Akanksha Features on Podcasts: Melting Pot Podcast Series – R.I.S.E

With every new day, a new story is born at Akanksha. It has been 30 years of celebrating this wonderful journey and the stories of our people. 

Whether it’s our students exemplifying our values, or our leaders driving change, every person at Akanksha inhabits a story that inspires people around them.

To amplify our stories of resilience, Akanksha is collaborating with Melting Pot that will feature incredible stories of the people of Akanksha through a podcast series themed on R.I.S.E – Resilient. Independent. Strong. Educated.

Melting Pot is a series conceived and produced by Payal Nayar in an attempt to share some human stories from all over the world through conversations with inspiring and interesting people from diverse cultures who are passionately and selflessly pursuing their life mission in different ways. 

The series will feature 13 episodes, each featuring a story of our people, our students, our alumni and our leaders. They will share their journeys, powerful and inspiring stories that will motivate the listeners to RISE against all odds.

The podcasts can be heard on multiple mediums including Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts. Click here to hear interesting stories from Akanksha.


Episode 1: We had Chitra Pandit who leads the development and communications team at Akanksha and has been with the organization for over 10 years. Chitra drives fundraising initiatives for all of Akanksha’s programs and works closely with the Board of Directors and the CEO to raise funds to support the strategic direction of the organization. She has a Masters in Business Administration and has over 15 years of experience in the field of marketing and sales. 

Hear Chitra’s journey on transforming Akanksha’s marketing and fund-raising goals while keeping education at the heart of it all. Click to hear her story

Episode 2: We had Dhanashree Birajdar, a grade 9 student currently studying at Akanksha’s LAPMEMS school, Dhanashree hails from the city of Pune.Her journey until now is all about getting to know herself better and constantly learning new things and creating a positive impact on society. At Akanksha, she is being nurtured with the knowledge and skills to recognise and solve problems. She aspires to keep learning and work in the Indian Education System.

Hear her story on how she aspires to translate her Akanksha journey into one of impact: Click here to know more.

Episode 3: We have Chinmaya Potnis, a 2012 Teach for India fellow and a founding member of the first ever standalone Secondary school in Pune. She has Completed her Bachelors from Fergusson College, B.Ed. from SNDT University and a Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai). During the two-year fellowship with Teach for India (Pune), she joined as a Secondary School English teacher at AVBS, Pune in 2013 and took up the role of a School Leader, 4 years later, in 2017.

Hear Chinmaya’s story of inspiration and why she got into teaching in the first place. Click here to know more about her journey.

Episode 4: We have Preeti Baghel, Akanksha alumni and 23-year-old BA graduate who aims to sensitise mental health in communities where the concept is unheard of. A beacon of light, Preeti grew to question the lack of space and expression in the field and aimed to bring it to normalcy. Preeti also founded SHOR – A poetry club with her friends, where she regularly encourages people to share their thoughts through words. This exercise has benefitted countless people as they feel unburdened and cultivate hope.

Hear Preeti’s story of inspiration and learn more about her commitment to mental well-being. Click here to listen.

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Episode 4: We have Sejal Desai, Executive Director at The Akanksha Education Fund, New York who upports Akanksha’s goal to empower children in the truest sense through holistic development.

With a background in dance and arts to being a Chartered Accountant with a Master’s degree, Sejal’s tale leaves us amused by the possibilities an individual can span. Her extensive experience in corporates and non-profits has been a catalyst in furthering Akanksha’s mission. Sejal also founded SevaYatra with the intention to engage people with projects in the non-profit space. Live her journey through her podcast with Payal Nayar from The Melting Pot!

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Watch this space to know about Akanksha’s upcoming speakers at the Melting Pot podcast series.

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Listen and Subscribe to Melting Pot here: 

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Google Podcasts:https://buff.ly/2Vds6LX

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoLxdwMMzTzVNgVtRLbUZAQ/featured

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