Started in 1999, the Akshara’s Diksha Programme of Training in the Classical Arts teaches theatre, music, dance, painting, yoga and martial arts. The Diksha programme runs the year round from the first weekend of August to the last weekend of April, every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 7pm for ages 4-16. The programme also offers a comprehensive training programme for older students on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Many students go on to join the Akshara repertory and become regulars in various professional plays and shows performed at the Akshara.
During the summer vacations, Diksha takes the form of the Akshara Summer Festival, where classes and workshops are held five days a week in May and June. Apart from theatre, music, dance, painting, yoga and martial arts, the Summer Festival offers film screenings, lectures by eminent personalities, creative writing, quiz and painting competitions and a Media Workshop.
AKSHARA ACTING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS :
The Akshara offers a 3 month intensive workshop for budding actors that are 18 years and above. The workshop runs on weekends and explores acting for stage, voice, movement, improvisation, yoga and basic introduction to acting for camera and dance.
This is a certificate course and all students will be part of a production that is staged for the public. During the course, the students may be asked to participate in exisiting productions by the Akshara repertory.
The Akshara faculty includes Jalabala Vaidya and Anasuya Vaidya and Nisa Shetty for voice, acting and improvisation, Cinematographer Ajay Shetty for acting for the camera, Diksha teachers past and present include Seema Kohli and Mangae Ram Sharma ( yoga and art), Rashid Ansari, Gilles Chuyen, Vrinda Kapoor, Devayani, Jaya Virlley, Nisa Shetty (modern dance/creative movement) Saswati Sen, Shikha Khare, Parul Mishra, Maumala Nayak (kathak), Bharati Dattani (Crafts) Himanshu Sharman (Krav Maga), Kiran Singh, Shyamanand Singh (Thang-ta), Ziley and Kuldeep Mawaii (gymnastics), etc.
Artists and writers such as Vid. Sonal Mansingh, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Mr. L.H. Naqvi and film-makers Krishnendu Bose, Prashant Sareen and Susan Sharma have spoken and interacted with students of the Summer Festival. Workshops have been organized with institutions such as Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF India), and the Children’s Book Trust.
Those interested in the Training Programmes must send in their details to or call 011-23361075.
Vikalp Mudgal and Rakesh Palisetty play Rama and Lakshmana in Gopal Sharman's Ramayana