Sampada Bhalerao comes from a musical family in Pune, India. She is the founding director of the Pacific School of Indian Music in Sammamish, where she has been teaching music for over a decade. She is a classically trained sitarist and vocalist, and has performed in the Pacific Northwest as well as in India. Currently, she is guided by Dr. Vikas Kashalkar (Vocal) and Dr. Ravindra Gadgil (Sitar). Sampada brings her experience as a teacher and community organizer in two countries, to the Ragamala Board.