MALINI SHAH | a multifaceted personality

    Malini Shah is a community leader who is currently President of her diamonds company, Difference Inc. She is also the Founder of Nritya Kala Kendra which was founded in 1992. It is an organization that promotes India’s Art and Culture through classes,workshops, and lectures, visiting artist programs, children’s Day at the Indian Consulate, Asian Heritage programs, and Indian Educational programs in schools. She is currently on the Advisory Committee of the Queens Museum of Art, Community and Cultural Liaison for Council Member Paul Vallone, and has also served as the chairperson for Assemblyman Nick Perry,Women’s Group Bill de Blasio for Mayor, Vice chair Queens South Asians for Bill de Blasio for Mayor , Chair Indian Americans for Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President. She enjoys being a consultant to various organizations in the USA and other countries,where she visits and holds workshops. Today she has extended her proficiency to many schools within the country with the resolve of integrating cultural education along with academic skills. Malini received Bachelor’s in Arts and Child Education from The Teachers Training Institute in India. She has spent over 30 years teaching in schools, one of which includes “Modern School, one of the most prestigious schools of India, situated in Delhi. She has conducted various lectures in rural areas for the India International Rural Cultural Center, and at various Universities in the United States of America. Also, she has contributed vastly to educational film documentaries. NKK undertakes numerous educational and informative programs all around the country and abroad through programs such as the recent Internationals Children’s Day by the Turkish Women’s League of America & Ataturk School 2014, Asian Heritage Month Queens Borough Community College 2014, the incredibly successful “Year of India “2012-2013 at Queens College, New American Program at the Queens Library, DC 37and NYC Council’s Asian American Heritage Programs, Cultural Educational Programs in schools, annual Children’s day at the NY Indian Consulate, ‘Meeting God’ exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, India Columbia Day at the Queens Museum of Art, Culture Day at Barnard College and Columbia university, Tropical Carnival, Queens Festival, Caribbean American Information Day, A Salute to Diversity at York College, United Nations Staff day International Concert, Harmony Day, workshops at Pace University, Orphan International United , Borough of Manhattan community College events, Annual Rockaway Multicultural Family Fest, World Vision 2000 Global Youth Conference in DC, A Rainbow Community Business Development Arts & Culture Exposition, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Celebrating Cultures Events, Sacred Arts conference at Cathedral of St. John the Devine. As a Cultural Ambassador she has traveled extensively abroad for festivals sponsored by the India Tourism Development, Air India, and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) to countries which include Kula Lumpur, Athens, Bangkok, Singapore, New York ,Caribbean. She has had the privilege to travel as part of the Indian delegation of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations headed by the former Vice President of India, Mr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. When you work so devotedly, recognition must follow. Malini has received many prestigious awards such as ‘Jewel of India’ Award, “Positive Indo-Image Award”, An Exclusive “Distinguished Leadership in the Arts and Culture Award” from Assemblyman Nick Perry .City Council Citations, “Certificate of Recognition” from Kate Murray Supervisor Town of Hempstead, for outstanding community service and significant contribution to the community (SAWA) 2013,Citation from New York City Council member Peter Koo for recognition and honor for years of service to the Community, “Outstanding Mother Award” by C.A.P.S.C., Hind Rattan Award for Outstanding Services, London, Achievement and Contribution . She is also the recipient of “Exceptional Woman Award” from South Asian American Women’s Alliance. Her autobiography appeared in the “Who’s who in India” and Best of New York. Her autobiography appeared in the “Who’s who in India” and Best of New York.

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