Board of Directors

Our Board members hail from various walks of life, share a passion for service and the arts, and are committed to Silambam’s mission to forge global connections through the medium of Indian classical arts.

Click on the + sign next to each name to see more about each of our Board members below.


Veer Surapaneni +


Veer Surapaneni has been involved with Silambam Houston since 2008, first as a parent of a dance student, and then as a member of the Board of Directors. He has been actively involved in the growth of the organization, working on planning, fund raising, and marketing. Veer has worked closely with supporting organizations like the Houston Arts Alliance and the Mid-America Arts Alliance to help mature the organization and its governance, and set strategic goals. Veer has been working in the energy industry for over 20 years, and is currently IT Director at EnerVest, Ltd.


Arundathi Kadur +

Vice Chair

Arundathi has over 20 years experience in the utilities/energy, telecommunications and banking sectors. She is passionate about mentoring girls to become strong future leaders and is a proud supporter of Silambam and Girl Scouts. Arundathi has been associated with Silambam since 2010, and has been on the Board since 2015.


Rao Garuda +


Rao is an IT Manager in the energy sector, with expertise in Microsoft and SAP HR technologies. He is an ardent supporter of Silambam's artistic vision, having been associated with Silambam for close to a decade. He has been on the Silambam Board since 2016. He is also active in other organizations in the community, including the Meenakshi Temple and SEWA.


Carey Worrell +


Carey graduated with honors from the University of Houston in 2000 with a degree in both Economics and Political Science. Upon completing her undergraduate education, she went on to Harvard Law School, where she graduated with honors in 2003. Since graduating from law school, Carey has held attorney positions in both the private and public sector. Carey is an attorney based in League City, TX. She has been on the Silambam Board since early 2018.


Sunita Paliwal +


Sunita is a IT professional at KBR, with expertise and experience in gathering business and system requirements, identifying production gaps and designing process enhancements. Sunita has been a staunch supporter of Silambam for several years, and joined the Silambam Board of Directors in 2019.


Viraj Shah +


Viraj is a Research Scientist within the Technical Services and Development group of the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business at The Dow Chemicals Company. He has over 15 years of experience in the polymer field creating value and opportunities and specializes in product development, application development and new business development. Viraj has been associated with Silambam for several years. He volunteered on Silambam's capital campaign in 2017 and 2018, and joined the Silambam Board in late 2018.