2015-2017 BMM Executive Committee (EC)

Niteen Joshi, Chicago

Niteen has been an all-rounder throughout his high school and college life. He has received best student awards at both these levels. He has been a leader since his college life.

He was the chairman of Students’ Council of Ruparel’s New Law College in 1983. Acting, public speaking, writing, Marathi & Urdu poetry, classical music & Gazals, harmonium and table tennis are his hobbies and passions.

A lawyer by profession in India, he now works as a Chief Financial Officer in Chicago.

Niteen brings along unique and varied experience to BMM. He was the convener of BMM 2011 convention held in Chicago. He has worked on executive committee of Maharashtra Mandal Chicago for many years in several capacities as vice president, president, and trustee. He was a member of BMM EC for 2013-2015 and he also served on BMM Convention Committee for 2015 convention held at Los Angeles

Sona Bhide, Phoenix

BMM EC 2013-15 as Marathi shala coordinator.

Active in Phoenix Metro Maharashtra Mandal (PMMM) for past twelve years and has served in different capacities on the executive committee.

Currently serving as a member on PMMM’s Advisory board.

She enjoys arts & crafts, reading and music. Actively involved in various charitable organizations in Phoenix and Maharashtra.

Mohit Chitnis, Seattle

Associated with Seattle Maharashtra Mandal as Treasurer (1993, 1994, 2012), Vice President 1995, President 2011

Chairperson of “Budget and Finance Committee” for 2007 BMM Convention in Seattle

BMM Treasurer 2013-15

EC Member & Event Coordinator, India Association of Western Washington (Seattle Area) 1985 to 1989.

Organized renowned musical programs of Indian artists.

Treasurer: Association of Accounting Administrators Washington Chapter.

Participated in charitable organization events.

Voting EC Members

Ajay Houde, Atlanta

Atlanta convention convener 2005

Settled in US for past 25 years and is associated with several organizations in lead role.

Ajay lives with his wife Anita and kids Amruta and Ameya in Atlanta.

He wishes to work on the active involvement of younger generation in BMM activities.

Avinash Padhye, Boston

Associated with New England Maharashtra Mandal for last 20 years.

Actively participated in 1997 and 2013 BMM Conventions in Boston.

Providence convention Co-convener 2013.

Avinash likes Marathi literature and drama and have written and directed few plays.

Megha Ozarker, Houston

Megha is the President of Houston Maharashra Mandal (HMM) in 2016 and is leading a team of 20 committee members. She was also the President on HMM in 2014. In the past 10 years in US and Canada, Megha has supported Marathi arts, music, and literature by participating in various organizations.

In 2014, with the help of an outstanding committee of 13 people, Megha successfully executed 13 quality events in less than 10 months which were well received by HMM Community. Megha actively participated in 150 miles bike ride for multiple sclerosis awareness and also helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity. During the 2014 HMM Ganeshothsav event under Megha’s Leadership, U.S. Congress Woman Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee honored HMM with a Congressional Recognition Certificate.

Megha was also a part of 2014 HMM Vastu/Temple Fundraising Team and helped the team raise funds, create 3D-animations, and walkthroughs.

Sanjeev Deodhare, Toronto

Settled in US for past three decades, associated with BMM and other organizations in North America. Sanjeev has attended 8-9 BMM Conventions so far. Treasurer: Maharashtra mandal Toronto 2012, India programming & Food Committee lead in Toronto Marathi Natya sammelan 2014. Organized and coordinated Indian artist’s program.


Vilas Savargaonkar, New Jersey

Settled in USA since 1990 and actively involved with two major Maharashtra mandals (Chicago & New Jersey) over last 12 years.

Past President Marathi Vishwa 2013-15 and Maharashtra mandal Chicago 1998-99

Aspires to invigorate work on Maharashtra bhavan and Dr. Anandi bai Joshi memorial.

Non- Voting EC Members

Outgoing President:
Sunil Suryawanshi, Connecticut


Past BMM President 2013-15 and EC member 2011-13.

Associated with CTMM since formation and served as an EC member, Vice president and President.

Vice President, Indian Association of Connecticut 2009-2010.

Served on various leadership positions in youth wing of Rotary club (Rotaract) of Pune and Singapore from 1993 to 1998

Editor BMM Newsletter:
Dr. Vinata Kulkarni , Chicago

Vinata  has been involved in various social, cultural and charitable organizations' volunteer work such as:  
 - Maharashtra Mandal Chicago, IL,   -(2010-2013) Editor, Rachana, a Quarterly Publication.
-  American Red Cross - Illinois Chapter Activities.
-  Maharashtra Foundation, NJ,   -(2009-2014) Newsletter Editor, and Web Site Assistance. 
-  Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal, North America  - Aug 2007 until Aug. 2010 and from Jan. 2012 onwards. - Editor, BMM Vrutta, a monthly Publication.
-  Marathi Bhashik Mandal, Toronto, Canada  - President (2008) , Web Administration(2008),  Editor (2007) - 'Snehabandh,  a Quarterly Publication
-  Child Find Canada (2006)

Vinata has an avid interest in Marathi and English literature, and writes in some publications in India and North America. 
By profession, she is a university professor in Statistics and Computer Science for Masters and doctoral program. She has authored four books (3 Academic/University degree level for Quantitative techniques, and 1 in Marathi 'क्षितिज पश्चिमेचे' (2013, Granthali Publisher, Mumbai).   

Sanket Oak, Connecticut

Sanket has been active in CTMM (Connecticut Maharashtra Mandal) for many years as the Music Director, putting together concerts and musical events. More recently, he also participated on a larger scale with BMM as one of the co-chairs for the Young Adults committee in Providence, RI. He hopes that as the new liaison he will able to help guide current and future Young Adult committees in their hosting duties. Professionally, Sanket has been a Financial Planner for Axa Advisors, LLC since May of 2004.

In addition to the executive committee, BMM has following board of advisors

Moreshwar Purandare, Bay Area
Term ends July, 2017

Past BMM President 1997-99, BMM Treasurer 1995-97 In past actively involved in BMM Vrutta, BMM website, and Maiytra, Lead support in organizing several cultural programs of Indian artists in CA, USA.

Ashish Chaughule, Delaware
Term ends July, 2019

Past BMM President 2011-13, BMM Treasurer 2007-09

Ashish is a founder member of DVMMM and served many positions on DVMMM EC including the president.

He enjoys Marathi literature, art, theatre, music and writes for various publications. Promoting Maharashtra is his passion and chairs global advisory board for maharashtrians around the world.

Founder director of North American Maharashtrian Entrepreneurs (N.A.M.E)

Recipient of United States President’s Voluntary Service Award for the last 6 years. This award is given to individuals in recognition of their voluntary services for Non Profit Organizations around the world.

Ashish works at Citigroup and lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Dr. Ashlesha and daughter Anushka.


Rahul Karnik, Dallas
Term ends July, 2021

Rahul is a member of the Dallas Fort-Worth Maharashtra Mandal (DFWMM) and resides in the Dallas area with wife, Priya and daughter, Trisha.

He has been actively involved in several community activities over the past 18 years. His involvement in social organizations include: BMM

(Executive Committee member), DFWMM (Committee member, BMM Rep), Marathi Mitra Mandal (Founding member, President). Most recently

Rahul was on the selection panel for the BMM Awards that were presented at the BMM 2015 LA convention.