Arushi Nishank , often credited as Arushi Pokhriyal, is an internationally acclaimed Indian classical Kathak danseuse, entrepreneur, film producer and poet. She is the disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj and Dr Poornima Pandey. She is an kathak empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations ICCR. She is also an graded artist for Doordarshan, a division of Prasar Bharati.
Arushi was born in Kotdwar, Uttarakhand. She has done her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Bansathali Vidhyapeeth, Rajasthan. She continued her studies with MBA and International Cambridge PGDM from Cambridge University. She has done 8 years of "Nishnat" a Specialization certification in Kathak dance form.Currently she is pursuing her PhD in human resource in India. She is also the chairperson of her own Himalayan Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
Arushi has given many renowned international kathak performances like "Special Yoga & Kathak Concert" in London, "Lecture Recital" Indian Sphere "Graz" in Austria, "Bengalischz Nacht", an Indian classical dance in Germany, "Toronto Festival of India" in Canada. Others include "Tarana Dance Concert" and Foreign Delegate Conference in Canada, Indradhanush "Color of India" in Dubai, "Horizon Series" for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Doordarshan Live Concert in Delhi, Taj Mahotsav in Agra and a performance at the International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh. She has also composed and choreographed many compositions like "Ganga Avataran", a story of Goddess Ganga coming to earth, and "Sajda", an Sufiyana classical Kathak Dance. Arushi has also worked as a teacher with Spic Macay in teaching students the art of Kathak across India. She has also done many performances under Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She has also been interviewed by the Times of India, News 24 and Doordarshan Group on many occasions. Arushi has also worked in TV advertisements to market Patanjali Yogpeeth. Her first TV advertisement for patanjali products was aired in 2012 on Aastha TV.
Champions of Change is an Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, (Swachata), community service and social development (in Aspirational district in india), selected by constitutional jury members headed by K. G. Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman NHRC. It is given annually in four categories, and usually presented by the President, Vice president, Prime Minister of India or a leading figure.
The foundation, currently headed by Nandan Jha, was created in 2011. The award ceremony is organized annualy.
The first edition of Champions of Change Award was graced by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu who also gave away the award to winner include:
N.Biren Singh (Chief Minister of Manipur)
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Union Minister Govt Of India)
Jaswant Singh Sumanbhai Bhabhor (Union Minister Govt Of India)
Bidyut Baran Mahato (Member of Parliament/LokSabha, Jamshedpur,Jharkhand)
Nishikant Dube (Member of Parliament/LokSabha,Jharkhand)
A.Sivagnanam (District Magistrate, Virudhunagar,Tamilnadu)
Dr A.B.Karki, (District Magistrate,West Sikkim)
Dr Monika Bhutungru (SP/Chamba/Himanchal Pradesh)
Champions of Change every year is organized by the Interactive Forum on Indian Economy (IFIE), which is a Government of India recognized non-for-profit company (80G, 12A,8A compliant) and its prestigious news magazine, Power Corridors.