Janina Gavankar

Gavankar in 2012, photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Janina Zione Gavankar

Place of Birth: Joliet, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 29, 1980

*75% Marathi Indian
*25% Dutch

Janina Gavankar is an American actress, musician, pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist.

Her parents, Shan-de-Mohra and Peter Gavankar, are from India. Her father was from Pune, Maharashtra, with Marathi ancestry. Her mother is of Indian and Dutch descent.

Janina’s paternal grandfather was named Ganesh Gavankar.

Janina’s paternal grandmother was Susheela Desai (the daughter of Ghanashyam Raghunath Desai and Shantabai/Durgabai Tendolkar). Ghanashyam was the son of Raghunath Atmaram Desai. Shantabai was the daughter of Raghunath Bhagwant Tendolkar and Sitabai/Mukta Raghunath Tendolkar Naik.

Janina’s maternal grandfather was Shivaji Wasudeo Shahane (the son of Dr. Wasudeo Raghunath Shahane and Kamala Parande). Shivaji was born in Amravati, Maharashtra, India. Kamala was the daughter of Keshav Govind Parande and Radha.

Janina’s maternal grandmother was Zione Rukmini Kroes (the daughter of Zion Kroes and Johanna Schouten). Zione was born in Baarn, Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogy of Janina Gavankar – https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Janina’s father – https://www.findagrave.com


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12 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Her paternal grandmother was named Susheela Gavankar : https://fr.findagrave.com/memorial/84137836/peter-ganesh-gavankar

  2. Akwaba says:

    Her parents are named Peter Gavankar and Shan-de-Mohra

  3. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Gavankar is a Marathi surname;

    She’s also on Wikipedia’s list of Marathi people:

    Further proof:

  4. sam says:

    she has black in her.

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