Lakshmi Karanth

Director of Operations - Ahaana SV

Launching Ahaana (501c3) in September 2015 in San Diego in Balboa Park's Mingei Museum, is her most satisfying experience. Ahaana addresses cultural awareness of the nine South Asian countries, through women, and with focus on Art & Theater, with center stage given to Yoni Ki Baat. She is most grateful for her YKB sisters' unconditional support! Since 2015, Ahaana has established an avid following in San Diego, a growing presence in Los Angeles and now the Silicon Valley launch. It is exciting to plan and bring the Ahaana Festival in Palo Alto with super talented, super inspiring and super motivated partners Preeti and Lakshmi and of course the super brave performers!


She loves to help and network with people, and is involved in many non-profit organizations.
Nanda's hobbies traveling, hiking, reading, workouts, meditation, writing and creating crafts and themes for events and festivals. She feels very blessed to be surrounded by super supportive mother, a loving family, a devoted husband, young and adult kids and 5 beautiful grand kids! Her strength comes from learning something positive from everyone she meets and daily discovering happiness within herself.

Born in Bangalore India, Lakshmi is an only child from a gigantic extended family! Her most vivid memories of her childhood are from long hot summers, cracking jokes and eating mangoes with aunts, uncles and cousins. She is a huge foodie and loves to take trips to new countries and experience new cultures. She is always looking for something new and can be found planning her next trip, cooking, gardening or spending time with her husband and puppy Gobi . Lakshmi’s passion lies around building a community of strong, inspiring women . She is excited to be launching YKB Silicon Valley and expanding this movement to the Bay Area. 

Preeti Malhotra

Director - Ahaana SV

Co-Director, YKB SV

Ahaana Silicon Valley Team

Ahaana Northern California

Preeti, a longtime resident in the Pacific NW, moved to Sunny California 3 years ago and was reminded that the golden ball in the sky is called the Sun! She loves the melting pot vibe of California with its mix of people, cultures, food and macro-climate.  As she grows older, she is very intrigued by psychology, the human condition and why people do the things they do! Habits, attitudes, beliefs, values or lack thereof! She enjoys interior design and considers herself "an almost OCD" when it comes to organizing things.  Her goal is to one day, fix up a house  or help fix a mind in turmoil.

Either ways, it would put the house in order!
She was introduction to YKB in 2009, when a friend performed. The stories were a wake-up call.  Thus began a journey of belief and strength in self....followed by a performance in 2013 in Seattle, 2015 in San Diego and now co-directing the launch in Silicon Valley, which has been her fondest goal since moving to Palo Alto.

Save-the-Date for YKB April 25, 2020 Silicon Valley and April 26, 2020 East Bay

Nanda Mehta

Founder & Director, Ahaana

Co-Director, YKB SV