future South Asian generations to learn, respect, and admire our rich culture in the performing arts.

Gala Vision
Each year the gala is organized not only to raise money for charity but also to :
  • Bring Arya students and families together to promote diverse Indian cultural values through dance and entertainment
  • Show students the importance of giving back by dancing with a purpose
  • Promote South Asian culture and the arts and provide exposure to talented young performers who may wish to pursue professional careers in the arts
  • Bring our diverse communities together and share our heritage with friends and family
  • Provide a forum for South Asian professionals to network, connect and keep the community united

Gala Mission Statement

Each year a charity is selected based on many factors to ensure the money raised has a maximum impact. Donations from generous sponsors further help minimize expenses in hosting the Gala.

UNICEF-Project Lion
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. Since 1990, UNICEF has helped save the lives of 122 million children.

Arya Dance Academy website: http://www.aryaintl.com

Arya Dance Academy Texas Director: Rupal Desai Dev
Media Coverage by: Gargi Duggal
Video Coverage by: Vaibhav Rege

Gargi Duggal  Mar-2019   804   0

The Ordinarily Extraordinary
Gargi Duggal is an IT professional, a business owner, mother of 2 beautiful daughters, married since past 16 years and lives in the city of Plano, TX. She started dancing at the age of 2 years old. She is a trained professional dancer and has obtained bachelors degree in BharatNatyam: a classical Indian dance form. She has bagged many awards and accolades under her belt but the most recent and special award that she received was of Best Dancer at Dance USA Dance Dallas regional competition in April of 2018.  

She has been through an interesting journey of life from being one of the youngest to climb Himalayas Parvati Valley at the tender age of 5 years and 8 months to meeting with a sports accident at the age of 14 years to becoming a Best Dancer at DUD USA. Most interesting part is that her enthusiastic energy and motivation towards achieving what she wants in life has never changed. The dedication and hard work has led her to be an amazing person inside out with a heart that helps others in need by participating in charity events.  

Gargi was born in a small town called Nadiad in Gujarat state of India. Like any other child she was living a normal childhood; going to school, learning dance and playing sports. At the age of 14 years, she met with a sports accident and her right leg ACL was torn. Living in a small town, back in those days, there were neither any MRI nor X-Ray machines that could detect an ACL or a ligament tear. So she started living with it. Every now and then her leg used to dislocate (every time the leg dislocated, she used to have a blackout in front of her eyes and had to bring back her leg to its position). It became part of her life, but she never stopped dancing. 

As she migrated to the US and is living here since past 16 years, she met with another accident which dislocated her knee once again. That is when she decided to get MRI done. Based on the results,  she underwent an ACL reconstruction surgery about 2.5 years back. Post surgery she developed blood clots which took another downfall in her recovery time. After all the odds in life, she did not lose hope but fought through them. She not only started walking back again but has started full-fledged dancing once again with the Arya Dance Troupe and recently won the Best Dancer award at the DUD Dallas regional competition.  

Let's wish her all the very best in her dance journey as she is ready to compete in Gee Vision and Zee TV’s 3iii: International Indian Icon competition. She will be representing State of Texas at the national and international level. 

Gargi Duggal, is truly an inspiration to all age groups. Dedication and determination can lead to success and she has proved that for sure. Her story gives out a message of hard work, strength, courage and not to be a victim of stress and distress. Dream, Strive and Achieve is her mantra.
Gargi Duggal  Jul-2018   2543   0