Anasuya Vaidya started life in the theatre at the age of eight, working with her parents’ (actress Jalabala Vaidya and playwright-director Gopal Sharman) Akshara Theatre in New Delhi. She spent her teenage years touring the world as Technical Director of the Akshara Theatre, doing lights and sound for their productions.
At the age of 15, she was the youngest person in the world to light up a Broadway show, when the Akshara Theatre’s Ramayana, played its New York season. Anasuya acted in several Akshara productions, including Larflarflarf, Let’s Laugh Again, Karma, India Alive, Jeevan Geet, The Revised Kama Sutra, etc.
When the Akshara included television production in its activities, Anasuya edited and produced several TV series, including India Alive, Music Alive, The Kashmir Story, Suprabhat (all telecast on Doordarshan) India (PBS), as well as documentaries for international screening, such as Just Like You, The Sufi Way etc.
In 1996, she and her husband, director-cinematographer Ajay Shetty, founded SaaReeGaa Productions, and have made several television series and documentary films. These include: Karmayogini – The Indian Woman Worker in the Age of Globalisation for the United Nations, Dehra Kids – 10 – part series based on Ruskin Bond’s stories for children -- for Doordarshan 1876- An Entertainment (on Indian theatre) and WILDLIFEplus (on children and the classical arts for PSBT, Talk Back – 55-part current affairs series for DD-News etc.
Anasuya has directed several plays for the Akshara Theatre, including The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, The Revised Kama Sutra, Play It Hot, etc. She is involved with the Akshara’s Diksha Programme of Training in the Classical Arts for children.
Anasuya has also written and directed several plays for children and contributes to various newspapers and magazines.