Founder and Director
Swahansa Expressive Arts India
Gopika Dahanukar is an artist, a vocalist and a registered therapeutic expressive arts counsellor. She is the Founder and Director of Swahansa Expressive Arts India, a cooperating partner Institute of EGS, teaching in Mumbai and in Auroville, an international township in South India based on the ideal of human unity. She is also a trustee of the Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is leading the way in supporting emerging artists and progressive social action through the arts in India.
Gopika has a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, USA, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Change from UPEACE, a Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Vancouver and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from EGS. Drawn to the deep values activated in this work, she has spent more than fifteen years working and serving with an arts-based practice leading community arts and chanting sessions, her research interests are directed toward creativity as a pathway to peacebuilding and sustainibility.